Become a member of ACES

Expand your knowledge and connect with peers who help expand your talents and opportunities.

The American Copy Editors Society is the essential organization for editors from all backgrounds and skill levels to discover the latest trends in the craft. Gain access to resources, research, news, networking, professional development, continuing education and more.

We are just like you, editors on the front lines.

We share your passion for amazing copy, as well as the challenges you face in a changing work environment, and we address them by helping our members gain new insights and stay a cut above in their profession. Count on ACES as a “one-stop” resource for building a successful and rewarding career in the craft.

The tangible benefits include our newsletter, discounts on registration for our national conference and regional workshops, and savings with partner organizations such as the
Society for Newspaper Design and the Poynter Institute/News U.

But as a member, you’ll find the intangible benefits more exciting. By joining ACES, you’ll have opportunities to meet colleagues and become part of a national network of editors, find prospects for improving your skills and raise the profile of editors wherever they work.

Save with multiyear discounts

You can receive discounts and lock in the cost of your annual dues by joining for more than one year. ACES even offers lifetime membership to professionals for the one-time price of $1,000. Joining for multiple years also helps the society fulfill its mission of editors’ training and advocacy even more.

Dues structure

Effective Nov. 1, 2011

Professionals Students
One year $75 $40
Two years $140 N/A
Three years $210 N/A
Four years $280 N/A
Five years $350 N/A
Lifetime $1,000 N/A

Dues are applied in year increments from time of registration through the end of a month; if you joined today for one year, for example, your membership would expire one year from today.

Membership categories

Professionals Students
Full membership
Working copy editors; managers in the journalism industry with a copy editing background; teachers of journalism; and retirees from
these categories.
Associate membership
in but who
have no professional
in copy editing.
Student membership
Full- or part-time students enrolled at accredited colleges and universities who are pursuing a course of study leading to an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree. Persons enrolled only in classes for added professional certification, including courses offered through ACES, are not eligible for student status.


Join immediately by using one of our online membership forms. Click on the membership level that best describes you to sign up.

• Professionals:   Full membership         Associate membership


Corporate/Group memberships: Three or more members employed by the same company who have joined as individuals can change their membership to corporate at the time of membership renewal. (For dues structure, use the “Corporate memberships” link on left menu bar.)

Add a new corporate/group member

Membership dues for ACES, which is an IRS-registered 501(c)(3) charitable education corporation, are non-refundable and may be deductible as a charitable contribution but not as a business expense. See our bylaws for more information.


Current members who want to renew their membership should sign on to the member center and use the membership link on that page. (If you can no longer sign into the member center, please use the appropriate membership form above or email for information on how to renew.)

For general membership questions, email

Contact us

American Copy Editors Society
c/o Eugene S. Pulliam National Journalism Center
3909 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208