Publishing catches up

For most of my twenty five plus years in the media business,  I’ve been privileged to “shape young minds” at two of the most prestigious publishing courses in the country:  the NYU Publishing Institute, and the Columbia (formerly Radcliffe) Publishing Course.   Over the years, I have met and come to know and even some time have come to work for people who were “merely” enterprising students when I met them.

Newly back on the circuit this year, I have been involved with both programs — and have to say that I’m pleased to see that both have changed with the times.  At NYU the other week, I moderated a panel on The group of us who talked about books on the Web, and at Columbia this past week, I was a “resource person,” counseling students on how to start online projects.  This was the first year Columbia offered such a course, and of course there were glitches in a 40 plus year system, but I was struck and honored and overwhelmed to see that what I and a number of my other “resource people” were able to impart to students about new media.  (And of course there was lots that they, in their 20s could impart to us)   Sometimes it was frustrating not to be able to go further, but then, hey, this is publishing, and any start is a good start.  So my hats are off to my wonderful students and the people who run the programs that allow them to be taught about all the new ways to go about publishing.

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