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Jason Darwin, digital publishing architect, founder and manager of Mebooks and Readk.it

Jason DarwinSince Jason Darwin graduated from the publishing course in 2004, he has become one of the book industry's go-to people for ebooks and digital publishing. Most recently a digital publishing architect at Learning Media, he has worked for organisations such as the New Zealand Electronic Text Centre and CWA New Media, and on his own digital projects. His work has ranged from one-off ebook projects to creating online publishing systems to make many thousands of pages of content available on the web.

Prior to enrolling in the publishing course, I had worked in print production and in commercial IT. My introduction to publishing came through working on Critic newspaper while at the University of Otago, then I moved into digital pre-press as desktop publishing was transforming the industry.

I'd always been interested in literature and the production side of publishing. Completing the publishing course seemed like an ideal way to both get a rounded education in publishing and find out about local opportunities.

Publishing is one of those fields where there's a wide range of skills and niches, and the Whitireia publishing course was a great way to be introduced to many of these. I'd always enjoyed the sense of accomplishment and achievement that comes from making ideas available to a wide audience, but recognised that if I wanted to be part of this, I needed to find out more about tools, techniques and conventions that are involved.

Two years after graduating, I founded meBooks, a company that provides ebook conversion and retail services for New Zealand publishers, and I recently developed a new open-source e-reading system, Readk.it.

(October 2013)

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Lisette du Plessis, editor, PQ Blackwell

It amazes me sometimes that it hasn't even been two years since I graduated from the publishing course, particularly when I think about the work I get to do, and the people I get to work with every day. As the editor at PQ Blackwell in Auckland, I am challenged and stimulated in everything I do. PQ is an acclaimed creator and publisher of internationally best-selling illustrated books that collaborates with extraordinary individuals like Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu as well as mind-blowingly talented photographers like Tim Flach and Andrew Zuckerman: I feel very privileged to work on the projects PQ is entrusted with and find them completely absorbing. When you are working on a book in collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Foundation or in honour of Archbishop Tutu, and you learn firsthand just how much these individuals have given of themselves, and witness just how gracious they are, you can't help but being absolutely engrossed and giving everything you have to make your meagre contribution to their legacy measure up.

It's impossible to pinpoint one thing that I love most about working in publishing, so here's a little list: building a book up from scratch, piecing it together with the help of incredibly dedicated and talented design colleagues; opening a book I have helped produce (about a year after printing seems to be about right; if I look at a book any sooner I can't yet enjoy the process as I'm still terrified of finding gigantic mistakes. I suspect this sinking feeling never truly goes away, no matter how many years you've worked in publishing!); nutting out a problems of every kind and solving them to the best of my ability; getting to be as pedantic as I please; working with an author to translate, and do justice to, the vision they have been working on for years and years, helping turn their dreams into the very best book I can possibly help them make.

(October 2011)

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Timothy Vaughan-Sanders

Timothy Vaughan-SandersAfter completing half a law degree, I veered off course in 2007 to follow a passion for books and editing promised by a diploma from the publishing course, only to end up right back inside legal circles as an editor for the publisher LexisNexis. The publishing course equipped me with the skills needed to work in a demanding and technical field of publishing from keeping up with fast-paced changes in the law and online content to maintaining editorial consistency over thousands of pages of intricate text in very specific subject areas.

I had an old-fashioned idea of publishing before starting the publishing course: some sepia photograph of a pile of manuscripts beside an old armchair, a pipe and maybe some whiskey, and all the time in the world to read and edit some soon-to-be masterpieces. The course proved that the real world of publishing is far more colourful. But I still got to play with that old-fashioned idea at LexisNexis, as legal publishing is populated with authors who have been in the business a long time and some things are still done the old way. Four times a day, I'd receive beautifully handwritten memos by fax with directions for updating a looseleaf text that had been the authority in land law for over 25 years. These would be followed up with congenial phone calls going into the finer points, and every now and then a 200-page fresh handwritten manuscript would appear in the mail, wrapped in a manila folder, which needed to be deciphered and typed, then edited and typeset, to eventually become a book. I loved that our office had a fax machine almost solely for this author relationship, and I came to really cherish the collaboration which was like plotting the next great novel - except this one was about commercial leases, covenants and types of tenancies.

The publishing course was a brilliant year for me, and has led to great opportunities and memorable encounters.

