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ACES: The Society for Editing
Founded 1997
Founder Pam Robinson, Hank Glamann
Type Professional association
Focus Advocacy and training for copy editors
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
Origins Developed from copy editors' meetings at American Society of News Editors (ASNE)
Area served
United States and Canada
Method Conferences, webinars, publications, online resources
Key people
Teresa Schmedding, president
Formerly called
American Copy Editors Society

ACES: The Society for Editing is a professional association of international scope for copy editors who work on every kind of content, including newspapers, magazines, websites, books, scholarly journals, and corporate communications.

As of 2018, the group offered:

  • an annual meeting, the ACES conference
  • member directories
  • a newsletter
  • scholarships (via the affiliated ACES Education Fund)
  • regional workshops
  • a website that links to job listings and a discussion board

ACES was formerly known as—and, as of 2018, is still legally incorporated as—the American Copy Editors Society, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.

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 ASNE (American Society of News Editors; at the time, the American Society of Newspaper Editors) and meetings by copy editors in North Carolina and South Carolina.[1] It is currently led by society president Teresa Schmedding[2][3] of the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. John McIntyre of The Baltimore Sun 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.[2] Any full member is eligible for elections. Annual membership is $75 for full members and $40 for students.

In 2008, the board approved changes that allowed copy editors working outside traditional journalism organizations full membership with voting rights. As of 2017, the society has roughly 1,800 members.

Chapters and awards

The group has several chapters: Southeast, Florida, Midwest, Ohio, Texas, Southern California and Northern California, as well as college affiliates at the University of Missouri, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Pennsylvania State University.

The society also gives out two awards for copy editing, named after its founders: the Robinson Prize, which is awarded to the top editor of the year, and the Glamann Award, which honors contributions to the craft.


ACES National Conferences
Year Location Att.
1997 Chapel Hill, N.C. 347
1998 Portland, Ore. 400
1999 Dallas 525
2000 Baltimore 425
2001 Long Beach, Calif. 440
2002 Louisville, Ky. 354
2003 Chicago 410
2004 Houston 390
2005 Hollywood 504
2006 Cleveland 420
2007 Miami 368
2008 Denver 297
2009 Minneapolis 256
2010 Philadelphia 331
2011 Phoenix 297
2012 New Orleans 354
2013 St. Louis 379
2014 Las Vegas 335
2015 Pittsburgh 483
2016 Portland. Ore. 626
2017 St. Petersburg, Fla. 555

The ACES national conference features the fundamentals of the craft and a primer for what's to come. Each year, copy desk executives, professionals, students and academics come together for three days of workshops and panel discussions. The annual event is a volunteer-run, nonprofit conference. Each year, more than 300 professionals and students attend the conference: copy editors for newspapers, magazines, websites, trade publications, book publishers, nonprofit agencies and corporations, as well as students, journalism professors, consultants and freelancers.

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. Four months later, the first ACES national conference took place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


  1. ^ Bill Mitchell, William G. Connolly (August 10, 2002). "Uncovering the Pride, Work of Copy Editors". Poynter Institute. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Executive Committee". American Copy Editors Society. Archived from the original on 2016-05-24. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
  3. ^ "Volunteering". Teresa Schmedding. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
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