While there are a several programs already in existence to aid both publishing hopefuls and industry vets in expanding their horizons, the City University of New York (CUNY) hopes to throw its own hat in the ring with the CUNY Publishing Institute, a week-long program planning its pilot session in June. Helmed by Institute Director and Co-founder of OR Books, John Oakes, this program will aim to educate by combining a varied roster of industry professionals from startups to goliaths like Amazon and Random House to present an important “cross-section of views.”

For Oakes, the reason for starting this new program came from the fact that, “looking at other programs, the value expected didn’t add up with value provided.” In particular, he saw the need to fill a gap in resources with a publishing course that took new businesses into account. The question, Oakes points out, is that the “industry has to change—but how?” Using CUNY as the place to develop the Publishing Institute also seemed like a natural fit, as Jeff Jarvis’s apprenticeship program for CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism had a similar aim to combine new developments with older methods.

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