August 2019

Accreditation Board Delegate's report: Katie Lawry

[Delivered by Susan Keogh as Katie Lawry was unable to attend]

I have now been the Victorian delegate to the Accreditation Board for a year, and a busy year it has been! At the end of 2018, we oversaw the second accreditation renewal process for the very first cohort of accredited editors from 2008. The beginning of 2019 has been filled with initial preparations for the next accreditation exam (including the announcement of the date for the exam at the 2019 IPEd conference in Melbourne – it will be held on Saturday 15 August 2020), welcoming the addition of our New Zealand delegate, Helen Bradford, to the Accreditation Board, and opening submissions for accreditation renewals for those accredited in 2009 and 2014. This is the first time that we have had two cohorts renew in the same year, so the decision was made to receive submissions for both at the same time.

The Accreditation Board will be spending the next year mostly working towards the next exam, to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible for delegates and the writing and marking teams.

Accreditation Board Delegate Katie Lawry

New members

by Nicole Mathers

We are pleased to welcome the members who have joined or upgraded since our last report:

Associate:

Angela Glindemann
Bumpy Favell
Andrew Pelechaty

members@iped-editors.org 

 

Events update

September preannouncement 

Victoria will be hosting IPEd’s first international members’ event in early September. The Australian branch presidents put their heads together at the conference this year to work out how we could work together better as an international organisation and how we could better serve members in regional areas: online events, available simultaneously to all members from Perth to Auckland and from Hobart to far-north Queensland was what we came up with.

We hope to hold an online event every two months, with the different branches taking it in turns to host the event. Wherever you are, you will be able to join in via a digital meeting platform. The details are still coming together, so keep an eye on your email for your invitation!

More events to be confirmed. Watch this space to hold the dates!

edvic.president@iped-editors.org

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New position: Editors Victoria Newsletter Editor

The IPEd Victorian branch seeks applications from IPEd members for the position of Newsletter Editor.

The Newsletter Editor is responsible for the production of the Victorian branch's monthly newsletter. 
The position is for a paid contractor, with payments at a set monthly rate.

For details of the duties and payment for the position, please contact Sharon Lierse at  edvic.secretary@iped-editors.org.

To apply, please email your expression of interest (of no more than 250 words) and CV (of no more than four pages, including two referees) to Susan Keogh at edvic.president@iped-editors.org.

Applications for the position will close at 5.00pm on Monday 19 August 2019.

 

 

 

New position: Administration Officer to Victorian Branch Committee

The IPEd Victorian branch seeks applications from IPEd members for the position of Administration Officer.

The Administration Officer assists the committee members in running the branch’s activities.
The position is for a paid contractor, with payments at a set monthly rate.

For details of the duties and payment for the position, please contact Sharon Lierse at edvic.secretary@iped-editors.org.

To apply, please email your expression of interest (of no more than 250 words) and CV (of no more than four pages, including two referees) to Susan Keogh at edvic.president@iped-editors.org.

Applications for the position will close at 5.00pm on Monday 19 August 2019.

 

 

 

New position: Student Advisor to Victorian Branch Committee

The Victorian Branch of IPEd (Editors Victoria) is establishing an ex-officio, non-voting position for a student member of IPEd to advise the Branch committee.

The Student Advisor will receive the benefits of learning how our professional organisation works, making contact with experienced professional editors, and receiving informal mentoring and support from committee members. In return, the Branch would gain a student perspective on its activities and priorities.

For more information and a Position Description, contact edvic.president@iped-editors.org.

Applications for the position will close at 5.00pm on Monday 19 August 2019.

Training held: Report on PerfectIt Q&A with Hilary Cadman

by Claire Kelly AE

More than 30 editors participated in this short webinar on 17 July 2019, designed to help us brush up on our PerfectIt skills. Around half of those who participated had not yet used PerfectIt at all, so the course served as a good introduction. Three-quarters of us work primarily with nonfiction, and it was noted that PerfectIt is a really useful tool for nonfiction editors. Hilary showed us around the basic interface, discussed what’s changed in version 4 (released in July), and covered questions about customising styles, checking references, working with numbers and more. Intelligent Editing provides excellent technical support for PerfectIt users, and there is also a Facebook user group, which many find valuable.

The Professional Development subcommittee is always interested in hearing from you about what types of courses you’d like to attend. Email edvic.profdev@iped-editors.org

 

 

Training update: exciting new courses open for bookings


Editing digital content

Date: Saturday 14 September 2019
Time: 10.00am–1.30pm

Bookings close: 10 September 2019

From print to digital: Using old skills and breaking old habits 

Description:

For editors and writers who still feel attached to their pencil and Moleskine notebook, the digital world can be daunting. But guess what? Readers still need clear, concise, and well-formed ideas, sentences, and structures.

Skills you developed over years in traditional publishing (or learned in writing, editing and marketing courses) remain as relevant as ever on digital publishing platforms. To make the shift to digital, there are just a few old habits we need to be aware of…

This session will help you understand the important differences between print and digital and show you how your existing editorial skills can be applied to online publishing. With more than 20 years' experience in print and digital publishing, John Ryan demystifies online content and explains how editors can adapt to the ever-changing publishing environment.

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Etymology: Supercilious

by Margie Beilharz

‘Supercilious’ is a word with a very apt linguistic origin. The Macquarie Dictionary defines it as meaning ‘haughtily disdainful or contemptuous’, and it comes from the Latin word 'supercilium', meaning 'eyebrow', from super (above) and cilium (eyelid).

Arrogant folk raising a haughty eyebrow provide the connection.

Margie Beilharz is a freelance editor and writer at The Open Desk.

Typo of the month

This edition’s Typo of the Month is for all the eagle-eyed editors out there (and we’re sure there are a few of you) who spotted that the 2019 Annual Branch Meeting Agenda was headed 2018. Oops!