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Helping Christian Magazines in the Developing World Flourish

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A decades-long partnership between Christianity Today and Magazine Training International advances excellence in international publishing. When journalist Sharon Mumper boarded a plane to Germany in January 1989 to begin her work as a missionary with Elim Fellowship, she was carrying a computer given to her by Christianity Today. As a journalist who had written and…

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Avoid Jargon that Alienates Readers

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Every industry has its own language. Using expressions that are familiar to your audience is an important part of effective communication. However, sometimes such language also excludes. Content that is meant to connect creates distance when the jargon isn’t readily understood. How much jargon to include? The primary consideration for any communication is to consider…

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Christian publishers around the world use MTI Online training program

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Christians in publishing from countries as far flung as India, Brazil and Ukraine are receiving professional training through Magazine Training International’s (MTI) online learning program. Although MTI has offered on-site training for 27 years, the online training program began only in 2013. To date, some 270 Christians in publishing from over 40 countries have attended…

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Honoring two who stayed the course

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Do you have staying power? Some 20, 30, or 40 years from now, will people look back at your career in publishing and see a faithful communicator who skillfully and consistently carried out the ministry to which he had been entrusted by God? Two such faithful communicators were honored recently for their decades of service…

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Don’t miss our summer resource sale

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Save big on the resources you need to grow your skills and make your magazine stand out. For a short time, one of MTI’s professional publishing resources is on sale at an amazing discount. DVD courses are 90% off! Coupon code: summer16 Gain valuable knowledge and professional development when you purchase a manual or DVD course…

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Join our MTI Online members-only section

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One of the most exciting parts of our website is MTI Online. It is a free, members-only section. Why wait for the next featured e-book, video or live presentation when you can gain professional development through our training materials now. MTI Online contains a vast library of training materials that are free to members. Join…

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Thou Shalt Not Pontificate

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The subtle differences between the two statements below can bring people closer to your writing, or push them away in an instant. “You need to forgive your enemy.” “We need to forgive our enemies.” The first example is a classic case of pontificating: talking down to the reader, insisting that the reader do something, remaining…

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Using Bind-In Cards

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Bind-in cards are cards bound into magazines with saddle-stitch binding or perfect binding. Bind-ins are perforated for easy removal, and are placed in a specific location in the magazine. As the reader examines the magazine the pages fall open to where the card is due to its thickness. Publishers may sell these cards to advertisers…

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MTI Community Forum

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One of the new features on our redesigned website is a community forum, where MTI Online members (join now – it’s free) can connect with others in magazine publishing and speak out on what matters to them. What would you discuss in a forum? Here are some ideas for forum topics: questions that you want…

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20 Questions to Develop your Reader Profile

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Who are the people you want to reach? In order to create a magazine that will attract and effectively serve them, you need to know your audience. How well do you know your readers? Ask yourself these questions to develop a reader profile. When you have a clear reader profile, you can quickly decide if…

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