© August 2018, Association for Church Editors 

Annual Meetings

Have you been to one of our Annual Meetings? Yes, they have to include the business of an Annual General Meeting. If it was just that, probably few members would attend. Why do they come, then? We think the real attraction is the announcement and presentation of the Awards for winners in the Awards Scheme and the wonderful, important presentations given by our keynote speakers. We really do learn some important things from them and they contribution to the value of the day for our members. Over the years these meeting have been held in London, and such places as Gloucestershire, the Midlands and St Albans. Then for a time they were held in London until we asked the question “Why?” Now our plans are to hold the meeting in London in alternate years and in the intervening years to move around the country. This brings our meetings closer to our members and also to those editors who have not yet joined ACE but welcome an opportunity to find out more about us.
A nationwide competition for church magazine editors was the start of ACE. The competition ran successfully for a few years before lapsing. Happily that was not the end. The competition was restarted and grew into the present Awards Scheme. Behind this transformation was the aim of encouraging editors through a range of awards. The result is that a greater number of editors can proudly show their readers what they have been able to achieve for their congregations. Our awards Scheme is not static. Each year we review how we worked through everything from inviting entries through judging to presenting the awards at the Annual Meeting.

Workshops

Another opportunity for members and non-members to come together and exchange their knowledge and experience of church magazine editing and production. In recent years we have held successful workshops in Liverpool and Worcester. Both were organised by members living locally. They brought much useful local knowledge both to the organisation of the event and to the workshop itself. The plan is usually to meet mid-morning and run through to mid-afternoon. A break for lunch means our guests and can talk to each other informally and get to know each other. If anyone is interested in organising a workshop, please get in touch with John Farrow, our chairman, e-mail chairman@ace.com

Ideas Forum

Do you find you sometimes need that extra article to fill an empty space, perhaps a half page, perhaps a full page or even just a line or two at the bottom of a page? All members of ACE receive an e-mail copy of our monthly Ideas Forum. It is a useful source for meeting both requirements. It is sent out at the beginning of the month which is ideal for inclusion in this month’s magazine. All the editorial material in the Ideas Forum is free for use by members, mostly without copyright restriction. Just occasionally you will be asked to give an acknowledgement to the author of an article and of course we do ask you respect any such requests. Looking in the other direction, if you or any member of your team writes any article that you think might be of interest to other,s please send it to us with permission for our members to use it in their magazine.
meetings and workshops These are the main ways in which we bring our members together. They are so important not just for what speakers can tell us but also for what we can tell each other over a cup of coffee or round a table at lunchtime. We make friends and it is these friends who can help us, sometimes in quite surprising ways.
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Annual Meetings

Have you been to one of our Annual Meetings? Yes, they have to include the business of an Annual General Meeting. If it was just that, probably few members would attend. Why do they come, then? We think the real attraction is the announcement and presentation of the Awards for winners in the Awards Scheme and the wonderful, important presentations given by our keynote speakers. We really do learn some important things from them and they contribution to the value of the day for our members. Over the years these meeting have been held in London, and such places as Gloucestershire, the Midlands and St Albans. Then for a time they were held in London until we asked the question “Why?” Now our plans are to hold the meeting in London in alternate years and in the intervening years to move around the country. This brings our meetings closer to our members and also to those editors who have not yet joined ACE but welcome an opportunity to find out more about us.
A nationwide competition for church magazine editors was the start of ACE. The competition ran successfully for a few years before lapsing. Happily that was not the end. The competition was restarted and grew into the present Awards Scheme. Behind this transformation was the aim of encouraging editors through a range of awards. The result is that a greater number of editors can proudly show their readers what they have been able to achieve for their congregations. Our awards Scheme is not static. Each year we review how we worked through everything from inviting entries through judging to presenting the awards at the Annual Meeting.

Workshops

Another opportunity for members and non-members to come together and exchange their knowledge and experience of church magazine editing and production. In recent years we have held successful workshops in Liverpool and Worcester. Both were organised by members living locally. They brought much useful local knowledge both to the organisation of the event and to the workshop itself. The plan is usually to meet mid- morning and run through to mid- afternoon. A break for lunch means our guests and can talk to each other informally and get to know each other. If anyone is interested in organising a workshop, please get in touch with John Farrow, our chairman, e-mail chairman@ace.com

Ideas Forum

Do you find you sometimes need that extra article to fill an empty space, perhaps a half page, perhaps a full page or even just a line or two at the bottom of a page? All members of ACE receive an e-mail copy of our monthly Ideas Forum. It is a useful source for meeting both requirements. It is sent out at the beginning of the month which is ideal for inclusion in this month’s magazine. All the editorial material in the Ideas Forum is free for use by members, mostly without copyright restriction. Just occasionally you will be asked to give an acknowledgement to the author of an article and of course we do ask you respect any such requests. Looking in the other direction, if you or any member of your team writes any article that you think might be of interest to other,s please send it to us with permission for our members to use it in their magazine.
meetings and workshops These are the main ways in which we bring our members together. They are so important not just for what speakers can tell us but also for what we can tell each other over a cup of coffee or round a table at lunchtime. We make friends and it is these friends who can help us, sometimes in quite surprising ways.