Welcome Back, Students!

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Welcome back for the Spring 2015 semester!

I hope you all had a relaxing holiday and that you are ready for an exciting spring semester in the MS in Publishing program!

professor-denningBe sure to check out the blog daily as we are always updating it with great information.  We start off each week with an inspiring Quote of the Week.  Other regular weekly features include: The Link of the Week, Jobs of the Week, and Around Town: Books and Magazine Events in NYC.  We also post monthly Alumni in the Spotlight Interviews, Faculty/Advisory Board in the Spotlight features as well as our Media Roundups and Reports from the Trenches (we love to have students blog about field trips, guest lectures, books or magazines they have read etc. so please don’t hesitate to contact me if you want to contribute) and Volunteer and Events postings. In addition, we also post numerous Internship and Employment opportunities so be sure to bookmark the blog.

The blog has also been updated to include Faculty and Staff Bios—a great way to learn more about the backgrounds and accomplishments of your professors (see tab at the top of the blog)!  In addition, the Publishing Links that run along the left side of the blog are also a great resource for networking and additional educational opportunities. The Internship Resources tab is regularly updated in order to provide students with direct links to internship opportunities.

I would also like to take this time to thank you for your contributions to and feedback on the blog and we hope that you are finding it to be a useful resource. Please feel free to email me (jdenning@pace.edu) with any suggestions or comments you have. We love to hear from you and are always looking for new ways to provide you with useful information.  And, for students interested in getting putting together some writing samples, putting together a post for the blog is a great way to do that.

Hope you enjoy and have a wonderful semester!

Jane Kinney-Denning

Executive Director of Internships and Corporate Outreach
Blog Editor

Internship Alert: Society for Scholarly Publishing

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For those of you who are interested in an internship centered in academia, the Society for Scholarly Publishing has a list of internships on their website that links for a wide array of available internships in the academic fields.

Offerings available include positions at Anthem Press, Columbia University Press, MIT Press, and Oxford University Press, among many others.

Click here to peruse the complete list.

Spring Internship with the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency

The Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency is looking for someone who is hard-working, conscientious, and detail-minded for an unpaid position, working at least 16 hours a week for a minimum of 12 weeks. This minimum is negotiable but is preferred.

Additionally, while there is no guarantee of employment as a result of an internship with the agency, many of our interns have gone on to work in various areas of publishing.

This is a small office, and the intern would be trained in a number of areas, including but not limited to: use of a software program used by a variety of literary agencies and publishers, the nature of the submission process both domestically and internationally, along with other various projects, including book marketing, blog research, contract audits, and database maintenance. Our interns will gain a strong understanding of publishing and the inner workings of a well-established literary agency, with a strong track record both domestically and internationally.

This is not an internship that requires any reading at the office, but the interns are welcome to read submissions and manuscripts on their own time if they choose.

If interested, applications are due to Ms. Tara Hart no later than Wednesday, November 19th.

 

Jobs of the Week: Taylor & Francis, Random House Kids, and Architectural Design

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Taylor & Francis Group

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Title: Marketing Assistant

Description: 
Routledge NY seeks an Marketing Assistant to assist the Marketing Manager for the Economics list in the Social Sciences division. This role is responsible for day-to-day administrative support for the global marketing team. The right individual will assist in identifying opportunities, planning campaigns, and implementing targeted marketing.

The ideal candidate must have excellent organizational skills, and the ability to prioritize tasks in a fast-paced environment. He/she must be comfortable communicating professionally with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders. The position will help with the overall success of Routledge’s goal and strategy of publishing adoptable texts as well as academic resources, and implementing effective marketing, follow-up, and success-based reporting.

