Publishing Professionals from EPA to Speak at Magazine Publishing Institute in Nairobi

Several EPA members will be joining the faculty for Magazine Training International’s inaugural publishing conference in Africa this fall.

Jeremy Weber, senior news editor for Christianity Today; Tamara Welter, associate professor at Biola University and adviser to Point magazine; and freelancer Carla Foote will join a faculty of nine for the Magazine Publishing Institute in Nairobi, Kenya, in October. Other EPA-affiliated speakers at the weeklong training event include Lou Ann Sabatier and Anne Elhajoui, presenters at the recent Orlando convention, and Camerin Courtney, former editor of Today’s Christian Woman magazine.

The Magazine Publishing Institute will be held September 30 through October 6, 2018, at CORAT Africa (Christians Organizations Research and Advisory Trust of Africa), a conference center for churches and para-church organizations located in the Nairobi suburb of Karen.

The seven-day conference will offer a comprehensive training program in three tracks: magazine editing, magazine design, and magazine management. Each of the tracks comprises a full-length intensive course and includes hands-on sessions in which participants create a customized resource they can immediately use for their publications.

Editing track trainers include Foote, editor for Disciple! and One-to-One for The Navigators ministry; Courtney, senior editor for a nonprofit humanitarian aid organization, where she edits their quarterly magazine, blog, and other print and online communications; and Weber, senior news editor at Christianity Today. A sampling of the topics includes developing a magazine profile, solving manuscript problems, and the art of digital publishing.

The design track will be taught by Elhajoui, creative director of Knight Marketing; Dr. Welter, associate professor and chair of the Department of Media, Journalism, and Public Relations at Biola University; and Brazilian graphic designer Rick Szuecs, designer for Man of Integrity, a devotional published by Christianity Today. Topics to be covered include design on a modest budget, the magazine’s visual identity, and when and how to approach a redesign.

The management track will be taught by Sabatier, principal of Sabatier Consulting and strategic communications director for the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative; Dr. Kirimi Barine, founder of Leadership Today Africa, author, trainer, publisher and coach; and David Renard, a partner with mediaIDEAS, founder of Netcirculation, and co-creator of Stare. A few of the topics that will be covered include defining your purpose, increasing your circulation, and generating income.

“We’re pleased to be able to offer such quality training to Christian publishers in Africa,” said Sharon Mumper, founder and president of Magazine Training International. “Although publishing professionals from some 200 African magazines have used MTI training resources over the years, this will be the first MTI conference in Africa, and it marks the start of a 10-year emphasis on the continent.”

Colorado Springs-based Magazine Training International provides professional training and resources to those called to the ministry of Christian magazine publishing in the Developing World, who are determined to produce quality publications that honor God and serve their readers, despite often working in nearly impossible circumstances.

MTI has been active in Eastern Europe since 1989, in the countries of the former Soviet Union since 1996, and in Asia since 2000, providing consulting help and organizing some 70 conferences and courses on every facet of magazine publishing. The professional trainers who serve on the faculties of the conferences do so as volunteers, underwriting their own costs to participate.

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Posted July 9, 2018