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Magazine Inc.

A guide to making magazines in the classroom

Magazine Inc. hones both written and visual skills as it guides students through the essentials of magazine production. While they are engaged in fun and creative tasks, students learn about planning layout and content, the conventions of magazine writing, page and cover design, interviewing and article writing, marketing and more. They practise writing well and accurately in a variety of styles, and learn to combine words, images and design for impact and meaning. Each section includes extension activities, an editing guide and a focus on how a website can work alongside and enhance a print magazine.

Ages: 12-16 | Pages: 56 | Code: 5895 | ISBN: 9781776551095

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Laura Williamson

Laura Williamson is a Canadian teacher and freelance writer who is currently based in New Zealand. She teaches English and history at the secondary school level, and initiated the media studies programme at Mount Aspiring College in Wanaka, New Zealand. Over the past 15 years, her articles, columns and reviews have appeared in newspapers, magazines and websites based in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.


Features of this book4
Section 1: The story of magazines5
The history of magazines5
Types of magazines5
On target6
All about zines7
The media kit8
Tip from the editor: Troublesome words10
Put it online: Online vs print magazines11
Section 2: On the job12
Who does what?12
Tip from the editor: Eyes on the job14
Put it online: Staffing an online magazine15
Section 3: Considering content16
Tip from the editor: Check your numbers17
Put it online: What to include on a magazine's website18
Section 4: The write stuff19
Making headlines19
Starting with a standfirst21
Leading the way21
Get quoting22
Tip from the editor: Spellcheck traps24
Put it online: Adding hyperlinks25
Section 5: Creating copy26
Write a feature article28
Write a Q & A31
Write a travel story34
Write a review37
Tip from the editor: First read-through40
Put it online: Writing web extras41
Section 6: Looking good42
The elements of magazine design42
Making a flatplan43
Tip from the editor: Take a good look44
Put it online: Web add-ons46
Section 7: Cover-up47
What's on a cover?47
Design a cover48
Tip from the editor: Cover check49
Put it online: The landing page49
Section 8: Go for launch50
Launch day50
Tip from the editor: Print it and read it51
Put it online: Post it and share it51
Selected answers54