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Magazine Publishing Institute – Nairobi

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Date: September 30, 2018 to October 6, 2018

Venue

Nairobi,

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Join Magazine Training International as it begins it’s expansion into Africa! You will learn the essential steps for successful magazine publishing through the intensive Magazine Publishing Institute. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from some of the most highly-respected Christian publishing professionals in the world. Sign up for email alerts.

The training program this year will include a seven-day Magazine Publishing Institute with three tracks (magazine editing, management, and design). The institute will be held 30 September – 6 October in Nairobi, Kenya, and will be taught by nine trainers from around the world. Bring your staff members and allow each person to learn in depth the skills needed to perform well in their role as publisher, editor, or designer for the benefit of the magazine. As a team, you will learn how the various roles work together to create an effective publishing plan and publication.

We expect that another key benefit of the program for participants will be the opportunity to meet one another, share triumphs and fears, and learn from one another. Magazine workers scattered throughout the breadth of Africa often have a sense of isolation and may easily become discouraged. A conference like this offers desperately-needed encouragement and refreshment.

What you'll learn

Session topics:

Editing, design, and management—skill in all these areas is critical to the success of your magazine. In the Magazine Publishing Institute, you will enroll in a specific track, but daily plenary sessions will bring together all three tracks to show how each discipline influences and fits together with the others.

Magazine Editing Track

This track especially for the magazine editor will cover topics like:

  • Develop a magazine profile: Learn how to identify your target audience and craft and use a mission statement and editorial plan.
  • Principles of editorial planning: Learn how to lead planning meetings and teach your staff the rules of successful brainstorming.
  • Manuscript editing: Learn the four steps of editing and how a style sheet can bring consistency to your magazine.
  • Solving manuscript problems: How to identify and solve the common problems you’ll encounter in manuscripts.
  • Working with writers: Discover how to find, train, and keep writers.
  • Selecting and shaping manuscripts: You’ll develop a procedure for article selection and dealing with articles that need to be rewritten.
  • Leads and conclusions: Tips for writing compelling leads and conclusions that leave a strong impression.
  • Reader research: How research can help make your magazine more effective. Here’s a description of the types of research and how to get the most from your research.
  • Production: Develop and use a production grid to ensure the magazine is completed on time with a minimum of stress.
  • Digital publishing: Creating a digital magazine.

Magazine Design Track

Designers and editors (those who don’t plan to attend the magazine editing track) will benefit from discussion of topics like:

  • The magazine’s visual identity: How a strong brand will nurture and sustain a relationship with readers.
  • Words and images: Combine them strategically to create a sense of purpose in each magazine spread.
  • The design elements: Know and use them effectively to create meaningful experiences for readers.
  • Typography: Select and arrange typography according to principles of legibility, hierarchy, contrast, consistency, and appropriateness.
  • Magazine architecture: Develop flexible templates for departments, create a design system, and identify usage standards.
  • The magazine cover: Explore how to develop a cover style, select a primary image, and combine the various elements to make an effective design.
  • Design on a modest budget: Learn how to use typography, texture, backgrounds, screens, tints, scale, and contrast to enhance design possibilities on a modest budget.
  • Redesign: How to re-evaluate the magazine’s voice and develop a redesign strategy.

Magazine Management/Business

Publishers and editors, but especially those with responsibility for the financial success of the magazine should attend this track. Topics like these will be discussed:

  • Define your purpose: Develop mission and vision statements; define and apply corporate values.
  • How to start a magazine: Learn what important factors you need to consider before you launch or re-launch a magazine.
  • Your leadership style: Redefine your management and leadership style.
  • How to price and sell space ads: Help advertisers use your magazine effectively; discover where to find advertisers, and how to communicate the benefits of advertising in your magazine.
  • Managing your subscriptions: The elements of an effective fulfillment system and principles of customer service.
  • Increase your circulation: Evaluate your marketing efforts, find new sources of subscribers, and develop pricing strategies in order to reach your full potential.
  • Production: How to save money on production without reducing quality.
  • How to prepare a budget: Learn how to manage expenses and establish basic publishing accounting procedures.
  • Generating income: Examine potential unexplored sources of income and publication-related products.
  • Personnel: Develop job descriptions, establish functions and qualifications, select and evaluate staff, and work with volunteers.
  • Distribution: Principles and methods of distribution, with discussion of possible solutions to distribution problems.

