Publishing Program - Theses, Dissertations, and other Required Graduate Degree Essays

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Free Saturday: Accessible programming at the Vancouver Writers Fest

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Date created: 
2019-04-25
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The Vancouver Writers Fest has been organizing a successful, annual literary festival in Vancouver since 1988. Over the years it has grown into a cultural cornerstone of Vancouver, bringing local, Canadian, and international authors and thought leaders to stages for intimate interviews, panel discussions, and literary performances. In 2018, as part of its mission to encourage reading, writing, and access to ideas, the Fest introduced a new initiative and removed admission costs to all events on one day of programming. This initiative, called Free Saturday, made 12 events free of charge in an effort to make the Festival inviting to more people than ever before. This report chronicles the implementation of Free Saturday and analyzes its impact through accumulated data from ticket sales and audience feedback forms. To conclude, this report suggests ways forward to better maximize Free Saturday’s impact in future years.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Supervisor(s): 
Scott Steedman
Department: 
Communication, Art & Technology: Publishing Program
Thesis type: 
(Project) M.Pub.

Launching Constellate Publishing: An evaluation of small press genre fiction publishing in Canada

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Date created: 
2019-04-15
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The small press genre fiction publishing community in Canada is a tight-knit group that supports and promotes each other. After examining the need for increased awareness and accessibility to Canadian titles, I decided to launch a new digital publishing venture focused on Canadian speculative fiction content, Constellate Publishing. Using the business planning and launch of the Constellate E-zine as a caste study, this report discusses several topics related to small press genre fiction publishing in Canada and digital publishing more generally: Canadians’ awareness of and accessibility to Canadian titles, the community of genre fiction publishing, ephemerality in digital publications, and using Patreon as a publishing platform. These topics are brought together by how they affected the business planning decisions and ultimate launch of the Constellate E-zine in November 2018.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Supervisor(s): 
John Maxwell
Department: 
Communication, Art & Technology: Publishing Program
Thesis type: 
(Project) M.Pub.

"Journeying into the future": An audit of the Writers' Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize

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2019-04-17
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2018 marks the 30th anniversary of The Writers’ Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize. It is an annual short story award dedicated to highlighting the best emerging writers in Canada. Partly administered by McClelland & Stewart (M&S), an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada, the prize has launched the careers of some of the country’s most celebrated authors. It is also the highest monetary award for a single short story. Despite its impressive legacy and offering, there are issues around the diversity of Journey Prize content. There is also room to improve The Journey Prize’s visibility and reach. This report is the first extensive project to focus on The Prize and it will serve as an advisory document for M&S and other publishers looking to increase brand awareness and encourage diverse content. There are recommendations, namely a curated marketing strategy, to take The Journey Prize into the next phase of its growth.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Supervisor(s): 
Leanne Johnson
Department: 
Communication, Art & Technology: Publishing Program
Thesis type: 
(Project) M.Pub.

Consultation and protocols in publishing: A framework for Indigenous communities and publishers

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Date created: 
2019-04-15
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This research examines the relationship between the local publishing industry in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories and the Dëne Sųłıné (Chıpewyan) community and looks at how this established relationship can guide other publishers as they consult with communities and seek to understand local protocols. The perspectives of Dëne Sųłıné and non-Indigenous people in publishing were organized to identify the core elements and ideas of a successful working relationship built on continued consultation, trust, and understanding.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Supervisor(s): 
Hannah McGregor
John Maxwell, Brent Kaulback
Department: 
Communication, Art & Technology: Publishing Program
Thesis type: 
(Project) M.Pub.

Enhanced e-cookbooks: A recipe for accessibility

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Date created: 
2019-04-15
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Accessible enhanced eBooks benefit three groups: members of the general public who want eBooks to have more features, visually impaired audiences who want to purchase accessible books and not be limited by their choices or budget, and publishers who wish to reach a wider audience. This report delves into what makes accessible enhanced eBooks so different from standard eBooks, and current publishing industry perspectives on enhanced eBook publishing, with the primary goal of outlining how publishing houses can provide accessible eBook cookbooks to visually impaired audiences. Titles from Appetite by Random House are selected and used as a case study to provide an outline for how publishers can transition from publishing standard eBooks to publishing accessible enhanced eBooks.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Supervisor(s): 
Hannah McGregor
Department: 
Communication, Art & Technology: Publishing Program
Thesis type: 
(Project) M.Pub.

