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Create Excellent Content: Editing Magazine Articles


Date: May 1, 2017 to May 26, 2017
Cost: $50


MTI Online


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Content may be king, but not all content is created equally. As editor, your job is to ensure that the articles published in your magazine meet the needs of your readers and are well written. All of the articles you receive will not meet those requirements. However, you can learn to evaluate the articles submitted to your magazine and refine them through the editorial process.

During this four-week course, hone your editorial skills so you can deliver excellent content to your readers. Carla Foote, editor for Disciple! and freelance writer and editor through Fine Print Editorial, will teach you how to apply your magazine’s purpose and reader profile to develop editorial content. Find solutions for articles that need significant editing. Discover how to write strong leads, conclusions, and sidebars to capture your readers’ attention and draw them into the article. Finally,  learn to write and edit short articles for print and Web.

Weekly assigned background reading material and practical homework will help you understand and apply the concepts covered. Valuable feedback from your instructor will inform your editorial decisions and encourage your growth as an editor who consistently delivers quality content to your readers.

What you'll learn

Weekly topics

Week 1: Magazine purpose and reader profiles
Week 2: Manuscript solutions
Week 3: Writing strong leads, conclusions, and sidebars
Week 4: Writing and editing short articles for print and web.


The schedule is very flexible in order to meet the needs of each student. The only scheduled event is the live session, but even that is available as a recording if the student is not able to attend at the scheduled time.

Weekly requirements

Background reading: Read one or two units from the course manual.
Live session: Attend a one-hour online live session with the instructor on Tuesdays (May 2, 9, 16, and 23) at 9:00 am U.S. Mountain (Denver) time. Sessions will be recorded and the recordings will be available 24/7 within a few hours after the live event.
Forum discussion: Participate in the class forum by making comments and asking questions throughout the week.
Homework assignment: Complete and return the homework assignment by Saturday each week.

Time required to complete coursework: Approximately five hours each week

System requirements


The online course live sessions are delivered via ClickMeeting. Each live session includes video and audio. Dialing in by phone to the meeting is not required and you do not need to download and install any software from ClickMeeting in order to join the meeting.

However, you will need to download the latest version of Adobe FlashPlayer to view the live session if you don’t have it already.

ClickMeeting also provides the following system requirements as a guide to be able to get the best experience from the live session.

Windows® Requirements

• 1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Microsoft® Windows® XP or Windows 7
• 2GHz Pentium 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Windows Vista® Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit editions with 32-bit browser)
• 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended) for Windows XP or Windows 7; 1GB of RAM (2GB recommended) for Windows Vista
• Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, or 9 (32 bit only); Mozilla Firefox 3 or higher; Google Chrome
• Adobe® Flash® Player 11.3 for all users (hosts, presenters, participants, and administrators). Ports 1935, 443 and 80 need to be open.

Mac Requirements

• 1.83GHz Intel CoreTM Duo or faster processor
• Mac OS X v10.4, 10.5, 10.6 (Intel) or higher
• 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
• Mozilla Firefox 3 or higher; Apple Safari 4 or 5; Google Chrome
• Adobe Flash Player 11.3 for all users (hosts, presenters, participants, and administrators)

Mobile Options

Free ClickMeeting apps are available on the following:

• App Store
• Google Play
• BlackBerry App World

MTI website

Class instructions and forums are available via this website in the MTIOnline free membership section. You may signup for a free membership at any time or the administrator will create an account for you at the beginning of the class.


Carla Foote edits Disciple!, a quarterly magazine, and Everyday Disciple!, a monthly newsletter, for The Navigators ministry. In addition, she does freelance editing and writing for a variety of clients through Fine Print Editorial. Previously, she was the executive editor and publishing manager for MOPS International (Mothers of Preschoolers), and was responsible for all operations of MomSense magazine for moms and Connections magazine for leaders. As a publisher and editor, she has extensive experience in working with small staff to create high quality publications. She also has experience managing a website and blog. Carla served on the board of the Evangelical Press Association and periodically serves on the faculty for writing conferences. She has an M.A. from the University of Denver and a B.S. from the University of Puget Sound. She was a trainer in the Advanced Magazine Publishing Institute in India in 2012 and is an MTI board member.