At the conference

Location

The conference will be held in Nairobi, Kenya.

CORAT Africa
P.O. Box 42493
Bogani Road
Nairobi 00100

Tuition

Conference tuition: $160 per person
Includes: lunches and tea breaks for six days, all sessions, conference materials, opening reception, ice cream social, and closing banquet

  • Early bird discount: We are offering a $50 early bird discount if payment is received by Aug 1, 2018. The discount is available to all participants whether commuting or staying on campus.

Lodging and meals

Special conference rate for room and board (30 September – 6 October):

  • Single room (includes supper and breakfast for six nights): $130 total per person
  • Shared room (includes supper and breakfast for six nights): $70 total per person
    (An MTI scholarship of $10 per night per person is already included in the shared room rate to make rooms affordable for participants who are willing to share a room.)
  • Extra nights: Please note, if participants need to stay overnight a day or two before or after the conference dates, the room rate will be $30 per person per night for single or shared room. This rate is half-board (includes breakfast and supper).

Commuter option: Participants may choose to commute each day from home or from other accommodations arranged by the participant individually. Commuters pay only the conference tuition. Commuters are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from the conference facility each day and should be aware that traffic in Nairobi can be extremely busy at times.

Who should attend

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

Schedule


Sunday, 30 September
13:00 Registration opens
15:15 Reception
16:00 Plenary session
18:00 Supper (for participants staying on campus)
20:00 Ice cream social

Monday, 1 October
08:30 Plenary session
10:00 Coffee break
10:30 Track workshops
12:00 Lunch
14:00 Track workshops
15:00 Coffee break
15:30 Track workshops
16:40 Track workshops
18:00 Supper (for participants staying on campus)
20:00 Optional evening sessions

Tuesday, 2 October
08:30 Track workshops
10:00 Coffee break
10:30 Track workshops
12:00 Lunch
14:00 Track workshops
15:00 Coffee break
15:30 Track workshops
16:40 Track workshops
18:00 Supper (for participants staying on campus)
20:00 Optional evening sessions

Wednesday, 3 October
08:30 Plenary session
10:00 Coffee break
10:30 Track workshops
12:00 Lunch
13:30 Group outing
18:00 Supper (for participants staying on campus)
20:00 Optional evening sessions

Thursday, 4 October
08:30 Plenary session
10:00 Coffee break
10:30 Track workshops
12:00 Lunch
14:00 Track workshops
15:00 Coffee break
15:30 Projects
18:00 Supper (for participants staying on campus)
20:00 Optional evening sessions

Friday, 5 October
08:30 Plenary session
10:00 Coffee break
10:30 Track workshops
12:00 Lunch
14:00 Track workshops
15:00 Coffee break
15:30 Projects
18:00 Supper (for participants staying on campus)
20:00 Optional evening sessions

Saturday, 6 October
08:30 Plenary session
10:00 Coffee break
1o:30 Project reports or track workshops
12:00 Lunch
14:00 Project reports
15:00 Coffee break
15:30 Project reports
18:00 Banquet (for all participants)

Cost

  • Conference tuition: $160 per person
    Includes: lunches and tea breaks for six days, tuition, conference materials, opening reception, ice cream social, and closing banquet

    • Early bird discount: We are offering a $50 early bird discount if payment is received by Aug 1, 2018. The discount is available to all participants whether commuting or staying on campus.
  • Special conference rate for room and board (30 September – 6 October):
    Single room (includes supper and breakfast for six nights): $130 total per person
    Shared room (includes supper and breakfast for six nights): $70 total per person
    (An MTI scholarship of $10 per night per person is already included in the shared room rate to make rooms affordable for participants who are willing to share a room.)
  • Extra nights: Please note, if participants need to stay overnight a day or two before or after the conference dates, the room rate will be $30 per person per night for single or shared room. This rate is half-board (includes breakfast and supper).
  • Commuter option: Participants may choose to commute each day from home or from other accommodations arranged by the participant individually. Commuters pay only the conference tuition. Commuters are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from the conference facility each day and should be aware that traffic in Nairobi can be extremely busy at times.

