Business of magazines

Estimated learning time: 70 hours
Fee: £156 (including VAT)
Tutor support: one hour
Credits: 7

Business of magazines is one of the specialist options that makes up the Diploma in Journalism qualification and can be studied alongside, or following completion of the core skills.

This course would also suit working journalists who wish to make the move to the magazine industry, but equally for anyone wishing to get into magazine journalism from another industry.

Business of magazines is designed to give a thorough understanding of the magazine industry and how magazines work. The course covers the distinction between B2B and consumer magazines, and looks at key types of consumer magazine including general consumer and specialist consumer, as well as regional and local consumer magazines.

You will develop an understanding of magazines in terms of market sector and audience, revenue models, budgets – including editorial budgets – methods of distribution, advertising, marketing, printing processes, circulation and distribution will all be studied.

The course may also be of interest to trainees or reporters looking to develop magazine editing and production skills. Studying the programme will enable candidates to sit the NCTJ's business of magazines exam, showing editors they have a clear understanding of the magazine industry. The one and a half hour exam covers the full business of magazines syllabus.

The materials you will receive for this module are: Business of magazines materials USB stick and textbook Inside Magazine Publishing by David Stam and Andrew Scott.

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The business of magazines elective module will be withdrawn from the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism from September 2021 for new registrations, following an industry-wide review of the elective modules for this qualification. The unit end date for the module is 30 September 2023. Please see published transition arrangements below.

Business of magazines transition arrangements