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Hands-on magazine startup workshop

November 11 All day

This will be a limited enrollment one-day hands-on workshop for participants in the Introduction to Magazine Publishing (IMP) Course who are planning to start or re-start a magazine. Two trainers from the IMP Course will speak about practical steps in starting a magazine and then will work with participants as they begin to make specific plans for starting or re-starting their magazines. Participants will receive a handbook on magazine startup.

Enrollment is limited to 10 proposed or existing magazines with up to three staff or volunteers each. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. All participants must have taken part in the Introduction to Magazine Publishing course preceding the workshop.

In addition to this workshop, there will be a five-day Introduction to Magazine Publishing Course.



James Njoroge is a designer and caricature artist based in Nairobi, Kenya. Since 2013 he has served as art director of Timazi, a Christian magazine for high school students. He also designed and illustrated publications including: The African Illustrated BibleManure Fresh AnthologyLil ‘Kanji and the Falling Sun, and Life Goes Round. He received a B.A. in Fine Arts from Kenyatta University in 2012. James graduated from MTI’s Design for Magazines course in Kenya, and served as a trainer for MTI’s Introduction to Magazine Publishing course in Côte d’Ivoire in 2019.

Esther Nyaga is publishing manager of Publishing Institute of Africa (PIA) a Nairobi-based organization specializing in trade, professional, and educational publishing. She is also the editor of Leadership Today Africa magazine and has edited books on Christian living, strategic planning, and other topics. Esther facilitated a writing workshop in Nairobi and was on the LittWorld 2012 organizing committee. She is a leadership and governance doctoral student at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. She earned an M.A. in leadership from PAC University and a B. Comm. in marketing from the University of Nairobi. Esther is a graduate of MTI’s Editing the Magazine course in Nairobi, and served as a trainer for MTI’s Introduction to Magazine Publishing course in Côte d’Ivoire in 2019.

Jeremy Weber is director of CT Global, managing a team of journalists to produce Christianity Today’s international and multilingual content (including 1,500+ translations across 10 languages, reaching 3 million readers since March 2020). Based in Chicago, Jeremy has visited 40 countries and received 1st place reporting awards from both the Evangelical Press Association and the secular Religion News Association. The American Academy of Religion described him as one of the six most influential religion journalists in the US in 2018. He graduated from Wheaton College and has worked at CT for 14 years. He and his wife Carolin are avid Argentine tango dancers and are making progress at having their young kids follow in their footsteps.

Dr. Kirimi Barine is an author, trainer, publisher and coach. He serves in various leadership capacities for organizations in Africa and around the world. As the founding director of Publishing Institute of Africa, a Nairobi based publishing, training and author development organization, he started Leadership Today Africa, a quarterly magazine that has been published since 2012. Kirimi is an author and co-author of several books among them African Christian Leadership: Realities, Opportunities and Impact co-edited with Robert J. Priest. Kirimi has a Ph.D. in business management from the UCN Universidad Central de Nicaragua and SMC University in Switzerland. He also coordinates the publishing of developing activities for the United Bible Societies around the world. Kirimi taught MTI’s Managing the Magazine Course in Kenya in 2018.

David Renard is a partner with mediaIDEAS, a global consultancy providing research and advice on the publishing industry’s technology-enabled future. He founded and built Netcirculation, the largest nationwide distribution network for high-end boutique fashion, art, photography, and design titles. And, he co-created Stare, a publishing and advertising agency. He also spearheaded a new European subsidiary that developed research-driven decision support tools, which he grew into a multi-million dollar business. In demand worldwide as a speaker on digital publishing, he also taught a digital publishing seminar for Magazine Training International in India in 2012, and in the U.S. in 2015.

During this event we will have an opening session about launching and relaunching a magazine. The rest of the day will be spent meeting with the individual trainers about the specific details of your publication. 

Who should attend:

Christians on staff with a magazine or who consistently freelance, specifically Christian editors, designers, and publishers.

The workshop will be held at the Presbyterian Women’s Centre in Accra, Ghana.

09:00-10:15 Lecture
10:15-10:45 Coffee/tea break
10:45-12:00 Lecture
12:00-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:30 Laboratory
14:45-15:45 Laboratory
15:45-16:15 Coffee/tea break
16:15-17:30 Laboratory
18:00-19:00 Supper


On-site Conference tuition:  GHS 242 (USD 44) per person
Includes: lunch and tea breaks for one day, all sessions, and conference materials

Lodging and meals

The special conference rate for room and board includes one night (8 November) and breakfast on 9 November.

GHS 100 (USD 18) for a shared room with AC.
GHS 78 (USD 14) for a shared room with a fan (no AC).


You will need to purchase your flight/transportation separately.



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