The Society for Editors and Proofreaders has come a long way since it was established over 30 years ago – here’s a summary of the key events and developments.
Editorial professionals need a professional body and a way to reduce isolation, and Norma Whitcombe recognises that need. Norma calls a meeting, which 60 people attend, and the Society of Freelance Copy-Editors and Proofreaders is founded.
The first training courses are developed and delivered.
The Society’s first conference takes place. The directory of members’ services is published for the first time.
The Society’s formal mentorship programme begins. The first version of the Code of Practice is issued.
The directory of members’ services is made available online, as well as in print.
SfEPLine, an online mailing list for members, is established.
The organisation becomes the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), and in-house staff are welcomed as members. Membership grades are implemented for the first time.
The SfEP is incorporated, with a board of 12 directors and offices in London. Some staff members have worked for the Society since its incorporation.
The newsletter CopyRight becomes the magazine Editing Matters.
SfEPLine becomes an online forum, and other forums join it.
The basic editorial test, based on the SfEP editorial syllabus, is introduced. Online training is launched. The first mini-conference, organised by SfEP’s local groups in Scotland, is held in Edinburgh.
Grades of membership are revised to give four grades – Entry Level, Intermediate, Professional and Advanced Professional – alongside Corporate Subscribers and Friends.
The Society declares its aim to become a chartered institution.
The Society’s membership reaches 2,700, including freelance members, in-house members and members across the globe. The first international mini-conference takes place in Toronto in November.
For more details, see the edited history of the SfEP.
Proofread by Joanne Heath, Entry-Level Member.
Posted by Abi Saffrey, SfEP blog coordinator.