- Poynter ACES Certificate in Editing
- Certificate Program
This certificate is $75 for members of the American Copy Editors Society (ACES). Watch your member email to get details about the discount.
About Certificate Programs
Certificates of proficiency are designed to measure your knowledge of the industry's essential skills and best practices. To receive a certificate, take the NewsU courses associated with that certificate program and then successfully complete the online assessment for each course. Once you've passed all the assessments, you will receive your certificate from Poynter's NewsU.
This certificate in editing from Poynter News University and the American Copy Editors Society shows that you have a solid foundation in the editing practices and standards from the industry leaders in the craft.
The interactive courses and on-demand video replays in this series will give you a solid understanding of the essential skills and best practices of editing, including the new digital aspects.
This certificate brings together teaching from the industry leaders in journalism and professional editing to standardize the practice of editing in a formal program.
This package includes:
Fundamentals of Editing, with Andy Bechtel, Sue Burzynski Bullard and Lisa McLendon. Gain a solid grounding in the process of editing and the range of skills that provide clarity and accuracy to any form of writing.
Getting It Right: Accuracy and Verification in the Digital Age, with Craig Silverman. Acquire the knowledge and tools to become a more accurate journalist in the digital age.
Language Primer: Basics of Grammar, Punctuation and Word Use, with Roy Peter Clark, Merrill Perlman and Pam Hogle. Practice the fundamentals of grammar and composition so you can write and edit with greater confidence.
Complete each of the courses in this certificate program, then take the assessments for each one. Questions from each assessment will cover content from each course. You'll have three chances to pass each assessment.
Unlike traditional quizzes and activities from Poynter's NewsU, these assessments won't tell you the answers. So make sure you study hard when you take the courses.
Assessments for this certificate
- Fundamentals of Editing: Course Assessment
This assessment measures your understanding of the Poynter self-directed course, "Fundamentals of Editing."
- Writing Online Headlines: Course Assessment
This quiz measures your understanding of the course Writing Online Headlines: SEO and Beyond.
- Getting It Right: Accuracy and Verification in the Digital Age: Course Assessment
Measures your understanding of the course "Getting It Right" from Poynter's NewsU.
- Clarity is Key: Course Assessment
Measures your understanding of the content in the course "Clarity is Key" at Poynter's NewsU
- Language Primer: Course Assessment
This final exam for "Language Primer: Grammar, Punctuation and Word Use," measures your understanding of the principles and rules of the English language. The final contains 50 questions. You are allowed three attempts to pass this exam with an 80% score. You will have 75 minutes for each attempt.
- The Art and Science of Editing: Course Assessment
This assessment measures your understanding of the course, "The Art and Science of Editing."
Who Benefits From This Certificate:
Newsroom professionals, students, community journalists, bloggers, communications professionals or anyone—with or without formal journalism training—who wants to distinguish themselves in the eyes of editors and publishers.
How Certificates Work:
- Each assessment contains about 15-20 multiple-choice and true-false questions
- You must score at least 80 percent to pass each assessment
- You'll get three chances to pass each assessment
- You'll have 30 minutes to complete each assessment; 75 minutes for the Language Primer assessment
- When you pass all the assessments, you will receive your certificate
American Copy Editors Society (ACES)
The American Copy Editors Society (ACES) 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.