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Poynter ACES Training

Learn about the latest trends in language and best practices related to editing. Are you an ACES member? ACES members receive a special discount to enroll in these Poynter ACES training programs. Log in to your ACES membership account to access the discount codes. Then, return here and apply the code at checkout.

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Introductory Certificate

Gain a solid understanding of the standards, essential skills and best practices of editing when you earn your Poynter ACES Certificate in Editing.

Intermediate Certificate

Delve into verification and apply your critical thinking skills to deeper editing with the Poynter ACES Certificate in Accurate, Audience-Focused Editing.

Online Group Seminar

Hone your skills and edit beyond style, grammar and punctuation with the four-week ACES In-Depth Editing online group seminar for experienced editors.

Advanced Certificate

Edit strategically and earn your Poynter ACES Advanced Editing Certificate that consists of the intermediate certificate and the online group seminar.

Introductory Certificate

The Poynter ACES Certificate in Editing is an introductory level certificate containing self-paced courses. You can enroll in the courses individually; however, you’ll receive a certificate only if you enroll in the certificate program and successfully complete the course assessments offered through it. This certificate program is a suggested prerequisite for the Poynter ACES In-Depth Editing Certificate.

Poynter ACES Certificate in Editing

This package includes two webinars and four self-directed courses:

  1. Fundamentals of Editing
    You will gain a solid foundation in the process of editing and the range of skills that provide clarity and accuracy to any form of writing.
  2. The Art and Science of Editing
    You will learn to identify when you need to edit something, when you don’t and how to explain your changes to others.
  3. Clarity is Key: Making Writing Clean and Concise
    Learn to clarify and streamline your writing by using straightforward words and stronger nouns and verbs.
  4. Getting It Right: Accuracy and Verification in the Digital Age
    Acquire the knowledge and tools to become a more accurate journalist in the digital age.
  5. Writing Online Headlines: SEO and Beyond
    Write headlines that work everywhere online, from search results to article pages to RSS feeds to mobile apps.
  6. Language Primer: Basics of Grammar, Punctuation and Word Use
    Practice the fundamentals of grammar and composition so you can write and edit with greater confidence.

Intermediate Certificate

This package includes four webinars and three self-directed courses:

  1. Copyright Law and Fair Use for Journalists
    This self-directed course will help online content publishers understand the fair use doctrine and copyright law.
  2. Curating Content: How to Aggregate Coverage
    Get the tools you need to curate web content for your readers quickly, accurately and effectively.
  3. Fact-Checking and Debunking: Covering Rumors, Hoaxes and Gossip
    This webinar will help you identify hoaxes, debunk rumors and report on misinformation without perpetuating it.
  4. Math for Journalists: How to Write About Numbers
    This self-directed course will help you confront the age of Big Data and use numbers accurately, ethically and elegantly in your writing and editing.
  5. Spotting the Red Flags: How to Verify Information
    When you don’t have time to question everything before publication, where do you start? Learn how to stop mistakes before they happen.
  6. Slimming it Down: Cutting Content for Different Spaces
    This webinar provides techniques for keeping the news without losing all the details, whether you’re creating a story for mobile, a brief or a tweet.
  7. The Secret of Making Complicated Facts Easy Reading
    Learn to create a flow of information that offers just what the readers need to know — exactly when they need to know it.

The Poynter ACES Certificate in Accurate, Audience-Focused Editing is an intermediate level certificate containing self-paced courses. Enrollment in this certificate will automatically enroll you in all courses listed, plus their related assessments. Please note that enrolling in the courses separately will not count toward the certificate.

This certificate program is available on its own or as part of the Poynter ACES Advanced Editing Certificate, which also contains an online group seminar.

Poynter ACES Certificate in Accurate, Audience-Focused Editing

Online Group Seminar

ACES In-Depth Editing Online Group Seminar (November 2021)

The ACES In-Depth Editing Online Group Seminar with Merrill Perlman and Nick Jungman is offered twice a year. Online seminars span over the course of four weeks and include self-paced learning, live sessions and one-on-one coaching and feedback. This online seminar is available on its own or as part of the Poynter ACES Advanced Editing Certificate, which also contains the Poynter ACES Certificate in Accurate, Audience-Focused Editing.

Course learning outcomes:

  1. How to improve content organization and structure
  2. How to edit for different audiences, disciplines and platforms
  3. How to apply critical thinking skills to evaluate content
  4. How to coach and collaborate with writers
  5. How to use all forms of display type across multiple platforms
  6. How to use templates and create style sheets in editing

Advanced Certificate

This advanced editing certificate is for experienced editors who are seeking to move their work to a new level. It’s a comprehensive training program for editors and writers who want to hone their skills and edit strategically instead of just tactically. If you’d like to be added to our list for alerts on the next time we offer this course, please email .