Working on the bach: A complex publication project

Cook, David (2008) Working on the bach: A complex publication project. In: 5th Biennial ITP New Zealand Research Forum Conference 2008, 2-3 October, 2008, Tauranga, New Zealand.

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“Baches of Raglan” is an illustrated book that investigates the popular myth of the seaside holiday house. The book was the result of complex collaborations involving three academic staff (research leaders), twenty-six degree and diploma students, a professional novelist, the local community and industry. Months of fieldwork went into visiting bach owners, conducting interviews, taking photographs and designing the 124 page book. This presentation discusses the reflective process of progressive problem solving that drove the project. The project followed seven distinct phases: securing publisher/resources, research, fieldwork, editing/design, print production, distribution and debriefing. Each phase required networking and a cycle of problem solving that was coordinated by a managing editor. The presentation will address these seven phases and discuss many of the problems encountered, for example: How do you engage with a local community on a deep level? What cultural factors determine editorial style? How do you manage a diverse range of journalism, photography and design students? How does a team deal with controversial or sensitive knowledge gained during fieldwork? What do research leaders do when faced with problems outside their areas of expertise? The presentation will conclude with a summary of the reflective process that guided the team of researchers.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords that describe the item:Collaboration, book publication, architecture
Subjects:N Fine Arts > NE Print media
Divisions:Schools > School of Media Arts
ID Code:1088
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