You will need to purchase your flight/transportation separately.

 

Trainers

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.

Lou Ann Sabatier loves publishing, as evidenced by her 35 year career in strategic planning, business development, market research, audience development, management, and finance. Lou is principal of Sabatier Consulting, where she has worked with over 100 media clients, giving them the tools they needed to increase profitability. Prior to founding the consulting firm, she worked as a literary agent, as managing director of an international economic magazine, as associate publisher of a national opinion magazine, and CEO of a media company. She speaks widely at conferences and workshops throughout the world. Lou is strategic communications director for the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, a Christian non-profit advocating for religious freedom. She also served as a trainer with MTI in India.

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 2016, in the U.S. in 2015, and as a webinar presenter.

Carla Foote is editor for Disciple!, a quarterly magazine, and One-to-One, a monthly newsletter, for The Navigators ministry. In addition, she does freelance editing and writing through Fine Print Editorial, and speaks in writing conferences. Previously, she was the executive editor and publishing manager for MOPS International (Mothers of Preschoolers), and was responsible for all operations of MomSense magazine and Connections magazine. As a publisher and editor, she has extensive experience in working with small staff to create high quality publications. 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 webinar presenter and trainer in the Advanced Magazine Publishing Institute in India in 2012, an MTI Online course, and is a member of MTI’s Board of Directors.

Camerin Courtney is the senior editor for a nonprofit humanitarian aid organization, where she edits their quarterly magazine, blog, and other print and online communications. Previously, she spent 15 years on the editorial staff of Today’s Christian Woman magazine, wrote a column for ChristianSinglesToday.com, published two books, and wrote movie reviews and freelance articles for publications including Christianity Today, HomeLife, Prism, Christian Single, Ignite Your Faith, Collegiate, and Today’s Christian Woman. Camerin earned a B.A. in magazine journalism and English from Drake University. She served as a trainer in MTI training programs in Slovakia and India, and has also taught writing in Bulgaria and Cambodia.

Jeremy Weber is the senior news editor at Christianity Today, where he manages a team of journalists producing international religion news focused on evangelical/Protestant Christianity for Christianity Today magazine and Gleanings, a daily blog serving Christian thought leaders. An award-winning journalist based in Chicago, Jeremy has reported from India, Lebanon, Iraq, Cuba, and South Sudan, among other countries. A graduate of Wheaton College, he has worked at Christianity Today for eight years.

Award-winning designer Anne Elhajoui is the creative director of Knight Marketing in Sarasota, Florida. She is also the former art director of Discipleship Journal, the Navigators’ Disciple!, and Venice magazine, a lifestyle magazine of Venice, Florida. She also has her own design business, AEIOU Design, where she designs logos, brochures, ads, greeting cards, menus, and posters. Anne earned an M.S. in design from Pratt Institute in New York City, and has taught design courses and webinars with MTI in Bulgaria, Croatia, and India.

Dr. Tamara Welter is associate professor and chair of the Department of Media, Journalism, and Public Relations at Biola University. In this role, she also mentors the students publishing The Point, Biola’s award-winning student magazine. Before joining Biola, Tamara served as director of marketing for a computer and networking company where among other duties she oversaw publication creation. She also led efforts to develop a self-sustaining visual media program to train Haitian students to tell the stories of Haiti as only they can. An avid traveler and scholar, Tamara’s dissertation and continued research explores the power of visual language in cross-cultural encounters, and has led her to Mexico, Haiti, The Dominican Republic, and Indonesia.

Rick Szuecs is a graphic designer from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. With 10 years of design experience, he has worked for many publishers, developing covers for the Brazilian edition of books by well-known authors including C.S. Lewis, John Stott, James Houston, Brian McLaren, Paul Tournier, Frank Viola, and N.T. Wright, among others. Previously, Rick was the chief designer for Cristianismo Hoje (Christianity Today/Brazil) for three years, and he redesigned Ultimato magazine, a highly respected Brazilian Christian publication that has been published for over 40 years. Currently, he is the designer for Man of Integrity, Christianity Today’s devotional publication for men.