Editing a church magazine can sometimes feel like a lonely job. ACE provides an opportunity
to meet other like-minded individuals who provide each other with support, help,
comment and new ideas, not to mention friendship. Suddenly it is not such a lonely
job after all!
Anyone who supports the aims and production of church newsletter and magazines may
join the Association. Membership is not limited to the editor; other members of the
team will benefit too.
The Association is ecumenical, educational, and above all a source of continual help
so that members can aim for high standards in publishing the magazine for their church.
Local Groups lie at the heart of our activities. New members are allocated to a Local
Group where they will be welcomed into the fold. New members are also welcome to
help form a new Local Group if there is not one already in their immediate locality.
The aim is to bring members closer together to discuss various issues and challenges.
Meeting are held on an “ad hoc” basis and members bring along their magazines for
friendly comparison. Groups are also encouraged to keep in touch by e-mail and to
help each other by passing on possible contributions to magazines that can be used
by other members.
The Association for Church Editors is a not-for-profit group which exists to provide
practical help and advice to those concerned with producing church-based communications.
The principle aim of our Association is therefore to foster the highest standards
of editorial communication between churches and their immediate communities.
How do we help?
A magazine competition with a difference is held every two years. The editor of the
best overall magazine is awarded the John King Trophy to hold until the next competition.
All editors are eligible to enter. Judging is aimed at answering the question "How
well does your magazine meet its aims?" In deciding this the judges take into account
the resources, financial, human and technical, available for its production. As well
as the John King Trophy, other trophies and certificates are awarded for the various
aspects of production.
The Ace, the Association's newsletter for members, is currently produced and mailed
out three times each year. As well as the printed version, electronic distribution
is also available from this website. To see and download the latest edition of ACE
as a pdf, please click here.
The newsletter provides members with new about ACE, article of interest, often written
by members, news of Local Groups and articles aimed at helping members with technology
and other developments. It provides a mine of information based on the practical
experience of editors, so that we can all learn from their mistakes, and share their
tips and advice.
BUILDING A TEAM
A WEBSITE TOO?
BUILDING A TEAM
A WEBSITE TOO?
The ACE Newsletter
National and area conferences and workshops are organised periodically. Expert
speakers are often invited to give presentations on subjects of interest and importance.
These events are a good way of bringing people together, of making friends and
of learning new ideas based on the knowledge and experience of other editors.
The ACE Members' Handbook is an invaluable tool to have on the desk, particularly
when working on the magazine. Supplied in an A5 ring-binder, it acts as a guide to
the better appearance of church magazines and includes tips on design, content, editing
and much more. Additions and updates are made periodically.
Additional Benefits of ACE Membership
Members of ACE also benefit in terms of access to unique subscriber-only resources
on this website. Members are encouraged to log on to see current news and to use
the members' forum in order to network and share ideas.