At the Center for Publishing, we continue to add new courses and grow our faculty of industry experts, so we thought we’d blog about some new faces at the front of the classroom this semester and next fall. For those of you new to our blog, we created NYUPubPosts earlier this summer. While our initial focus was on our Summer Publishing Institute (scroll down to read all about our great speakers and field trips), SPI has ended. Now, we are shifting our focus to our Master of Science in Publishing program. Throughout the year, we’ll be posting about our many events, new courses, faculty and much more—and inviting students and faculty to contribute as well.
So, who’s new on the faculty? Some brief bios:
David Bralow (Media and Ethics and Publishing and Internet Law) is a Partner in Thomas LoCicero & Bralow LLC as well as consultant to the Tribune Company, where he was most recently Assistant General Counsel, providing legal services for seven major metropolitan newspapers, multiple weekly newspapers, multiple websites, monthly and weekly magazines and other related businesses. As a partner at Holland & Knight, he was the co-chair of the National Media Practice Group and the creator and chairman of the Internet Services Team.
Laura Bronson (Intro to Interactive Media) is Director of Content and Programming at Simon & Schuster, where she is responsible for establishing content guidelines and best practices for the S&S Digital Group. Laura also has a strong background in magazine digital publishing as Editor of realsimple.com, Editorial Web Director of shopetc.com, and Managing Director of marthastewart.com.
(Web Content Creation and Management) is Managing Editor of Hearst Digital, where she oversees the technical and editorial aspects of the Hearst Magazines Web network. Previously, Erin was the Senior Web Editor of Hearst’s House Beautiful and helped build the site. Her extensive web experience includes web design, writing and editing for a number of sites.
Nick Grudin (Idea to Empire: New Business Development) is Director of New Business Development, Newsweek, Inc. where he is responsible for generating ideas for Newsweek to build new businesses and optimize existing products in the new media landscape, ranging from the print magazine to emerging digital platforms. Previously, he was a business analyst with The Boston Consulting Group and a writer and reporter for The New York Times and Los Angeles Daily News.
Gail Hochman (The Role of the Literary Agent) is President of Brandt and Hochman Literary Agency and also President of the Association of Authors’ Representatives. She specializes in literary fiction and memoir as well as children’s books. Her clients include Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham; acclaimed novelist Scott Turow; and National Book Award winner Julia Glass, as well as numerous notable children’s authors such as Mary Pope Osborne, Avi, Norton Juster and Cynthia Kadohata.
Amy Keohane (Web Financials and Analytics) is a digital media consultant and most recently Senior VP, InStyle Digital Media. Keohane spent nearly twenty years at Time Inc., where she was responsible for the general business strategy and development of instyle.com, including all revenue sources, partnerships, ad sales and business development teams. Previously, she held Vice President positions in brand development, consumer marketing, and marketing in different Time Inc. divisions.
Angus Macaulay (Magazine Advertising: Print and Online) is VP and Director of Marketing and events at Rodale, where he leads the corporate sales, marketing and events team. Angus has held numerous senior positions in advertising, including Group Publisher of Runner’s World, Advertising Director of House Beautiful, New England Manager of House and Garden magazine and Account Manager of Cosmopolitan.
Alexis Mersel (Web Editing and Writing) is VP and Site Director of fineliving.com, where she manages a core team of brand manager, interactive planning director and convergence specialist and top edits all daily site copy, weekly newsletters and text for special projects. Previously, she was Associate Product Director for marthastewart.com. Alexis has held senior online positions at Shop Etc. magazine, The Knot, Inc. and Elle Girl magazine.
Celina Spiegel (Advanced Seminar: Book Editing Workshop) is Senior Vice President and Publisher of Random House’s Spiegel & Grau, where she works with authors such as bestselling novelist Sara Gruen (author of Water for Elephants), Sidney Poitier, and world-famous classical pianist Lang Lang. Before launching Spiegel & Grau, she was a founding editor and Vice President and Publisher of Riverhead Books, where she edited Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, James McBride’s The Color of Water, Dan Pink’s A Whole New Mind, and many other award-winning books. She has also worked as an editor at Ticknor & Fields (Houghton Mifflin) and in the Random House College Division.
Sheryl Tucker (Intro to Publishing) is Executive Editor at Time Inc. In this role she works closely with Time Inc.’s editor-in-chief, helping to oversee the editorial content of approximately 150 magazines such as Time, Fortune, People, InStyle, Sports Illustrated, Essence and Real Simple. Previously, she was an editor-at-large for Time Inc., most recently acting as deputy editor of Health magazine, and executive editor of Money. Before joining Time Inc., Tucker was editor-in-chief and vice president at Black Enterprise.
Jaci Updike (Book Distribution, Merchandising and Sales) is Senior Vice President and Director for Random House Adult Sales where she oversees the company’s sales force of hundreds of representatives all over the country. For more than 19 years, she has worked at Random House, rising from the position of San Diego-based sales rep at Bantam Doubleday Dell in 1989.
We’ll continue to update you on new faculty, courses and events at NYU’s Center for Publishing.
by Andrea Chambers and Alyssa Léal