13th Languages & the Media Conference

Conference postponed to 20-21 September 2021!

Early bird registration is now open for 13th Languages & the Media Conference. This year’s theme is Riding the Wave.  I had the privilege to attend the 12th one, last year in Berlin. Honestly, my primary goal was to meet some of my remote employers. Because as an independent contractor, emailing is the only way of communication for me. It would be nice to meet my employers in person. I achieved this goal but it was also impressive to see that so many academics are involved in audiovisual industry. I had the chance to listen to many interesting speakers, academics and researchers, became aware of AV related institutions.

13th Languages & the Media conference

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California Passes AB-5 Bill

California Passes AB-5 bill, known as gig-worker bill, in California State Senate without exemption for translators and interpreters. The bill will require businesses to hire workers as employees, not independent contractors. As an “independent contractor” who has contract with a Californian company, I’m not quite sure what it means to me or does it mean anything at all.

AB5: California Passes Bill That Translators, Interpreters Say Threatens Livelihood

 

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The FAR model: Assessing Quality in Interlingual Subtitling – by Jan Pedersen, Stockholm University

  Apart from subtitle translation and QC, one of the tasks I was assigned in the past was Test Assesments. I was evaluating new translators’ tests. At first,  it was fun because I was focusing on a different task other than everyday tasks. But then it hit me with the pressure of the “making decision” because I had to decide who would be on board , who would not be. I didn’t have such training, solely trusting my language skills. When there’s a “bad” translation or “good” translation it was not a problem to decide but challenge  was when you were stucked in the middle. I think Jan Pedersen‘s FAR model can be helpful assesing the quality in subtitle translation and making evaluation process healthier. Check it out.

https://www.jostrans.org/issue28/art_pedersen.pdf

 

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