(October 2013)

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Nicola Hill, marketing director, Penguin UK

nicola hillI graduated from the publishing course in the 1990s. The publishing world I walked in to over 15 years ago was certainly very different to the industry today. But Whitireia gave me skills and confidence to try anything and be flexible in my approach.

I've worked in a variety of companies and roles, from the wonderful Godwit (still, then, independent) to Little, Brown UK, and now am marketing director at Penguin Books UK. In 2013 we won 'best marketing campaign' at the British Book Awards! I love publishing as much as ever and always love to hear from new Whitireia graduates who are testing out the British book industry. My New Zealand publishing experience set me in good stead for working in London.

(October 2013)

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Amber Carter, publishing intern, Victoria University Press

Amber CarterAmber Carter graduated in 2012 and was offered an internship at Victoria University Press as part of the Publishers Association of New Zealand publishing intern programme.

Before I arrived at Victoria University Press I had formed a vague mental image of what it would look like: perhaps a modern, shiny edifice, with phones ringing, piles of paper everywhere, shelves stuffed with books, and authors and editors waving their hands at each other like flustered ducks. Consequently I was somewhat daunted when the reality turned out to be an old two-storey house hidden up a steep, vegetated track behind the university. Fortunately, inside this suburban camouflage is a publishing house that is (more or less) what I imagined, although no flustered ducks so far.

There are four staff members in the building (excluding myself), each secreted away in their own offices, so the atmosphere is one of quiet busyness rather than frantic chaos. The piles of paper I visualised unquestionably exist - manuscripts, copyedits, page proofs, cover options, checklists, (constantly re-jigged) schedules. They colonise every surface and have to be periodically attacked and tamed back into some semblance of order. Then there are the books, which - thanks to some handy rearranging in my first week - there is now adequate shelf-space for.

Due to its location and construction, downstairs can get pretty chilly, but I am fortunate enough to have a desk upstairs, where the heat accumulates and I have an excellent view out towards the harbour. I am also placed conveniently close to the coffee, which is generally understood to be an essential part of the publishing process. I copyedit, proofread, typeset, manage images, send out books and author wrangle as needed. The variation is stimulating, exhausting and wonderful.

There are periods of intense concentration when I'm unravelling a particularly knotty sentence or trying to typeset disparate content in a way that doesn't look like a child's scrapbook. There are flashes of triumph when everything is sent off to the printer, often preceded by brief moments of terror when a previously unseen error is spotted. There are also little spikes of humour that punctuate the workday. Sometimes it's a particularly apt quote or a line of dry, understated wit. Other times it's contact with the outside world ­- one (handwritten, photocopied) submission letter included the persuasive argument that the attached manuscript was not only a guaranteed bestseller but also that 'the film producers will make $20 billion'!

VUP publishes an astonishing range of books for such a small publishing house. In the last three months alone I've worked on poetry, novels, short stories, serious non-fiction and illustrated non-fiction. Highlights include the recently launched Fighting to Choose: The Abortion Rights Struggle in New Zealand and the upcoming The Royal New Zealand Ballet at Sixty (over 300 images to organise!).

The publishing course prepared me well for my work here. All the things I learnt through my projects also apply here: schedules are not ironclad, author availability varies, managing images takes a lot longer than you'd expect, InDesign is a marvellous but occasionally intractable beast, and publishing is a lot of fun. Also, cake is always welcome.

(July 2013)

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Sarah Gumbley, Lighthouse PR

Sarah GumbleyWhen I began the online publishing course in 2009, I worked in marketing at a legal publisher. Promoting employment law books wasn't exactly thrilling and what I really wanted to do was work with stories-ones that made you laugh or cry, ones that inspired you to dream or enveloped you in their own worlds. My hope was that after the course I would understand the publishing industry better and have the skills to develop my career.

When I finished the course I went out on my own, offering online tools for writers. I built them websites, showed them Facebook and that sort of thing. I was a bit 'nerdy' and no one else seemed to be focusing on this area of promotion. But something was missing. Online marketing doesn't work if it's not also done with media publicity-the two are meant to go together like peas and carrots.

Then about a year ago, Lorraine Steele, who I'd met at publishing events before, phoned me up saying she had a business idea. Lorraine was a publicist and someone I really admired, so I was thrilled she wanted to work together to offer publicity services covering both the online and offline worlds.

