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GWU MPS Cohort 12 Weekly Newsletter


September 2016

National Election Impacts 21st Century Education: A Publishing Perspective

In a blog article “K-12 Education Shut Out of the Presidential Debate Spotlight” at Education Week, they ask, “The big question is: Will K-12 education get any more attention in the next Clinton-Trump debate, which is slated to be held on Sunday, Oct. 9 at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.? “

Trends in the Children’s Segment of Publishing

This week our group focused on the changes in YA and children’s fiction. There is a shift happening in the children’s segment of trade publishing that has both good and bad repercussions. Graphic Novels are transitioning back into schools trying... Continue Reading →

The Cultural Mosaic of Children’s Publishing

The United States is a mosaic of different ethnicities. It only makes sense for the books being published to be just as diverse. However, the majority of children's literature is still written by the white population and about the white population... Continue Reading →

Not-So-Young Adult Fiction: Why the Shift to More Mature Content?

To say that Young Adult novels featuring darker, more mature, themes weren’t on the shelves some ten years ago would be inaccurate. All of the books featured in the above image were published before 2005. These novels were there, hiding... Continue Reading →

Is Young-Adult Fiction Even Worthwhile?

In the past several years young-adult fiction has been a healthy and well-performing segment of the publishing industry, and has received added scrutiny as a result. A debate has raged surrounding the value of young-adult fiction. Is it of any literary value?... Continue Reading →

Altmetrics: The Younger Metrics

By Lindsay Peters Altmetrics are a relatively new way1 to measure an article’s impact by collecting data about the dissemination of the work. While the journal impact factor measures the quality of a journal through how often its articles are... Continue Reading →

Most YA Fiction is Grown-Up Fiction in Disguise

  Anthony McGowan recently researched the growing phenomenon that is changing the audience for YA (Young Adult) books. Most publishers will agree that YA novels are intended for a teenage audience. However, "figures show that 80% of Ya literature is... Continue Reading →

Graphic Novels Go Back to School

  Shannon Maughan provides an enlightening and informative insight on the rising use of graphic novels in classrooms and school libraries. The article explains that 60% of the population are visual learners and educators are just now teaching in a... Continue Reading →

The Problem of Diversity

When the 2016 Man Booker Prize shortlist and World Book Day 2017 titles were released last week, both lists faced criticism for their lack of racial diversity. Unfortunately, these lists illustrate a larger problem within the industry. Not only does publishing have... Continue Reading →

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