About two years ago I put my hand up to be conference convenor for the 6th IPEd National Editors Conference in Perth in 2013.
We are now a mere four days away from the event and no one on the committee can quite figure out how we got here and where all the time went.
Is everything done? Is everything ready? Well, yes, it is. Don’t worry. On that front we are fine. On the emotional side of things? Well, we are not so sure.
As a committee we were so focused on making sure that everything was ready that it has only just hit us that we should be feeling relieved and that all this worrying and organising will be over soon. But I think we would be lying if we said we didn’t feel even just a little bit bereft. It has been, in a lot of ways, a great thing to participate in something so huge and of course we owe a lot of thanks to supporters and sponsors and to the members of our Society who trusted us to just get on with the job and get it done.
As I type this, there are still preparations underway. Tomorrow, we pack the conference bags. Tonight, someone is preparing for one of the Wednesday workshops. After I type this I have to prepare for my own workshop and for being part of the media team that will cover the event.
We have six or seven people on this team and their job is not just this hard slog of making it look snazzy and lovely beforehand but also covering it live and not so live online so that those of you who cannot make it can follow along.
How will this happen?
Well over the next few days, three to four blogs will host a variety of content: blog posts, twitter feeds, highlights, photos and so on from the conference. The Society of Editors (WA) blog will come to life as will the main conference blog and both this blog and Katy McDevitt’s blog PublishEd Adelaide will carry conference posts. Over the next week, wherever you land, you will find the same information about the conference.
Katy McDevitt is the official conference blogger. In the coming days, she will be posting a pre-conference opener to guide you into what will happen as well as provide the delegates with a bit of housekeeping. She will give you a heads up on the sessions she plans to cover for you, who she plans to interview and what delights and surprises we may have in store.
The rest of the team including me, will be tweeting and taking photos. The Society of Editors (WA) has created a Flickr group for everyone to post their photos to and you may see them show up in some of the online blog posts. Over the next few days, I will be posting and live blogging the sessions Katy won’t be able to cover, including the workshops on Wednesday, and you should stay tuned for a post on how to follow the conference using Twitter whether you are attending or not.
I think we should introduce you to the rest of the media team though.
We have Richard Seale, from RichMedia, who is the cinematographer filming the conference. The result will be seen in a promotional video after the conference is over. In the meantime, if you are attending, Richard may want to interview you and will give you a release form to sign.
Bec Hitchings from The Cat’s Whiskers is our graphic designer. Her task is to make everything look pretty. And also professional.
We also have two up and coming editors Carmen Reilly and Brittany Woodhams and one keen journalist in training Joey Heng who are flexing their social media muscles by being our volunteer photographers and twitterers/tweeters. They will also be on hand during the sessions to wrangle questions and media equipment.
That means you need to catch their eye whether you want to ask a speaker a question via Twitter or the blog or in person during a session or if you just need some information. You can ask a question on Twitter by tweeting at @editorswa.
So keep an eye out for all our posts and tweets and photos and general hilarity over the next seven days.
The conference is happening. We promise to keep you informed and entertained.