We launched Lighthouse PR in November 2012 and since then it has grown beyond everything we hoped. Now we work with writers' festivals and publishing houses, self-published writers and published authors. We've worked on all sorts of books; and with everyone from serious academics to local literature buffs to those writing fun and charming children's tales. The peas and carrots approach has worked for us, and though it is a changing time for the publishing industry, there are still stories to be told and readers who want to hear about them.

(July 2013)

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Jenna Mitchell, production editor, Taylor & Francis, UK

Jenna MitchellI graduated from the publishing course in 2011 and worked for some time as a publication manager at Adis, a medical publisher in Auckland. I am now a production editor in the journals division of Taylor & Francis in the UK.

The purpose of my role here is to oversee the production process of a group of academic journals, ensuring that articles and issues are published on time and that they meet quality standards. My list covers a broad range of different subject areas: arts, humanities, economics and science. While in principle each journal follows the same process (pre-editing, copyediting, typesetting, proof checking, publication), they all have their own individual quirks and distinct schedule. This definitely keeps you on your toes.

Working in production is great fun: it's varied and fast-paced. You get to collaborate with your colleagues in production and in different departments, and with external academic editors and suppliers. You are also the main point of contact for authors after their articles have been accepted for publication, which can at times be very rewarding.

I started the role in June this year, so I haven't been at the company very long. There is, however, a very clearly defined path for progression within production at Taylor & Francis: following production editor, you move to senior production editor, then deputy production manager, production manager and then senior production manager. I see myself continuing to work in production: you get an extraordinary amount of satisfaction when print copies of your journals are handed to you and you can see the result of your hard work.

(July 2013)

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Jill Mellanby, publications manager, Royal Society of New Zealand

I studied the publishing course online and graduated in 2008.

The publishing course gave me a great overview of the publishing industry and, although I was convinced that I wanted to be a book editor, I really enjoy my current role. I project manage thirty scholarly journal issues a year and oversee about sixty scientific editors spread around various universities and research institutes throughout the country. This can be quite a challenge at times, even with another full-time member of staff in the office. It is my responsibility to make sure that the journals conform to international best-practice for scholarly publishing, which is a very dynamic environment at present. I also have to ensure that we meet the requirements of the various international bodies governing the naming of newly discovered species of plants and animals, which have only just recently begun to accept that electronic publication is 'real'.

The possession of great people skills is one of the most important attributes of a good editor, in my opinion. It's all very well being a fantastic proof-reader, finding all those grammatical errors and typos, and spotting all the places where the author doesn't conform to house style, but if you can't convey the message in a diplomatic manner you will soon alienate authors. Building and maintaining good relationships is one of the most important aspects of my job.

(June 2013)

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Shelley Jacobson, Digital Formats Producer, Blind Foundation

Shelley JacobsonMy role at the Blind Foundation is that of a Digital Formats Producer in the Accessible Formats Production team. Our department is tasked with creating accessible versions of books and other documents for blind and low vision users (as allowed by Section 69 of the Copyright Act). My focus is on electronic text, which involves setting up files from publishers or scans for use by screen readers and refreshable braille devices. I also do large print production. Other types of production happening in the department include braille and audio narration.

The jobs I work on are diverse and include school textbooks, central and local government mail-outs, product manuals and novels. My job requires the written communication skills of an editor (for example, in the verbalising of images, since we strip them out of electronic text files) and the logistical skills of a designer (turning a science textbook into 24pt large print requires the juggling of content). I enjoy the varied nature of the work, and I have the pleasure of knowing that people can access information and enjoy literature because of what we do. Looking to the future, ebook production is an area we're watching with interest with regard to accessibility.

(April 2014)

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Scilla Askew, Content strategist, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Scilla AskewScilla Askew graduated from the publishing course in 2010 and is now a content strategist at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
 
When I finished the publishing course I didn’t really know what I would do next. I was quite keen to do something webby and wordy, and something that allowed me to combine my strategic and mess-sorting skills. My first job – wrangling the content for a revamped government website – fitted that description pretty well. It was only after I finished the contract that I discovered that some of what I had been doing was called web content strategy.

Content strategy is reasonably new. It defines and then implements the why, who, what, how and when for a website. This is vital for content-heavy websites, but is also important on commercial sites where the emphasis is more on finding and creating content to attract people to the site.

Websites are unlike print publications in that they are always in editing mode. Part of the job of a content strategist (as for any good publisher or editor) is to be an advocate for the reader. This means that every aspect of the website content – navigation, structure, text, images and much more – needs to be guided by very comprehensive design, style and maintenance decisions in order to achieve coherence across hundreds, sometimes thousands, of pages. Making the website content fit for purpose can also be a bit of a challenge because you work with lots of subject-matter experts and hardly any writers.

