Three from Missouri School of Journalism Attend Regional ACES Conference

Columbia, Mo. (Oct. 20, 2010) — Two students and one professor represented the Missouri School of Journalism at the regional American Copy Editors Society (ACES) conference at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on Oct. 9. Graduate student Jessica Stephens, sophomore Tron (Michelle) Gao and associate professor, Maggie Walter made the trip, along with 50 other students from various universities around the Midwest, to Lincoln, Neb.

2010 ACES Conference
Jessica Stephens, a journalism master’s student, left, and Tron (Michelle) Goa, center left, chat with Gerry Berendzen, MA ’86, of the Quincy (Ill.) Herald-Whig and a member of the national ACES board, at right, after a session at the ACES regional workshop in Lincoln, Neb. Photo by Neil Holdway, news editor of the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago and ACES national treasurer.

Students took part in sessions that included ethics in editing, making headlines work online and in print, designing, what I wish they taught in J-School, Twitter for journalists and a grammar toolkit.

“It was a great opportunity for MU students to meet journalism majors from other schools and to have the opportunity to immerse themselves for a day in the topics of copy editing, without the distractions of school and jobs,” Walter said.

Walter is the adviser for the Missouri Student Chapter of ACES, which was started in 2006. It has monthly meetings that focus on issues regarding copy editing. Missouri hosted the regional conference in October 2009.

The Missouri chapter is one of six student chapters involved with ACES. ACES is a professional organization working toward the advancement of copy editors in newspapers, magazines, websites and other journalistic endeavors. Its aim is to provide solutions to copy desk problems through training, discussion and an awareness of common issues.

Updated: May 14, 2020

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