Magazine Training International (MTI) has announced a new "Introduction to Magazine Publishing" course, and a corresponding manual published, as part of a conference in Abidjan.
The seven-day course is designed primarily for those who have little or no experience in professional magazine publishing. It will present an overview of the entire magazine publishing process, giving students a thumbnail view of everything they need to know to successfully publish a Christian periodical. An international team of six publishing professionals will include experts in magazine editing, management, and design.
"I'm looking forward to meeting Christians in magazine publishing in West Africa," says Sharon Mumper, president of MTI. "Because our website and most of our resources are in English, we've had little contact with French-speaking publishers. However, they are now asking for training in magazine publishing. Few French-language resources on publishing are accessible to them. For this reason, we are developing an Introduction to Magazine Publishing course."
The course is aimed at publishers, editors, and designers of existing magazines, as well as those who are considering starting a magazine. At least a full day will be devoted to exploring the process of starting a new magazine.
Staff of small magazines, where one or two people are responsible to handle jobs in multiple disciplines, will specifically benefit from the course. It will also help those whose experience is limited to one area, but who desire to see how the whole publishing process works together.
The 100-page manual will outline the course and provide additional resource materials. It will be made available in French and will eventually be offered in other languages.
The French-language course will be held in Abidjan 8-14 September, 2019, and is organised for magazine publishing staff in Francophone Africa. It is the second conference in MTI’s 10-year training programme for Africa, which was launched in 2018.
In 2021, MTI will build on the 2018 Kenya training programme in Nigeria for English-speaking magazine staff. Further training may be offered in Francophone Africa in 2022, if the staff of the French-language magazines believe they will to benefit from further coursework. If not, individual consulting help to publishers and editors of French-language magazines may be offered instead.
Other courses offered by MTI during the last 30 years include intensive, four-to-seven-day, college-level courses on magazine design, writing, editing, management, and advanced business of magazine publishing.