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Publishing alumni publish new social media magazine

Alumni Miriam Johnson and Victoria Harben (MA Publishing, 2008) have published So.Me Magazine through their editing and publishing company Jargon Media LLC ( The magazine gives insight into the world of social media for professionals, enthusiasts, and users alike. The inaugural issue, published in November 2010, features an exclusive first-hand account of the original Facebook road trip, a poignant look at dealing with death in the Internet age, and an interview with the lead researcher for a study examining Twitter’s impact on academia.

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Finding the Candidate: Recruitment Processes in the Publishing Industry

Our new report on Recruitment processes in the Publishing industry, entitled Finding the Candidate, has been completed and is now available to download as a PDF. This report, commissioned by the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, was undertaken by Pippa Smart, PSP Consulting. Thank you to everyone who gave up their time for face-to-face meetings and to complete the online survey.

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Publishing students receive awards from Stationers’ Foundation

A new postgraduate bursary scheme was launched by the Stationers’ Foundation in 2010, and students from the MA in Publishing at Oxford Brookes received two out of the seven awards. Daniel Parker writes about his attendance at the awards evening:

‘I arrived at St Paul’s, a beautiful area of London under the shadow of the famous cathedral, around six-thirty in the evening. I was there to collect an award for the scholarship that I had received from the Stationers’ Foundation and to meet the members of the Worshipful Company of Stationers. The awards give master’s students on selected publishing and journalism courses a generous bursary and the chance to have a mentor to support them throughout their year of study. Oxford Brookes had two recipients of the award, Abigail Pukaniuk and myself. The evening was primarily intended to celebrate the arrival of the “freemen” into the company and so Abigail and I watched as six men and one woman took part in the initiation ceremony that symbolized their entrance into the guild. Then it was our turn to meet the Master of the Stationers’ Foundation.

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Frankfurt Book Fair, Handkäs mit Musik and Apfelwein

Publishing Master’s student Lydia Evers writes about the recent visit by her class to the 2010 Frankfurt Book Fair:

On Thursday, 7th of October, at 6.45am a group of 32 postgraduate students together with Beverley Tarquini, Angus Phillips, Mary Malin and Rosalyn Dobrzanski made their way to Heathrow Airport to take a plane to Frankfurt – city of Handkäs mit Musik, Apfelwein and the Frankfurt Book Fair. Being from Germany (only about an hour away from Frankfurt), travelling there with a group of international students from Oxford was an amazing and almost too strange to be true experience for me. (I forgot where I was and that I actually spoke the language...)

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Winners of the School Magazine Competition

Thank you to everyone who entered the school magazine competition. The judges were immensely impressed with the quality of all the entries. They picked, Langley Park School for Boys, Beckenham, as the winner of the 16-18 years category with their magazine, SFM.  The articles were just right for the intended audience; the judges just couldn’t put it down either! It was outstanding in both content and design. A very professional magazine put together by a superbly talented team.

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Publishing students visit Hobbs the Printers

MA student Aleksandra Wolenska writes about a recent visit by her class to Hobbs the Printers:

On a sunny Thursday morning, fourteen MA Publishing students from Oxford Brookes gathered outside the Sports Centre at Headington Campus. We then set off in a minibus, driven by our lecturer Adrian Bullock, to visit Hobbs the Printers in Totton near Southampton – we were excited to be going to see a place where words turn into a printed book. We were given a warm welcome by Brian Jeff and Colin Richardson, and once divided into two groups, the tour began. ...

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Publishing Alumni Reunion Drinks

On the evening of 15th September 2010, the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies was delighted to host Alumni Reunion Drinks in Headington Hill Hall. 40 of our alumni and staff attended the event, which also featured a talk on the benefits of coaching and mentoring from Carmelina Lawton-Smith, Senior Lecturer in Training and Development.

Our next Alumni Reunion event will take place at the London Book Fair, April 2011. To keep up to date with our network and news, please join the Alumni group on LinkedIn.

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Alexandra Wilson presents Bizet opera on Radio 3

Senior Lecturer in Musicology Alexandra Wilson presents Bizet's opera Les Pecheurs de perles on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 30 October at 6pm. Les Pecheurs de perles tells the story of a rivalry between two men for the love of the same woman, but it is also an opera about friendship, celebrated in one of the most famous of all operatic duets. This production, from the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, is conducted by Antonio Pappano and features soprano Nicole Cabell, baritone Gerald Finley and tenor John Osborn. Further details can be found on the Radio 3 website:

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British Book Design and Production Awards 2010

The British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF) Oxford Brookes University and The Publishers Association have announced the winners of the British Book Design and Production Awards 2010. The awards were celebrated at a glittering gala evening, held at The Lancaster London Hotel on 5th October, with the great and the good of the publishing industry, including a celebrity or two, in attendance.

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Training in Urban Photography

From 2nd-14th August 2010, Dr Christina Horvath attended a Summer School in Urban Photography, offered by Goldsmith College in London. This highly intensive two week-course developed in collaboration between Urban Encounters and the Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR), provided participants with practical and theoretical training in key aspects of urban photographic practice. Designed for artists and researchers who address notions of urban space and culture, the program explored how the practice of making urban images might inform the development of a reflexive and critical research perspective. The course was particularly relevant to the research and teaching of Dr Horvath who currently works on representations of Paris in contemporary French literature and cinema and offers modules on urban narratives. Funded by the Stuff Development Fund, this training opportunity enabled Dr Horvath to establish a link between her scholarly research in the field of urban theory and her photographic practice and helped her develop new inventive research methods with a strong orientation towards the cultural and the visual. Her pictures were shown at Goldsmith College along with other participants’ photographic work in an exhibition inaugurated on the 14th August 2010. 

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