step by step guide writing magazine jilster

step by step guide writing magazine jilster

We’ve noticed for many of our users that adding text to magazine pages can be quite a daunting task. Today we aim to show you that anyone can write text for their magazine. Our main goal here, after all, is to enable users, regardless of experience or know-how, to create their very own magazine.

We’d like to help you by providing a step-by-step guide on how to write your own article for your magazine.

Text is about The Reader

A good thing to keep in mind is that an article doesn’t have to be extremely long to be a good addition to a magazine page. In fact, if you take a look at your favorite magazines, we’re sure you can find examples of articles written as well as of pages with minimal text. It’s all about how you format the pages and place text.

Text is more than just the word count. Outlining, font, and size also all come into play to create a text that compliments a page. The most important thing to keep in mind however, is whether the article is useful and makes sense to the reader.

Step-by-step article writing

1. Find a topic

Brainstorm and write everything down. You may need to think of a topic yourself, or maybe you’ve received a topic you need to write about.

To find a topic, think about the context it needs to be written in. In other words, what kind of magazine is the article going to be placed in? Is it a wedding, birthday, or school magazine? What is the target audience? What do you want to communicate? What information needs to be in the article? Write it all down so you can keep track of your progress as you continue working on the article. You can do this directly inside Jilster. Is it a wedding, birthday, or school magazine? These questions will help you find a suitable topic for your article. (see also 40 topics and ideas for school magazine)

2. Outline the article

Start by writing down a headline and subheadings pertaining to the questions that need to be answered in this article. This outline, along with the questions you’ ve asked yourself in step 1, will help guide you as you work on your article. If you feel overwhelmed at any point during the process you can come back to this outline and regroup.

3. Research the topic

How you execute this step largely depends on what kind of topic you’ve chosen. A lot of information can be found on the internet, but people are a good source as well. Do you need information about a couple for a wedding magazine? Ask friends and family about their relationship. Do you need information on someone’s childhood for a birthday magazine? Try asking their childhood friends or try getting your hands on photo albums. Do you need information on a specific topic for a school magazine? Try researching on the internet (make sure the source is reliable!) or ask your teachers.

4. Write down everything

This part is important. At this stage it’s important to just get as many words as possible down. Don’t worry about spelling or whether or not the article makes sense, you’ll organize everything you wrote down in the next step.

5. Edit what you’ve written

Get rid of any excess information and organize the writing in a way that makes sense for the reader. That’s it!

Good luck!

Please let us know in the comments if you thought this article was useful. If you have any questions you want answered or if there are other topics you’d like to see us write about let us know!

new project working internships school magazine jilster

new project working internships school magazine jilster

How do teachers prepare their students for working life when they themselves have little to no experience working for companies? A new project at the University of Arnhem and Nijmegen (HAN) aims to find a solution. ‘Working internships’ allow students to experience working at various companies and compile their experience in their own magazine.

Teachers often find themselves in positions that allow them to influence what kids and young people want to do when they grow up. However, one problem that has been presenting itself is that teachers themselves have little to no knowledge about the kinds of jobs they are preparing their students for. They went to school to learn how to teach, but they lack the experience to be able to guide students in their career choices.

Working Internships to the rescue

In order to solve this problem, the teacher program at the University of Arnhem and Nijmegen (HAN) has started a project called ‘working internships’. These are internships for students studying to become teachers that allow them to do internships at companies. The project enables these ‘teachers-to-be’ to experience the inner workings of various local businesses. At the end of the project, all their experience and findings are compiled in a magazine they make themselves.

Magazines vs Regular Written Papers

This magazines are printed and a copy is given to the each of the participating businesses and students. This way,the students produce informative magazines, instead of regular written papers that will no doubt end up in the paper recycling bin before long. These magazines provide insight into the students experiences as well as information about the companies. This is useful for current (as well as future) students and the companies they interned at.

One of the students, Lisa, shares her experience creating her magazine:

“Creating a magazine is fun, because you’re creating a real, tangible product, not just a regular paper. You also need to think about the design in order to appeal to the reader.”

From a future teacher’s point of view

If the project is successful, other teaching programs may also pick up the project.

“These working internships allow me to see where my students will end up and how I can best help them prepare for their careers”, says Lisa.

When asked if she was now reconsidering her teaching career because of these working internships, Lisa chuckles:

“Not at all. Quite the opposite in fact, because it has solidified my dream to become a teacher. After a day at a company I look forward to seeing my students. I enjoy telling them about my experience at the companies. It makes it easier to inspire my students.”

life changing magic tidying up magazine jilster

life changing magic tidying up magazine jilster

The ‘life changing magic of tidying up’ is one of the latest trends. But what if, instead of just a trend, to you or  a loved one, tidying up has become a necessity? Maybe you’re moving to a new home, a new country, or maybe your grandmother is moving to a home and there just isn’t room for all of her stuff? For some, getting rid of things becomes a vital part of moving on to a new chapter. In cases like these, the ‘magic of tidying up’ is less about asking yourself whether or not something brings you joy, and more about not being able to bring everything you’d like.

It all started with a volunteer project

Freelance journalist Linda Blankenstein was faced with just such a problem, and we think she found an amazing solution; the ‘tidying up’ magazine! She made just such a magazine for a woman she met through Dutch volunteer program AHN (Algemene Hulpdienst Nieuwegein). At first, she was connected to Mrs. Gosen in order to create a ‘lifebook’ for her. A project that brings creators in touch with elderly folks in need of company and a way to turn their memories into something memorable and tangible; like a book or a magazine.

Why make a ‘tidying up’ magazine?

Once this project was finished, Linda continued to visit Mrs. Gosen to keep her company, and she realized that many of the conversations they had were about certain items or ‘things’ that Mrs. Gosen held very dear, but couldn’t keep. Inspired by the first project and Mrs. Gosen’s stories, she decided to start another magazine to create a place where Mrs. Gosen could keep her things. The ‘tidying up’ magazine was born.

How the ‘tidying up’ magazine was made

Linda: “I visited Mrs. Gosen regularly. During these visits we would take an hour each time to talk about a certain item. We made a list beforehand of the items she wanted in the magazine. I made a few photos of each of the objects and wrote an accompanying story. Once Mrs. Gosen had approved the texts, I got started on making the magazine in Jilster. The creation process is straightforward, especially if you’ve already worked with similar programs before, like photo album creators. I chose to use a standard template (pages from the 50th anniversary magazine), because this suited Mrs. Gosen really well. I often used a photo of Mrs. Gosen as the background image, that I would then make transparent inside the program. When the magazine was completed, she was ecstatic. So much so that she ordered a copy for everyone in her community.”