ACES, Poynter team up to launch advanced training for copy editors

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.  — The American Copy Editors Society and the Poynter Institute have partnered to create an advanced online training program for editors and writers seeking to hone their skills.

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The Poynter-ACES Advanced Editing Certificate Training Package combines the teaching of expert editors with the power of Poynter’s industry-leading e-learning  platform at News University.  It is the latest training initiative developed in the Poynter-ACES partnership, started in 2013.

“We are delighted to help editors and writers elevate their skills with this advanced program,” said Teresa Schmedding, president of the American Copy Editors Society and managing editor at Rotary International. “ACES has always been committed to empowering editors, and this certificate helps us fulfill our mission in new and exciting ways.”

The Poynter-ACES Advanced Editing Certificate Training Package contains two components:

  • ACES Advanced Editing Online Group Seminar, a four-week faculty-led program that focuses on substantive editing and critical thinking skills across multiple platforms. (Ediitor’s note: The next seminar starts in January.)
  • Accurate, Audience-Focused Editing Course Pack, a series of seven self-paced courses for experienced editors who want to refine their skills.

Those who complete both programs will receive the Advanced Editing Certificate. ACES members receive a discount on this program and all online courses at News University.

“There has never been a more critical time for thoughtful, strategic editing,” said Vicki Krueger, Poynter’s manager of marketing communications and former director of interactive learning at News University. “This partnership is a testament to the value of professional development as the arena of editors, writers and publishers grows across the media landscape.”

ACES and Poynter have developed more than 25 courses since the partnership started in 2013. More than 8,000 communications professionals, educators and students have enrolled in these programs to date, making it one of the most successful initiatives at News University.

ACES is a non-profit 501(c)(3) education and membership organization working toward the advancement of copy editors. Our aim is to provide solutions to editing problems, training and a place to discuss common issues. It is an international members’ alliance of editors working as freelancers and editors at corporations, newspapers, magazines, online news sites, public relations and marketing agencies.

The Poynter Institute for Media Studies is a global leader in journalism education and a strategy center that stands for uncompromising excellence in journalism, media and 21st century public discourse. Poynter faculty teach seminars and workshops at the Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., and at conferences and organizational sites around the world. Its e-learning division, News University, www.newsu.org, offers the world’s largest online journalism curriculum in seven languages, with more than 400 interactive courses and 330,000 registered users in more than 200 countries. The Institute’s website, www.poynter.org, produces 24-hour coverage of news about media, ethics, technology, the business of news and the trends that currently define and redefine journalism news reporting.