EAC: National e-news update, May 14, 2014

News, events, tips and updates for members of the Editors’ Association of Canada

In this issue:

1. CONFERENCE 2014: Get Speed Mentored!
2. MEMBER NEWS: A round of applause!
4. ACTIVE VOICE: EAC’s national magazine is recruiting
5. THE EDITORS’ WEEKLY: Call for award-winning editors
6. EXTERNAL LIAISON: RGD launches 2014/2015 National Salary Survey of CreativeEarners

1. CONFERENCE 2014: Get Speed Mentored!

EAC Conference 2014—Tracking Change: e-Merging Methods and Markets—will host a speed mentoring session on Sunday, June 8, at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute in Toronto. Anyone registered for the conference is welcome to sign up for speed mentoring.

Over the lunch break, you’ll have a chance to meet with up to 4 mentors for 10–15 minutes to discuss a topic of your choice. This is a great opportunity to meet EAC’s senior members and get some valuable advice about your career and next steps.

If you’d like to sign up, please send an email to the speed mentoring coordinator with “Speed Mentoring” in the subject line. The deadline to sign up is Friday, May 23.

In your email, please provide a brief description of your background and experience, and indicate any topics or areas of concern you’d like to talk to our mentors about. Please also tell us if there is a particular speed mentor you’d like to meet with.

Conference 2014 wants YOU!

The 2014 conference committee is seeking on-site volunteers for this year’s conference in Toronto. Volunteering at the conference is a great way to get involved and meet your fellow editors. Shifts are available throughout the weekend (Thursday, June 5 to Monday, June 9) and include tasks such as stuffing conference bags, staffing the registration table and helping with the vendor fair. Please visit the conference volunteer opportunities page for more information or email the volunteer coordinator, Breanne MacDonald, to sign up.

There’s still time to register for Conference 2014!

Registration closes on Friday, May 23, so don’t delay! One-day, two-day and student conference options are still available—as are discounted rates for EAC members. Visit the Conference 2014 website to register now.

2. MEMBER NEWS: A round of applause!

Sono Nis Press has published BC branch member Karen Autio‘s book, Sabotage. This final book in Karen’s historical fiction trilogy for young readers is an adventure tale based on real-life espionage, sabotage and internment in Canada during the First World War. Sabotage has been shortlisted for the 2014 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile or YA Crime Book and for the 2015 Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award. For more information, visit Karen’s website.

Prairie Provinces branch member Astrid Blodgett has been shortlisted for the Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Story at the 2014 Alberta Literary Awards. Her nomination is for “New Summer Dresses,” which was published in You Haven’t Changed A Bit (University of Alberta Press, 2013).

BC member Philip Sherwood was awarded the 2014 Arty Award for Outstanding Artist in the Literary Arts by the Abbotsford Arts Council. Philip is an Abbotsford-based writer, editor and personal historian. In 2013 he served as managing editor for the publication of Matsqui Sumas Abbotsford Pioneer Stories 1890–1950, a coffee table book of 199 stories of the region’s pioneers. Currently, he is collaborating with the Matsqui Sumas Abbotsford Museum to offer services to Abbotsford residents who want to tell their stories.

Do you have a recent achievement? Let EAC help tell the world about it on EAC’s Member News page. If you have member news to share, drop our member news coordinator a line.


Headshot of Julia Cochrane

Freelance editor Julia Cochrane has been a member of EAC for almost 20 years. She has belonged to the Toronto branch, the Prairie Provinces branch and the Quebec/Atlantic Canada branch, and was a founding member of the Nova Scotia twig. Julia’s extensive volunteer work at the national and local group levels has made an immeasurable contribution to EAC.

At the branch level, Julia served as treasurer for both the Prairie Provinces branch and the Quebec/Atlantic Canada branch. At the national level, Julia has been on the national executive council several times. She is currently in her first term on the council as regional director of branches and twigs (east).

What motivates Julia to volunteer? “Many reasons,” she says. “Meeting people, I’d say, is number one.” The other benefits are giving back to EAC, travelling and the opportunity for networking.

Julia has been a freelance math and sciences editor since 1995 and has lived in Nova Scotia since 2001.

The Volunteer of the Month is a new feature designed to highlight the dedicated people who keep EAC going. Volunteers are the backbone of EAC, a member-run organization. We are grateful for the many volunteers who answer the call when help is needed. Visit the Members’ Area for more information about volunteering for EAC.

4. ACTIVE VOICE: EAC’s national magazine is recruiting

Looking for a stellar experience to spruce up your C.V.? EAC’s national magazine, Active Voice/Voix active, is recruiting!

Bilingual editor-in-chief

The editor-in-chief plans production schedules, designs issue themes, tracks tasks, organizes meetings, plans agendas, and writes meeting minutes and quarterly reports. The editor-in-chief also reviews all copy (in English and French) and reviews and approves printer proofs. Additional skills include being a talented bilingual communicator and motivator, and having the flexibility to accommodate the volunteer services of the managing editors and designer.

French managing editor

The French managing editor plans articles and article word count for each issue in accordance with the issue’s theme; recruits volunteer writers, editors and proofreaders; assigns and tracks writing assignments; and obtains photographs and required permissions. The French managing editor edits all articles in collaboration with the writers, coordinates with the national office to get content approved by the national executive council, and copy edits the printer proofs. Additional skills include having the creativity and communication skills to brainstorm ideas during production team meetings.

Interested? Email the Active Voice team with your resumé and a letter of interest for your desired position.

5. THE EDITORS’ WEEKLY: Call for award-winning editors

Have you won an award for your editing work or been part of an award-winning project? Do you know someone else who fits those criteria? If so, we want to hear from you!

The Editors’ Weekly wants to know about all award-winning editors out there. We want to spread the word that editing can be glamorous!

If you or someone you know has a noteworthy editing achievement, email the blog’s managing editor. We’ll interview award-winning editors (via phone or email) and write an article about them for the blog.

6. EXTERNAL LIAISON: RGD launches 2014/2015 National Salary Survey of CreativeEarners

Calling all Canadian creatives! Spend 15 minutes and help build an economic profile of the national creative industry

English and French versions of the National Survey of CreativeEarners, produced by the Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) and Creative Niche, went live this week on the CreativeEarners website.

Providing insight into the financial trends facing Canada’s creative sector, CreativeEarners offers a summary of how creative communicators are being compensated and valued.

Take the survey.
Remplissez le sondage.

RGD and Creative Niche are seeking participation from individuals across the country working in a wide variety of professions to contribute to this important national industry resource.

Eligible job titles include, but are not limited to graphic designers, account executives, copywriters, developers, firm owners, marketing coordinators, brand strategists, art directors and design managers.

The survey, which closes on June 16, takes approximately 10–15 minutes to complete.

RGD will make the English and French versions of the survey results freely available to all this November.

EAC is a supporter and promotional sponsor of the CreativeEarners initiative.

The EAC national e-news update is produced on behalf of the national executive council by the national office.

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