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I was never a very fast reader. My friends were always one reading level ahead of me in primary school. However I now realise that’s not such a bad thing. It’s because I was reading far more carefully. For me, skim-reading is next to impossible.
Seeing as I was not an especially fast reader it’s not surprising my teachers and I always thought of myself as a Science and Maths girl, and I eventually went on to do an Applied Science degree. But not before surprising everyone, my teachers and myself included, when my Year 12 English result was way better than any of my Science/Maths subjects!
Pre-motherhood I began proofreading On Being magazine, trained by the editor Owen Salter, and eventually (post mother-of-toddler-hood) became the Product Manager, and finally Editor of sister publication, Christian Woman magazine. As a result I learnt about copy-editing, editing, scheduling, writing, even more about proofreading, and trained quite a few co-workers in those tasks.
In 2009 I decided to affirm all this on-the-job training with a qualification, and went back to university for a Postgraduate Certificate in Journalism, Media and Communications, which is probably where I should have been directing my attentions at the outset. (But I know a whole lot more about my majors, Biophysics and Instrumental Science, than your average editor!)
Here are some comments about my editing work:
Jenny is the most amazing editor I have had the pleasure of working with. How she takes an average piece of writing and turns it into gold is a skill and a gift that I will never understand!
I have had the opportunity to have Jenny edit some of my articles and the difference between what I thought was ready to publish and her end product were light years apart!
Jenny is truly a remarkable editor!
Director at Musicbuzz
I have enjoyed liaising with Jenny, in her role as Editor of Christian Woman magazine on numerous occasions. She has demonstrated decisive and thoughtful choices with regard to content to include in CW.
She is a courteous and respectful communicator and an efficient operator who supervised her staff at a distance with great results.
Kim Vanden Hengel
Major Supporter Manager at ReachOut Australia
Excellent work Jenny well done, you can communicate vision, just use the language you have used here in your presentations, love it!