NYU-SCPS Center for Publishing Students Earn Place on "Soapbox" at Publishers Weekly

Students Reflect on Volunteer Work at Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, Future of Publishing in Middle East

NEW YORK, March 28, 2011 – Graduate students from The Center for Publishing at The New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies (http://scps.nyu.edu) received the type of practice-based learning the School is famous for, working at a major international publishing industry event and contributing a “Soapbox” editorial about their experience in the March 28th issue ofPublishers Weekly. The trip to Abu Dhabi was supported by literary agent Jane Dystel, who oversees the Oscar Dystel Research Fellowship Fund (set up by her father, the former chairman and president of Bantam Books).

In the essay, the students, Joana Costa Knufinke, Erin Cox, Karlyn Hixson, and Courtney Sanks, recount their experiences at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, where they assisted with educational programming and worked with representatives from KITAB, a joint venture organization between the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) and the Frankfurt Book Fair.  Costa Knufinke, Cox, Hixson, and Sanks discuss the unique experience of a Middle Eastern book fair as well as what the future might hold for publishing in the region.

“It’s a testament to the work of our professors that the students were so well prepared  to participate in a major way at an industry event and that they were able to skillfully analyze the state of  publishing in a completely different region,” said Andrea Chambers, director of the Center for Publishing at NYU-SCPS.  “Presenting our students with these experiences is an important part of the graduate program, providing networking opportunities and hands-on practice in key publishing functions.  Our students are incredibly bright and creative, and it is especially gratifying to see their ideas and accomplishments given such high visibility.”

The NYU-SCPS Center for Publishing provides the unique opportunity to study in New York City, one of the world’s most important media centers, giving students access to a remarkable array of industry resources. Combining theoretical classroom learning with real-life experiences, the program helps students sharpen their business sense and networking skills in New York City publishing environments. The Center offers a Master of Science in Publishing as well as professional certificates in publishing, editing, and digital media (launched in Spring 2011). The Center for Publishing also runs the well-regarded NYU Summer Publishing Institute, which since 1978 has helped prepare recent college graduates for entrée to their first jobs in the business, as well as an executive education training program in Abu Dhabi with KITAB.

For more information about the Center for Publishing at NYU-SCPS, please visit http://scps.nyu.edu/publishing or keep up-to-date with the Center’s blog at http://nyupubposts.wordpress.com/.

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Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies (sps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU's several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School's diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Health; Arts, Design, and Film; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Entrepreneurship; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Sports Management, Media, and Business; Translation; and Writing.

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