Poynter News University Announces New Agreement With American Copy Editors Society (ACES)

Sep 24, 2012, 09:00 ET from Poynter's News University

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Poynter Institute's News University announced today that it has entered into a training alliance agreement with the American Copy Editors Society (ACES). As part of the agreement, Poynter NewsU will provide discounted training for ACES members in exchange for ACES contributions on several Poynter NewsU training initiatives.

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As part of the training initiative, ACES and Poynter will create an editing certificate program that will include several courses on copy editing. "The certificate program will allow both entry-level and advanced editors to walk away from the training with something tangible they can show potential employers," said Teresa Schmedding, ACES president.

NewsU and ACES also will jointly produce a series of Webinars on copy editing. The first Webinar in this series, The Art and Science of Editing, will be Oct. 3. For information and registration, go to www.newsu.org/art-science-editing. These Webinars will be available to the public for $29.95, but ACES members will be able to attend for just $9.95. For all other NewsU courses, ACES members will receive a 25 percent discount. ACES members also will contribute content to expand the "Language Primer," a self-directed grammar module available at Poynter NewsU.

"Both ACES and Poynter are known for their dedication to high-quality training so it's a natural fit for us to work together," Schmedding said. "This partnership is a perfect blend of mutual goals and strengths for both organizations. Together we can broaden the practical, low-cost training opportunities for editors."

This training alliance presents an opportunity for NewsU and ACES to work together to deliver training that's uniquely suited for copy editors, but that also holds appeal for NewsU's broader community. ACES executive committee members will play a significant role in shaping the training initiatives by developing learning objectives and producing content for the Webinars, new editing courses and the certificate program.   

"We are excited about this partnership with ACES," said Howard Finberg, Poynter's director of training partnerships and alliances. "Not only are we able to develop training that fits this unique audience, but we are establishing a training alliance model that we can use with other similar organizations."

About Poynter's News University
Poynter's News University (http://www.newsu.org) offers training to journalists, journalism students, teachers and the public through more than 250 interactive e-learning modules and other forms of training. It has more than 224,000 registered users in 225 countries.

The Poynter Institute trains journalism practitioners, media leaders, educators and citizens in the areas of online and multimedia, leadership and management, reporting, writing and editing, TV and radio, ethics and diversity, journalism education and visual journalism. Poynter's website, (http://www.poynter.org) is the dominant provider of journalism news, with a focus on business analysis and the opportunities and implications of technology.

About American Copy Editors Society
ACES (http://www.copydesk.org/) is a non-profit education and membership organization working toward the advancement of copy editors. Its aim is to provide solutions to editing problems, training and a place to discuss common issues.

ACES is an international members' alliance of editors working at newspapers, magazines, websites, traditional media outlets and Fortune 500 companies, as well as freelance editors, students and professors. It is an organization built on the advocacy of editing as a craft vital to clear writing and reader advocacy.


Howard Finberg, Director of Training Partnerships and Alliances

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