Link of the Week: Condé Nast “Retires the Publisher Title”

Prestigious magazine publisher Condé Nast has eliminated the “publisher” career title within their company in order to allow their leadership positions to embrace additional roles that are more multimedia/digitally-focused.

Following Time Inc.‘s removal of the publishing titles from their own company last summer, Condé Nast is making major moves to restructure their operations to “regrou[p] its magazines around chief business officers and chief industry officers responsible for business in seven top ad categories.” This shake-up is said to be done with the aim of being more responsive to consumers and modernizing themselves to simplify how they work and cooperate with partners and advertisers. This move also seems like a conscious away from traditional publishing ideologies and responsibilities to tackle and grow with technology. This is the first major act Condé Nast’s recent-hire Jim Norton, who is the chief business officer and president of revenue for the company.

Pace’s Alternative Spring Break: Volunteer Oppurtunity

Each spring, Pace University’s Center of Community Action and Research leads the Alternative Spring Break program, which is designed to “provide valuable service to affected communities while giving participants the opportunity to have impact on a local level, while learning about the regional/national/global contexts.” This year, 16 participants will be given the opportunity to put their energies into helping rebuild the Rockaways, a community in Queens that is still working to recover following the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Anyone interested in participating is required to attend at least one of the following information session:

Thursday, February 2
3:30 p.m.
Civic E319 (NYC Campus), Miller Hall 16 (Pleasantville Campus)

Wednesday, February 8 (PLV)
12:10 p.m.
163 William Street, Room 1520 (NYC), Dyson 218 (PLV)

The dates for the trip are Monday, March 13th-Thursday, March 16th.

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“I have sometimes dreamt, at least, that when the Day of Judgment dawns and the great conquerors and lawyers and statesmen come to receive their rewards—their crowns, their laurels, their names carved indelibly upon imperishable marble—the Almighty will turn to Peter and will say, not without a certain envy when He sees us coming with our books under our arms, ‘Look, those need no reward. We have nothing to give them here. They have loved reading.’ “

—Virginia Woolf, “How Should One Read a Book?The Common Reader

Complementing this quote that encourages people to be avoid reading passively, all of Virginia Woolf’s literary abilities went toward ensuring her essays and books could be actively engaged with. Born Adeline Virginia Stephen, Woolf grew up surrounded by books and creative company, influences that would later lead her to become a valuable member of the Bloomsbury Group. She is often cited as being a revolutionary writer for the modernist movement, writing about feminism in works such as Orlando, A Room of One’s Own, and Mrs. DallowayThree Guineas is another famous work of hers that expresses feminist themes and her stance against fascism. She also explored her depression and struggles with mental health in her works.

With her husband and fellow Bloomsbury Group member, Leonard, Woolf went on to start the Hogarth Press, which is presently an imprint The Crown Publishing Group of Penguin Random House.

The Pace University Press has also published works in honor of Virginia Woolf: Virginia Woolf and Trauma: Embodied TextsWomen in the Milieu of Leonard and Virginia Woolf, Virginia Woolf: Selected Papers, and Woolf Across Cultures.

Internship: The National Book Foundation

The National Book Foundation is a nonprofit literary organization that is responsible for managing The National Book Awards, which is one of the most prestigious prizes awarded in the literature community. The National Book Foundation also runs other reading programs that include BookUp, 5 Under 35, NBA on Campus, the Innovations in Reading Prize, and Eat, Drink & Be Literary. The positions are unpaid, but they provide travel stipends when necessary.

Dates, Durations, and Application Deadlines:

The National Book Foundation hosts three seasonal internships every calendar year. Applications are to be turned in one month prior to the start of the season the applicant is applying for. Interns are required to work a minimum of 15 hours per week.

