Starting the Network

Networking…

The dreaded term that instils an immediate sense of unease… While chatting to like-minded people may seem like the easiest thing in the world, the actuality of approaching someone unknown and introducing yourself is nothing less than daunting. Is it the age-old fear of rejection? The inadequacy of being surrounded by successful people in the industry? Or perhaps just the general anxiety at the thought of making conversation with a stranger. My first encounter with networking was to be at Magfest 2018, the international magazine festival held in Edinburgh. As one of the first publishing events I had ever attended, I was filled with equal parts excitement at learning more about the magazine industry and apprehension at meeting new people and networking.

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Magfest panel

Thankfully I wasn’t going it alone, many of my new publishing class would be at Magfest which served as a relief – we always had each other. While our aim was to branch out and make publishing contacts, it was also nice to get to know our cohort. Looking around my new classmates, I suddenly realised we were already making contacts. As the new age of emerging publishers, we were important assets to each other. We are (hopefully) going to be successful components of the publishing industry so the networks (and friendships) we make now are just as significant as those all-important industry contacts. I had started networking and I hadn’t even realised it. Continue reading “Starting the Network”

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‘The Minute You Play It Safe, You’re Done’ – MagFest 2018

MagFest 2018 is the biggest (and arguably, the best) magazine festival in Scotland and acted as the first main event on the postgraduate publishing calendar. If I’m speaking honestly, I haven’t read a magazine since Mizz and Blush circa 2003. However, after a talk from Laura Dunlop, who came into university to tell us about the event, I was really excited for MagFest and the opportunity to learn about this area of the publishing industry that I have never before explored.

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I made it to Central Hall in Edinburgh bright and early for registration and the atmosphere was already buzzing. I was worried about looking out of place but I soon found some familiar faces from the course and, after a much-needed caffeine hit, I was ready for the day. The schedule was broken down into different talks and Q&As held in the main hall. Throughout the day we heard from some very prominent figures in the publishing industry as well as many new, up-and-coming publishers which was great to see. The theme of the day was ‘Ideas Factory’ and many of the keynote speakers touched upon what some might call the ‘uncertain future’ of magazine publishing. It was encouraging to hear that, despite differing opinions, everyone felt optimistic and committed to working harder towards maintaining the future of the industry. Continue reading “‘The Minute You Play It Safe, You’re Done’ – MagFest 2018”

Learning to Understand the Publishing Industry

So far, MSc Publishing has offered me many opportunities to in and out of class to learn more about how the publishing industry works and how to navigate it. At Magfest, The SYP Conference, and London Book Fair I had the opportunity to hear from many different people sharing their own insights and of the industry and how they work within them. Each speaker was mightily passionate about their work and spoke so energetically about upcoming projects, underscoring the importance of having passion to work successfully within this industry.

Of the many talks I attended at London Book Fair, one which stands out for me was… Continue reading “Learning to Understand the Publishing Industry”

Featured event: Magfest

One of the first events I attended after starting the MSc Publishing course was Magfest, a self described ‘international magazine festival and conference’ that is held in September every year. Organised by PPA Scotland (the Professional Publishers Association Scotland), the event is attended by magazine publishers and enthusiasts, featuring a range of international speakers.

Having just started my course, this was an excellent opportunity to meet other publishing professionals while hearing from some excellent speakers. Continue reading “Featured event: Magfest”

Magfest 2014

magfest2014As part of the MSc Magazine Publishing and MSc Publishing programme, our students are given the opportunity to help at Magfest, the premier event for anyone interested in the innovative world of magazine publishing.

This year we are proud to be Strategic Partners of Magfest, and here you get a flavour of what a fantastic event it was.

Central to this year’s event was the concept of “innovation” in the magazine industry and how magazine publishers are responding to changing content consumption patterns.

“Innovation is about taking what you’ve got and doing something sexy with it…”

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Magfest Issue #03 was a sell-out event with over 200 magazine publishers, designers, writers and advertisers all attending, and we were delighted to have played such a key part in such an important event in the magazine publishing calendar.

PPA_Scotland logo.ashxMagfest is organised by PPA Scotland and the steering group includes Nick Creed, Carnyx Group Ltd and Eric Campbell, MD at White Light Media – both of which companies also offer placements to our students.

Find out more and register for magfest 2015: http://www.magfest.co.uk/magfest_2014/Speakers