Students Reflect on Work at Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, Future of Publishing in Middle East
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 of Publishers 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 work at a major 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.
About the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies
Established in 1934, NYU-SCPS (www.scps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of NYU-SCPS 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 continuing education programs in fields such as Real Estate and Construction Management; Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management; Global Affairs; Philanthropy and Fundraising; Graphic Communications Media, Publishing, and Digital Arts; Human Capital Management, Marketing, and Public Relations; with complementary strengths in the Liberal and Allied Arts, Translation and Interpreting, Management and Information Technology, and Finance and Taxation. More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty and lecturers to create vibrant professional and academic networks that attract some 4,200 degree-seeking students from every corner of the region and the world. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent continuing higher education needs of local and professional communities, as evidenced by 55,000 annual enrollments in individual courses, specialized certificate programs, conferences, workshops, seminars, and public events.