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Jennifer Pierce, a graduate of the MA in Publishing, has recently signed with Unbound to crowdfund and publish her debut novel, titled Slow Motion. Written for a Young Adult audience, the novel tells the story of two teenagers navigating their final year of high school as they deal with the class issues, secrets, and politics that influence their image-obsessed New England hometown. Jennifer, who currently works as an Editorial Project Manager at Elsevier, wrote Slow Motion as part of her Creative Writing BA at Wheaton College. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
The project is currently available for funding on Unbound’s website through mid-July. https://unbound.co.uk/books/slow-motion
Posted on 04 May 2016 around 1pm
I had been encouraged to apply for the MA in Publishing at Oxford Brookes by a family friend who was working in the industry. I’d always been interested in the idea of working in publishing, but given I had studied in Nottingham and was from North Yorkshire, I wasn’t sure how to pursue this and it was difficult to see how I would get experience in my home town. Applying for the MA was absolutely the best decision I could have made for my career. It was clear Brookes had an excellent reputation in this area, and after being interviewed for a place on the course, I knew it was where I wanted to be. The course introduced me to all areas of publishing through the engaging lectures and projects, and the support from the staff was invaluable. As well as the studying itself, one of the highlights for me during the course was being able to get work experience at several publishers, allowing me to really get a sense of what a job in the industry would entail, and helping me to grow my confidence. I also had a fantastic time with some great friends on the course - we definitely had a ‘work hard, play hard’ attitude! ...
Posted on 29 Apr 2016 around 9am
Working at Pan Macmillan
When I had the epiphany two and a half years ago that publishing would be the ideal job for someone like me who feels slightly uncomfortable without a book within arm’s reach at all times who likes to dabble in some creative writing I was incredibly naïve about how many people felt exactly the same way.
Living in Scotland at the time armed with nothing more than a Bachelor’s in English Literature and a slight journalistic background I optimistically fired off my CV at every publishing opportunity I saw. Cue to a few weeks later and feeling extremely privileged to just to earn a response reading ‘Thank you very much for your application however…,’ even for an internship, I became aware that a different tact would be necessary.
Posted on 19 Feb 2016 around 11am
Internship in Geneva
It was the digital side of publishing that first persuaded me to come to Oxford Brookes for an MA in Digital Publishing, after years working as a journalist in Brazil. The same reason made me apply for a six-month internship in the Publishing unit of the International Labour Organization (ILO) - an opportunity available to students at Brookes. I was lucky to arrive in October, mid-way through two major projects for the unit: the adaptation of InfoStories, first launched as an iPad app, into a responsive website; and a new generation of Checkpoints, an app which allows companies to carry out analysis of their workplace and promote change. ...
Posted on 11 Feb 2016 around 5pm
After graduating from college in Rome, all I knew was that I wanted to work in publishing. I had no experience, but I did have passion. I knew that if I wanted to succeed in making my dream come true, I had to choose the right place to start. What made me set my heart on this course at Oxford Brookes was that the professors help and encourage students to build connections in the industry, whether through work experience or the many events hosted by the faculty. I had a gut feeling that this was that ‘right place’ I was looking for at which to begin my career. ...
Posted on 25 Jan 2016 around 5pm
Adrienn Jelinek completed the MA in Publishing by the part-time route over two years.
I now work as a Marketing Assistant at an independent international academic publisher in Oxford. I received an offer before submitting my major project, which meant that immediately after finishing the MA, I had a full-time position waiting for me. I am convinced that my part time office-based job, which I was doing for almost two years, as well as my varied and extensive work experience within the publishing industry were all essential in securing my current position. ...
Posted on 25 Jan 2016 around 5pm
Bethan received the Stationers' Foundation Postgraduate Bursary for 2015-16.
Deciding on the right MA course can be incredibly hard; it takes a lot of research, as well as putting an awful lot of thought into what kind of job you are looking for in publishing. For me, the MA in Publishing at Oxford Brookes seemed the ideal introduction to an industry which, from the outside, can seem impenetrable. There was just one catch.
How was I meant to afford all of this? ...
Posted on 18 Jan 2016 around 4pm
I wanted to give long overdue thanks to the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies (OICPS). I was in the Master's course in 2011-2012 and from there I took an internship in the logistics department at Boardworks, which led to an editorial internship and then an editorial assistant role. I’ve been at Boardworks for over three years and am now the senior editor of the science division. ...
Posted on 27 Oct 2015 around 2pm
Alumni from the MA Publishing class of 2005-6 met up on Saturday 10 October at Oxford Brookes. They were impressed with the building works that had taken place since their time at the University, and had a tour of the new facilities such as in the John Henry Brookes Building.
Posted on 13 Oct 2015 around 4pm
Filed Under Publishing Alumni
I graduated from the undergraduate degree in June 2014. I am happy to say that I am now a Marketing Assistant for BioMed Central, an open access academic publisher, working on the journal portfolio in biological sciences. I manage the marketing activity for over 50 journals, in what is a very busy and fast-paced environment. It is extremely rewarding and great fun!
Posted on 12 Jun 2015 around 4pm