American Copy Editors Society

American Copy Editors Society

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American Copy Editors Society

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The American Copy Editors Society, commonly known as ACES, is a professional not-for-profit association for copy editors at U.S. newspapers, magazines, Web sites and corporations.

, the group offers:
  • a headline contest
  • member directories
  • a newsletter
  • scholarships
  • regional chapters
  • three-day annual conferences
  • a website that links to job listings and a discussion board

Executive committee

ACES was founded in 1997 by Pam Robinson, who also served as its first president, and Hank Glamann. Its inception followed work of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and meetings by copy editors in North Carolina and South Carolina. It is currently led by society president Teresa Schmedding of the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. John McIntyre, formerly of The Sun in Baltimore, was its second president. Chris Wienandt of the Dallas Morning News was its third president.

It has an executive committee of 15 people, of whom five are officers: the president, vice president for conferences, vice president for membership, secretary and treasurer. Any full member is eligible for elections. It also has an executive director, Rudy Bahr, and an administrator, Carol DeMasters. Membership is $55 a year for full members, and less for students.

In 2008, the board approved changes that allowed copy editors working outside traditional journalism organizations full membership with voting rights. As of 2009, the society has roughly 700 members.

Chapters and Awards

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