NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies M.S. in Publishing Digital and Print Media Awards 2012 Oscar Dystel Fellowship to Sabrina Ricci

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NEW YORK, February 28, 2012—Graduate student Sabrina Ricci has been awarded the 2012 Oscar Dystel Fellowship bestowed by the M.S. in Publishing Digital and Print Media of the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS). 

The Dystel Fellowship is named for Oscar Dystel, a legendary leader in the publishing industry and former CEO and chairman of Bantam Books. The Fellowship consists of a tuition scholarship awarded each year to an outstanding student in the graduate publishing program. The recipient is selected by members of the award committee who are all distinguished professionals in the publishing community.

Sabrina Ricci is an eBook developer at Simon & Schuster.  She is at the forefront of publishing technology through her position at Simon & Schuster, and through her own entrepreneurial venture, as the co-founder of FictionBrigade. This innovative website publishes flash fiction stories as monthly eBooks that are available in all formats. A graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, Ricci was involved with all editorial and production functions of her college newspaper. During her time as a graduate student at NYU-SCPS, she worked as an editorial intern at Life.com and at Wendy Lamb Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, before accepting her current position. Her career plans include continuing to grow and expand FictionBrigade, and working toward a position as a digital director of a major book publishing company.

“Sabrina has excelled in her publishing studies and also has demonstrated an outstanding knowledge of digital media and commitment to a career in eBooks. By co-founding an online literary community, she has exhibited creativity and entrepreneurism,” said Andrea Chambers, director of the M.S. in Publishing program, one of 15 specialized master’s degree programs offered at NYU-SCPS. “She exemplifies the high standards and the academic rigor of students within our program.”

 “Sabrina is a gifted and talented individual whose innovative ideas promise to bring new energy to the publishing business. I am sure that she will take what she has learned in the program and do great things in our industry,” said Jane Dystel, a well-respected literary agent, president of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management, chair of the Fellowship Committee, and daughter of Oscar Dystel. 

In addition to Jane Dystel, the Fellowship Committee consists of Irwyn Applebaum, former president and publisher, Bantam Dell, Random House, Inc.; Jane Friedman, chief executive officer and co-founder, Open Road Integrated Media; Martha Levin, executive vice president and publisher, Free Press, Simon & Schuster, Inc.; Robert Miller, group publisher, Workman Publishing Company; Sara Nelson, book director, O, The Oprah Magazine, Hearst Magazines; Stephen Rubin, president and publisher, Henry Holt & Co., Macmillan Publishers; Lorraine Shanley, president, Market Partners International, Inc.; William Shinker, president and publisher, Gotham Books, Penguin Group (USA), Inc.; Daniel Slater, principal, agent and author relations, relations, Amazon Kindle Content; and Peter Workman, president and chief executive officer, Workman Publishing Company.

The Master of Science in Publishing: Digital and Print Media program (scps.nyu.edu/mspub) at the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers a graduate degree designed to prepare industry professionals for positions in book, magazine, and digital media companies. From traditional to online media, the program provides the knowledge and the expertise for success in an era of media convergence. Classes, taught by outstanding publishing professionals are held in the evening and emphasize the cutting-edge editing, marketing and branding, circulation and distribution, advertising, business development, and digital skills needed to advance and to excel in the industry.

About the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Established in 1934, NYU-SCPS (www.scps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of NYU-SCPS arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and continuing education programs in fields such as Real Estate and Construction Management; Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management; Global Affairs; Philanthropy and Fundraising; Graphic Communications Media, Publishing, and Digital Arts; Human Capital Management, Marketing, and Public Relations; with complementary strengths in the Liberal and Allied Arts; Translation and Interpreting; Management and Information Technology; and Finance and Taxation. More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty and lecturers to create vibrant professional and academic networks that attract nearly 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent continuing higher education needs of local and professional communities, as evidenced by 55,000 annual enrollments in individual courses, specialized certificate programs, conferences, workshops, seminars, and public events. The School’s community is enriched by more than 25,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members.

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