A swift round-up to keep things ticking over, ahead of a busy five weeks. Which, in the current climate, I’m not complaining about.
Editing new books at Vision Sports Publishing
I’ve just started a stint at the offices of Vision Sports Publishing, helping to edit a number of new books due out this autumn. This includes work on a series of Pocket books (see left) I’m also contributing to as a writer. Working with VSP’s head honchos Jim Drewett and Toby Trotman has been a real pleasure since they published the first edition of The Spurs Miscellany in 2006, and working more closely with them as the company grows promises to be one of the treats of the summer. Details of all VSP’s new books are available on the rather smartly revamped website linked above, with highlights being a sumptuous coffee-table tome on Wimbledon’s Centre Court, produced with the All England Lawn Tennis Club, and what promises to be a fascinating autobiography of Spurs legend Martin Chivers, written with Paolo Hewitt. Another highlight is Andy Mitten’s Glory, Glory – the inside story of the Manchester United team of the early 1990s featuring interviews with Eric Cantona, Roy Keane and former chairman Martin Edwards.
Work in the coming week will probably conducted somewhere in the vicinity of cloud nine, after Jim and Toby’s team AFC Wimbledon effectively secured promotion to the Blue Square Conference amidst emotional scenes at the home of local rivals Hampton & Richmond on Saturday.
Video of debate with Roy Greenslade
A video of the debate on outsourcing at Publishing Expo 2008 is now available to view at the revamped website of InPublishing. I took part, along with Roy Greenslade, PA’s Tony Watson, Robert Berkeley of Express KCS and Alistair Moxey of PF Publishing, and was the only one of the panel to question the prevailing wisdom about outsourcing the production function. I’m glad the film is now up, as the report of the debate in Press Gazette, which prompted extensive discussion on various blogs, didn’t mention the angle I took. It’s hard not to make that point without sounding like a miffed ego-tripper, but I do think that if a challenge to what is becoming accepted as conventional wisdom is made it’s worth reporting. You may disagree with what I say, but at least now you have the chance to find out what it was.
Final term teaching at college
For the next five weeks I’ll be dividing my time between working at VSP and teaching on the final weeks of term at the London College of Printing. I’m helping to supervise student journalists on the sports desk of the live editorial project, and teaching on the first year production unit I’ve been asked to lead. It’s been a tough first year on that production unit, with journalism colleges – like the industry itself – finding our way in the new media landscape. As we start the new term, the impending funding crisis across higher education and the likelihood of huge job cuts is casting a long shadow – making a tricky situation for journalism students even more difficult. For me, in my first year of teaching at LCC, it’s been a mixed experience. I’ll be working some of my impressions into a piece I’ve been asked to write on journalism education once term is over, and I’m still looking for contributions I can use, so if any readers have views or questions on the vastly complicated subject of educating and training the journalists of the future, please get in touch.