A year into the global pandemic, media houses and mission agencies are progressing with adapting to new ways of working. The world is changing but the need for the message of Christ is not. Jennifer Howard of Magazine Training International (MTI) says they remain dedicated to helping Christians in publishing as they navigate the perils of publishing during the COVID-19 pandemic, meeting the needs of their readers, and supporting their staff.
MTI's blog focuses on news and tips on magazine publishing, but last March we added an aggregated collection of tips on covering the COVID-19 story. This collection is added to every other day.
Tips include articles on how journalists can take care of themselves while covering trauma, how to report on the pandemic with a non-science background, how to find and vet experts, and how different media outlets around the world are covering the story.
MTI recognizes that self-care and creative coverage are not the only important topics of the COVID-19 story. In addition to these tips, MTI includes key quotes from experts regarding various aspects of the pandemic, ways to fact-check information and debunk misinformation, and sources of reliable, up-to-date information and statistics.
MTI uses social media to encourage its community of Christians in publishing to share their local news, requests for prayer, and creative ways their ministry is handling this crisis.
In 2017, MTI hosted the first "Crisis Publishing Initiative" conference, with sessions on a variety of topics for journalists covering crisis situations. Twenty-two recorded sessions from that conference are available for free in the MTI Online library.
MTI continues to provide opportunities for professional development to Christians in publishing in the form of e-books, training videos, live workshops, and online courses.Contact: Sharon Mumper