I have received the following message from our esteemed editor Chris.
"As the Good Book says, “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens” and both Anna and I feel that it’s time for us to move on and for someone else to sit in the editorial chair. We have been doing the magazine for 8 years and I imagine that quite a few of you will agree with us that fresh blood is needed (not literally, I hasten to add!). Also, both of us have other commitments that are demanding more of our time: I’m more active and involved in my local IAM group, first as an Observer and then, once I had accrued the necessary number of grey hairs and lost the required number of teeth, they made me a Senior Observer and Area Co-ordinator and Anna is increasingly involved with her favourite charity, Hearing Dogs for the Deaf. However, I will still be serving the club in various ways, not least by continuing to be a member of the Board of Directors. We will carry on for a few months until a new editor is appointed and afterwards, I will help that person settle in and be on the end of the phone until they are confident of carrying on without me.
As far as doing the magazine is concerned, both Anna and I work full time and manage without problem. Publishing experience is not required, as everything is all set up and running smoothly. We use an industry standard programme called InDesign and the magazine is produced entirely within this programme. Once it is finished, it is uploaded to Lavenham’s server and they print it. Although there are two of us doing the magazine, it can easily be done by one person. The reason that I, personally, need Anna is that I have no visual artistic sense, which is why once I have finished putting each issue together, Anna makes it look good in a way I can only dream about, but someone else would, in all probability, be able to do both in one go as you go along".
I have been editor in the past, prior to the digital age, when the typewriter was the main tool of the job. The computer has changed things very much for the better giving the editor complete control over the finished product. What has not changed is the satisfaction to be gained from seeing the finished product and receiving comments of appreciation from members.
The person taking on the position will take over the Club computer with all the relevant software and templates installed. Anyone not familiar with the InDesign programme will receive full training from Chris as to how it works relevant to the magazine. Thereafter, Chris will be available for any advice or help that is required.
As is apparent from the magazine, we have an excellent team of columnists sending in copy every month, and you are more likely to have more copy than you need than not enough, which is not a situation may club editors find themselves in.
Anyone who feels they may be interested in taking on this very important position are very welcome to contact either Chris (01628 473918), or myself (01273 833745) for a preliminary discussion.
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