Volunteer Opportunity: The Folio Show

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The Folio Show is the major national trade show for magazine publishers in the US.  There are three days of sessions in NYC on Oct. 19-21.  Professor Baron has contacted the organizers and the show has offered our students the opportunity to volunteer to assist at the show in return for the opportunity to attend some sessions at no cost. This usually involves checking ID badges at the beginning of a session.  This is a great opportunity to hear from industry leaders on many aspects of magazine publishing.

They can use a handful of students.  Students who are interested should send Professor Baron their name and email address at abaron2@pace.edu and the organizers of the conference will then contact them directly to work out the day and time they prefer to attend.

For more information, see their website.



Announcing a VIDA Fellowship for The Home School Conference

In August 2014, The Home School launched in Hudson, New York—an annual six-day intensive writing conference for poets interested in radicalizing their poetic craft through a consideration of other art forms (music, dance, visual arts, cinema). Home School’s curriculum is centered around four daily activities: morning calisthenics lead by acclaimed teaching artists; afternoon workshops lead by a renowned experimental poetry faculty (approx. 14 participants each); afternoon artist talks from contemporary masters centered around collaboration; and evening poetry readings by faculty and visiting poets.

Home School Miami 2016 will provide one VIDA fellow with full tuition waiver (1175 USD) plus an honorarium (500 USD) for travel or hotel accommodations within walking distance of their Miami Beach campus. While in residency, the selected fellow will participate in all Home School activities (including readings by Natalie Diaz, Renee Gladman, Jorie Graham, and Mira Gonzalez) and select their choice of workshop leader with one of the core faculty workshop instructors: Timothy Donnelly, Adam Fitzgerald, Dorothea Lasky, Cathy Park Hong, Tan Lin, Maggie Nelson or Mónica de la Torre.

Applicants will be vetted by the VIDA Board of Directors and results will be announced in September 2015.
Deadline to apply:
Applications must be submitted by August 15, 2015 through this Submittable link: https://homeschool.submittable.com/submit/811a30fb-c13d-4a65-be5d-f83c591f3dd5
How to apply:
We welcome applications from all women, including trans, genderqueer and non-binary.

Through Submittable, applicants provide:

  • contact information and cover letter
  • 3-5 pages of creative work

Looking to get involved at Pace? Check out The Left Forum!

Looking to get involved at Pace? Check out The Left Forum!


The Left Forum is one of the largest gatherings of progressive intellectuals, activists, academicians, and organizations from around the world.   The Left Forum will be at Pace’s NYC Campus from June 7–9. There will be guest speakers and panels to learn from and participate in!  


The conference is also looking for volunteers!  You can help with the registration and admission process, give directions to panels and exhibits, guide people through the events, assist with media and video recording, as well as closing operations.  Click here to become a volunteer!

BISG Volunteer Opportunity

 eBooks: Great Expectations for Web Standards

A W3C Workshop on Electronic Books and the Open Web Platform


Dates: Mon, Feb 11th from 1 PM to 6 PM  &  Tues, Feb 12th from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Location: Marriott Hotel – 1535 Broadway, New York 10036 USA


The workshop will be collocated with the O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference.  The goal of the workshop – organized in partnership with W3C, IDPF, and BISG – is to “bring together major players of the e-book market, including publishers, standardization organizations, booksellers, accessibility organizations, etc, in an effort to bring e-book publishing to its full potential through standardization.”


The planning committee has organized 5 discussion sessions around important e-book standardization issues, including:

  • Text Presentation (CSS, Fonts)
  • EPUB & Open Web Platforms
  • Accessibility
  • Digital Rights Management (DRM)
  • Metadata


The committee is currently scouting volunteers volunteers to take minutes during each session on an open, collaborative online platform, in real-time as the workshop progresses.  Up to 7 volunteers can be accepted.


This is an excellent opportunity for Pace MS in Publishing students with a strong interest in eBooks to meet and learn from leading industry professionals as they discuss current standards issues and opportunities in eBook publishing today.


Description of Volunteer Responsibilities:

The scribe will take notes during the presentation and the discussions that follow. They should also scribe the wrap-up sessions. We will ask the attendees going to the microphone to clearly say their name and company name before raising a question or proposal.


The scribe will also take notes using an online platform called IRC.  This can be done:

 1.  with a IRC client (there is a large number of these some are free)http://www.w3.org/Project/IRC/

Server: irc.w3.org

Available ports (choose one): 6667, 6665, 21

We will have to decide on a channel, something like #ebook.


2.  using the Web interface: http://irc.w3.org/

One only needs to type in Nickname and the name of the channel to join. The scribe will type in the input field. Anyone connected to the channel can add, correct, and collaborate to the minutes.

The agent provides a few useful Editing Commands, an easy way to correct simple mistakes or add clarifications Refer to section “Commands.” http://dev.w3.org/2002/scribe/scribedoc.htm#one_time_commands


If interested, please email Professor Jane Denning (jdenning@pace.edu) your resume by Friday, January 25th.

