The acclaimed journal of jazz and improvised music, extempore, has invited NMIT Bachelor of Writing and Publishing student, Samantha Thomas, to assist with its online and print operations. Sam will be working closely with managing editor, Miriam Zolin, to contribute to the journal's social media presence on Twitter and Facebook. She will also provide organisational support for extempore's upcoming launch of issue 5 at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival on 29 October.
Sam has already made her mark, providing administrative support during the announcement of the winners of the 2010 National Jazz Competition - an announcement that was made entirely online, using Twitter.
Founded by Miriam in 2008, extempore publishes essays, reviews, interviews and poetry themed around jazz and improvised music twice a year. Issue 5 is the last; Sam has started working with ex-tempore as it makes the transition from journal publisher to book publisher. Currently there are two books in the pipeline for 2011 and planning already started for another in 2012.
Following the worldwide trend towards virtual workplaces, Sam's internship with extempore will take place for the most part online. “Due to our separate time constraints, most of our conversations happen in the digital universe,” Miriam said. “But it's great to have Sam with us,” she continued. “She's doing some great work with Twitter and Facebook, and building a database of contributors for the journal that will be very useful.”
“It's a wonderful opportunity for Sam,” agreed Dr Karen Simpson Nikakis, Head of the BWAP programme. “We're all tremendously proud of her achievements.”
Since its first intake in 2009, NMIT's Bachelor of Writing and Publishing has rapidly developed a reputation for excellence and innovation in research and teaching. Adding to the programme's industry-acclaimed undergraduate degree, the new Publishing Lab was established in 2010 to research and develop emergent publishing platforms.
Enquiries about the Bachelor of Writing and Publishing programme should be directed to Dr Karen Simpson Nikakis: (03) 9269 1959. For information about NMIT's Publishing Lab, contact Mr Paul Ashton or Dr Sigi Jottkandt.
More information about extempore can be found on their website www.extempore.com.au
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