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Jennifer Krebs, MA Publishing

Jennifer Krebs, MA Publishing

Jennifer Krebs

When I started my undergraduate degree I was enrolled as a Politics major. Going in, I already knew this wouldn’t be the place for me but it took me an entire year to realise that I should major in what I liked – and that’s how I ended up with an English degree. I was lucky that my university didn’t lock the English majors into future teaching careers – they encouraged exploring all aspects of the discipline (I declared an editing concentration), evoked interest in other careers and, most importantly, introduced me to the Brookes MA programme. I did my research and, just like all the statistics said, Brookes was the best publishing MA to get – and as a bonus I would get to head to Oxford. There is truly no better place to study books.

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Posted on 24 Jun 2014 around 10am

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Frankie Mace - MA Book History and Publishing Culture 2012-13

Frankie Mace (currently Assistant Editor, Bloomsbury) writes:

I had initially intended to come to Brookes to study on the mainstream Publishing course, but I was concerned that I would not enjoy some of the more vocational or technical elements. I was really excited when I realised that I could take the Book History MA, study the modern history of publishing in a more academic way, and still take all of the elective courses and business elements that had appealed to me in the first place.

I found the MA reading engaging and fascinating, discovering a rich world of cultural, historical and sociological topics, which gave me a firm understanding of the economic and political history of the publishing industry, along with insight into the present day, and future, business of books. For anyone who enjoys writing creatively and undertaking their own research, I cannot recommend the course highly enough. The access and resources available are incredible, with excellent support from the academic faculty and the assignments encourage innovation and originality; I particularly enjoyed creating, along with my peers, our own online journal, in which we each published an article on a 20th Century publishing topic of our choice.

For me the MA was a life changing experience. I feel that the Book History MA equipped me with all the abilities I needed to enter into the job market and gave me the confidence to pursue a career in publishing. I was able to move straight from studying into an editorial position at an independent publisher in London and, thanks to the course, I believe that I was given a competitive edge.

Posted on 30 May 2014 around 8am

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Ross Fraser, MA Publishing

Ross Fraser, MA Publishing

Ross Fraser

I originally applied to the MA at Brookes armed with nothing more than my undergraduate degree and a passion for storytelling. I was devoted to narrative in all of its forms and I was seeking for a way to channel that passion – for me the MA was a route into turning that into a tangible and productive career.

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Posted on 27 May 2014 around 1pm

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Brianne Bellio, MA Publishing

Since March, I have spent two days a week at Osprey Publishing in Oxford as an editorial intern. My biggest task has been to be in charge of the Editorial inbox. I read through all the emailed proposals and forward them on to the relevant editors. Communication is a big part of my job, whether to the editors or to the potential authors. I have also been utilizing the proofreading skills learnt on the MA programme as I upload corrections into their CMS database. These corrections have to be updated so that the most correct version of the manuscript is available. Attention to detail is definitely a key aspect of this job. I also mail back rejected manuscripts and return artwork to the artists. I help with checking texts for correct and consistent spellings, sourcing images, and generally pitch in where assistance is required.

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Posted on 29 Apr 2014 around 2pm

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Fiona Bradbury, MA Publishing

Fiona Bradbury, MA Publishing

Fiona Bradbury

I found out I’d gained a children’s publicity internship at Oxford University Press during a quick email check at the Frankfurt Book Fair, and had to restrain myself from jumping into the air. On return to Oxford, I started at Oxford Children’s Books and began learning the ropes of working in a busy children’s publishing office.

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Posted on 07 Apr 2014 around 10am

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Nadia Garcia, MA Publishing

During my work experience in Bloomsbury’s academic marketing division, I gained a great insight into all aspects of marketing and publicity. During these three months I was part of the day-to-day activities within a leading publishing house. My tasks included creating email newsletters for direct marketing campaigns, proofreading campaign copies, and designing posters and fliers for book launch event and conferences. I learnt how important it is to know who your target audience is and to know how to reach it. Also that it is crucial to have up-to-date contact lists in order to promote your books successfully.

The team at Bloomsbury was always friendly and supportive, providing me with many different and interesting tasks. I felt immediately part of the team and that my work was useful to them.  It was also a great opportunity to make new contacts within the industry, who have given me great support and useful advice on how to progress in my career.

This work experience taught me how creative and varied a job in marketing can be - I can say without a doubt that my work experience at Bloomsbury was extremely valuable and I highly recommend it.

Posted on 07 Apr 2014 around 10am

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Katherine Pitt, MA Digital Publishing

During the second semester of my MA in Digital Publishing at Oxford Brookes, I have been lucky enough to spend two days a week in the publishing department of the Victoria and Albert Museum.

In addition to giving me a behind-the-scenes look at my favourite museum, my experience at the V&A has provided invaluable insights into the world of museum publishing.

I have learnt a lot; from the important role publishing plays in supporting and promoting the V&A’s collection, to just how informative image licensing costs are in determining which illustrations can make it into a publication. It also served as a good reminder that the skills we learn in class are applicable in the real world, and I felt very satisfied whenever I got to use my proofreading techniques.

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Posted on 04 Apr 2014 around 3pm

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Louise Butler, MA Publishing

Louise Butler, MA Publishing

Louise Butler

The MA in Publishing at Brookes equipped me ideally for my career – not only did it provide me with the strong practical knowledge base and skills I needed early on, it helped me to build connections with the industry (I gained my first role before the course had finished after making contact with a guest speaker at a lecture and hearing about the opportunity!). The MA exposed me to the range of different publishing jobs out there and ultimately helped me to determine my own career path. I also made some fantastic friends!

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Posted on 04 Apr 2014 around 3pm

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Lea Abot, MA International Publishing

Lea Abot, MA International Publishing

The exhibition catalogue

Banlieue Network

At the end of semester 1, one of our lecturers presented the cohort a project to develop an exhibition catalogue in partnership with the Modern Languages department at Oxford Brookes. She needed a team of publishing students to help with the creation and production of an accompanying catalogue for an exhibition the following April about the Parisian Banlieue. The book would be bilingual in English and French. Having previous experiences in exhibition catalogue creation and being a native French speaker, I jumped at the opportunity! The benefit of this unusual work experience – I was not working for a publishing house! – was absolutely brilliant: Oxford-based, my own time management and a lot of responsibilities. I was not just assisting someone, but I was rather at the centre of the creation of the whole book.

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Posted on 01 Apr 2014 around 1pm

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Marianne Cassidy, MA Digital Publishing

Marianne Cassidy, MA Digital Publishing

Marianne Cassidy in Geneva

When I accepted my offer to study for a MA Digital Publishing in Oxford Brookes, I still had no clear career path in mind, but I knew I wanted to formalize my practical skills in web development, digital production and online marketing.  I was also coming to realize that I thrive in mission-driven work environments, where the focus is on smart and effective communication above all else.

So when applications opened for a six-month internship in the International Labour Organization in Geneva, I jumped at the chance. The ILO is one of the oldest arms of the United Nations, and completely unique in terms of its structure, scale and mission. The ILO publishing team is small, sitting within the larger communications department. The team values their interns and the expertise we bring to the table. Digital innovation is currently a priority, and I was lucky enough to start my internship at the beginning of the commissioning process for our first apps. In terms of editing, I have learned about storyboarding and tailoring dense academic material for different audiences, as well as working with authors to produce non-traditional content. On the production end of things, I have improved my grasp of digital workflow and asset management and gained valuable experience collaborating with creative agencies and developers.

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Posted on 27 Feb 2014 around 10am

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