Fall Internships: September-December

Spring Internships: January-May

Summer Internships: May-August

Some Specific Responsibilities Include:

  • Assisting with National Book Award entries/procedures
  • Helping coordinate National Book Week events/related materials
  • Receiving and sorting National Book Award Ceremony RSVPs/related correspondence
  • Supporting the Educational Manager by maintaining records and orders for BookUp materials
  • Contributing to the National Book Foundation’s social media platforms, as well as content creation for the Foundation’s website
  • Editing of press releases and marketing materials
  • Assisting at events outside working hours, including the National Book Awards ceremony

Requirements

To be considered for the position, applicants must have a passion for reading and literature and be possess excellent oral and written communicational skills. Applicants should also be someone who considers themselves a responsible self-starter and is hard-working, detail-oriented, organized, and can successfully multi-task.

Since The National Book Foundation has expressed interest specifically in hiring interns for Marketing & Communications, they have a preference for applicants who have marketing and/or social media platform using experience.


Students interested in applying for the internship should wait for the appropriate month to send their resume, cover letter, and a list of ten favorite contemporary books to jobs@nationalbook.org with the subject line Internship as well as the season applying for.

Internship: The International Computing Centre

The International Computing Center (ICC) is searching for a Communications Aide Intern for this current Spring 2017 term. The ICC works within the UN to provide information technology and communication services through the organization’s systems.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist with communications strategy design and implementation
  • Build documents, templates, and presentations
  • Collaborate with internal departments to deliver marketing collateral
  • Assist in curating news, sales sheets and information briefs

General Requirements: 

  • Demonstrated interest in IT (but “techie” skills not needed per se)
  • Familiarity, interest, and expertise in digital technologies
  • Professional writing skills and some experience with technical and business writing
  • Well‐developed design skills
  • Experience with SharePoint or other web content management desirable

For more details, please consult their terms of reference for the internship as well as their internship page.

Anyone interested in applying should email a one one-page summary of your education, interests and any relevant experience indicating the reference number of the internship vacancy topersonnel@unicc.org.

Job Opportunity: Editorial Assistant for Berghahn Books

Specializing in fields of higher education, Berghahn Books is an independent publisher that focuses on producing academic books and journals.

Editorial Assistant

Berghahn Books is looking for an Editorial Assistant for its books division in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Reporting to two senior acquisitions editors, the Assistant will provide essential support for the day-to-day operations of the Editorial department and will work closely with authors who are preparing manuscripts for production. Benefits for the position include health and dental care, a 401K, and bonuses.

Responsibilities:

• Working with authors to ensure timely submission of manuscripts, images, permissions, and other deliverables
• Preparing materials for handover to the Production department
• Maintaining publication schedules and departmental databases
• Circulating schedules and keeping notes for Production-Editorial meetings
• Providing administrative support for peer reviews and other aspects of the acquisitions process
• Drafting cover and catalog copy

Requirements:

• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
• Outstanding organizational, interpersonal, and verbal/written communication skills
• Ability to work independently and manage time efficiently in a small-firm environment
• Familiarity with MS Office suite; experience with FileMaker Pro and Adobe Creative suite a plus
• Basic understanding of/demonstrated interest in higher education and the subject areas in which Berghahn publishes are strongly preferred.

Anyone interested in the position must send their resume and a cover letter and resume to:
Chris Chappell, Senior Editor
chris.chappell@berghahnbooks.com

The Robert L. Edgell Scholarship and the William Littleford Scholarship

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Each year, the Business Press Educational Foundation (BPEF) (http://www.siia.net/Divisions/ABM-Association-of-Business-Information-Media/BPEF) awards the Robert L. Edgell Scholarship and the William Littleford Scholarship to two students from Pace University’s MS in Publishing Program who demonstrate an understanding of, and an interest in, the business-to-business media industry.

This year, one student will be awarded the Edgell Scholarship, and one student will be awarded the Littleford scholarship. This is a scholarship of $1000 paid directly to the student at the Spring MS in Publishing Advisory Board meeting March 9.

The 2017 Edgell and Littleford Scholarships, given by American Business Media, is a wonderful opportunity to explore B-to-B publishing and to think about how your publishing skills apply across industries.

