Link of the Week | Paper Valentines

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! Did you know the holiday we now associate with chocolate, greeting cards, and candy probably originated from the violent, raunchy feast of Lupercalia in Ancient Rome? The festival would last for two days, from February 13 to 15, and was filled with…less than romantic behavior, including a matchmaking lottery, the sacrifice of a goat and a dog, and…animal hides. That’s all I’m going to say. (It’s pretty dark.) The day may also get its name from Emperor Claudius II, who executed two men — both, incidentally, named Valentine — on different February 14ths in the 3rd century A.D. One of these Valentines was a Roman priest who encouraged young couples to marry. This, apparently, infuriated the Emperor, who believed soldiers should be loyal, first and foremost, to him. The Catholic Church later martyred both men and honored their memories with St. Valentine’s Day. Continue reading “Link of the Week | Paper Valentines”

Upcoming Event: Exploring Future Reality

exploring Future realityIs the age of virtual and augmented reality, long anticipated, finally upon us? Exploring Future Reality is a full day event with virtual and augmented reality faculty researchers and industry experts delivering lightning talks, presentations and interactive demos. The discussion will focus on the impact of VR/AR on the media and technology industry, including best practices for storytelling, prototyping, and distribution.

Hosted by Viacom NEXT and organized by NYC Media Lab, #ExFR16 will present a program featuring over 20 media executives and faculty researchers for a full day event detailing the impact of virtual and augmented reality. The conference will explore all areas of VR/AR, ranging from what’s in the lab, what’s being commercialized by technology companies and startups, and what’s being developed by industry. The event will also include interactive demos created in NYC universities, lightning pitches from early stage startups and a workshop led by Verizon.

Speakers include:

Ken Perlin, NYU
Chris Hercik, Time Inc.
Kelly Alfieri, New York Times
Marc Maleh, R/GA
Javier Molina, NYU Integrated Digital Media
Sowmya Gottipati, NBCUniversal
And more!

exploring future reality2Panels and programs include:

What is Reality?
Columbia University’s Steven Feiner, NYU’s Ken Perlin and Viacom NEXT’s Chaki Ng will sit down with Ben Johnson, the host of Marketplace’s tech podcast Codebreaker, for an abstract and imaginative discussion: How will VR/AR technologies change society and the world?

Advertising and Marketing
How are new VR/AR hardware and platforms being positioned in the market? Panelists including Marc Maleh of R/GA, Brett Leary of Digitas and Resh Sidhu of Framestore will discuss.

Technical Horizons
As VR/AR hardware breaks into the consumer market, panelists Winslow Burleson and Mark Skwarek of NYU will highlight the research agendas of leading faculty and device manufacturers.

And more!

Interested in the event and want to receive a media advisory? Contact Alexis Avedisian, NYC Media Lab’s Communications Manager at

Student prices are $25.

For more information click here!

If you are interested, make sure to register now!

Job Alert! Open position at The New York Times

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Assistant to Nick Kristof and Charles Blow

There is an opening for an editorial assistant to Nick Kristof and Charles Blow. This guild position entails research, fact-checking, social media and clerical duties. It is a wide-ranging role.

This candidate will assist with news details in the Editorial Department by performing functions that will include, but not limited to, the following:

• Keep abreast of the news in the field covered and suggest ideas for columns;
• Conduct research as needed for the Editorial Department using standard reference materials, including online resources;
• Verify and/or correct the accuracy of the information contained in draft columns and write summaries as necessary.

Internal and external candidates:

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Young Adult Fiction: Not Just For “Young Adults”

The Fault in Our Stars Book CoverJulie Strauss-Gabel, publisher of Dutton Children’s Books since 2011, is known for her harsh editorial letters that tear an author’s work to shreds. She is also known for her knack of spotting talent and transforming it into the next breakout star of young adult fiction. (In this week’s New York Times young adult best-seller list, five of the ten spots are held by novels she edited, including John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns.)

In 2014, revenue from adult fiction and nonfiction sales fell by 1.4 percent, while revenue from young adult and children’s books rose by a whopping 21 percent from the previous year. Meanwhile, adults aged 18-44 made up 65 percent of young adult fiction buyers, purchasing the books for their own reading pleasure.

“We’re in an era where the definition of a young adult book is completely up for grabs, and people are willing to reinvent it,” says Strauss-Gabel. “There’s no one saying ‘You can’t do this in a book for children.‘”

Julie Strauss-GabelJulie Strauss-Gabel, pictured here with John Green.

To read the full New York Times article on Julie Strauss-Gabel and the future of YA publishing, click here.