Something quite big happened on 1 March in the world of editing and proofreading.
No…it wasn’t a St David’s Day knees-up.
It was the fact that the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) became the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP).
At ProseWorks we’ve been involved with the SfEP for a long time.
Many of our editors are individual members. We’ve also been corporate subscribers for longer than I can remember (I think
it’s now over fifteen years).
SfEP always worked really hard to demonstrate the importance of editing and proofreading, and to uphold the highest editorial standards.
And during a period of rapid digital transformation of publishing, publication and content development SfEP has done a brilliant job, blowing the trumpet for editorial excellence.
Being granted a Royal Charter and becoming a Chartered Institute is a big step up – one which we applaud (it couldn’t have been an easy process) and one that recognises editing and proofreading as professional and important specialist skills.
It also reinforces our view that they should be seen as skilled professional disciplines (and not just an after-thought which you get your mate to do, because they were good at English at school).
Of course publishing, writing and language will continue to develop and change, as will the myriad digital platforms and channels that now exist. However, the need for the highest standards in editing and proofreading remains the same. That’s why the launch of CIEP is as needed as it is welcome.
Happy birthday CIEP.
PS. I’ll make sure this copy is edited and proofread by one of our team members (who, of course, from 1 March is a professional member of the CIEP).