News from Pace Students and the WNBA

 Pace University Publishing students have been lending their talent and ingenuity to the New York City chapter of the Women’s National Book Association.  The following are three articles that showcase what students have been learning from WNBA Career Panel events, positions they have acquired within the organization and how they have become involved with the United Nations through the WNBA.

 

 

 

WNBA Career Skills Panel Report

By Heather Allen

Heather Allen is in her second semester of the M.S. in Publishing Program at Pace University. She is the Social Media Coordinator for the WNBA-NYC, Social Media/ Marketing Intern for Touchstone

Books at Simon & Schuster, and holds a part-time editorial assistant position at Thieme Medical Publishers.

 

On Tuesday, a panel of six industry professionals spoke to an intimate group of publishing hopefuls. The panelists were:

  • Melissa Rosati, Co-Leadership Trainer, Pace University MS in Publishing Program
  • Alexis Bressler, Human Resources Specialist, Macmillan Publishers
  • Pauline Hsia, Literary Agent Assistant; WNBA-NYC Member, Young to Publishing Group
  • Justin Krass, Career Counselor, Pace University Career Services Center
  • Amy Saxon, Editorial Assistant at Bedford/St. Martin’s

 The night’s moderator was Andrea Baron ( WNBA-NYC Student/Young Professional Outreach Chair and Adjunct Professor, Pace University MS in Publishing Program).  Click here to read about the WNBA’s Career Panel. 

 

 

WNBA Member Monday: Meet Tqwana Brown!

Tqwana Brown, a former high school English teacher, is currently in her second semester of the M.S. in Publishing Program at Pace University. She is currently interning at a literary agency and will be taking over as Blog Intern for the WNBA-NYC Chapter.  The following is an interview about her experiences, conducted by Hannah Bennett, an alumni of the MS in Publishing Program and WNBA member.



Hannah: Congratulations on becoming the new Blog Intern for the WNBA-NYC blog!  How did you come to be involved in the world of publishing and in the WNBA?

Tqwana: Thank you! I’m very excited about this opportunity. I first heard of the organization last semester. I attended a few events, but it wasn’t until the blog editor position became available that I became an official member. Growing up, publishing wasn’t a career that anyone in my family even knew existed.  I entertained the idea briefly right after I completed undergrad (though it was magazines at the time), but nothing came of it. In fact, that’s when I first learned of Pace. After teaching high school for several years, the idea came back to me that this is where I’d rather be.


Hannah: What are some of your goals for the WNBA-NYC blog? What most excites you about this position?

Tqwana: Getting more member participation. Not just interviews, but guest blogs  and event reports. Members should feel like this is their blog, and the best way to do that is to get them contributing more. I want to increase visibility to the organization and grow our numbers. The majority of people currently entering and working in the field are female and our numbers should reflect that. I also want to work closely with Heather (social media coordinator) to help with that.

Click here to learn about Publishing student, Tqwana Brown’s involvement in the WNBA as the new Blog Intern.

 

 

 

News from the UN Youth Representative CornerUNCorner  

By Diana Cavallo and Jenna Vaccaro  


(The Women’s National Book Association is a
Non-Governmental (NGO) member of the
United Nations, supporting the UN in its goals.)

  

 Provisional Winter/Spring 2013 NGO Briefing and Events Calendar January–June 2013

 
“There is one universal truth, applicable to all countries, cultures and communities: violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
 
“As we commemorate International Women’s Day, we must look back on a year of shocking crimes of violence against women and girls and ask ourselves how to usher in a better future.
 
One young woman was gang-raped to death. Another committed suicide out of a sense of shame that should have attached to the perpetrators. Young teens were shot at close range for daring to seek an education.”
 
Click here to read the rest of Diana and Jenna’s article.  Please go the UN website to continue reading the Secretary-General’s full message.

WNBA United Nations Youth Advocates

The WNBA-NYC chapter is happy to announce our two new WNBA DPI/NGO United Nations Youth Representatives for 2013, two Pace MS in Publishing Students!

Diana Cavallo is a graduate student in Pace University’s Masters in Publishing program. She completed her undergraduate education at Pace University’s Pleasantville campus in May of 2012, with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communications and a minor in Creative Writing. Diana was the Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning Pforzheimer Honors College newsletter, SCHOLASTICA, and a featured writer in VOX Literary & Arts magazine. She has held publishing internship positions with The Association of American Publishers and Nancy Yost Literary Agency. Diana will also begin an exciting Social Media internship with Simon & Schuster in the spring of 2013.

