Awesome Opportunity! Become a Student Correspondent

The Center for Communication is launching a student correspondent program, open to students across the country, that will feature student writers who want to bring fresh perspectives and their voice to journalism across our platforms. Participants in the program will have their work published across all of our platforms and will also have opportunities to engage with other media organizations arranged by the Center for Communication.Student correspondents will be allowed to choose their own topics — as long as they focus on career, student life or a current, relevant news piece. Occasionally topics may be assigned to you.

HOW DO I APPLY?
The application process has three rounds:

Round 1: Submit your application
To apply, you will need to submit a resume, cover letter and two writing samples.

Round 2: Produce an original story
If selected to move on to this round, you will be required to produce an original story in 72 hours. Additional details will be provided if you are selected.

Round 3: Interview
If you are selected to move on to this round, you will interview with the Center’s Director of Community.

WHERE WILL MY ARTICLES BE PUBLISHED?
Articles will be published on the Center’s website, within our newsletter, and shared via Twitter and Facebook.

HOW LONG WILL I BE A CORRESPONDENT FOR THE CENTER?
If chosen, you will be a correspondent during the Spring 2016 semester.

DO I HAVE TO BE AN UNDERGRADUATE?
No. You must be currently enrolled in an associates, undergraduate or graduate program during your time as a correspondent.

DO I HAVE TO BE A JOURNALISM STUDENT TO APPLY?
No. We welcome all students of all degrees!

NONE OF MY WORK HAS BEEN PROFESSIONALLY PUBLISHED — CAN I STILL APPLY?
Yes. As long as you can provide samples of your work, you can still apply.

WILL I BE WORKING IN THE CENTER’S OFFICE IN DUMBO?
No. You will be working remotely from your college. This way, you can participate in the program while still taking classes on campus! Talk about a win-win, amiright?

All correspondents are more than welcome to come visit us, if they want!

WILL THIS OPPORTUNITY BE AVAILABLE IN THE FUTURE?
Yes. The program is offered in the fall, spring and summer.

I’VE APPLIED – NOW WHAT?
The Center staff will begin reviewing all applications. Keep in mind that we’re a staff of 4, but we’ll respond to every applicant as quickly as possible.

After this, you will be notified via email if you are selected to move on to Round 2 of the application process. Journalists selected to move on to Round 2 will be given 72 hours to produce an original story.

After the deadline of round two, selected candidates will participate in a brief interview with the Center’s Director of Community.

HOW WILL I BE COMPENSATED FOR MY PARTICIPATION IN THIS PROGRAM?

All correspondents will receive a stipend upon successfully completing program. Throughout the course of the program, the Center will conduct weekly mentorship calls with the Student Correspondents with guidance and editorial support.

READY TO APPLY?

Submit your application to Foladé Bell, our Director of Community. Be sure to include “Student Correspondent Spring 2016” in the subject line.

Interview with Susan Katz, the David Pecker Distinguished Visiting Professor

Interview with Susan Katz, David Pecker Distinguished Visiting Professor
for the 2015-2016 Academic Year

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It is an honor to have Susan Katz serving as the David Pecker Distinguished Professor for the 2015-2016 academic year. Ms. Katz joined Harper & Row in 1987 as President and Publisher of the College Division and as a member of the Executive Committee. In 1996, Katz made the transition from educational to trade publishing and became President of the HarperCollins Children’s Division, which is the position she held for 19 years until her retirement this past September.

During her tenure, Katz tripled the revenues of the division and had published more NEW YORK TIMES children’s bestsellers than any other publisher. She had the honor of working with such authors and illustrators such as Eric Carle, Kiera Cass, Neil Gaiman, Robin Preiss Glasser, Daniel Handler, Kevin Henkes, Kadir Nelson, Jane O’Connor, Lauren Oliver, Veronica Roth, Maurice Sendak, Sara Shepard, and Shel Silverstein.

