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ACES regional conference

American Copy Editors Society

Date: Time: 8:30 am–3:30 pm
Andersen Hall Room: TBA
Additional Info: ANDN
Contact: Sue Burzynski Bullard, (402) 472-7110,
Sign up for ACES conference here on Oct. 9

These days, everyone needs to be an editor.

The UNL CoJMC student chapter of the American Copy Editors Society is hosting a regional workshop in Andersen Hall on Saturday, Oct. 9. It’s a bargain - $5 for UNL students who are not ACES members - and that includes lunch.

The program is packed with workshops for both professionals and students. Update your skills with sessions on SEO for headlines or Twitter for journalists. Or refresh your knowledge in sessions on ethics, design and grammar. Students will also hear newsroom editors talk about what they wish they had learned in J school.

Registration and schedule details are available on the ACES UNL website at

Or you can pick up a schedule and registration form in the main office, 147 Andersen.

If you need more information, please contact Sue Bullard at 402-472-7110 or .


ACES REGIONAL SCHEDULE Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010 University of Nebraska – Lincoln

* 8:30 a.m.: Registration and coffee / Andersen Hall

* 9 a.m.: Welcome from Gary Kebbel, dean of UNL’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications, and Lisa McLendon, ACES vice president/conferences. Andersen Hall, Room 15

• 9:15 to 10:30 a.m.: General session / Andersen Hall, Room 15 Entry points: Making headlines work in print and online Headlines are the first look at the news, but what’s great in print doesn’t often work online. We’ll talk about what makes successful headlines in the paper and on the Web, and go over the basics of search engine optimization. Larry Sparks, The Omaha World-Herald, and Lisa McLendon, The Wichita Eagle

• 10:45 a.m. to noon: General session / Andersen Hall, Room 15 Ethics in editing big and small Copy editors are familiar with libel law, but less clear perhaps are ethical considerations. They arise in our copy in all kinds of situations, from simple math to complicated descriptions of lawsuits and crime. We’ll sample some of those considerations, and maybe a little bit of libel, too. Neil Holdway, news editor of the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago

* Noon to 1:15 p.m. / Andersen Hall, Freedom Forum Commons, First Floor Lunch and tours of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications

* 1:15 to 2:15 p.m.: / Breakout sessions – choose one

A. Designing When You Didn’t Think That Would Be Your Job / Andersen Hall, Room 109

Copy editors, especially these days, often find that they are also expected to lay out pages. Tips and techniques for quickly becoming a good designer when you thought somebody else would be doing it.
Tim Anderson, associate professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

B. What I Wish They Taught in J school / Andersen Hall, Room 120

The pros talk about what they wish they – or the people they’re hiring – had learned when they were in college. Get some tips now about what you really need to know on the job.

Gerri Berendzen, Quincy Herald-Whig (tentative); Neil Holdway, Lisa McLendon, Larry Sparks

• 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. / Breakout sessions – choose one

A. Twitter for Journalists / Andersen Hall, Room 109 Editors can benefit from signing on to Twitter, the site that boils stories down to 140 characters or less. Learn how journalists are using Twitter as a communications tool.
Sue Burzynski Bullard, associate professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

B. Grammar Toolkit / Andersen Hall, Room 120

Let’s face it: Grammatical mistakes and punctuation problems can damage your credibility. No matter what your skill level, you’ll get plenty of helpful tips about language rules and concepts in this entertaining, grammar-made-easy session.
Charlyne Berens, associate dean, College of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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