by Áine Feeney, studying on MA Publishing Media
On 23 February 2021 I decided to pop into an evening Zoom with Jens Bammel, not realizing that in a short while I would be re-evaluating my approach to my daily agenda. Jens was a warm and welcoming presence and his intention for the talk was to explore the science of higher productivity in the home office, as illustrated by the internet’s greatest influencers: cats!
Jens was Secretary General of the International Publishers Association (IPA) from 2003 to 2015. He originally trained as a lawyer and now works as an executive coach.
by Alisha Raggatt, studying on MA Publishing Media
After a morning lecture filled with publishing law (who doesn’t love rights at the start of the week?) and an afternoon consisting of approximately four moderately strong coffees and an abundance of critical reading, I dragged myself back to my desk to sit down for our course’s optional ‘Tuesday sessions’. This week the session was led by Mark Allin, a warm man with the energy of Bill Gates who happens to be the former CEO of the global publisher Wiley. Based on this second piece of information alone I knew I could only benefit from (virtually) attending and would feel better eating my pancakes (it was Shrove Tuesday) knowing I had taken steps to help develop my career. It’s always nice to do something more than the quarterly LinkedIn post.
by Fraser Smith, studying on MA Publishing Media
On Tuesday 16 February 2021 the Oxford International Centre for Publishing hosted a seminar with Mark Allin, the former CEO of Wiley Publishing. This event was attended remotely on Zoom and was available exclusively for both undergraduates and postgraduates. The talk was part of a series, taking place every Tuesday, in which industry professionals offer advice and speak about their experiences.
by Lucy Derges
Lucy Derges tells us why she chose the MA Publishing Studies via distance learning and how it led to her current role as Policy and Research Manager at STM.
A FUND which helps people from diverse backgrounds get into journalism is now taking applications.
by Chloe Slim
On the 18th November, MA Publishing student Chloe Slim attended the Future Book Forum 2020 online. In this blog post she shares with us her key takeaways from the event and how it links in with her studies.
by Lina Chebaro
Lina Chebaro, who lives in Beirut, was caught in the explosion which devastated the Lebanese city on 4 August 2020. In this blog post, MA student Lina reflects on the unfolding situation in Lebanon, and the threats faced by publishers and journalists in the region.
by Caroline Guillet
Aside from discussions around diversity and inclusivity, the industry is also expected to be as accessible as possible, on both the product and people side. Bill Kasdorf, Simon Holt, Ruth Wells and Erin Osborne Martin joined forces during OPUS’ latest panel event to discuss accessible content and workplace in publishing.
by Caroline Guillet
This article is based on a panel organised during The Bookseller’s M&P Conference 2020. The session – “Eyes on the Prize, Takeaways from Book Prize PR on Working Culture” – welcomed FMcM team members Kealey Rigden, Daniel Kramb, Ashton Bainbridge and Annabel Robinson.
FMcM spans the worlds of publishing, prizes, festivals, NGOs and corporate partnerships and uses life-long expertise in the arts industry to work with the most inspiring organisations. When the UK entered lockdown, events started to be rendered digitally, but what about Book Prizes who strive from their red carpets and glamourous line-ups? FMcM had the huge responsibility of taking The Rathbones Folio Prize and The British Book Awards to the screen, whilst a pandemic was taking the world’s full attention.
by Caroline Guillet
Caroline shares some thoughts from the IPG Virtual Spring Conference, where she attended the session given by Alison Middle and Louise Dickens from Kogan Page.
Consumer behaviour has changed drastically since lockdown measures have been put in place, but overall readers still have appetite for content and are moving online to find it. Alison Middle and Louise Dickens discussed how independent publishers can use their agility to respond to shifts in reading and purchasing habits, but also media consumption, to make their books and digital resources as visible, discoverable and enjoyable as possible.