Our Mission

ACES: The Society for Editing is the nation’s leading organization of editing professionals, educators, and students. We are dedicated to improving the quality of the written word and the working lives of editors. We set standards of excellence and give a voice to editors in journalism, government, business, and beyond through top-notch training, networking, and career opportunities.

ACES Statement

A core belief among editors is the right of people to be heard, and ACES: The Society for Editing supports the free exercise of that right for everyone. We stand against acts of racism, we stand with our members working to shine a light on inequality, and we stand against attempts to hinder the freedoms of speech, the press, and assembly.

We are dedicated to supporting all our members. You can reach the ACES Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Committee at

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Join ACES if you are:

Someone who edits! Editing may be your full-time job, or it may be just one of the eggs in your work basket. Our members come from a wide range of industries: corporate communications, government, journalism, academia, and beyond. We’re united by a love of language and an interest in building our skills and becoming the best editors and communicators we can be.

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If you are a passionate editor, a student looking to join the ranks, or just a person who hates typos, consider becoming a member.

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ACES was started in 1997 by Pam Robinson of Long Island, N.Y., and Hank Glamann of Houston as a group to foster support and awareness of copy editors, primarily in newspapers. Their idea grew from responses surveyed by the American Society of News Editors in 1996. Our first conference was in Chapel Hill, N.C., not long after. Since then, we’ve hosted yearly national conferences and several other regional workshops and boot camps to train, reinforce and acknowledge solid copy editing skills. We’ve also grown into a place where editors from newspapers and beyond can meet like-minded colleagues and network for job advancement, shared training, troubleshooting and, what we like best, camaraderie.