Katz was a member of the Advisory Board of First Book and a member of the Children’s Book Council. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Boston University and a master’s degree from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Jane O’Connor and one of her books Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth

Her first lecture will take place on Thursday, October 29th, 2015 at Pace University, 163 Williams St, 18th floor, from 6-8pm, where she will be discussing her experiences in Children’s Books Publishing as well as what goes into the making of a bestselling book with two of her colleagues, Jane OConnor, the author of the Fancy Nancy picture book series, as well as her editor, Margaret Anastas, Professor Jane Denning had the pleasure of interviewing Ms. Katz as she assumes her new role at Pace. The pair discussed what she hopes to accomplish as the David Pecker Distinguished Professor as well as some advice she has to offer to current Pace M.S. in Publishing students.

Prof. Denning: Hi Susan and thank you for agreeing to do this interview! Congratulations on being named the Visiting David Pecker Distinguished Professor for the 2015-2016 academic year. Can you tell us a bit about what you hope to accomplish this year at Pace?

Susan Katz: Thank you. I am very excited to have the opportunity to share some of my experiences with students here at Pace. I have always enjoyed hearing an “insider’s view’ of any profession that interests me because it becomes less mysterious and yet more interesting the more I learn. I hope students will find the information as well as my stories and anecdotes useful and entertaining in equal measure. 

Prof. Denning: As the Visiting Professor, you will be giving two lectures throughout the course of the year. What do you want students to take away from these lectures? Any pearls of wisdom you can impart for us now?

Susan Katz: I have asked colleagues to join me during both lectures. I am sharing case studies which I think will be exciting to hear because in both cases the books turned into major bestsellers. I want students to get a feel for “what it takes” to make a book into a major success. I’ve asked two of my colleagues to join me because they were key contributors to creating the successes.

Prof. Denning: Many of our students here at Pace have varied interests within the world of publishing. When you were first starting out in the industry, did you know that you wanted to end up working with Childrens books?

Susan Katz: Many folks call publishing the “accidental profession.” I didn’t start out with an interest in publishing, which I will be happy to explain at the first lecture. I did start out with a passion for reading, and a love of children’s books. I never thought I would be lucky enough to have the opportunity to work in the world of children’s books, which came midway through my career.

Prof. Denning: If a student is interested in the childrens book industry (or any other aspect of publishing) what is the best way for them to break in?

Susan Katz: Start with an internship or an entry level position. Make sure you use all of the resources at Pace to make your first connections. Attend Industry events. Talk to bookstore staff. Build relationships. More advice to come.

Prof. Denning: As our students gear up to enter the workforce, what sort of skills should they develop while in the MS in Publishing program so they can embark upon a successful career in publishing, whether in editorial, marketing, sales, or production or any other aspect of the business?

Susan Katz: It’s important to learn as much about the field as possible. So much information is available on line! Read the relevant business publications and research the publishers by visiting their websites. Bone up on the industry by reading newspaper articles in the area of publishing that interests you. Be sure to study the challenges the industry is facing so that you are prepared to focus on the thriving areas.

Prof. Denning: Can you tell us a bit about our lecture that will take place on Thursday, Oct. 29th ?

Susan Katz: As I metioned earlier, Jane O’Connor, the author of the Fancy Nancy picture book series, as well as her editor, Margaret Anastas, will be joining me. I thought it would be interesting to break the session into two parts. First, I’d like each of us to talk a bit about our careers, our experiences and how we got to the place we are today, and then I thought we would explain the picture book market and each describe our specific experiences in creating this fantastic picture book franchise that has sold over 30 million copies and is still selling today.

Prof. Denning: Thank you Susan!  We are really looking forward to your lecture.

Pace Event: An Evening With Angela Davis

734Angela-Davis_0On Tuesday, October 20, the Office of Multicultural Affairs brings scholar and activist Angela Davis to Pace’s NYC Campus for an evening of reflection and conversation on the importance of sustained social justice movements, activism, and student engagement.

Rising to prominence as a counterculture activist in the 1960s, Davis was a leader of the Communist Party in the United States and was closely associated with the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Panther Party. In later years, she became a professor of at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and worked in their History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies departments. She is the author of Women, Race & Class, and advocates for gender equity, prison reform, and alliances across color lines.

Conversations in Action: An Evening with Dr. Angela Davis

Tuesday, October 20
Schimmel Center
6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

This program is made possible through a student opportunity grant. For more information, e-mail Raziyah Eure at re30776n@pace.edu or Jonelle James at jj94695n@pace.edu. For telephone inquiries, please call Denise Santiago, PhD, at (212) 346-1546.