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IPEd National Survey of Editors 2014 report

The IPEd National Survey of Editors 2014 report is available on the members-only section of the IPEd website. This is the first time the same survey has been run simultaneously through the societies of editors, providing society-specific data, which has then be used to compile the national report. The report and appendices therefore provide national and state information. 

The survey had 391 respondents from 1495 members of societies of editors (26%). The report includes a profile of the typical Australian editor, what their qualifications and training are, the industries and professions employing them and their editing income. A specific section just for freelancers provides average hourly rates, methods of quoting and more. The report also includes information on the professional development needs of editors, as well as the services editors would like from IPEd.

New IPEd Chair

At the February council meeting Queensland Councillor Kerry Davies AE was appointed Chair of IPEd. Kerry agreed to take on the role if another Councillor would agree to take up her position as Honorary Treasurer. Loene Doube AE offered to take on the role of Honorary Treasurer and Kerry Coyle AE was appointed Deputy Chair.

IPEd Prize

The winner of the IPEd Prize 2014 is Brenda Gurr for her essay 'Breaking the rules: editing with prescription and description'. The paper was written as part of a Graduate Certificate in Editing and Publishing at the University of Southern Queensland.

The essay, in the style of a blog post, puts forward the view that editors should use both prescriptive and descriptive approaches to language in their work. It discusses aspects of the history of English grammar and the problems with enforcing grammatical rules, as well as considering the relevance of teaching grammar to today's school students.

The judges commented that the essay was highly engaging, accessible, interesting and entertaining, and felt that the informal, rather breezy prose was attractive.

Brenda Gurr's prize-winning essay is available on the IPEd website.

Rosemary Noble to represent IPEd in Canada

IPEd agreed to sponsor a speaker to attend the Editors' Association of Canada (EAC) Editing Goes Global conference in Toronto in June as the IPEd representative.

Council received seven expressions of interest for this opportunity and Rosemary Noble AE was unanimously endorsed as the IPEd-sponsored speaker. Rosemary will represent IPEd, addressing the conference on the current IPEd transition process, and prepare a post-conference report.

The EAC is offering discounts to Australian editors for the conference.