ACES Research Committee

ACES is interested in sponsoring, fostering and publicizing research about editing. In 2011, the organization released results of a study that showed that readers notice errors in news stories and find them distracting.

ACES has also convened a panel of professors to connect our members to research relevant to their careers. If you have a research idea or are aware of a study that may be of interest to ACES, please contact us.

 

ACES research award:

ACES teamed up in 2011 with journalism schools by establishing the ACES Award For Research On Editing. The award is sponsored by ACES and administered by the Newspaper Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Professors and graduate students are invited to submit research papers for submission to the annual AEJMC conference, held in August of each year. The Newspaper Division assigns judges to select the best research paper that focuses on story editing, headline writing and other areas relevant to editing. The winner presents the research at the AEJMC conference.

2013: ACES research award winners: Online news isn’t viewed as Brand X.

2012: Social media editors study wins first ACES Award for Research on Editing

Research links:

Following are links to downloadable PDFs of current editing research articles, or links to other articles concerning editing research:

The American Press Institute looked at an ACES-sponsored study by Fred Vultee in the article Study shows the value of copy editing.

ACES supported research on whether journalistic norms in style, writing and grammar matter to readers. That research, by Alyssa Appelman, a fourth-year Ph.D. student at The Pennsylvania State University, was presented at the ACES 2015 conference.

More on the ACES-sponsored study on online errors: Why hiring copy editors is a really good idea

University of Missouri-Columbia’s study on role conflict for newspaper copy editors

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The American Copy Editors Society, in conjunction with 10 other journalism organizations, released its first e-book, “Telling the Truth and Nothing But,” in the spring of 2013, in advance of the National Summit to Fight Plagiarism and Fabrication on April 5.

The book is available now as a free download at rjionline.org. See more on plagiarism on ACES’ plagiarism web page.