Key Responsibilities:
• Assist marketing manager in day-to-day activities
• Work with US and UK colleagues on global campaigns/projects
• Help with the creation and sending of HTML e-marketing campaigns, which will involve copyediting, scheduling, and dealing with outside vendors
• Investigating new opportunities to promote our books
• Entering and updating information in the various company databases
• Manage concurrent day-to-day projects (such as email campaigns, list research, review plans, and author care)
• Generate marketing materials including flyers for authors and exhibits
• Assist at, and sometimes manage, book exhibits (occasional travel necessary)
• Co-manage the Economics social media platforms with a Journals counterpart
• Deal effectively with internal and external queries to ensure that stakeholder needs are met
• Deal effectively with customer queries, adapting his/her approach and style as appropriate
• Providing content for marketing channels as required
• Accountable for managing own learning, taking responsibility to identify and develop skills gaps and developing an appropriate level of systems knowledge, marketing skills, and sector awareness as a foundation for further development

Requirements:
• An interest in pursuing a career in publishing
• BA or equivalent
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Excellent time management skills
• Ability and willingness to learn new applications
• Proficient in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
• Experience with Photoshop, HTML newsletters, Content Management Systems, Google Analytics and social media a plus
• Database experience and knowledge a plus
• Industry and market awareness a plus

To Apply: 
Email: employment@taylorandfrancis.com For consideration for this position, please send your cover letter and resume to: employment@taylorandfrancis.com to the attention of Jessica Flores in the Human Resources Department. Please state salary history, salary requirements, the position being applied for, and the source of the advertisement. *Only responses with salary history and salary requirements will be considered. No phone calls please. Human Resources Department Taylor and Francis Group 711 3rd Avenue, 8th Floor, NYC 10017 EOE

 

Random House Children’s Books

Screen Shot 2014-11-13 at 2.27.59 PMTitle: Publicity Assistant

Type: Full-time

Location: New York, NY

Description: 
– Day-to-day administrative support for the Publicity Department
– Supporting senior publicity staff with media campaigns and event logistics
– Coordinating communications efforts
– Creating and writing publicity materials, such as press releases, press kits and media lists
– Organizing and executing media mailings weekly
– Compiling media clips and coverage summaries
– Creating author itineraries
– Compiling regular divisional communications about department news and events
– Managing phones, calendars and scheduling conflicts
– Coding and processing of invoices

Requirements:
– A 4-year college degree or equivalent work experience
– Prior office/administrative experience
– Excellent organizational and time-management skills.
– Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and handle confidential information with discretion
– Excellent written and verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills
– Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, including: Outlook, Word, Excel
– Interest in and enthusiasm for children’s literature
– Social media experience
– Ability to work independently and collaboratively

To Apply: 
Please apply using our online application process. (Search “Publicity/Communications” category).

 

Architectural Digest

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Type: Full-time

Location: NYC

Description: 
The Editorial Assistant for archdigest.com will contribute content to the site on a daily basis, reporting to the Site Director, and with a dotted line to the Online Features Editor. The ideal candidate will have experience writing, editing, and assigning for the Web. This person should be organized, resourceful, and able to communicate effectively on multiple platforms. Overall digital know-how is necessary, and a strong working knowledge of social media will be extremely helpful. Experience and/or interest in design, culture, and/or architecture is a plus.

Requirements: 

  • Minimum 1-2 years of experience in an online editorial role; ideally in the worlds of design and architecture.
  • Basic understanding of how to present content optimally for an online audience
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Working knowledge of SEO, writing searchable headlines and copy
  • Knowledge of publishing in various content management systems and basic HTML (experience with Adobe CQ5 is helpful, but not required)
  • Ability to crop, edit, and resize images in Photoshop
  • Interest in design, culture, and/or architecture

To Apply: 
Apply Online

Special Internship Opportunity: ALVA Press

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On Thursdays, readers see a sampling of available job positions in the publishing industry. Today, we bring you an internship opportunity at ALVA Press.

ALVA Press is a midsized new-traditional independent publishing company that specializes in formatting, design, printing, and distribution for both eBooks and books. They also offer editing services and distribution through a variety of channels, including Amazon, Alva Press, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.

