Wanted: New Hummer Editor from late 2020

After nine years of dedicated editorship, Jim Kitay will be leaving the helm of Hummer at the 2020 AGM of the Sydney Branch of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, so the Executive is keen to hear from people interested in becoming the new Hummer Editor.

The person: 

We are looking for:

  • a strong background in and passion for labour history and willingness to seek out potential contributions on the history of industrial and/or political labour, with particular relevance to NSW;
  • high level editorial skills and strong interpersonal skills to liaise with contributors;
  • an interest in the practical aspects of small journal production including design, layout, distribution and sales;
  • current membership of the Sydney Branch ASSLH or willingness to join the branch.

The journal:

The Hummer is the journal of the Sydney Branch ASSLH, and is currently published twice yearly as an A5 print publication of approximately 40-60 pages length. All financial members of the Branch receive a print copy of Hummer as part of their membership and some additional copies are available for direct sale. Currently our special TUTA issue can be bought through the ASSLH online store at https://www.labourhistory.org.au/store/ Back issues are available online at https://www.labourhistory.org.au/hummer/

The role: 

The position of Editor, like other Branch offices, is honorary; the Editor also currently serves as Vice-President and a member of the Branch Executive Committee. The Editor plans contributions for each issue and determines the overall theme, working mainly on major articles. Editorial Committee members help with copy-editing and coordinate smaller contributions, source illustrations and liaise with the layout artists and printer. Ideally, the new Editor would come on board while we’re putting together Jim’s final issue (Hummer, vol. 14, no. 2) and begin working with the Editorial Committee to prepare the 2021 issues.

For more information, contact Danny Blackman, Sydney Branch ASSLH Secretary, on 0418 660 008 or email dannyblackman9@gmail.com by 1 August 2020 or Rosemary Webb, Branch President, on 0417 211 094 or email roselw@gmail.com