Discussing the 'Cowboy World' of Social Media: the June Dinner Meeting

On Wednesday 17 June Editors Victoria held our latest dinner meeting at CQ in the city. The event was held in the building's intimate upstairs function room overlooking Queen Street. The room was alive with conversation and laughter, and positively bursting at the seams with over 50 people in attendance.

Once everyone was sufficiently fed (that tandoori chicken and saffron rice - yum!) President Jackey Coyle was invited to officially open the meeting and discuss things to come. Jackey reiterated the importance of feedback on the IPEd papers and also discussed the upcoming committee nominations and AGM (to be held mid-August).

Then it was time for our panel to shine! 

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The social media panel (L-R): Lorna Hendry, Veronica Sullivan, Iolanthe Gabrie and panel moderator Sarah Mokrzycki (Credit: Nicole Mathers)

Our speakers for the night were Iolanthe Gabrie, director of Ruby Slipper Consultants, a company specialising in social media for businesses and individuals; Veronica Sullivan, online editor of Kill Your Darlings journal and assistant manager of the Stella Prize; and the society's own social media guru Lorna Hendry, writer, graphic designer, teacher and accredited editor.

These three amazing and talented women talked us through social media for editors: the benefits of using social media, tips and techniques to aid online presence, and also the frustrations and confusions that surround this 'cowboy' topic - and how to best work through them. The panel was lively, engaging, incredibly informative and full of laughs.

I was the moderator for the evening and, in keeping with one of the main points encouraged by the panel (that abandoning modesty and tooting your own horn online is a good - and necessary - thing) I'd have to say I did a great job. My job could not have been completed, however, were it not for the incomparable Nicole Mathers, who acted not only as photographer but also my right arm for the evening.

Many people had questions for the panel and, as always, the Q&A was a highlight of the event. The audience were eager to pick the brains of our social media experts and get advice specific to their situation and needs - and our panel was only too happy to oblige them. People jotted down notes throughout, and members approached me afterwards to say it was the most informative dinner meeting they'd attended.

After the Q&A we drew the door prize - copies of Editors in Conversation, At the Typeface and the latest edition of Kill your Darlings. Our lucky winner was Christina Ratcliffe - congratulations, Christina!

Thank you to all those who attended, and an extra big thank you to our fabulous panel who made the night so memorable.

We look forward to seeing everyone at our next dinner meeting, which will be the AGM held in mid-August.

Sarah Jayne Mokrzycki
Events Committee