June 2017

The Monthly Q&A: Karen Lee

Karen Lee is the CEO of IPEd, a position created in 2016 after our transition to a national society with state branches. She’s based in Brisbane and is currently paid for around 11 hours work a week for IPEd.

Could you tell us about your background and why the IPEd CEO role appealed?

The opportunity to work for IPEd was fortuitous because it meant that I could combine my love for the written language with the skills I had. I am a qualified solicitor, having worked as a senior policy adviser to the Australian Democrats from 2001 to 2007, and consequently as Chief of Staff to two Senators. I believe that my established political experience, intimate knowledge of the parliamentary process, and strong strategic advocacy and campaigning skills are assets I bring to the role. As a writer, I am thrilled to work on behalf of our membership and also in finding ways that we can support the industry as a whole.

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Remembering Society Co-founder Ruth Dixon

One of Editors Victoria’s founding members, and an honorary life member, Ruth Dixon, passed away almost a year ago – we were not aware at the time, but have recently been alerted to the anniversary of her death by another founding member, Janice (Jan) Llewelyn.

Back in 1970, Jan introduced Ruth to Janet Mackenzie, another honorary life member and still active in editing and the society today. Janet had been wondering which union editors should join, and Ruth had editorial experience at publishers (Longmans Green, Faber and Faber, Oxford University Press, Sun Books and Cheshire Publishing) in both London and Melbourne. It wasn’t long before Ruth, Janet, Jan and handful of others decided to form the Editors Society of Victoria – now Editors Victoria, a branch of IPEd. Ruth was the society’s first training officer, giving her scope to improve editing standards.

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World Wide Web: Just an Editor

If you ever get sick of people thinking of you as ‘just an editor’ who corrects spelling and puts in (or takes out) commas, direct them to this comprehensive description of the skills needed to be a proofreader: blog.sfep.org.uk/being-a-proofreader.

Get Social

First, my thanks to Paul Bugeja, until recently our fabulous communication officer. Paul reinvigorated the society’s social media presence, an increasingly important facet of any organisation.

As usual, we’ve posted a string of editing jobs on our Facebook page over the past month. Interestingly, the jobs that had the greatest number of clicks through to the advert were two entry-level editorial assistant roles. Our page seems to be ‘liked’ by many emerging editors who are seeking to get into the profession.

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Etymology: Lord and Lady

Having recently watched the Harry Potter movies, I wondered where Lord Voldemort got his title from – what is the origin of the word ‘lord’?

The Oxford Dictionary (Australian Concise and online) tells me that the origin of the word is a Germanic one. In Anglo-Saxon times, the lord was known as the hläford, from the Viking hläfweard, meaning a bread-keeper or ‘bread ward’. The lord was responsible for providing bread for his household; therefore he was head of the house. This morphed into a nobleman, a man in charge of many more dependents.

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Typo of the Month

Watch out for those golfing and camping horses in Toowoomba’s public parks! Thanks to Susan Pierotti for this snap.

horses playing golf