In at the deep end
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Matturi, Jenessi. 2006. In at the deep end. Spore 121. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
Permanent link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10568/47998
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Born in Sierra Leone, Jenessi Matturi joined the Spore editorial team in October 1991. She works as a Project Assistant in CTA s Information Products and Services
Born in Sierra Leone, Jenessi Matturi joined the Spore editorial team in October 1991. She works as a Project Assistant in CTA s Information Products and Services Department. The first editorial meeting I took part in was a daunting experience keeping up with the rapid French, the lively exchanges between team members and all the technical jargon. Gradually things became clearer, as I got used to the different topics on the table as well as to the personalities around the table. I well remember lively discussions with one French-speaking CTA staff member who was on the editorial committee. His version of spoken English sounded very much like French, and he was passionate about his opinions, often putting them across vehemently, and sometimes rolling his eyes when he thought something was boring or pointless. Another, on the other hand, always had a story or a parable to tell when explaining things, which made whatever he was talking about come alive. There were sometimes lengthy debates about translations of new terminology. A good example was the word gender . In one memorable article, for Spore 77, it was translated into French as la sexospécificité ! The magazine has evolved over the years from a top-down bulletin to the more accessible and attractive publication that it is today. It has been successful in efforts to innovate and increase its regional flavour and. has also adopted a more how to approach to articles. The layout has changed since I first joined. We used to have sections such as Speaker s Corner tucked away on page 7 we now have a Viewpoint on the last page.