The comic book as literature: Contemporary comics and the path to recognition for literary awards

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Date created: 
2019-01-29
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Comics and graphic novels developed from being regarded merely as children’s entertainment to a more respected status in the past thirty years. This report examines that Drawn and Quarterly’s (D+Q) publication history for Seth’s Clyde Fans follows a close path to that historical trajectory. It analyzes how D+Q’s dedication to high production values and lobbying efforts advanced the comic medium’s reputation to become more widely considered for literary awards, such as their most recent achievement with Sabrina by Nick Drnaso being longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Clyde Fans is used as a case-study to emphasize that Seth’s artistry and the production attention it received from D+Q makes it an example of a graphic novel that is deserving of recognition outside of comic-specific awards. To conclude, the report emphasizes that lobbying literary awards is an important strategy to further the medium’s reputation for a richer comic book industry in the future.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Supervisor(s): 
Mauvé Page
Department: 
Communication, Art & Technology: Publishing Program
Thesis type: 
(Project) M.Pub.

Approaching the gateway: a look at portal magazine and the publishing of the 2017 issue

Date created: 
2018-06-12
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This paper stems from the unique opportunity I was given to instruct the fourth-year Portal magazine publishing workshops at Vancouver Island University (VIU) for the fall 2016 and spring 2017 semesters. The primary objective of these courses is for upper-level publishing students to produce, at the end of two semesters, VIU’s annual literary magazine. This project report looks at the history of Portal magazine, the course design, learning outcomes for students, and the other particulars of publishing a university-based literary magazine, but the intended focus is the changes introduced for Portal 2017. The paper evaluates the reasoning for these implementations and recommends which changes might prove useful to the Portal publishing courses moving forward. It also addresses areas that were purposely left unchanged and the reasoning behind those choices.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Supervisor(s): 
John Maxwell
Department: 
Communication, Art & Technology: Publishing Program
Thesis type: 
(Project) M.Pub.

Into the Web : how a small publisher in India found a place on the Internet

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1999-03
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Within the realm of publishing, digital communication in the form of the Internet is offering revolutionary opportunities. There are Web sites for an immeasurable range of subject matter from the daily news to online shopping to Brad the mechanical engineering grad's curriculum vitae. So who better to venture into this new form of publication than, well, publishers? The subject matter of this study analyses the entry of a small book publisher in India into the new area of Internet publishing. Kali for Women is a feminist press in New Delhi and also happens to be the first women's publishing house in South Asia. The author of this report travelled to New Delhi to establish a Web site for the company. Although the editors at Kali for Women had wanted to start a Web site for some time, the decision to create Kali's own place on the Internet meant the adoption of an entirely new publishing format with technology unfamiliar to those in the company.

 

While the initiative was successful, it was fraught with challenges and obstacles, a condition that accompanies the introduction of anything new. This study attempts to map Kali's technological trajectory, but first places the endeavour in the context oflndian publishing and Kali's formation and presence in that market. The goal is to understand how and why a small, "low-tech" publisher in New Delhi established a presence in the online global community. The research is based on readings in related subject matter, newspaper articles from Kali's archives, writings by Kali's founders, a sampling of other publishers' Web sites, and the author's own experience .

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Supervisor(s): 
Rowland Lorimer
Department: 
Master of Publishing Program - Simon Fraser University
Thesis type: 
Project Report (M.Pub.)

Role-Focused Process-Mapping for Documenting Software Systems Usage at Hemlock Printers

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2019-04-02
Abstract: 

This report introduces readers to the principles of process mapping, a flowchart technique widely used in manufacturing and engineering for diagnosis, analysis and improvement of processes and whose advantages can be applied to tasks carried out in Publishing. We base this exposition on the experience gained during the process mapping of Hemlock Printers Ltd. a Burnaby-based company with 50 years in the industry, which started a project to document its workflows and the way software applications were used to automatize them. We examine the nature of process maps, how the company was conceptualized for study and the ways to collect information used, followed by a step by step guide to draw these diagrams, ending with a detailed analysis of selected examples of workflows at Hemlock using these maps and how to apply them to identify problems and opportunities for improvement.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Supervisor(s): 
Juan Pablo Alperin
Department: 
Communication, Art & Technology: Publishing Program
Thesis type: 
(Project) M.Pub.

Library is the new publisher: Establishing workflows for library-based open educational resource production programs in post-secondary institutions across Canada and the United States

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Date created: 
2018-12-13
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As a response to increasing costs of textbooks for college students, post-secondary institutions are exploring new methods to make learning materials affordable for students. This has resulted in a surge of interest in the concept of open educational resources (OER), or freely accessible learning materials, the most prominent of which is the open textbook. Post-secondary institutions have begun to start their own OER production programs, often staffed by librarians and run through an institutional library. As the work that was traditionally done by publishers begins to move into the academic space, new OER coordinators are searching for answers for how to successfully run an OER production program. This report is an analysis of the workflows of six OER production programs run through the libraries of post-secondary institutions in the United States and Canada, and stands a record that can be built upon in the future in the efforts to formulate a standardized approach to running a successful OER production program using Pressbooks’ book production and distribution software.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Supervisor(s): 
Hannah McGregor
Department: 
Communication, Art & Technology: Publishing Program
Thesis type: 
(Project) M.Pub.