Currently ALVA is seeking an intern available to work on site in Poughkeepsie, New York. ALVA internships are designed to play to the intern’s strengths while encouraging their development in areas of lesser skill and experience. Those interested should contact Roberta M. Roy, Author Publisher, ALVA Press Inc. 214 Hooker Avenue Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. (919) 237-3791 (Cell). (845) 454-5200 Office (Leave Message).

Check out a few of Alva’s published books.

Event: Online Content Creation and Branding

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Also, join Career Services and the Pace community for a series of events that will expand your knowledge on subjects like communication, writing, environmental studies, marketing, and entrepreneurship. Learn how to develop online content and social media tools that will help you succeed, and stick around to hear employers share information about any open positions within their organization and/or internships opportunities.

 

– Employer Spotlight Series: Info Session with The MegaWatt Hour
Monday, November 10th – Welcome Center – 1 Pace Plaza – 5:00-6:00pm 

Join The MegaWatt Hour as they talk about career opportunities with the company as part of the Career Services Employer Spotlight Series.  The MegaWatt Hour is an online platform that works to promote transparency within the energy industry and promote energy use education.  Visit their website for more information about the company – https://home.themwh.com/.
 
– Online Content Creation and Branding
Wednesday, November 12th – Bianco Room – 12:15-1:20pm
 
You are invited to join the Interactive and Direct Marketing Lab (IDM Lab), Pace Press, Pace University Career Services, and Pace University Publishing Department on Wednesday, November 12th on the role of online media content and social media platforms in today’s workplace.  The program will review issues such as the role and importance of online content in today’s professional workplace, how this media can enhance your career, and how social media can be used to create a brand and promote your work. 

Join us and get started today!
– How to Launch a Start-Up Without Moving to Mexico
Wednesday, November 12th – 163 Williams Street, 2nd Floor – 12:15-1:20pm
 
Come listen to Mike Dolan, CTO and Co-Founder of Igobono, speak about start-up development, social entrepreneurship, and website development.  This will be a great opportunity for students interested in working with start-ups or starting their own company.
 
– Employer Spotlight Series: Info Session with Morgan Stanley
Thursday, November 13th – Welcome Center – 1 Pace Plaza – 5:00-6:00pm
 
You are invited to attend the Info Session with Morgan Stanley that is part of the Career Services Employer Spotlight Series.  Join us to learn more about career paths and opportunities with a leading financial firm.  Visit their website for more information about the company –http://www.morganstanley.com/

Jobs of the Week: Lucky, Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, and Waterbrook Press

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Lucky

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Type: Full-time Staff

Location: New York, NY

Description: 

Lucky is seeking an Editorial Assistant for the print magazine. The primary focus of the position is to assist the Deputy and Managing Editors with tasks ranging from coordinating copyflow to generating display text to assisting with partnership projects for consumer marketing.

“The Magazine About Shopping,” Lucky focuses on fashion and beauty through the lens of personal style. Led by Editor-in-Chief Eva Chen, the team at Lucky is full of innovative, forward-thinking and social-media obsessed editors. We are looking for a self-starting, detail-oriented Editorial Assistant who can communicate with all the departments of The Lucky Group and help out with almost any project — whether it’s organizing a Game of Thrones contest or researching a potential cover star or coordinating a delivery of custom-made ice cream.

Primary Responsibilities:
Manage schedules and communications for Deputy and Managing Editors
Manage the onboarding of new staff members (in all departments at Lucky)
Write the Table of Contents for each issue
Conduct research for Style and Entertainment departments, as necessary
Editorial market work for special sections and issues, as needed
Work with PR team on monthly press releases
Aid Business Manager with processing invoices
Aid Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief with operational duties
Other editorial tasks as needed (i.e.: manage the iPad lending library, oversee mailroom inventory, etc.)

