There are a handful of summer publishing courses geared to college graduates looking to break into the magazine business and the book publishing industry.  The publishing courses are focused on changing business models in these industries, the history of these businesses and workplace skills unlike journalism school, which teaches the basics of journalism. The three main summer publishing courses are taught at NYU, University of Denver and Columbia; the program at The University of Denver is the only one solely focused on book publishing. (The Columbia publishing course used to be the Radcliffe Publishing Course. Radcliffe alumni include such bold face industry names as Morgan Entrekin, publisher of Grove/Atlantic. The three aforementioned programs run about six to seven weeks. All are known as feeder programs to the book and magazine publishing industries but some schools do offer other, longer, programs.  For example, NFU has a Master of Science in Publishing, which is a full graduate program calling for students to fulfill 21 credits. The summer publishing courses have a heavy focus on job placement and teaching students the industry itself. The publishing programs do put students in touch with (and in front of) professionals in the business, which is a big help in job placement, while none of the courses guarantees students a job.

Summer publishing courses

They stand as a nice option for those looking to break into these competitive fields since the summer publishing courses are shorter than, say, j-school. he programs do, of course, come with a price tag, so you have to consider the possibility of amassing debt and not landing a job. The other thing to know about some of the summer publishing courses is that they're not terribly easy to get into. The Columbia course only accepts about 100 students from the 300 to 400 that usually apply; NYU also accepts only about 100 students to its certificate progra.m. There are not  too many schools which offer post-grad publishing courses. Stanford has a program for mid- to senior-level publishing professionals; CUNY (City University of New York) offers course work in this area to undergrads as well as grads; and Pace University offers graduate degrees in the publishing field in addition to the three mentioned above. You can check all the details and information in two web sites. The big downside to J-School is its cost. Because entry level journalism jobs are notoriously low-paying, it’s tough to go into the field with debt, and J-School is expensive.  Furthermore, a journalism degree might help you land a job, but it by no means guarantees you one. And you have to take into account the fact that you might not land a job right after you finish graduate school since journalism is a very competitive field. You also won’t be able to use your journalism degree as a bargaining chip for a higher starting salary. You’ll make $27,000 whether you went to J-School or not in case ou’re applying for an editorial assistant job that pays $27,000.