To do this job I need many of the skills I learnt on the publishing course – ranging from all kinds of editing to relationship management. However I also need to understand what my colleagues who work on user research, web design and techie things are doing – a great way to keep on learning.

Because I live in Wellington, most of my work has been in government departments, and I’m currently working on a start-from-scratch project to replace Immigration New Zealand’s website.

Do I miss paper? A little bit, but at least I still look forward to reading a good novel.

(April 2014)

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Anne Kerslake Hendricks, Senior Advisor Guidance and Standards, WorkSafe New Zealand.

I’m a senior advisor in the Guidance and Standards team at WorkSafe New ZealandAnne Kerslake HendricksAnne Kerslake Hendricks graduated with the Diploma in Publishing (Applied) in 2013 and soon found a role at WorkSafe New Zealand.

I’m a senior advisor in the Guidance and Standards team at WorkSafe New Zealand: New Zealand’s workplace health and safety regulator. WorkSafe New Zealand’s vision is that everyone who goes to work comes home healthy and safe. The Guidance and Standards team works with others inside and outside the organisation to transform New Zealand-wide attitudes and performance in workplace health and safety.

We write material, such as fact sheets and approved codes of practice, to help workplaces make effective decisions about health and safety. We explain WorkSafe New Zealand's perspective on current best practices and provide information that businesses can use to comply with the law.

The projects I worked on during the publishing course expanded my vocabulary at a rapid rate. I could soon talk about the Powelliphanta snail and explain the difference between harissa and harira; these days I’m learning about PPE (personal protective equipment), the difference between a risk and a hazard, and ‘talkie tooters’ (radio signalling systems used in the logging industry) – and many other things, too. I’m able to use a lot of the skills I developed on the publishing course, as my role draws on my publishing knowledge as well as my previous experience as a researcher.

(April 2014)

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Louisa Kasza, editorial assistant, Auckland University Press

Louisa KaszaLouisa Kasza graduated from the publishing course in 2013, having completed the course online while working part-time at Time Out Bookstore in Auckland. She is now working as editorial assistant at Auckland University Press.
 
My first year in the ‘real’ world, after completing a BA with vague ideas of becoming an editor or climbing the academia ladder, was a shock. I was fortunate to secure a job at the wonderful Time Out Bookstore, where I gained a wealth of knowledge about the book trade. People often ask if working in a bookstore means reading all day, but aside from how busy with customers Time Out gets, there are always publishers’ sales representatives coming and going, shipments of books to process and boxes of unsold books to return to publishers, and lots of to-ing and fro-ing with publishers and distributors over specific customer orders.
 
I considered enrolling in the publishing course in Wellington but the trouble was, I had moved up to Auckland from Wellington and it was now my home. Eventually I decided on the online course. I knew that studying online wouldn't be easy, particularly as I had elected to take all four modules in one year, and that my chances of gaining an editorial position in a shrinking and competitive market were slim. However, I also knew from my work at the bookstore that small-press publishers were opening even as larger companies closed their doors, and that publishing needs people who care about its future now more than ever. Studying online was sometimes isolating, but the course content is strong, the structure is practical and my tutors were always helpful.

Finishing the course felt very déjà vu. I emailed publishers offering to work for nothing and applied for jobs I wasn’t particularly interested in, to no avail. I was feeling dispirited when the senior editor at my old university’s press, whom I knew through the bookstore and had regularly pestered for an internship, emailed to ask if I was interested in helping out with editorial work. I was ecstatic – Auckland University Press was the best fit I could have hoped for and editorial positions are rare. Now, it’s my dream job: my bosses are inspiring, the books we produce are beautiful and thought-provoking, and the relatively small team makes for valuable learning opportunities.
 
Time Out Bookstore has been a second family and has always supported me, giving me part-time work while I was studying, full-time while I was job-hunting, and now twenty hours a week as book buyer which, together with my job at the Press, keeps me in red pens. However, Time Out has also provided me with contacts in the publishing industry and knowledge about the book trade I couldn’t have got anywhere else. In production meetings I am often asked to chime in on decisions relating to upcoming books – such as print runs, book size and format, scope, and cover design – from a bookseller’s perspective, and it brings me great satisfaction that I can offer that little extra bit of insight.


