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2020 Boot Camps

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Upcoming 2020 Boot Camps

Fundamentals in Editing, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Date: Feb. 27
Location: Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, 828 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 | East Room
Trainers: Merrill Perlman & Teresa Schmedding

What we’ll cover: 

  1. Why editing is important (and how to convince your bosses) 
  2. Grammar and punctuation basics 
  3. Commonly confused and misused words 
  4. Elements of proofreading
  5. Clarity: smoothing out dense or garbled prose, streamlining copy
  6. Accuracy: checking facts and sources, ensuring charts/graphics are correct, identifying and filling in missing information
  7. Headlines: writing clear, informative display type in print and online (including SEO)
  8. Style: why you need a style guide

Cost: $200 members/$250 nonmembers

Register now


Past 2019 Boot Camps

Fundamentals in Editing

Date: February 28
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Trainers: Teresa Schmedding and Merrill Perlman

What we’ll cover: 1.Why editing is important (and how to convince your bosses) 2. Grammar and punctuation basics 3. Commonly confused and misused words 4. Elements of proofreading 5.Clarity: smoothing out dense or garbled prose, streamlining copy 6. Accuracy: checking facts and sources, ensuring charts/graphics are correct, identifying and filling in missing information 7. Headlines: writing clear, informative display type in print and online (including SEO) 8. Style: why you need a style guide


ACES/RTDNA Joint Boot Camp, May 8-9

Date: May 8
Location: Washington, D.C.

Social Media 101 

Trainers: Teresa Schmedding and Alysha Love

Don't know the difference between a tag and a hashtag? Come to this special pre-camp workshop on Social Media 101. We'll help you set up a Twitter and Facebook account and give you the basic tools to get started in social media.

Art & Digital Science of Digital Editing 

Trainers: Teresa Schmedding and Alysha Love

What we’ll cover: 1. Structure of content 2. Tools to evaluating content 3. Lessons for writing 4. The role of emotions 5. Words that prompt the most engagement on social 6. Critical elements in display type Should also mention that laptops are required for hands-on exercises.

*Attendees should bring laptop or tablet. 


ACES/RTDNA Joint Boot Camp, May 8-9

Date: May 9
Location: Washington, D.C.

Editing for the Military 

Trainers: Michael Deas

Do you think JAG officers are sure-fire defense against defamation? This workshop will equip you with the basic skills to identify libelous terms, phrases and expressions that are often overlooked or hidden in copy.

Digital Verification 

Trainer: Teresa Schmedding

The internet is filled with unicorns and cute kittens -- and misinformation and hoaxes. This workshop will give you free tools to help you verify social media accounts and posts; photos and videos; and fact check sources.

Video Editing: Subtitles, Voice-over 

Trainer: Steve Cope

 How to write and edit subtitles and voice-over scripts for video. What we'll cover: The difference between subtitles and voice-overs, when to use each and how to craft words for both.


Art & Science of digital editing

Date: June 6
Location: Salt Lake City
Trainers: Teresa Schmedding 

What we’ll cover: 1. Structure of content 2. Tools to evaluating content 3. Lessons for writing 4. The role of emotions 5. Words that prompt the most engagement on social 6. Critical elements in display type.


In-Depth Editing (In conjunction with the Excellence in Journalism Conference)

Date: September 4
Location: San Antonio
Trainers: Teresa Schmedding and Merrill Perlman

Go beyond the basics of grammar and style in this full-day advanced editing workshop. You’ll leave with tools for attacking the structure and focus of a piece and for approaching content destined for multiple platforms. You’ll also discover tricks for editing with elegance and learn to define your role with your writers or clients.


In-Depth Editing, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Date: October 14
Location: Chicago Venue: Loyola University Chicago, Lewis Towers, 111 East Pearson Street, Chicago IL 60611
Trainers: Nick JungmanMerrill Perlman

Go beyond the basics of grammar and style in this full-day advanced editing workshop. You’ll leave with tools for attacking the structure and focus of a piece and for approaching content destined for multiple platforms. You’ll also discover tricks for editing with elegance and learn to define your role with your writers or clients.


Content Marketing for Editors, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Date: October 21
Location: New York City Venue: Baruch College William and Anita Newman Conference Center, 151 East 25th Street
Trainers: Teresa SchmeddingMerrill Perlman, and Carolyn Lumia

How to choose the right voice for your audience and craft error-free, compelling copy. We'll cover tone and voice, content strategy, audience segmenting, and CTAs that generate results