Editorial Project Management

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Managing editorial projects comprises multiple risks, rewards and challenges. This in-depth course will help you to use both traditional and Agile project management techniques to navigate your way successfully through the risks and challenges to make the most of the rewards.

Combining clear explanations of best practice theories and terminology with hands-on experience, this course will give you the tools to effectively manage both print and digital editorial projects. Promoting active learning, the course uses a blended approach of personal study, interactive activities, group work and an in-depth editorial case study to guide you through the practical tasks required for the job.

Using the case study as the core, students will proceed through the steps of setting up and running a project, learning how to handle issues that arise along the way. How to estimate costs, assign tasks and document processes are all covered. You will understand how to set and manage your budget, keep costs under control and maintain profitability.

By the end of the course, you will have gained skills and knowledge that you can put into practice immediately. You will also be given access to a suite of templates and documentation to help keep your editorial projects running smoothly and successfully from kick-off to delivery.

Please note that the examples and case study in this course are drawn exclusively from editorial projects. We recommend Project Management for Publishers for non-editorial staff to gain a basic understanding of general (non-editorial) projects.

Who is it for?

  • Editorial Project Managers
  • Editors
  • Desk 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.
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 2Managing 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: Budgeting  

  • 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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Session 1: 26 April 2021 | Session 2: 28 April 2021 | Session 3: 30 April 2021

Monday, 26 April 2021

A number of discounts are available

Course format

  • Virtual classroom
  • 9.00am to 12.30pm (BST)
  • 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, tablet 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.





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