The idea that led to the creation of ACES was nurtured during a series of three conferences about copy editing sponsored by the American Society of Newspaper Editors in 1995 and 1996.
When ACES was chartered in the spring of 1997, the top priority of the society’s founders was to conduct their own national gathering, organized by copy editors, for copy editors.
Four months later, the first ACES national conference took place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The participants, who numbered more than 340, felt the euphoria of shared experience, shared problems, shared goals and shared hopes.
1997: Chapel Hill, N.C.
1998: Portland, Ore.
2001: Long Beach, Calif.
2002: Louisville, Ky.
2012: New Orleans
2013: Chapel Hill, N.C.
2014: St. Louis
We left Chapel Hill feeling an enormous drive and energy, and that enthusiasm has propelled us through year after year of larger and more successful conferences.
We have moved the conference around the country in an effort to reach as many editors as possible, and this practice will continue.
More than 5,000 participants have taken advantage of the educational and networking opportunities offered by these sessions.
Our national conference is our major event each year. Workshops and panel discussions form the backbone of the gathering, but each year we have added and reconfigured sessions in an effort to thoroughly cover topics of interest to all those who edit copy. The conference schedule now offers three full days of training.
Nuts-and-bolts workshops on editing and headline-writing are always emphasized, and feature a variety of approaches to benefit editors at various skill levels. Larger issues relevant to anyone in the news industry are featured, as well.
Most sessions are of interest to those who edit for any publication, in print and online. We also welcome students, reporters, managers and others who want to know more about editing issues.
We keep our registration fees low so that as many editors as possible can afford to attend. In fact, our fees are far lower than those for any training opportunity that is even remotely comparable.
ACES members receive discounts on registration costs, as do members of the Society for News Design.
Although the conference may be inexpensive, its lineup of presenters is first-rate. Our program has consistently featured many of journalism’s leading educators and top-notch speakers from the industry and academia. All of them appear without charge to ACES. We think that our conferences are the best value in journalism education.
We encourage you to join us for these upbeat gatherings of editors, where the emphasis is on education to improve professional skills and on raising the voice of the copy desk.