Nov. 10 – Dec. 15
Live video sessions
Each Thursday, you will have the opportunity to attend a one-hour video session with your instructors.
Nov. 14 at 4 p.m. Eastern
Nov. 21 at 4 p.m. Eastern
Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. Eastern
Dec. 12 at 4 p.m. Eastern
If you’re unable to attend a live session, there will be a recording available.
This in-depth editing online group seminar is for experienced editors who are seeking to move their work to a new level. You’ll hone your skills and edit strategically, going beyond editing for style, grammar and punctuation.
When you’re done, you will have expertise in substantive editing and know how to use critical thinking skills across multiple platforms and disciplines. You’ll also get coaching and feedback from the experts at the ACES: The Society for Editing.
Course learning outcomes:
- How to improve content organization and structure
- How to edit for different audiences, disciplines and platforms
- How to apply critical thinking skills to evaluate content
- How to coach and collaborate with writers
- How to use all forms of display type across multiple platforms
- How to use templates and create style sheets in editing
Who should take this course:
Editors who want to expand their skills and acquire the ability to edit in a variety of disciplines and platforms; communications professionals or writers who want to become better self-editors or develop expertise in editing; editors seeking to augment their skills or acquire a credential.
Each week, we’ll present a set of readings, resources and assignments.
The first week of the course is about learning what critical thinking is and how to apply it. In this week’s assignment, you’ll apply your newfound critical thinking skills to a piece of work.
The content for Week One will be available on Sunday, Nov. 10. The first live session is on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 4 p.m. Eastern. Live sessions are recorded and typically last an hour. If you miss a live session, there will be a recording available.
In the second week of the course, we’ll be talking about story structure and organization. In this week’s assignments, you’ll edit content with story structure in mind.
The content for Week Two of the course will be available on Sunday, Nov. 17. The second live session is on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 4 p.m. Eastern. Live sessions are recorded and typically last an hour. If you miss a live session, there will be a recording available.
In the third week of the course, we will focus on editing for multiple platforms and audiences. In this week’s assignment, you’ll practice editing material for a mobile platform and writing headlines that work well for search.
The content for Week Three will be available on Sunday, Nov. 24. The third live session is the following week on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. Eastern. Live sessions are recorded and typically last an hour. If you miss a live session, there will be a recording available.
In the fourth week of the course, we’ll talk about the managing and coaching aspects of editing. This assignment should help you wrap up everything you’ve done in these four weeks.
The content for Week Four will be available on Sunday, Dec. 8. The final live session for this edition of the course is on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 4 p.m. Eastern. Live sessions are recorded and typically last an hour. If you miss a live session, there will be a recording available.
Merrill Perlman is a consultant who works with news organizations, private companies and journalism organizations, specializing in helping people better edit and communicate. She spent 25 years at The New York Times in jobs ranging from copy editor to director of copy desks, in charge of all 150-plus copy editors at The Times. (Both titles are, sadly, extinct at the Times.) She is an adjunct assistant professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and writes the Language Corner column for the Columbia Journalism Review. Merrill is a member of the executive committee of ACES: The Society for Editing and of its Education Fund, She has received the Missouri Honor Medal from the Unversity of Missouri, the Glamann Award from ACES, and the Charles R. O’Malley Award for Excellence in teaching from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. She was a reporter for four years before becoming an editor.
Sue Burzynski Bullard
Sue Burzynski Bullard is on the ACES: The Society for Editing executive committee. She teaches editing, reporting, ethics and multimedia classes at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Before joining academia, Sue held a variety of editing positions at The Detroit News, including a three-year stint as managing editor. In 2014, she was named the Society of Professional Journalists’ Educator of the Year. She’s won numerous other journalism education awards. The second edition of her textbook, “Everybody’s an Editor: Navigating Journalism’s Changing Landscape,” was published in 2014.
About online group seminars
In an online group seminar, you will gather with other participants in a virtual space, logging in from anywhere, day or night, over the course of several weeks. A faculty member guides the group through new material, moderates discussions and provides individual feedback.
The content of this course unfolds over several weeks. There are few scheduled live meeting times. Except for several live discussions, you’ll be able to learn on a schedule that works for you. The minimum time commitment each week is three to four hours.