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[00:06:36] RR: I’m a big believer in the theory that tacit knowledge is as valuable as explicit knowledge. My emphasis is very much on learning by doing and co-creating knowledge. It’s where theory and practice meet that things become most exciting. Facilitating learning experiences without hand holding is my teaching philosophy. NSSR recognizes that the media landscape is radically changed from 20 years ago. This program is designed to adapt to these changes quickly. This philosophy lends itself to a hands-on approach in the classroom, which I love. And, I’ll add, it’s not just students learning from faculty. Jim Miller has a lot to teach me, and I have a lot to teach him. We all learn from one another. [00:08:24] IN: I imagine a lot of students are coming to this program because they want to start their own publication, and you serve as an example for them.

[00:14:01] RR: NSSR offers students so many resources. Not only is it situated in Manhattan—the capital of print publishing— but we take advantage of this by building the curriculum to interface extensively with outside institutions. NSSR’s founding as an anti-establishment, innovative, scholarly school geared toward change rather than stasis offers students an experience they wouldn’t get elsewhere. I think the students who would thrive here are ones who don’t want their hands held and who want to take advantage of the eclectic student body, which represents the real working world accurately. NSSR tends to attract outliers—the exceptional, talented people who can create and have something to say but want to do more than just check the expected boxes. Because the publishing and journalism industries change so fast, our curriculum cannot be static. We expect students in the program to participate in knowledge creation.

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[00:08:36] RR: Right. I think what we did with the New Inquiry inspired a lot of people to get into publishing. We’re not rolling in millions of dollars, but we made something exist and matter as part of the cultural and political conversation. That’s major. What the New Inquiry as a project represents is an ethic as to why we should even care about media or journalism, which this program completely exemplifies. This program isn’t designed to make more cogs in the publishing machine. If that is a particular student’s goal, that’s fine, but this is a program focusing more on alternative process and experimental publishing. We want to work with students who have something new to say. Also, the dynamic between me, Jim Miller, and Juliette Cezzar creates a unique balance students won’t get elsewhere. We all teach the three core courses and we all branch out into our particular specialties. I focus on the experiential creator element of the program. In my classes, students learn to collaborate and build a portfolio they can leverage for opportunities after graduation. Jim Miller provides a historically rooted, writingintensive approach, and Juliette Cezzar is a world-class designer and a leader in understanding design for editorial. All of our roles and what we bring are equally important to the students and the industry as a whole.

[00:13:49] IN: Having said that, what else would you want prospective students to know about the program and studying at The New School?

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