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Editorial Project Management

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Managing editorial projects brings many risks and challenges, but also rewards, whether you work in-house or freelance. This in-depth course will help you to use both traditional and Agile project management techniques to navigate your way successfully through each stage of your projects.

Clear explanations of best practice theories and terminology, combined with hands-on experience, will give you the tools to effectively manage your print and digital editorial projects.

The course promotes active learning and uses a blended approach of self-study, interactive activities, group work and an in-depth editorial case study to guide you through the practical tasks.

Using the case study, students take a step-by-step approach to setting up and running a project, learning how to handle issues that arise along the way. How to estimate costs, manage your budget, maintain profitability, control costs, assign tasks and document processes are all covered.

At the end of the course, you will have gained skills and knowledge to put into practice immediately. Plus, you will have access to a suite of templates and documentation to help keep your editorial projects running smoothly and profitably from start to finish.

Please note that this course focuses exclusively on editorial projects. If you have a non-editorial role and want to gain an understanding of general, non-editorial projects, we recommend Introduction to Project Management.

Who is it for?

  • Editorial Project Managers
  • Editors
  • Desk Editors
  • Freelance Editors
  • Project Editors
  • Production Editors
  • Managing Editors who are responsible for the management of complete editorial projects

What will you achieve?

On completing this course you will be able to:

  • assess the scope, needs and risks of an editorial project
  • set up robust processes to maintain and document progress and issues
  • accurately estimate timings to produce a detailed and reliable schedule
  • create and maintain the project budget to ensure profitability
  • effectively manage and communicate with your team and other stakeholders, wherever they are


Before the first session, you will be sent details of the editorial case study that forms the central example for the course. Completing the tasks will take 30 minutes and is required before attending on Day 1. There will also be homework tasks set between the three days, each requiring around 30 minutes' study time. 

Day 1 

Setting up a successful project   
  • Leading a project – skills, accountability and responsibility  
  • Understanding goals and objectives 
  • Determining workflow and dependencies 
  • Assessing and mitigating risk 

Managing content and processes  

  • Documenting progress, content and issues   
  • Managing complex, multi-part projects  
  • Working for continual improvement  

Day 2

Managing your time and tasks 

  • Agile techniques to keep on track 
  • Defining and prioritising tasks


  • Estimating and allocating time  
  • Mitigating delay and why  
  • Scheduling tools and tips 
  • Linking dependencies 

Day 3 


  • Estimating costs  
  • Understanding profitability   
  • Using contingency   
  • Keeping to budget  

Working with suppliers 

  • Negotiating fees 
  • Briefing suppliers – local and offshore   
  • When things don’t go to plan  

Talking teams 

  • Roles and communication 
  • Leading virtual teams  

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Please read our Terms & Conditions
Session 1: 7 October 2024 | Session 2: 9 October 2024 | Session 3: 11 October 2024 (mornings only)


Monday, 07 October 2024

A number of discounts are available

Date information for future sessions

October 2024

  • Dates: 7, 9 & 11 October 2024
  • Times: Each session will run from 9.00am to 12.30pm 

Course format

  • Virtual classroom
  • 9.00am to 12.30pm 
  • Three x 3.5 hour sessions including breaks, comprising three half-day sessions on three days

A number of discounts are available

Enrol on this course 

What you will need

To join the course, you will need access to a computer or laptop with a camera and microphone. You will need to activate a free Zoom account to join the course. This takes two minutes and does not require any payment. It is purely for administrative purposes.