(2009)

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Lisette du Plessis, editor, PQ Blackwell

It amazes me sometimes that it hasn't even been two years since I graduated from the publishing course, particularly when I think about the work I get to do, and the people I get to work with every day. As the editor at PQ Blackwell in Auckland, I am challenged and stimulated in everything I do. PQ is an acclaimed creator and publisher of internationally best-selling illustrated books that collaborates with extraordinary individuals like Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu as well as mind-blowingly talented photographers like Tim Flach and Andrew Zuckerman: I feel very privileged to work on the projects PQ is entrusted with and find them completely absorbing. When you are working on a book in collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Foundation or in honour of Archbishop Tutu, and you learn firsthand just how much these individuals have given of themselves, and witness just how gracious they are, you can't help but being absolutely engrossed and giving everything you have to make your meagre contribution to their legacy measure up.

It's impossible to pinpoint one thing that I love most about working in publishing, so here's a little list: building a book up from scratch, piecing it together with the help of incredibly dedicated and talented design colleagues; opening a book I have helped produce (about a year after printing seems to be about right; if I look at a book any sooner I can't yet enjoy the process as I'm still terrified of finding gigantic mistakes. I suspect this sinking feeling never truly goes away, no matter how many years you've worked in publishing!); nutting out a problems of every kind and solving them to the best of my ability; getting to be as pedantic as I please; working with an author to translate, and do justice to, the vision they have been working on for years and years, helping turn their dreams into the very best book I can possibly help them make.

(October 2011)

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Marie Hodgkinson, publishing coordinator, Royal Society of New Zealand

Marie-HodgkinsonMarie Hodgkinson graduated with the Diploma in Publishing (Applied) in 2012, and recently started work as the publishing coordinator at the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Of all the places I thought my Whitireia training would take me, science journal publishing would have been pretty far down the list – if it was on the list at all. With a background in English Lit and Classics, science publishing just wasn’t on my radar.

Nevertheless, three months ago I found myself moving into a new job as publishing coordinator at the Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ).

‘Publishing coordinator’ as a job title paints a broad brush, and while I’ve only been in the job a few months, so far that’s a good reflection of what I’ve been doing. I’m the first point of contact for each of the thousand-odd submissions that we receive each year, and the last point of contact before the refereed and revised manuscripts are sent to our third-party production team at Taylor & Francis. I proof text, edit figures and photos, liaise with authors and editors, check image permissions, create posters for conferences, run reports, train users in our manuscript submission software – whatever needs doing, whenever it needs to be done.

As with many publishing departments in this country, the in-house publishing team at RSNZ is small – there are just two of us. The colleagues with whom we work most closely are scattered around the globe: senior and associate editors, and the occasional freelance copy editor or designer. RSNZ runs a portfolio of eight journals and with between four and twelve editors per journal, keeping a running tab on who is where can be taxing: Why hasn’t X responded to my email yet? Oh, yes, she’s doing field work in Laos with no internet connection, and so on.

I might not have a background in science, but I’m definitely enjoying the challenge of putting my project management and editing skills to use in an unfamiliar field, and the opportunity to use my other skills as needed.

(January 2015)

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Steph Soper

Steph SoperSteph Soper graduated with the Diploma in Publishing (Applied) in 2012 and was awarded an internship at Hachette, and is now at the New Zealand Book Council.

Like most people, I started the Diploma in Publishing wanting to be a fiction editor. It was editing or nothing. No way was I touching marketing and sales. Those were soulless, bean-counting jobs and I was not that person. I was creative. I loved the English language. I loved words. Yes, editing was definitely for me! Much to my surprise, as the year went on I realised I didn’t enjoy editing as much as I thought I would. I wanted to be creative, innovative. I wanted to tell people about the brilliant books and publishers that were out there. And then I clicked – that’s what marketing is! When you boil it down, marketing is really about telling a great story. The story of your company, the story of your product.

Since finishing the course in 2012, I’ve worked in various publicity, marketing and sales roles at Hachette NZ, Headline UK, and Random House NZ. Although I like publicity and sales, marketing is definitely my chief passion. My favourite project to date was developing a successful digital marketing and social media strategy for Hachette NZ.

Recently, at South Pacific Press, I marketed their two imprints – Lift Education and CSI Literacy.  In my role as marketer, I developing and implementing marketing strategies, providing support in forecasting budgets and marketing requirements, promoting company products and services, managing the CSI Literacy rep force, managing both company websites, managing all social media channels, and communicating and liaising with external providers, business partners, clients and customers.