Requirements: 
Four-year college degree with previous internship experience, magazine experience preferable
Working knowledge of basic computer programs, including Word, Excel, and Outlook
Familiarity with InCopy, a plus

To Apply: 
Contact Chantal Fernandez at chantal_fernandez@condenast.com

 

Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group

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Type: Full-time

Location: New York, NY

Description: 
Routledge, one of the world’s leading commercial academic publishers, seeks an editorial assistant for the education publishing program. The editorial assistant will support two editors with all phases of the book publication process from the conceptual stage to the finished book and beyond. The assistant will be responsible for a variety of tasks including:

•routine correspondence with authors;
•file and database management;
•tracking projects at various stages of reviewing, editing, production, and publication;
•commissioning reviews for projects under consideration;
•preparing manuscripts for transmittal to production including checking and processing permissions and coordinating Library of Congress and copyright registration;
•securing endorsements for books;
•assisting in drafting and proofreading book information copy; and
•liaising with marketing, sales, accounting, and production departments.

The duties may include convention travel, market research, report creation, and related tasks.

Requirements: 
B.A. or equivalent educational experience. Candidate must have excellent organizational abilities, strong computer skills, experience with standard computer programs (Windows, MS Word, MS Excel, etc.), and impeccable language (grammar and spelling) and communication (oral and written) skills. Ideal candidates will be highly organized and have the ability to balance a variety of responsibilities and handle many projects simultaneously. An interest or background in education or the humanities or the social sciences is not required, but is a plus.

To Apply: 
Click here to apply online.

 

If you’re looking to expand your horizons beyond New York City…

 

Waterbrook Press (Random House)

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Location: Colorado Springs, CO

Description: 
WaterBrook Press seeks an editorial assistant to support the editorial department, including editors and the editor in chief/vice president for editorial. Responsibilities will include: evaluating manuscripts, writing flap copy and fact sheets, attending meetings, and administrative tasks . You will assist in coordinating the editorial and production process, transmit manuscripts, and handle special projects. This job is an excellent way to learn about publishing and offers an engaging work environment.

Requirements: 
Candidates should be creative, self-starters, exceptionally organized and have the ability to multi-task. Strong communication and writing skills are essential. The ability to prioritize, meet deadlines, and work independently is required. Prior office experience required.

  • Education: 4 Year Degree
  • Experience: 0-2 Years
  • Travel: Little to None
  • Skills: not specified

To Apply: 
Please apply using the online application process.

Media Magic

 

20140906_222835Rebecca Nicolasa Mbanugo is a student in Pace University’s MS in Publishing program, and is currently enrolled in Magazine Production and Design, taught by Andrea Baron. 

 

A short walk away from Rockefeller Center and Time Inc. lies a facility of the second largest magazine printer in the world, Quad Graphics Media Solutions Center. Professor Andrea Baron’s Magazine Production and Design class visited Quad at its Manhattan location on October 14th, 2014.

After receiving our visitor name tags at the reception desk, we were ushered into an impressive and well-lit conference room where a pleasing array of refreshments and complimentary pens and pencils bearing Quad’s name awaited us. Between bites of cookies and sips of soda and water, we pored over the pages of Quad’s portfolio and examined finished copies of some of the popular publications Quad works with, including Vogue, Seventeen, and Entertainment Weekly. Over the course of our nearly three-hour visit, our two presenters, Imaging Operations Manager Steve Stoma and Media Solutions Sales Representative Eric Johnson, took us on a visual and walking tour of the varied forms of media magic that Quad specializes in.

Quad is a national network of facilities that offer its clients a range of print, digital, and video-based media solutions, including dynamic imaging and augmented reality (AR). Emphasizing high quality and fast turn-around times, it operates according to three tenets: create, optimize, and connect. After the publisher creates artwork such as magazine layouts and covers, Quad takes that product and optimizes its content, enhancing color to achieve the best possible reproduction quality. Quad also connects content to the physical and digital channels of tablets and the Web. Operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Quad processes over 200,000 images and 90,000 pages of content annually.

