Poynter ACES Introductory Certificate in Editing

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Poynter ACES Introductory Certificate in Editing

Distinguish yourself with the industry’s premiere editing certificate from Poynter and ACES: The Society for Editing, revamped in 2023. By enrolling in our editing certification program, you’ll learn powerful techniques to help you and your organization achieve greater communications clarity; how to embrace accuracy and verification; ways to perfect your grammar, word use and style; and the skills to make you the kind of editor people are hungry to work with.

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Overview

  • Earn the most respected and thorough editing certificate available online today.
  • This certificate was updated in 2023 to provide the very latest tools, techniques and thinking.
  • Enjoy a significant discount with your ACES membership.
  • Gain a solid foundation in the first of three levels in our editing certification program.
  • Go at your own pace to better your own career or improve your own organization.
  • Get the latest information on fact-checking, verification and accuracy.
  • Become a whiz at grammar, word use, punctuation and style.
  • Earn a reputation as a respected and sought-after editor.

$150.00

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Learning Outcomes

  • Recognize the fundamentals of editing: improving clarity, spotting inaccuracies and improving writer relations
  • Understand the value of clarity, and how to tighten and brighten copy across platforms
  • Predict the ways in which the human brain allows errors to seep in, and how to guard against them.
  • Learn to verify and fact-check information online, and how to avoid falling for mis- and disinformation
  • Develop an eagle eye for headlines, photo captions, social media descriptions and other often overlooked words
  • Demonstrate a greater understanding of grammar, word use and style

$150.00

Enroll Now

Overview

  • Earn the most respected and thorough editing certificate available online today.
  • This certificate was updated in 2023 to provide the very latest tools, techniques and thinking.
  • Enjoy a significant discount with your ACES membership.
  • Gain a solid foundation in the first of three levels in our editing certification program.
  • Go at your own pace to better your own career or improve your own organization.
  • Get the latest information on fact-checking, verification and accuracy.
  • Become a whiz at grammar, word use, punctuation and style.
  • Earn a reputation as a respected and sought-after editor.

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The ACES Introductory Certificate in Editing is a rigorous seven-part certificate program that ranges from basics on clarity and verification to deep dives that explain how errors get inserted into copy and how to fact-check online content with the latest techniques. Newly revised and updated for 2023, this program draws together knowledge from some of the nation’s leading editors, fact-checkers and academics for a fast-paced experience that will challenge and entertain you on your quest to becoming a world-class editor. 

The first of our three-part certification program, this foundational program will have you polishing copy, sussing out misinformation and developing a sparkling rapport with writers in no time.

Questions?

If you need assistance, email us at info@poynter.org

Once you enroll in this certificate program, you can start any time and engage with learning material on your own schedule. There will be seven courses in the certificate to complete. We estimate that it will take several hours to complete the entire certificate. Courses within the certificate include:

  • Fundamentals of Editing
  • The Art and Science of Editing
  • Clarity is Key
  • Getting It Right: Accuracy and Verification in the Digital Age
  • Editing Everywhere All At Once: Writing for SEO, Social, Newsletters and More
  • Language Primer
  • Assessment

Who should enroll

This certificate is designed for editors of all stripes. Regardless of whether you work in legacy news media, a public relations firm, a government communications office or a creative agency, our certificate is designed to help you get your intended message to its appropriate audience clearly, succinctly and accurately. While it was designed with journalists in mind, the course can also help marketers, advertising writers, ad agencies or anyone with a vested interest in communicating in the clearest way possible.

Cost

Tuition for this seven-part certificate program is $150. ACES members enjoy a discounted rate of $99, which they can access on the ACES website inside the membership portal.

Instructors

Instructors

  • Merrill Perlman
    Independent writing and editing consultant
    Merrill Perlman spent 25 years at The New York Times in jobs ranging from copy editor to director of copy desks, in charge of all...
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  • Gerri Berendzen
    Lecturer at William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications
    Gerri Berendzen has worked as a copy editor for more than 35 years and teaches editing, writing, information management and digital media at the University...
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  • Lisa McLendon
    President, ACES Education Fund and Coordinator, Bremner Editing Center, University of Kansas School of Journalism and Mass Communications
    Lisa McLendon joined KU as the coordinator of the Bremner Editing Center in August 2012. She spent seven years as the deputy news desk chief...
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  • Vanya Tsvetkova
    Interactive Learning Designer, MediaWise
    Vanya Tsvetkova develops curricula in various formats to teach fact-checking and digital media literacy skills to audiences of all ages in the U.S. and abroad....
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  • Craig Silverman
    Reporter, ProPublica and editor, Verification Handbook
    Craig Silverman is an award-winning journalist and author and one of the world's leading experts on online disinformation, fake news, and digital investigations. He recently...
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  • Adriana Lacy
    Journalist and freelance audience consultant
    Adriana Lacy is a journalist and freelance audience consultant in Boston, Massachusetts. She is the digital and audience engagement editor at the Nieman Foundation for...
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  • Mary Bishop-Baldwin
    Assistant Editor, Tulsa World
    Mary Bishop-Baldwin has been an editor at the Tulsa (Oklahoma) World since 1995. She previously was an assistant professor of journalism at East Central University...
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  • Roy Peter Clark
    Senior Scholar, Poynter
    Roy Peter Clark is a writer, editor and teacher of writing who has become a writing coach to an international community of students, journalists and...
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  • Pamela Hogle
    Freelance writer and editor
    Pamela Hogle is a freelance writer and editor. She holds master’s degrees in journalism and canine studies. Pam has taught editing at USFSP and worked...
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  • Sue Burzynski Bullard
    Sue Burzynski Bullard teaches editing, reporting and multimedia at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She joined the University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty in August 2008 after a year...
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  • Andy Bechtel
    Assistant professor, University of North Carolina’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication
    Andy Bechtel is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where he teaches editing and newswriting. He...
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  • Mark Allen
    Mark Allen has been a journalist for more than 20 years, reporting, copy editing and leading special projects and a 180,000-circulation Sunday edition. He now...
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