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Merrill Perlman

Running for board seat at-large

(self-nominated, incumbent) 

About your work: I’m a freelance editor and trainer, an adjunct at the Columbia J-School and write the "Language Corner" column for the Columbia Journalism Review.

How you have contributed to ACES: I’ve been a member of ACES since the beginning, and have presented at every conference but the first. I’ve been on the board of ACES and/or its EdFund for many years. I helped develop and present many of ACES’ training opportunities, including boot camps, webinars and seminars with Poynter.

Why you feel you are the best candidate for this position: My longtime experience with ACES (and editing) gives me perspective on where we have been and where we are going. I’m an enthusiastic booster of ACES at the college and high school level, as well as at the professional level. My national reputation gives me presence and leverage.

What you envision for ACES during your tenure: ACES has grown tremendously, bringing in editors from many disciplines and with many skills. We should leverage that bounty with training that can make sure editors have the knowledge, tools and support they need as jobs and work change. We have started; we need to expand.

What is one thing about ACES that you would like to improve, and what ideas do you have on how to improve it? ACES, as most of us know, began as a journalism organization and now includes editors from many kinds of outlets and types of editing. That diversity of experience enriches us, because many best practices in one industry can be adopted by another. What we lack, though is another kind of diversity: racial, ethnic and social diversity. We skew female-identifying, but otherwise seemed to have better diversity in gender identification diversity than we do in racial, ethnic and social diversity. By social diversity, I mean people from different economic backgrounds, different political backgrounds, different religious backgrounds, different geographic backgrounds, etc. To help improve these areas of diversity, ACES has already taken some important steps with its Diversity and Inclusion committee. I think we can do more outreach, and enlist our members to help make us a more robust, reflective organization. We can also attempt partnerships with affinity organizations and other related trade groups. When you make the pie bigger, everyone gets more pie!