The majority of the properties handled at the Manhattan location are magazines, many belonging to such publishers as Condé Nast and Hearst Magazines. We saw firsthand that the work of transforming each title into the alluring, polished products we encounter at the newsstands is quite a fascinating and meticulous process. Specific calibrations for color are checked on a daily basis and color-controlled monitors and booths equipped with proper lighting are used to view images. It is not uncommon for the teams in the customer service and retouching departments to work well into the night, checking hard and soft proofs for color, and digital blue lines for content layout. Continuous rounds of correction occur until each client is fully satisfied. Indeed, like the mythical elves at Santa’s workshop, the staff at Quad works diligently, seeming to fashion magic out of thin air.

Having had an enjoyable glimpse behind the scenes, we left Quad armed with new knowledge and a few souvenirs.

500 Days of Action for the Millennium Development Goals: An Interactive Conversation Between UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Malala Yousafzai

Dena Mekawi is a current Publishing graduate student at Pace University, and also holds the position of Youth Representative for the Women’s National Book Association. This article was included in the WNBA’s October Newsletter. 

One of the most memorable conferences I attended as a Youth Representative was on August 18, 2014, with special guest Malala Yousafzai. Secretary general of the United Nations, Bank Ki-moon, and education advocate and co-founder of the Malala Fund, Malala Yousafzai joined the audience for an interactive conversation about the Millennium Development Goals. Questions were asked from young people about how we can all play a part to achieve the MDGs, from boosting education, eliminating poverty and hunger, empowering women and girls to protect the environment, improving maternal health, and combating infectious diseases. Amy Robach moderated the discussion, news anchor with ABC’s Good Morning America (GMA).

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 2.22.23 PMMalala spoke out again a year after her first speech at the United Nations, where she shared her near death experience being shot by the Taliban. This year she is back sharing her story on how she never gave up on her beliefs on education, and she wishes every child the same opportunity. First way to do this is to advocate to our community, she demands that we need to make sure every child is going to school, also to do work on the ground and overseas. She discusses how Malala Fund is slowly making a difference worldwide. Malala says that education has brought change to the community; she encourages everyone to change the concept of bravery. Before Malala was abducted she had a passion for learning and was campaigning for education rights. Malala says, “If a girl isn’t getting an education, I can see her future getting married at the age of 13- 14, and that’s all her life, she would never realize that yes she’s a human being and has an identity, and she should be accepted in society, and she should be treated with equal rights. She would never know these things without education.” Malala explains that from her experiences, that a child doesn’t want anything but just a pen and a book.

Amy Robach asked Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon how the crisis worldwide would impact the MDG goals. Secretary General explains how we are seeing many dedicated committed young leaders like Malala and like everyone else. Secretary General says, “One may think I’m just a young girl or young boy, I don’t have any power, but each one of you can make a difference. You are the rear voices; we must walk with the young people.” Malala states, “The strength of a woman does not depend on her physical strength but rather on her skills and education.” Malala explains how we need to believe in the power of our voices, and her message is to highlight the issues and address them.

As a student living in New York, I do feel lucky to have access to education. However after witnessing Malala’s struggle and hearing her fight for educational rights, allowed me to really reflect on all the things we might take for granted. We need to translate our blessings into advocacy for youth and women worldwide that are waking up everyday praying for quality education, clean water, ending of violence against women, gender equality and every other human rights that they should be living by. We need to take control of our society and use our voices to represent millions globally, we need to use social media to start movements and implement change day by day. I do see a brighter future; because of the strong young leaders that are taking control I hope to see more girls like Malala fighting for what they believe.

logo_wnbaAs the current UN DPI/NGO Youth Representative for the Women’s National Book Association, not only did I have the privilege to attend this moving and inspirational discussion, I was given the opportunity to take a picture with Malala, and shared a moment with her that was memorable, and one that I will truly cherish forever. This young girl is living proof that every single person with a powerful story, and with a strong belief can make a difference. We need to stand up for what we believe, and keep fighting towards equality and women’s rights.

 

The United Nations Live & On-Demand

I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb (Little, Brown and Company, 2013)

Shelf Awareness Children’s Review: Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan