Poynter ACES Certificate in Accurate, Audience-Focused Editing

Course Overview

Poynter ACES Certificate in Accurate, Audience-Focused Editing
Certificate Program

This certificate is $75 for members of the ACES: The Society for Editing (ACES). Watch your member email to get details about the discount. Looking for more ways to build your resume and boost your skills? See our complete lineup of certificate programs.

About Certificate Programs

Certificates of proficiency are designed to measure your knowledge of essential skills or information. To receive a certificate, take the NewsU courses associated with that certificate program and then successfully complete the online assessment for each course. Once you've passed all the assessments, you will receive your certificate from Poynter's NewsU.

Poynter News University and the ACES: The Society for Editing know that editing is so much more than sculpting raw text into a clear, grammatical work of literature or journalism. These industry leaders, who created the Poynter ACES Certificate in Editing, have teamed up once more.

This program, the Accurate, Audience-Focused Editing: A Poynter ACES Certificate Program, is for experienced editors who are seeking to move their work to a new level and assumes knowledge of and experience in basic copy editing.

The Accurate, Audience-Focused Editing Certificate aims to get editors to apply their critical thinking skills to deeper editing — to look at the structure and flow of longer pieces and ensure that they are sound and to isolate the essential elements of a story when cutting or curating content for different platforms and different audiences.

More training

If you're looking for a certificate that focuses on the fundamentals of copy editing, check out the original Poynter ACES Certificate in Editing, which emphasizes grammar and usage skills and approaches and strategies for copy editing.

Here's our complete lineup of courses in partnership with ACES.

Courses included in this package

NOTE: Enroll in the course pack by clicking on the blue Enroll Now button and not in these courses separately.

This package delves more deeply into verification of information as well, looking at best practices for ensuring the accuracy of information from a variety of sources. It includes a course on copyright law and fair use, which can be helpful for editors who curate content from multiple sources. Finally, the certificate tackles numbers, an area where many writers and editors stumble.

This package includes the seven courses listed below. (Please note: Enrolling in the courses separately will not count toward the certificate.)

  • Copyright Law and Fair Use for Journalists: This self-directed course will help online content publishers, social media participants and website publishers understand the fair use doctrine and copyright law.

  • Curating Content: How to Aggregate Coverage: How do you make sense of the news on the web for your readers? Get the tools you need to curate content quickly, accurately and effectively.

  • Fact-Checking and Debunking: Covering Rumors, Hoaxes and Gossip: Who hasn't shared some really cool content — only to find out the image was faked or the rumor wasn't true? Prominent media aren't even immune from making these errors; what's an editor to do? This Webinar will help you identify hoaxes, debunk rumors and report on misinformation without perpetuating it.

  • Numeracy Primer: How to Write About Numbers, a self-directed course, will review essential numbers skills and drill, drill, drill. Confused about percentages and percentage points? Not sure how to figure out the rate at which something occurs or the likelihood of a chance occurrence? Fear not! Numeracy Primer covers these and other guises that those tricky numerals will use to trip you up where you least expect to see them.

  • Slimming it Down: Cutting Content for Different Spaces: Not every story is written as an inverted pyramid; and not every audience needs the same information. This Webinar replay provides techniques for keeping the news without losing all the details, whether you're creating a story for mobile, a brief or a tweet.

  • Spotting the Red Flags: How to Verify Information: Your source said what? What statements and claims deserve a healthy dose of skepticism and some deeper digging? When you don’t have time to question everything before publication, where do you start? Learn how to stop mistakes before they happen.

  • The Secret of Making Complicated Facts Easy Reading: Editors working on long, technical pieces, numbers-heavy stories, or topics that are complex in other ways will benefit from the strategies presented in this webinar replay. Learn to create a flow of information that offers just what the readers need to know — exactly when they need to know it, making hard facts easy reading for a variety of audiences.

How Certificates Work:
  • Each assessment contains about 15-20 multiple-choice and true-false questions
  • You must score at least 80 percent to pass each assessment
  • You'll get three chances to pass each assessment
  • You'll have 30 minutes to complete each assessment
  • When you pass all the assessments, you will receive your certificate

Questions? Read our Certificates FAQ or contact us.

Bundle and Save

Editors seeking a comprehensive curriculum are encouraged to apply to the ACES Advanced Editing Certificate training. When paired with this certificate, the OGS rounds out the Poynter ACES advanced editing curriculum.

Training Partner:

ACES: The Society for Editing

ACES: The Society for Editing is a nonprofit education and membership organization working toward the advancement of copy editors. Its aim is to provide solutions to editing problems, training and a place to discuss common issues.

The organization is an international members’ alliance of editors working at newspapers, magazines, websites, traditional media outlets and Fortune 500 companies, as well as freelance editors, students and professors. It is an organization built on the advocacy of editing as a craft vital to clear writing and reader advocacy.