CANDICE COOTE graduated this spring from the City College of New York. She majored in English Literature and is part of the school’s Publishing Certificate Program (PCP). Having previously attended art school, earning her A.A.S. in Graphic Design/Illustration from Pratt Institute, she is creative and well-rounded with varied skill sets that have helped her to keep striving toward her goals in publishing. Before entering the PCP, Candice was an editorial intern at BUST Magazine and Akashic Books and bookseller/intern at Artbook @ MoMA PS1. Currently, she is finishing up a managing editorial internship at Open Road Integrated Media and is an agency assistant/intern at McKinnon Literary. Dedicated to diversity and representation, she hopes to carve a path for people of color and other underrepresented voices both in books and behind the scenes in the publishing industry
ALFHA GONZALEZ is a senior at the City College of New York pursuing a career in Publishing. At the age of twelve, she left her family in the Dominican Republic and moved to New York City with hopes for a better future. During her high school years, Alfha immersed herself in the world of literature, falling in love with the English Language. After years of studying literature and learning more about her own passions, she decided to pursue a career in the book business. Alfha has published articles in campus publications such as Harlem Focus, and The Campus. Her love for reading and writing underlies her commitment to the written word, and how books can transform lives for the better.
TAHMENA HUSSAIN graduated from The City College of New York, with a B.A. in English Creative Writing. She has been on the Dean’s List, 2016, and her attention to detail in her writing earned her The David Markowitz Essay Award, 2017. Shortly after graduation, Tahmena interned at Penguin Random House with Penguin Young Readers Group in the publicity department writing pitch letters, researching bloggers and media outlets, and drafting itineraries for author tours. Her internship was a very rewarding experience which gave her insight into the realities of the publishing industry, and it has increased her interest in pursuing a professional career in publishing. As a first-generation Muslim-Bengali-American female, and the only member of her family to graduate from a four-year college, Tahmena is grateful and honored to be a fellow recipient of the Women’s Media Group. She is looking forward to exploring new opportunities and to building connections with various women of such an esteemed organization.
AURORA SORIANO is an English Literature major and Theatre minor at the City College of New York, where she is also enrolled in the Publishing Certificate Program. She is an English Honors student, and loves reading both contemporary YA novels and classic literature. Aurora is the current feature editor and a staff writer for CCNY’s magazine The Campus, and is looking forward to working more on editorial skills at her internship with the Children’s Department of McIntosh & Otis this summer.
Every summer, students have the opportunity to participate in the Columbia Publishing Course, a certificate program that is part of the Columbia Journalism School. The Columbia Publishing Course is an intensive, six-week introduction to all aspects of book, magazine and digital publishing. During a rigorous application process, publishing veteran and course director Shaye Areheart selects 110 promising students from around the world to participate in the course. Several of our WMG members are graduates, including board member Michelle Burford, who completed the course in 1997 and has since returned to speak to and mentor students.
Since its inception 70 years ago the Columbia Publishing Course has been recognized as the premier training ground for those aspiring to work in publishing. If you want to work in publishing, then the NYC-based program prepares students for entry-level jobs in all aspects of book, magazine and digital publishing through daily lectures and workshops.
Students have the opportunity to network and get mentorship with some of the biggest magazines and publishing houses in the world through the course. Students who’ve graduated from the course have gone on to have successful publishing careers at places like Random House, Macmillan, Scholastic, New York Magazine, Harper Collins, just to name a few.
WMG (Women’s Media Group) is super excited to support announce the launch of the WMG Columbia Publishing Course Scholarship which we will be fundraising for through next summer. The WMG Columbia Publishing Course Scholarship is need-based scholarship and will go to one student from a diversity background and provides full tuition, room and board for the duration of the course.