(January 2015)

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Isaac Snoswell, publishing assistant, South Pacific Press

Isaac SnoswellIsaac Snoswell graduated with the Diploma in Publishing (Applied) in 2014 and was given an internship at South Pacific Press.

Everyone knows that the best way to prepare for a new job is to lie awake the night before and run through every possible thing that could go wrong. I hope they remember that I’m coming in. What if I forget what all the proofing marks are? What’s the rule for using commas with appositives again? What’s an appositive? Will people notice that I only have four different shirts? Thankfully, three months into my job as a publishing assistant for South Pacific Press, I can safely say that none of these concerns have proved to be true. Except for the last one. I’m still not sure about the last one.

As a publishing assistant, I have been lucky enough to get a taste of all the different stages of the publishing process. South Pacific Press is an educational publishing company with two different imprints: CSI Literacy and Lift Education. Primarily, I have been working closely with the development of CSI Literacy resources before they get dog-eared in the backpacks of children around the world. This has allowed me to use the skills that I developed during the publishing course, including editing text, working with InDesign, managing a website, and proofing a mixture of digital and print publications in their final stages of production. I have also worked on many of the iconic Lift Education resources that I can remember reading myself, from image researching for the Ready to Read series to fact-checking the latest Connected science journal.

The most rewarding part of my job has been entering the culture that South Pacific Press has created. It is a company that truly pushes the boat out in terms of the resources it develops, and everyone who works there is sincerely invested in the quality of the company’s output. Creativity and new ideas are actively encouraged, so even people who are fresh out of school and still get excited over seeing their name on a business card get to be involved in generating new content. This has allowed me to research, write, and design resources across digital and print platforms with the aim of advancing student literacy and engagement. Coming from an arts degree where everything is abstract, being able to direct all of my built-up knowledge into physical resources that will have a real impact in schools is extremely exciting. Even within three short months, I have been given room to develop agency and contribute in a capacity that I can fully invest myself in. I have started to feel the crazy energy that I could see in the many guest speakers who visited us throughout my year on the publishing course, and I am now convinced that this energy is what makes publishing so special.

Plus, at the very least, it has made the thoughts which keep me up at night a little more exciting.

(June 2015)

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courtney mannCourtney Mann graduated with the Diploma in Publishing (Applied) in 2014 and is now the tourism marketing assistant at Weta Workshop.

The most daunting thing about working in publishing is sending something you've put hours of work into out to the world for the first time. When I was first given the project of creating a new tourism trade booklet for Weta Workshop, it was daunting to say the least. Content needed to be collated and written, images needed to be collected and approved for public use, and it needed to conform to a new set of brand guidelines I'd never worked with.

The Weta Workshop Tourism Trade Manual is a primary selling tool, both domestically and around the world, with images forming a key component. As both writer and project manager I was responsible for organising content, a photo shoot, and making sure we reached our deadline – the boss was heading away to one of New Zealand's largest tourism trade shows and the booklet would take pride of place. Thankfully, working in the same building as some of the world's best photographers and designers meant that help was readily available. The amazing assistance of our designer Monique, photographer Steve, and the legendary team at Kinetic Printing meant that the project came together brilliantly (and on time!).

(2015)

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Lisa Minhinnick

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I studied the graduate certificate in editing during 2014 and found it incredibly valuable. It taught me the theory behind what I intrinsically knew about grammar but didn’t have the knowledge to support. I found learning about writing for different media helpful, in particular the information relating to website writing.

Paula Wagemaker was my tutor, and she took a nurturing approach that gave me invaluable feedback while allowing my own style to emerge. I will never be able to thank her enough! Being able to help edit a book that was going to be published was fabulous, and the contacts the course has with the industry help both its content and credibility. It was a bonus to go to the book launch as well.

This qualification helped me get back into the workforce after a ten-year hiatus being at home with children, and I was pleased to see how highly valued the course is.

I now work as a strategic communications and engagement advisor at Otago Regional Council, and a core part of my role is writing materials for different audiences and using different media. I often refer to the course textbooks to help clarify a grammar query, and I have some interesting debates about the evolution of language with my colleagues (which is slightly geeky, but it’s great being around like-minded people who know when to use ‘which’ instead of ‘that’!). work with someone who also did this course, and she has also found it valuable in her career path. For anyone involved in writing and editing in their career, the knowledge and qualification gained at Whitireia is well worth the investment.

(2014)
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