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Contents: This certificate consists of six self-directed courses and eight-course assessments.


  1. Fundamentals of Editing

  2. The Art and Science of Editing

  3. Clarity is Key: Making Writing Clean and Concise

  4. Getting It Right: Accuracy and Verification in the Digital Age

  5. Writing Online Headlines: SEO and Beyond

  6. Language Primer: Basics of Grammar, Punctuation and Word Us


  1. Course Assessment: Fundamentals of Editing

  2. Course Assessment: The Art and Science of Editing

  3. Course Assessment: Clarity is Key

  4. Course Assessment: Getting It Right

  5. Course Assessment: Writing Online Headlines

  6. Course Assessment: Language Primer – Word Use

  7. Course Assessment: Language Primer – Punctuation

  8. Course Assessment: Language Primer – Grammar

Certificate: The Poynter ACES Certificate in Editing

Contents: This certificate consists of six self-directed courses and eight-course assessments.



Other Completed Education/Training

American Copy Editors Society - Proofreading 101 (November 2022)

Description:  A proofreader often serves as the final eyes on content before publication. This session presents the essentials of proofreading: the differences between editing and proofreading, basics about the markup process, how to define the scope of a proofreading project, how to approach files that demand more revisions than a proofread might allow, and tips to expand your current proofreading skills. Presented by Heather E. Saunders, CEO and lead editor at Nova Arc Content Co. She has more than 15 years of experience as a technical editor, writer, and proofreader specializing in the STEM, medical, and aerospace and defense sectors.

American Copy Editors Society – 9 Ways to Edit Yourself or Anyone Else (November 2022)

Description:  Presented by past American Copy Editors Society board member, Sue Burzynski Bullard. Sue Burzynski Bullard is a retired journalist and journalism professor. She taught editing, reporting, ethics and multimedia classes at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and at Michigan State University. Before she started teaching, she was a reporter and editor at several newspapers including The Detroit News, where she was the managing editor.  She is a former executive board member of ACES: the Society for Editing and has taught journalists internationally and in the United States for the Poynter Institute for Media Studies.   In 2014, she was named the Society of Professional Journalists’ Distinguished Educator of the Year. In 2011, she wrote “Everybody’s an Editor: Navigating Journalism’s Changing Landscape,” a textbook examining the changing roles of editors in the digital age.  She has a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in journalism and a master’s degree from Central Michigan University in administration. 

American Copy Editors Society – Developing a Quality Editorial Process End-to-End (2021)

Description:  Sometimes it feels like every editing project presents a minefield of errors. What will you step on this time: a misspelled name in a byline? Last year's date in the footer? A big, boldface typo in the headline? Or a data point that's different in two different parts of the document? In this session, we'll discuss a standard editorial process you can use to guide your publications from start to finish -- all the way from development through final proofing. Presented by Samantha Enslen, president, Dragonfly Editorial, and Cynthia Williams, editor and project manager, Dragonfly Editorial.

American Copy Editors Society – What’s new in APA Style: Inside the Seventh Edition of the Public Manual of the American Psychological Association (2020)

Description: The seventh edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association is discussed, highlighting key APA Style updates chapter by chapter. Insights are provided into the rationale behind many of the changes and discuss how these changes may affect your editing. Used worldwide by students and professionals in psychology, nursing, education, business, engineering, and many other fields, APA Style provides essential guidance for making writing more precise, concise, and inclusive. The seventh edition reflects advancements in ethical standards, research reporting, use of online sources, and accessibility over the past 10 years. It has been expanded to include expert recommendations for writing without bias, student-specific resources, and updated guidance on best practices in scholarly writing, research, citing, and publishing. Presented by Timothy L. McAdoo.

American Psychological Association (APA) - Citing Works in Text Using Seventh Edition APA Style (2020)


What are Editorial Professional Standards?
Denise and Louise discuss how professional standards are defined, why they're important for editors and proofreaders, who's setting them, and the tools some organizations are using to set standards and ensure that editorial practitioners demonstrate and uphold them.

How to use em dashes - Denise and Louise discuss em dashes, or em rules, and how to use them in fiction and non-fiction writing. (2022)

How to use en dashes - Denise and Louise discuss en dashes, or en rules, and how to use them in fiction and non-fiction writing. (2022)

How to use quotation marks (speech marks) in writing - Denise and Louise talk about how to use question marks in fiction and non-fiction according to convention. (2022)

Proofreading: 12 things you need to know, Part 1 – Denise and Louise talk about the 6 key pieces of information you need to become a professional proofreader. (2022)

Proofreading: 12 things you need to know, Part 2 - Denise and Louise talk about the 6 key pieces of information you need to become a professional proofreader. (2022)

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