2011 Student Career Conference!

The New York Women in Communications Foundation is hosting a Student Communications Career Conference for female students entitled “Build Your Career Toolkit: Get the Expert Advice You Need to Succeed.”   To help students develop their “career toolkit,” media professionals from a large range of disciplines will attend panels throughout the day, offering advice on getting the most out of your career.  The conference will also host Keynote Speaker Ann Shoket, Editor-in-Chief of Seventeen Magazine.  Panel topics include Digital, Social, and Mobile Media, Marketing, Magazine Writing for Print and Online, Visual Communications, and more.

This conference will take place on Saturday, November 19, 2011, at the Grand Hyatt New York, and the price for a student non-member is $85.00.  If you are interested in attending, keep in mind that there is a discount of $10 off individual tickets for groups of ten or more.  For more information about the schedule and prices, visit http://www.nywici.org/events/student-career-conference.

Report from the Trenches: PubWest Conference

I am a current M.S. in Publishing student, and the Production Manager at ABC-CLIO, LLC in Broomfield, Colorado. I will be on a panel of print and production professionals at the  PubWest Conference in Las Vegas from November 3-5.  Our topic is digital process and workflow.  It’s not too late to sign up and join us in Las Vegas for seminars and networking with other like-minded publishing professionals.  See the link below for full conference information:

This is a great opportunity to meet and greet a varied publishing community west of the Misissippi River!  New York is a great place to live and work, but west of the “Big Muddy” is fantastic!

– Don Schmidt
Production Manager at ABC-CLIO, LLC

The Independent Book Publishers Association Conference


Currently Enrolled M.S. inPublishing Students and Faculty are cordially invited to attend the 2011 annual book publishing conference sponsored by the Independent Book Publishers Association.

Called IBPA University, this conference will be held May 22nd and 23rd (before the BEA) at the Javitz Convention Hall in New York. There are some very interesting lecturers, including two from M.S. in Publishing Advisory Board members, Cevin Bryerman, the Associate Publisher of Publisher’s Weekly and Jennifer Weltz, a partner at the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency.

If you are interested in attending some or all of the lectures, please email the Executive Director, Terry Nathan, at terry@ibpa-online.org.  Please copy Professor Jane Denning at jdenning@pace.edu on the email to Mr. Nathan.

To select the sessions that you would like to attend in advance, please view their schedule here.

Please note that this is an expensive conference and you are asked to bring your own lunches but admission is free!  There will be a special section reserved for students during the keynote luncheon at 12:00 on Monday, May 23rd. If you would like to learn more about the conference,  visit the conference website.

Google and the Future of Search: Is the Party Ending?

Google has become synonymous with search. Over the years, others have tried, but Google’s seemingly magic algorithms, entrepreneurial culture and advertising model have cemented its reputation as the leader in the field. But is all of that changing? With the emergence of Facebook and other social media sites, people are turning to their friends and networks for recommendations, ideas and solutions. Is the so-called science of “social search” displacing the mathematics as the holy grail of search technology?

This panel will examine the changing nature of search as agencies, individuals and institutions search for the next big thing. Today’s event is tied to the April publication of Steven Levy’s book, “In the Plex.”

Jerry Spiegel
Partner, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
Steven Levy
Author, “In the Plex”; Senior Writer, Wired Magazine
Kevin Lee
Co-Founder and CEO, Didit; Author, “Search Engine Secrets”; Chair, SEMPO (Search Engine Professional Marketing Organization)
Aimee Reker
Partner, FRWD Co.
Jeff Adelson-Yan
Founding Partner, Levelwing

April 28, 2011

Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
488 Madison Avenue
10th Floor
New York City


If you’re interested in attending, please register here!

Third Digital Conference at Wuhan University Co-Sponsored by Wuhan University and Pace University, October 2010

    The Third International Conference on Publishing Industries and Publishing Education in the Digital Age was held at Wuhan University on October 18 – 20th, 2010. The conference was co-hosted by Pace University and Wuhan University and had more than two hundred professionals and scholars in attendance.

    Professor Sherman Raskin, Director of the M.S. in Publishing Program at Pace University, gave the opening remarks. Michael Healy, Executive Director of the Book Rights Industry and Distinguished David Pecker Visiting Professor at Pace, gave the keynote address. His topic was “Seeking Permanence in a time of Turbulence: An Overview of Recent Trends and Developments in U.S. Digital Publishing and Book Selling”.

    Pace University was very well represented at the conference. Susan Danzinger, Pace Publishing Advisory Board Member, presented a talk on “Discovering Digital Communities: Connecting with Book Buyers in their National Habitat.” Xiao Chuan Lian, a Senior Staff Associate and Adjunct Publishing Professor at Pace, delivered a talk on “Penguin Books to EBooks.” Kirstin Sandberg, also an Adjunct Professor of Publishing, discussed “Reimaging Business Publishing: Balance of Technology and Expertise.” Manuela Soares, Professor of Publishing, submitted a paper that was read by a Wuhan University Graduate student. Professor Soares’ topic was “Using the Kindle DX Reader in the Classroom: Is it an Effective Teaching Tool?”

    Professor Chen Chuanfu, Dean of the School of Information Management at Wuhan University, and Professor Huang Xianrong, Chair of the Department of Publishing Science at Wuhan University, appreciated working with our colleagues from Pace to explore how technology influences publishing and publishing education today.

    The next conference is scheduled for 2013, the 30th Anniversary of the Wuhan University Publishing Department.

    Additional pictures of the conference can be viewed here:

Wuhan 2010