The 2017 Northeast Student PubCon featured panels, workshops, and displays of print and digital student publishing. Students had opportunities to network with speakers and other attendees.

10:00-10:15am – Arrival, registration, light breakfast in DCAL, Baker Library 102

10:15-10:45am – Explore the examples of Student-Led Publishing on display and enter a raffle to win prizes

10:45-11:00am – Welcome

11:00-11:50am – Opening Panel: “Impact and Expression: Student Publishing Today” with:

Meredith Adinolfi, Director of Production at Cell Press


Francine M. A’Ness, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Students, Lecturer in Women’s and Gender Studies, Institute for Writing and Rhetoric


Amanda Spoto, Dartmouth ’14, MALS’16, Former Editor-in-Chief of the Dartmouth MALS Journal and the Dartmouth Law Journal

12:00-12:50pm – Workshops

Managing a productive, efficient, and committed team. In this session we’ll talk about how to motivate your team and your contributors, as well as some tactics for common management and leadership challenges. There will be plenty of time for discussion and practice, and this session will be relevant to all types of publications, teams, and subject areas. Led by Meredith Adinolfi of Cell Press.

Meredith Adinolfi is Director of Production for Cell Press in Cambridge, MA. She manages a team of copyeditors, managing editors, and designers and broadly oversees online and print production for a collection of 38 scientific research and review titles. Her role involves managing supplier relationships, onboarding new external partners, ensuring quality in copyediting and typesetting standards, and preparing for new journal launches and content expansion. Meredith also contributes to the Cell Press strategic vision as a member of the senior management team.

Baker Library 152

Design and printing practices: what works, what doesn’t and who has the expertise.  What is necessary in good design, how do you make your design compelling in the digital publishing world and how do you develop expertise in design and printing?  In this session, we’ll share ideas under the guidance of a design expert, and discuss the financial and creative concerns involved with deciding what, how much and how to print.

Led by Zachary Bos.  Zachary directs the publishing activities of the Boston University BookLab, and is advisor to campus publications including Burn magazine, Clarion, and PUSTEBLUME: a journal of translation. He has consulted for magazines at numerous institutions including MIT, Yale, Harvard, BC and Hunter College, and is publisher of Pen & Anvil Press.

Baker Library 158

1:00-2:00pm – Network over a catered lunch

2:10-3:10pm – Workshops

Deciding what to publish: the joys and pains of reviewing other people’s work. From effective submission review to assembling cohesive, compelling periodicals, this hands-on workshop will give you concepts and techniques that take the headache out of wearing the hat of an editor. The interactive session should be useful whether you are experienced at publication-level editing or have yet to try your hand. Also invaluable for reviewers, and for writers who want their submissions to be on-point and publishable.

Led by Dartmouth faculty member Cynthia P. Monroe.  Professor Monroe is a writer and freelance editor who has produced numerous public, non-profit, and business publications.  She earned her B.A. from Dartmouth College and M.F.A. from University of British Columbia.

Baker Library 152

Improve your publication. You want to increase visibility, legitimacy, and readership of your publication, or the publication you are thinking about reviving or starting. At this workshop, you’ll learn about best practices and develop actions for your publication to achieve these goals, including attracting readership and using social media.

Led by Sean Plottner. Sean Plottner is editor of Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, winner of more than 35 awards during his 17 years there, including Alumni Magazine of the Year (2008). A magazine editor for more than 30 years, he has held positions at a variety of publications, including The National Sports Daily, Disney Adventures and Golf Digest. He is a graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and lives in Vermont with his wife and two teenage sons.

Facilitated by Amanda Spoto. Amanda M. Spoto (primarily known as Spo!) is a Dartmouth College ’14 alumna and received her Master’s in Cultural Studies with distinction from the Dartmouth Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program in 2016. During her time in MALS, Spo! attended Oxford University’s English Literature Summer School, the Dartmouth Tuck Business Bridge Program, and was involved with the Graduate Student Council (Student Life Chair), Clamantis: The MALS Journal (Editor-in-Chief), and The Dartmouth Law Journal (Assistant Editor). She currently works at a law firm in Manhattan, NY and specializes in Intellectual Property and Entertainment law.

Baker Library 158

3:10-4:00pm – Share learning and reflections while enjoying snacks, discussing next steps and learning results of the raffle!

DCAL Baker Library 102

Throughout the day:

  • Print and digital exhibit of student led publications represented at the conference; print issue exchange
  • Video producers from Dartmouth will be around the conference asking attendees to comment on the conference experience and to reflect on why they are engaged in student-led publishing