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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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The art of brainstorming

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“Brainstorming” is a creativity technique for producing a lot of ideas in a short period of time. There are many styles of brainstorming. It can be done in a group or individually. As you begin it is important to define the objective of the brainstorming session. Here are some tips for successful brainstorming: Don’t reject…

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Reaching refugees with the Gospel

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Terrorist attacks, displaced refugees, war, hunger, poverty, and so much more plague our world today. Journalists face a lot of challenges as they try to report on these crises. Whether you are under attack personally or trying to help those who are, it can be difficult to choose where to begin. Many of you may…

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Publishers look to Facebook to increase audience engagement

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By Friday morning last week 30,389 people had been talking about Dabira, a magazine that has been in existence only a short time. How is it possible that so many people were talking about a Nigerian Christian magazine? Dabira Editor Lara Odebiyi discovered long ago how a Facebook page for her magazine could impact and…

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5 Facebook posts your magazine can use today

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Facebook…An interactive-online book of faces, cat videos, and random breakfast photos that can also help your magazine grow in readership and impact. Several studies suggest that when using Facebook for business, you should post every hour or a minimum of five times a day, with quality content every time. Sound overwhelming? Don’t panic yet. If…

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Top 10 sites for free high-quality photos

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You don’t need to have a team of professional photographers to have good-looking images for your publication. Thousands of high-quality images from both new and experienced photographers are available for free. When we need to make a graphic for MTI (or anything really), we look to these sites for free high-quality photos: 1. stocksnap.io –…

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The Successful Editorial Planning Meeting

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A well-crafted magazine full of interesting articles doesn’t just happen. Editorial planning can make the chaos of pulling together a magazine at the last minute a distant memory. A carefully thought-out editorial plan can promote balance in your magazine and provide a rich variety of articles for your readers. One of the first steps in…

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5 tips for editors working alone to develop content

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The dream, for most editors, is to work with a team of other editors and writers to develop the content of a magazine. However, particularly for start-up magazines, the founding editor is typically working alone to create all or most of the initial content. It can be a difficult position. In this six-minute clip taken…

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2 reasons your publication needs a style guide

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If you’re not a website programmer or professional journalist you might be unfamiliar with the words “style sheet” or “style guide.”   What’s a style sheet? A style guide is basically a collection of rules for grammar, punctuation, usage, and journalistic styles for your writers to use. When your magazine uses a style guide, you…

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Fact Checking

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Most days I read my local newspaper and the Wall Street Journal. And most days I find editorial errors in one or both papers. The errors often distract me from my reading. Some are obvious grammatical and spelling errors. But the errors I find most bothersome are factual errors.  These kind of errors cause me to…

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