Monday, 3 December 2007

Certificate Course in Editing and Publishing


Applications are invited from Honours Graduates in any discipline for a PG Certificate Course in Editing and Publishing to be conducted by the School of Cultural Texts and Records, Jadavpur University, in collaboration with the Editing as a Skills Programme, from 7 January 2008-11 April 2008. Classes will normally be held four days a week from 6-8 p.m. Applicants must be below 35 years of age, and have to appear for a screening test on 28 December 2007, at 5 p.m., to be held on the first floor of the UG Arts Building. Course fee: Rs 5,500. Applications may be made on plain paper or by email to, addressed to Prof. Swapan Chakraborty, Coordinator, Editing as a Skill Programme, Jadavpur University, Kolkata 700 032. Paper applications should be submitted to the School of Cultural Texts and Records, (UG Arts/ Science Building, 3rd floor, near Film Studies Department) between 11-4 p.m. on working days. Closing date: 26 December. 2007. Photocopies of graduation certificate and mark-sheets must be produced on the day of screening test.

Prof. Swapan Chakraborty

Coordinator, Editing as a Skill Programme,

Jadavpur University

Wednesday, 25 July 2007

Job Openings: More Pearson

Pearson require two more commissioning editors in the fields of business and economics. Detailed knowledge of these subjects is not needed: the candidates must have good language skills and sound editorial sense. The rest can be learned on the job. If there are enough candidates to justify the trip, Pearson will send someone to Cal to interview you, otherwise you'll have to go to Delhi to be interviewed. Travel expenses will be provided.

These are full time positions with salaries, not stipends. The actual amount will depend on the candidate's qualifications and skills.

Also Debsena Banerjee tells me a children's publisher in Delhi is looking for a junior subeditor and a senior ediot. Contact him at to learn details.

Wednesday, 4 July 2007

And now, Pearson

Pearson Education India is looking to recruit the following personnel in Promotion Department with the prerequisites detailed below:

ü Should be a Graduate/Post Graduate with excellent command over English language.

ü Incumbent should have a bent towards devising, developing and implementing ideas for creating different marketing collaterals and carrying out promotional marketing campaigns.

ü Good knowledge of MS-Office.

ü Knowledge of software's like PageMaker, CorelDraw etc. is desirable though not essential.

Please get in touch with the HR department for more details and refer your friends/acquaintances for the above position. Please send in the CVs to only.

Friday, 29 June 2007


Penguin Books India is looking for suitable candidates for vacancies in the copy editorial department. A brief is given below:

The incumbent will be involved in the editing of fiction and non-fiction books, including liaising with freelancers, authors, commissioning editors and typesetters as well as our production, design and marketing departments. The job also involves initial assessment of book proposals and the literary quality and readability of manuscripts. The ideal candidates should:

  • Have a good academic record with a first class Bachelor's or Master's degree in any Social Science, the Humanities, Literature or Journalism
  • Relevant work experience, preferably in publishing
  • Have an excellent grasp of written English, an eye for detail, love reading and keep abreast of current literary trends
  • Have strong organization, word processing and interpersonal skills
  • Be able to work on their own initiative, and have a rigorous, self-motivated approach to meeting tight schedules and deadlines without compromising quality/editorial standards.

Please get in touch with the HR department for more details and refer your friends/acquaintances for the above position. Please send in your CVs to only.

Best regards


Sunday, 20 May 2007

editing can be beautiful!

Here's a beautiful sentence this desk person encountered in a reporter's copy in May, apart from the inevitable 'not only, but also', 'that only too,' and the 'pall(s) of gloom' that accompany the reporter's repertoire 'each and every' day:

"We are planning to beautify our beautiful city in such a way so that one can be impressed after he visits a beautiful sight beautified by us in our beautification process too," said Mr. X...(in the context of a civic beautification drive)

Saturday, 19 May 2007

Bib and Doc Course -- extension of date

The course in 'research methods' at the School of Cultural Texts and Records, already blogged by Abhijit is, more accurately, a course in 'Bibliography and Documentation'. It will help you acquire some basic knowledge to work as project staff at the SCTR and similar research centres, handling documents and processing texts. It will run from 11 to 15 June 2007, more or less through the day -- exact times to be announced later.
The last date for applications has been extended to 4 June 2007. Leave your applications (on plain paper, stating your full or part Master's course results) in the SCTR Project Room (near the Film Studies Department). Preference will be given to those who have passed t
heir Master's course, or at least completed their exams, but vacant slots can be filled up by current Master's course students.
Apart from the employment potential, the course will allow a soft landing on interesting professional terrain not covered by standard Master's courses, even in language and literature, or indeed by the Editing and Publishing course.

Sukanta Chaudhuri

And just when you thought it was safe to go out, here comes another course....

The School of Cultural Texts and Records is holding a course for postgraduates in research methods from 11 to 15 June 2007 in the Project Room. Anyone who's finished their MA (ie PG2) can apply. This is being run for the fellows of the school to give them a grounding in research skills, bibliography, archival research, electronic techniques and book history, but 20 outside applicants will be selected.

You need to have passed your MA with 55%(B+) or have given your finals with 55% average in your other sems. The age limit is 25 years. The course fee is Rs 250/-

Please apply on plain paper with a copy of your marksheet or grade card with full contact details including email, phone no and address. Leave the application, addressed to the Director, SCTR, in the project room on the fourth floor next to film studies on any working day from 11.30 am and 4.30 pm. The last date is 18 May.

Publish thyselves

It would be nice to know what our past students are doing. So if you would let us know where you are working now (or earlier, if it had a editing/publishing component) and your contact details.

Friday, 18 May 2007

First proof

This is the home of the course in Editing and Publishing run every year by the School of Cultural Texts and Records, Jadavpur University. Through this blog, we hope to keep in touch with old and new alums, and share whatever information we may have about jobs in publishing and media.

I am in the process of sending out invites to as many of our course participants. This might take a while so please be patient if you do not get an invite straightaway.