Virginia Ginnane


Education

Virginia has an Arts/Law degree from the University of New South Wales in Sydney. After completing her Practical Legal Training at the College of Law, Virginia was admitted to the Supreme Court as a solicitor. She then worked in politics, public affairs and publishing. Virginia has specialised in feature writing, legal writing, subediting and legal editing and research.

Professional experience

Virginia has a broad range of writing and editing experience, working for some of the world's leading publishers as a journalist, author and editor.

After working in politics for the Legislative Council in Sydney and then on the personal staff of a federal cabinet minister in the Hawke government in Canberra, Virginia moved to Melbourne, where she began her career as a journalist and editor, writing for The Age, editing for Heinemann and Longman Law, Tax and Finance, and working as a journalist for the Leader Group. She also was appointed public affairs officer for the National Trust, running high profile heritage conservation campaigns.

In London, Virginia was appointed Special Correspondent to Time Inc's Who Weekly and correspondent for People, InStyle and Life magazines, interviewing celebrities and members of the royal family, and reporting on human interest stories. Her articles were also published in The Independent on Sunday, The Weekend Guardian, Hello!, plus a range of legal publications including The Lawyer, Legal Week and Legal Business.

Virginia was the author of Polly Borland Australians, published by the National Portrait Gallery in London featuring interviews with about 50 prominent Australian expats, including Barry Humphries and Germaine Greer.

After returning to Australia, Virginia wrote features on celebrities and lifestyle for News Ltd's Wish magazine, HighLife magazine in the Southern Highlands, Good Living in Sydney Morning Herald and contributed a number of pieces to her second book, Southern Highland Homes.

She also was appointed Commissioning Editor at LexisNexis in Sydney, working with production, design and marketing teams to produce a range of print and online corporate law publications.

Virginia returned to full-time journalism at Australian Associated Press (AAP) where she was trained on the news and foreign desks as subeditor and copytaster. She was then appointed Features Writer, working on lifestyle stories and covering Fashion Week and the Writers' Festival in Sydney.

Since leaving AAP to return to freelance journalism and editing, Virginia has worked as a technical writer for a range of international corporations, edited a number of business management and law books, and established both LegisMedia, specialising in video marketing for lawyers and Biographica, a life story writing and video service.

Membership

Virginia is a member of the Society of Authors (UK) and the Australian Society of Authors. She is a professional member of the Society of Editors (NSW) and also a member of the Lyceum Club.

Projects:  Perkins Fahey Lawyers, Annexium, Biographica

Example article from Thomson Reuters Insight:  Biographica


What clients say about Virginia Ginnane

Testimonial

"Virginia was instrumental in transforming a satisfactory first draft of the manuscript into a very high quality final product. The manner in which Virginia applies herself to her work can be summarised in a number of ways.

First, Virginia was able quickly grasp the objectives of the work and promptly engage in an editorial dialogue about its structure and expression.

Second, Virginia was pro-active in challenging aspects of the draft manuscript that ultimately led to significant enhancements to the work.

Third, Virginia tirelessly applied herself to her editorial task. Her commitment to her role never wavered even in the face of countless revisions on my part.

She also remained calm in an environment where there were extremely tight deadlines ... (Virginia) is very effective in coordinating inputs from authors and other publishing stakeholders, including commissioning editors, technical reviewers and typesetters."

Leif Gamertsfelder, Executive Counsel, CBA, author of Corporate Information and the Law, published by LexisNexis, launched by the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG

Testimonial

"She was a delight to work with and I would like to recommend her to others who might wish to use her editing or journalistic skills."

John Lance, author of Better than an M.B.A., published by Pan Macmillan

Testimonial

"Virginia was one of the bureau's most prized writers ...
"It did not matter whether it was a hard news story, or a human interest, political, royal or a celebrity feature, I knew that if I assigned Virginia to report and write it her story would be exhaustively reported, beautifully written, accurate, comprehensive and on deadline. I came to rely completely on her. She is also intelligent, diligent, focused and a total delight to work with."

Larry Writer, former London Bureau chief, Time Inc Magazines Australia