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

, the group offered:

  • a contest
  • member directories
  • a newsletter
  • scholarships (via the affiliated ACES Education Fund)
  • regional workshops
  • three-day annual conferences
  • a website that links to job listings and a discussion board


Executive committee
ACES was founded in 1997, by , who also served as its first president, and . 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 of The Baltimore Sun was its second president. 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. 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 , which is awarded to the top editor of the year, and the Glamann Award, which honors contributions to the craft.


Conferences
+ ACES National Conferences
1997Chapel Hill, N.C.347
1998Portland, Ore.400
1999Dallas525
2000Baltimore425
2001Long Beach, Calif.440
2002Louisville, Ky.354
2003Chicago410
2004Houston390
2005Hollywood504
2006Cleveland420
2007Miami368
2008Denver297
2009Minneapolis256
2010Philadelphia331
2011Phoenix297
2012New Orleans354
2013St. Louis379
2014Las Vegas335
2015Pittsburgh483
2016Portland. Ore.626
2017St. 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.

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