ACES is interested in sponsoring, fostering, and publicizing research about editing. In 2011, the organization released results of a study that showed that readers notice errors in news stories and find them distracting.
ACES has also convened a panel of professors to connect our members to research relevant to their careers. If you have a research idea or are aware of a study that may be of interest to ACES, please contact us.
ACES teamed up in 2011 with journalism schools by establishing the ACES Award For Research On Editing. The award is sponsored by ACES and administered by the Newspaper Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Professors and graduate students are invited to submit research papers for submission to the annual AEJMC conference, held in August of each year. The Newspaper Division assigns judges to select the best research paper that focuses on story editing, headline writing, and other areas relevant to editing. The winner presents the research at the AEJMC conference.
ACES supported research on whether journalistic norms in style, writing, and grammar matter to readers. That research, by Alyssa Appelman, a fourth-year Ph.D. student at The Pennsylvania State University, was presented at the 2015 ACES conference.
University of Missouri-Columbia’s study on role conflict for newspaper copy editors.
More on the ACES-sponsored study on online errors: Why hiring copy editors is a really good idea.