Magazine Training International (MTI) will head to Ghana in September 2021 to host a series of professional training events for Christians in magazine publishing. If it is possible to gain reliable Internet access for streaming, MTI plans to offer a virtual training event simultaneously. Although MTI has offered online training since 2014, this will be the first attempt to combine virtual training with an on-site experience.
The five-day Introduction to Magazine Publishing Course will be followed by a one-day limited-enrollment Hands-on Magazine Startup Workshop designed to give practical help to participants as they make plans to start a new magazine or restart an existing one. Participants in the course will receive the 240-page “Introduction to Magazine Publishing” coursebook.
The conference will conclude with a four-day Digital Publishing Workshop, where participants will learn strategies for publishing online and gain the tools they need to be successful.
Mercy Kamubra, a participant in the 2019 Introduction to Magazine Publishing course in Côte d’Ivoire, praised the course. “The training did not just encourage me to start a magazine—it showed me how. The exercises were very practical, and I am informed and motivated to do much better in my current publication and in the one I intend to start.”
Training events will be presented in English, but because Ghana is surrounded by Francophone countries, simultaneous interpretation in French will be available. The course book is also available in French.
An international team of 10 trainers will present at the three events.
MTI provides professional development opportunities to Christians in publishing in less-resourced areas of the world. The conference in Ghana is the third training event in MTI’s 10-year training program for Africa. Prior conferences were in Kenya in 2018 and Côte d’Ivoire in 2019.
By Jennifer Howard, communications director
**Update: As of July 2021, the Ghana conference was postponed until October 2022 due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns.**