Tag: editing

Journalism and The Law: Fair Use, Permissions, and Legal Issues for Publications


All kinds of legal questions arise when publishing content. Is using a certain photograph copyright infringement or fair use? What kind of permission do you need to publish a photograph or article? What rights should be included in an agreement with freelance contributors? In this free online workshop, Craig Gipson, an attorney with Flagler Law…

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Staying focused


I have been an editor and writer for more than 20 years, and I have worked from home for the last 6 years. Sometimes I am super-productive and honestly, sometimes I do too much fiddling around. But, I always meet my deadlines, and aim to create high quality work.  Here are a few thoughts on…

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Make the update: Keep your style guide and writer’s guidelines current


The local church that I’m a part of, updated its statement of doctrine and practices. Had the church’s beliefs changed? No, but the growth of our church body and the changes in society made the “update” necessary. They found that in order for consistency of teaching and unity amongst our church that stating our beliefs…

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Alphabet Soup: When to spell out Acronyms


An acronym is a word formed from the initial letter or letters of each of the successive parts or major parts of a compound term. Acronyms can be quite useful in communications, because they convey information quickly and efficiently to those who are in the know.  However, acronyms can also be a barrier and make…

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Communicating with authors and subjects of stories


As an editor, I want an article that goes into a magazine or on a website to reach the reader, so the reader is always my first consideration when I am editing. Is the message clear? Is the content compelling? Will the content have an impact on the life of the reader? The relationship with…

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Inform and Do No Harm: Combating Fake News

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As Christian journalists, we should take pride in the accuracy and truthfulness of our work, but doubly so. Not only is your credibility at risk, but your testimony. The rampant invasion of fake news makes it imperative that we focus on fact-checking to produce a true and excellent product. Fake news aims to confuse the…

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All the publishing resources you may have missed in 2019


We’ve rounded up all the resources you might have missed! Here are our best on-demand workshops and e-books of 2019: [e-book] Developing writers [workshop] Axis: The one conversation model [e-book] How to design a powerful cover [workshop] Tell it online: Create interactive and engaging online media [e-book] Editorial management [workshop] Worldwide trends in magazine publishing…

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Reading Backwards


As you edit a magazine, often you start at the beginning of the magazine and work forward, through the content to the end. This is a normal process for editing. However, after multiple cycles of editing, if you always start with the first article, then your attention to detail may decrease as you get to…

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Language Evolves

When I started as an editor 20 years ago, the terminology we used for the web was the “World Wide Web.” The communication standard for the organization I worked for had it as a proper noun, capitalized, the name for a very specific thing. Now that online activity is ubiquitous, the general usage is a…

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New “Introduction to Magazine Publishing” book

introduction to magazine publishing

The how-to book of magazine publishing The wisdom and experience of 11 Christian publishing professionals shines through the pages of this practical how-to book of magazine publishing. In the 212 information-packed pages of the Introduction to Magazine Publishing, you’ll find an overview of everything you need to know to publish a successful Christian magazine. Whether…

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