From the committee
by Angela Damis AE, affirmed by Justine Dixon Cooper AE
The EdNSW committee met on 12 September for its monthly meeting via Zoom, with two apologies. Minutes of the August committee meeting were accepted and actions from previous meetings dealt with.
Our new President, Julie Ganner AE, chaired the meeting after a few weeks overseas. It is the second time in Julie’s more than 15 years of volunteering with EdNSW and IPEd that she has been elected President.
Julie and the New South Wales IPEd Board delegate, Justine Dixon Cooper, are also members of the IPEd Standards Working Party (ISWP). The branch committee is now reviewing the draft third edition of IPEd’s Standards for editing practice. We, and the other IPEd committees, will offer feedback to the ISWP before the draft is sent to members to review.
Our Presentations Coordinator, Dr Kai Jensen AE, reported that the events officers of all IPEd branches would be convening online in late September to workshop presentation ideas. We agreed that it would be made clear for future EdNSW speaker presentations that they are not of an interactive nature, except for the Q&A session included at the end of most presentations.
Ruth Power, our new Networking Coordinator, flagged that plans were commencing for the end-of-year dinner. Long-time members will be pleased to learn that Foys Kirribilli may be the likely venue. More details in coming weeks.
Debby Hicks, as Professional Development Officer, is investigating whether the branch can hold a series of bite-sized 30-minute workshops on grammar and other topics of interest to editors. The hope is that these will appeal to those of us juggling multiple responsibilities.
The wider world feels like it is in flux at the moment. We look forward to hearing from editing and publishing researcher Alice Grundy on Tuesday, 3 October [later postponed] – this will be our final speaker presentation for the year. Alice will address how social and technological challenges such as artificial intelligence (AI) are impacting the editing profession.
From the committee
by Angela Damis AE; affirmed by Justine Dixon Cooper AE
The EdNSW committee met on 10 October for its monthly meeting via Zoom, with two apologies. Minutes of the September committee meeting were accepted and actions from previous meetings dealt with.
We received a report from our Presentations Coordinator, Dr Kai Jensen AE, on the IPEd events officers’ meeting held online in late September. The participants discussed sharing ideas and plans on presentation topics so that duplication would be avoided across the branches. The group will meet again at the end of the year to discuss 2024 programs. EdNSW members with suggestions for presentations are encouraged to email Kai at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr Louise Merrington AE, our branch IPEd Accreditation Board representative, has offered to organise an IPEd-wide, online networking event for neurodivergent editors in the first quarter of next year. Lou co-presented a talk on editors and neurodivergence at this year’s IPEd Conference that was very well received, and this prompted the idea. Details will follow later this year.
Plans are firming up for the Christmas dinner. As flagged in our previous report, we will be returning to a favourite venue: Foys Kirribilli. The dinner will be on Tuesday 5 December and bookings are now open. We hope to see you there.
After a few months’ hiatus, we are back organising editors’ networking lunches. An email was sent out to members in mid-October about the first lunch hosted in this round, on Thursday 9 November, in Gosford. Editors from all areas are welcome.
Our October presentation, with researcher Alice Grundy speaking on future developments facing the editing profession, was rescheduled from early in the month to Tuesday, 24 October. A report on the presentation by committee member Paul Anderson will be in a future issue of Gatherings.