The programme employs seven core tutors across the online and applied courses, along with numerous specialists and industry speakers. The most recent tutor to join us is Stephen Minchin, working mainly in the areas of technology and marketing.
It’s only a few months since I started my role as a tutor in the publishing programme, so I’m definitely the new kid on the block. In fact, it’s all been a bit of a whirlwind since I first became involved in the publishing industry not so many years ago … It was in 2011 that I left my career in horticultural consulting and did the Diploma in Publishing (Applied), and halfway through the course when I got a little overexcited and established my own publishing company. Since graduating I’ve been running Steam Press (which put out three books in 2012, has another three lined up for 2013, and should bring out another trio of books in 2014), as well as working for Awa Press, Huia, the Open Polytech, and a number of other Wellington companies. It has been an interesting time to become involved in the publishing industry and I’m excited about the opportunities that the next couple of years are going to bring. My main goal as a tutor here at Whitireia is to ensure students are prepared to enter an industry that’s undergoing some substantial changes, and make sure they know where they can build a career in an industry that is evolving so rapidly that it’s impossible to know what it will look like in a few years.