NYU Center for Publishing Announces Diversity Scholarships

In News by Porter Anderson

The New York University Center for Publishing’s Summer Publishing Institute has three newly developed scholarships this year. An informational session is set for March 3.

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By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

Summer Institute: June 7 to 25
As you’ll remember, Simon & Schuster CEO Jonathan Karp announced in July the creation of an annual scholarship established in memory of the late Carolyn Reidy at four universities:

  • Columbia Publishing Course
  • New York University SPS Summer Publishing Institute
  • Pace University MS in Publishing Program
  • University of Denver’s Publishing Institute

Designed to run for five years, the program is expected to result in a total 20 scholarships.

Today (February 26), we have news from New York University’s (NYU) School of Professional Studies’ prominent Center for Publishing of that scholarship program and more, timely as we near the United States’ observance of Black History Month in February. The program now is announcing:

  • The Carolyn Kroll Reidy Memorial Scholarship
  • The Penguin Random House Scholarship
  • The Macmillan Scholarship

Each has been created through the Center for Publishing to provide funding in support of the Center’s mission “to play a leading role in diversifying the next generation of publishing professionals,” as material for journalists tells us.

Andrea Chambers

In a statement on the news of these scholarship programs, the Center for Publishing’s executive director, Andrea Chambers, is quoted, saying, “We’re so grateful to these organizations and publishers for supporting the Summer Publishing Institute and for their commitment to diversity and inclusion within the book publishing industry.

“It’s important to create opportunities for young people from all groups who are eager to learn more about publishing and bring their talents to the industry.”

In its media messaging, the program writes, “The creation of these scholarships is an important step forward in opening new doors to careers in publishing for talented young individuals across all ethnic and racial backgrounds.

“As publishing and media companies strive for greater diversity in the workplace, it’s critical to address these goals in the earliest stages of career development. Publishing education programs such as the Summer Publishing Institute are designed to do just that—nurture innate talent.

“The scholarships will help to make early professional development in the field of publishing possible for individuals who might normally not have access to this opportunity. Additionally, already established scholarship support from the Hearst Foundation and the Women’s Media Group is ongoing.

The 43-year-old, three-week Summer Publishing Institute carries tuition and fees of US$3,023. For information specifically on the scholarships, email pub.center@nyu.edu

The Summer Publishing Institute: March 3 Session

NYU Summer Publishing Institute 2019 students celebrate completing their final projects. Image: NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Publishing

Dates for this year’s digitally delivered Summer Publishing Institute are June 7 to 25. During the program, students hear from more than 200 guest speakers on content creation, editing, marketing, sales, and digital aspects of the industry. Hands-on projects and networking events are included to provide real-world contact with the industry.

There’s a session set for Wednesday (March 3) at 6 p.m. ET (2300 GMT) in which those interested can learn about the program coming in June as well as about the center’s 42-credit two-year master’s program.

Registration for that Zoom session is here.


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Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson is a non-resident fellow of Trends Research & Advisory, and he has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As as an arts critic (National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.