Diana is very grateful to have been chosen as a Youth Representative for the Women’s National Book Association to the United Nations. She was interested in this position because of her longtime passion for reading and writing, and desire to help others through charity work. Diana greatly respects the Women’s National Book Association’s literacy and awareness objectives and their emphasis on educating youth about developments in the book community. As a young woman entering publishing, she hopes to use this proactive outlet to help the voices and concerns of female readers be heard and appreciated. In her future career, she plans to focus on the editorial, publicity and marketing aspects of the field, in both book and magazine publishing. Ultimately, Diana hopes to become a bestselling novelist and children’s book author.

Jenna Vaccaro is a Graduate Assistant at Pace University pursuing a Master’s of Science in Publishing. She explored her passion for news, politics, and media through her undergraduate attendance at American University in Washington DC. She ultimately graduated with a major in Law and Society, and a minor in Sociology.  Throughout college, Jenna worked part time at the Smithsonian’s Asian art museums, the Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art. Her first experience with professional publishing was through a college internship at the American Humanist Association. As an intern for the magazine The Humanist, Jenna learned about the role of an editor, the design of a magazine, and the circulation of a periodical.

Jenna is absolutely ecstatic to be working with the Woman’s National Book Association as one of its Youth Representatives for the United Nations. After working in an international museum exploring different cultures, this is a perfect outlet to focus those years of research, work, and study. With her interest in government and society, there is no better way to combine all of her past intellectual interests into one perfect internship. Jenna hopes to learn more about working with other NGOs, spread the message of the United Nations and the Department of Public Information, and meet other motivated young people. As a member of the Woman’s National Book Association, Jenna cannot wait to start empowering women home and abroad through literacy and publishing.

Introducing the New M.S. in Publishing Graduate Assistants and Student Aides!

The M.S in Publishing blog would like to officially welcome and introduce you to the Graduate Assistants and Student Aides for the 2012-2013 academic year.   Learn more about your classmates and their positions within the department.

 

Diana Cavallo

Student Aide, Publishing Office

I graduated from Pace University, Pleasantville in May of 2012, with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communications, and a minor in Creative Writing.  I’m very proud to say that at Commencement, I was given the highest honor awarded to a graduating senior, the Trustee Award.  During my undergraduate education, I was the editor of the Honors College newsletter, SCHOLASTICA, and contributor to VOX  Literary & Arts magazine. I have held three internship positions, two within the publishing at The Association of American Publishers and Nancy Yost Literary Agency.   I am still undecided as to whether I would like to work in magazine or book publishing, but am very interested in the editorial, publicity and marketing fields.  Ultimately, I would like to become a novelist and children’s author.

 

 

Jennifer Clare

Graduate Assistant, Pace Press

I graduated from Ramapo College with a BA in Communication Arts concentrating my studies in writing.  I have had many great internship experiences working for TWIST Magazine, Nickelodeon, Cosmopolitan, and now Pace University Press. My internships have opened up my career interests to include editorial, production, design, and marketing in both books and magazines. I also have a lot of interest in digital aspects of publishing.

 

 

 

Trey Prothro

Graduate Assistant, Pace Press

My name is Trey Prothro, and I’m originally from St. Louis, Missouri. In May 2011, I graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism in Magazine Editing from the University of Missouri at Columbia. While in undergrad, I had the opportunity to work as a staff reporter for the Columbia Missourian, staff writer and section editor for Vox magazine, editorial intern at ALIVE Magazine (a monthly lifestyle publication in St. Louis), and TIWIMUTA magazine (an annual art fashion magazine published by Andre Walker and based in New York City). My publishing passion is with magazines. Although most of my experience and background is on the editorial side of publishing, I would like to learn more about the business aspects of publishing to be an overall more strategic publisher in the future. I’m new to the city, and this is my first semester in the M.S. Publishing program. I’m beyond excited to be here!

 

Dan Shao

Lab Assistant

I graduated from Zhe Jiang Gong Shang University in 2010, and my undergraduate major was editing and publishing. I am interested in book publishing, copyright, digital publishing and magazine as well.

 

 

Jenna Vaccaro

Graduate Assistant, Lab

Jenna Vaccaro graduated from American University in Washington, DC in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society.  In college she interned with the publication The Humanist, a magazine for critical social inquiry. Jenna spent 4 years working at the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art as a publications and events assistant, working on exhibition catalogs and the scholarly journal Ars Orientalis. Jenna is interested in working with current events and pop culture, news-based publications, and science-fiction. In her spare time, she plays guitar and plans vacations.