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Article Planning Sheet

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This article planning sheet is a list of questions that will help you and your editorial team to come up with article ideas. Make your own list of questions to use with your team during planning meetings.

  • Price: Free
  • Format: PDF
  • Type: form,
  • Topics: planning,
  • Recipient: staff/team,

Issue Planning Chart

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This sample issue planning chart is one of a number of systems that may be used to plan the content of your issues for a year in advance. It will help you maintain a balance of content types from issue to issue.

  • Price: Free
  • Format: PDF
  • Type: form,
  • Topics: planning,
  • Recipient: staff/team,

Article Status Chart

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An article status chart is one system to help keep track of the progress of work on upcoming issues. This chart (for a bimonthly magazine) shows the status of assigned articles. You may also choose to use project management software or cloud-based solutions.

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  • Format: PDF
  • Type: sample,
  • Topics: production,
  • Recipient: staff/team,

Production calendar

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The purpose of the production calendar is to provide individual deadlines for each phase of production.

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  • Price: Free
  • Format: PDF
  • Type: sample,
  • Topics: production,
  • Recipient: staff/team,

Article Tracking Form

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The purpose of the article tracking form and folder is to ensure that each phase of production is completed. It also provides a means of communication between designers and editors and a central place to keep production documents.

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  • Format: PDF
  • Type: form,
  • Topics: images, production,
  • Recipient: staff/team,

Production Chart

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The purpose of the production chart is to provide an overview of where each article stands in the production process for an entire issue.

  • Price: Free
  • Format: PDF
  • Type: form,
  • Topics: production,
  • Recipient: staff/team,

Mailed Surveys: Campus Life

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In order to learn more about subscribers, most magazines use some form of research. This packet includes samples of surveys sent to a select number of subscribers in a separate mailing rather than printed in the magazine. Normally, when magazines mail surveys to subscribers, a cover letter is included, and sometimes a reminder postcard is mailed later.

See Mailed Surveys: Discipleship Journal for a sample of a postcard and reminder postcard.

  • Magazine: Campus Life,
  • Price: Free
  • Format: PDF
  • Type: sample,
  • Topics: management/business, research, surveys,
  • Recipient: subscribers,

Writer’s Survey: Leadership Journal

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A magazine’s relationship with its writers is one of its most important, since the quality of its articles depends on the quality of its writers. One way to gauge the relationship is to send a survey to the magazine’s writers.

  • Magazine: Leadership Journal,
  • Price: Free
  • Format: PDF
  • Type: sample,
  • Topics: surveys,
  • Recipient: writers,

Assignment Letter: Women for Christ

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A magazine’s relationship with its writers is one of its most important, since the quality of its articles depends on the quality of its writers. Most editors work hard to develop good relationships with writers who are able to produce consistently well-written articles appropriate to its audience. If you take extra care in making article assignments, you will be more satisfied with the resulting articles.

This is a sample of an assignment letter written by an editor from a fictional magazine.

  • Magazine: Women for Christ,
  • Price: Free
  • Format: PDF
  • Type: sample,
  • Recipient: writers,

Rewrite Request Letter

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A magazine’s relationship with its writers is one of its most important, since the quality of its articles depends on the quality of its writers. However, not all articles submitted will meet the requirements of the magazine and it may be necessary to request that the author rewrite the article. An article should be rewritten when the idea, approach, and content are good, but there are major flaws that keep the article from achieving its purpose. Handle the request sensitively to maintain a good relationship with the writer.

This is a sample of rewrite request letter an editor might send asking the author to rewrite the article.

  • Price: Free
  • Format: PDF
  • Type: sample,
  • Recipient: writers,