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MAGAZINE TRAINING INTERNATIONAL INC

  • Colorado Spgs, CO
  • www.magazinetraining.com

Mission Statement

TO STRENGTHEN AND SUPPORT THE CHRISTIAN MAGAZINE PUBLISHING INDUSTRY IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD BY PROVIDING RESOURCES AND TRAINING.

Main Programs

  1. Online training for Christian magazine publishers
  2. On-site training conferences for Christian magazine publishers

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Service Areas

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International

We serve Christian publishers living and working in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, South America, and Central America.

ruling year

2007

President since 1989

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Sharon Mumper

Keywords

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Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa, Developing World

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EIN

20-5684942

 Number

4628342457

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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We understand that the Christian magazine publishers we serve have very diverse needs when it comes to publisher training. We strive to provide comprehensive training and resources for individuals just starting out to seasoned veterans. We also strive to provide training in a wide variety of on-site, online, instructor-led, and self-study formats. In this way, we are able to provide training to publishers in very remote locations and those with limited time and financial resources. We love hearing about how the training has helped individuals pursue excellence in magazine publishing by answering their questions, teaching them solid publishing principles, and showing them ways to overcome the obstacles they face.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Online training for Christian magazine publishers

MTI's online training program includes online instructor-led four-week courses, webinars, eBooks, and self-paced video training for staff members of Christian magazines in developing countries and remote regions.

Most Christian magazine staff members are highly-educated, passionate, over-worked volunteers who are long on vision, but short of experience and specialized training in publishing. These dedicated workers want to improve their skills, but often lack the time and money to travel to our on-site training conferences.

Online training allows publishers from around the world the same access to helpful instruction regardless of their physical location, financial situation, inability to obtain a visa, or time restraints.

Category

Population(s) Served

Adults

None

Budget

$35,612.00

Program 2

On-site training conferences for Christian magazine publishers

Intensive courses focusing on topics related to magazine publishing include the Business of Magazine Publishing, Advanced Business of Magazine Publishing, Editing the Magazine, Design for Magazines, and Writing Effective Magazine Articles.

The courses are conducted on-site in developing countries where affordable quality training is most needed. Participants have the opportunity to interact one-on-one with the trainers who are international professionals in Christian magazine publishing.

Category

Population(s) Served

Adults

None

Budget

$30,000.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our goal is to see Christian magazines flourish around the world and particularly in the Developing World. In many parts of the world Christians desire to publish print or online magazines to share the gospel or lead others in discipleship. However, these passionate individuals have little in the way of training or formal education in publishing. We empower them with knowledge and skills to help their magazines grow and make an impact in their societies.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We provide training both onsite and online. We use a variety of online formats in order to make it convenient for publishers to get the knowledge and answers they need. Our trainers are all volunteers who work for Christian publications. They can address the concerns publishers have and give real world solutions and best practices. We make all this available at minimal cost to the publishers because many of them could not afford a formal academic or for-profit training program.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Volunteers: Since 1989 we have grown a strong base of professional editors, publishers, designers, and writers who volunteer their time to teach and share their expertise and passion with others.

    Resources: We have also developed a variety of print and online resources that are readily available to publishers who need help in specific areas as they grow their publications. The resources have been developed based on the experience of the professionals who wrote them, but uniquely geared to a multi-cultural Christian audience. The terms and examples used are chosen carefully to speak effectively to this particular audience. These resources include manuals, training videos, forms and samples from existing magazines.

    Our resources and trainers together make it possible for someone without prior publishing experience or education to learn the steps needed to create and produce a successful magazine.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    New magazines: We know we are making progress when we see new magazines successfully launched that meet a need not previously being met in a country or region.

    Major milestones reached: We also celebrate the major (such as 10-, 15-, 20-year) anniversary milestones for magazines that received our training years ago and are still thriving despite small audiences and economic challenges in their countries.

    Testimonies from trainees: Publishers tell us what a difference we have made in their publishing. They tell us how our training taught them to make changes in their processes that have helped them become more efficient and effective.

    Trainees become trainers: We see individuals, who received training years ago, begin to train others in their countries and around the world with the same principles that helped them succeed.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Since 1989 we have been able to influence and train staff members from more than 500 magazines from 60 countries at on-site conferences. Many more have taken advantage of our resources and training provided online.

    Even though we were primarily focused on Eastern European countries in the beginning, our trainees now represent six of the seven continents.

    Many new magazines have launched and many more improved based on the training.

    Individuals, who came to us unknown, have grown in influence partly because of the training they received and the success they have been able to achieve.

    Publisher associations have started to help publishers in countries such as Romania form networks that build the publishing industry in their counties.

    Because of our limited staff, budgets and language barriers, we have not been able to fully explore training individuals in Africa, Spanish-speaking countries, and some Asian countries. This would require more on-site training and more of our resources translated into Spanish, Chinese, and several of the other major world languages.

    As many magazines in the U.S. close and/or tighten their budgets, we have found it more difficult to gather trainers who can afford to fully cover their travel to conferences overseas. This has put extra burden on our budget as we now need to cover travel and accommodation expenses for our trainers at on-site conferences.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

We serve Christian publishers living and working in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, South America, and Central America.

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MAGAZINE TRAINING INTERNATIONAL INC

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President

Sharon Mumper

BIO

Sharon Mumper, founder and president of Magazine Training International, has served as a publishing consultant and trainer in Asia since 1983, and in Eastern Europe since 1989. Before beginning the MTI ministry she worked for 20 years in secular and Christian book, magazine, and newspaper publishing in the U.S. She holds a bachelor of journalism from the University of Missouri and an M.A. in cross-cultural communications from Wheaton College Graduate School. She is an international worker with Elim Fellowship, a non-denominational mission agency in Lima, New York.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Kent Wilson

Vistage International

Term: Apr 2006 - Apr 2019

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