To apply, interested students must submit their application to Professor Jane Denning (jdenning@pace.edu) at 551 Fifth Avenue, Room 805F, no later than 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 17th, 2017

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Students are required to submit the following materials:

  • A copy of your current resume
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation—one from a professor in the program and one from a current or former employer
  • A 2-5 page double-spaced personal essay on why you would like to intern for a B to B magazine, focusing on what you hope to gain from the experience or a 2-5 page double-spaced essay on what you see as the value of B to B magazines in the digital age.

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About Connectiv: Connectiv is the global business information association that accelerates innovation for leading and emerging content, data and technology companies.

To learn more about Connectiv, click here: http://www.siia.net/connectiv

Formerly ABM and SIIA Content &
Information Services Division

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About BPEF:

The Business Press Educational Foundation (BPEF) Internship program gives college students the chance to work at business media companies, in either editorial or non-editorial roles. BPEF, affiliated with Connectiv, the Business Information Association, was established in 1985 by Harold W, McGraw Jr., then-chairman of The McGraw-Hill Companies.

Since then, BPEF has actively promoted the business media industry among college students nationwide through a unique internship program and various scholarships. Over the last two decades, BMEF has placed over 700 students in internships and awarded more than 75 scholarships.

To learn more about BPEF, click here.

What is B2B Media?

B-to-B media is critical to how business professionals make decisions, buy products, set strategies and more. In an overview video veteran b-to-b journalist Matthew Weinstock says, “This is a way to sink your teeth into a subject matter, and become a subject-matter expert, and then learn how to craft that into a story that really impacts the reader.”

To view the full video, click here.

Link of the Week: Reflections on Startups in Publishing (and How Things Look for 2017)

Publishing Perspectives posted an article discussing the decline in publishing industry startups, the ins-and-outs of working in a book business, and what it takes to succeed in a field that’s constantly changing.

In the article, leading executives of three-year-old startup Shelfie shared their personal experiences navigating the creation, growth, and success of their company. Shelfie, which is an app that is designed to catalogue personal book collections and curate recommendations based on this data, is one of the few startups that have survived the small industry boom that was heralded in by the promise of oppurtunities provided by ebooks and digital book age. Other successful startups Shelfie mentions include Scribd, Wattpad, and Booktrack.

The Shelfie executives discussed that, though there is a learning curve to understanding the book publishing industry, that there are still possibilities to find a business niche if you support your idea and can tap into a market that generates more than $100 billion dollars on books.

Welcome Back Letter from Prof. Raskin!

January 25, 2017

Dear Colleagues and Graduate Students,

I hope you enjoyed your winter break. Welcome back to Pace University. We have 15 new students and 66 current students and 3 visiting students enrolled in the Pace Publishing program for Spring 2017, a total of 84 students this semester. The faculty and staff look forward to working with you and assisting you this term.

Please mark your calendars for the following publishing events. Lisa Sharkey will give the spring semester lecture as the David Pecker Professor on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Ms. Sharkey is Senior Vice President/Director of Creative Development at HarperCollins and is serving as David J. Pecker Visiting Professor for the 2016-17 academic year. Her lecture will take place at 163 William Street, 18th floor at the downtown NYC campus from 6 to 8 PM. She will discuss issues currently facing the publishing industry. Refreshments will be served.

Another major event and date to place on your calendar is Thursday, April 13, 2017. At that time, the Pace University Publishing Department will host the Student/Alumni Appreciation Dinner that will celebrate student excellence. The Student Appreciation Dinner will be held at 163 William Street, 18th floor from 6 to 8 PM. The dinner gives us the opportunity to recognize student and alumni achievement and the uniqueness of our publishing students and graduates. Please make every effort to attend both events.

We wish you a very successful semester. Please feel free to contact me or faculty or staff if you have any questions during the semester. My very best to you for a successful spring term.

Sherman Raskin
Professor English/Publishing
Director MS in Publishing Program
Director Pace University Press