Introduction to magazine publishing course
November 13, 2022 – November 17, 2022 GMT
Join Magazine Training International as we continue the MTI in Africa program with a conference in Ghana in November 2022! Learn the essential steps for successful magazine publishing with the Introduction to Magazine Publishing Course. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from highly respected Christian publishing professionals. Read the course and session descriptions.
The four-day Introduction to Magazine Publishing Course will cover the three main areas of magazine publishing: magazine editing, management, and design. An international team of six trainers will teach the course. Bring your staff and allow everyone to learn the skills necessary to work well as a publisher, editor, or designer. As a team, you will learn how to work together to create an effective publishing plan in order to produce an influential magazine. Download the brochure.
You will meet other Christians in publishing, share victories and fears, and learn from one another. Christians working in magazine publishing scattered throughout Africa often feel isolated and may become discouraged. A conference like this offers encouragement and renewal.
Following this course, is a one-day Hands-on Workshop.
The course will be offered in English with simultaneous interpretation into French.
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 Bible, Manure Fresh Anthology, Lil ‘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 has served as 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.
Francis Ayieko is founder and publisher of The Shepherd, a monthly Nairobi-based Christian newspaper he launched in 2005. At The Shepherd, he provides overall leadership for his team and ensures the financial health of the organization. He also serves as an editor with The Standard Group. Prior to joining Standard, he worked for eight years as a writer with the Nation Media Group. Before launching The Shepherd newspaper, he edited the now defunct End Time News, a monthly Christian newspaper that was published by Nairobi-based Redeemed Gospel Church. Francis earned a B.A. from the University of Nairobi in land economics. He is a 2012 World Journalism Institute fellow and is a member of the Kenya Union of Journalists. He is a 2019 Sinapis Entrepreneur Academy graduate. Francis graduated from MTI’s Business of Magazine Publishing course in Kenya in 2018, and served as a trainer for MTI’s Introduction to Magazine Publishing course in Côte d’Ivoire in 2019.
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.
Lea Greene is an award-winning graphic designer from the suburbs of New York City. She is currently the publication content manager and designer for The Salvation Army Eastern Territory’s magazine, SACONNECTS, which tells the stories of The Salvation Army’s ministry throughout the territory. A BFA graduate of the School of Visual Arts in 2004, she has worked on multiple types of publications, including Home Furnishing News, a business-to-business publication; Current Health and Science Spin; and educational publications with Weekly Reader. Additionally, Lea has worked with high school students in creating and designing their high school yearbooks, guiding them on design techniques and content creation.
Editing, design, and management—skills in all of these areas are essential to the success of your magazine. In the Introduction to Magazine Publishing course, you will learn how each discipline influences and collaborates with others. And you’ll gain the tools you need to successfully launch a magazine or update your process for more effective and influential publication.
Who should attend
Christians on staff with a magazine or who consistently freelance, specifically Christian editors, designers, and publishers.
The course will be held at the Presbyterian Women’s Centre in Accra, Ghana.
The course will begin with registration in the early afternoon on Sunday, Nov. 13. A reception will be followed by the first session in the late afternoon. Supper will be followed by the second session. Sessions will be all day Monday and Tuesday, half a day on Wednesday and half a day on Thursday and will end with a noon banquet and graduation ceremony on Thursday. Extra optional evening sessions will be offered throughout. Click here for the full schedule.
On-site Conference tuition: GHS 1150
Includes: opening reception and supper, lunches Monday-Wednesday, a banquet on Thursday, coffee breaks, a textbook, additional resources, and training from a top-notch team of six experienced publishing professionals.
Lodging and meals
Participants may choose to commute each day or stay on the conference center campus. Accommodations include breakfast and supper.
- GHS 185 per day for a shared room with AC
- GHS 160 per day for a shared room with a fan (no AC)
Although rooms must be reserved in advance, the cost of accommodations may be paid on arrival. The number of rooms is limited. Those who would prefer a single room will be assigned a single room if more rooms become available. Single rooms cost an extra GHS 75-100 per day.
You will need to purchase your flight/transportation separately.