So there it is. The end of our second week. I think it’s a sign of our team and supervisors that i’m feeling positive with how far we’ve come along. Both the Oldham Evening Chronicle and Groundwork have made us feel extremely welcome. We’re already helping ourselves to Steve’s coffee (note to self: must top-up coffee before he turns on us.) Jo and her team are offering us lots of support and cake. Speaking of cake, isn’t it Friday today?
I usually find, and i’m sure i’m not alone, that when starting somewhere new, or being brought into an unfamiliar team, there’s a sense of reservation in the air. A need to hold back, while you all gel together. Fortunately, there’ve been none of those feelings. Me, Peter and Joe, despite only meeting two weeks ago, are getting on great. I think we all feel that if there is an issue or somebody has a suggestion or needs support then we can openly come out and say it. It makes producing the magazine a lot easier too, knowing we all share the same vision.
Over the past two weeks we’ve managed to:
- Create a list of roughly 50+ contacts, consisting of schools, social groups and even local celebs; Brian Cox and Karen Elson to name two.
- Expand our reach through social networking. We now have a facebook and twitter account, plus our very own WordPress site.
- hold a focus group with a team from the Prince’s Trust on two occasions. In the first meeting, the team gave us some content ideas such as ‘A day in the life of a…Fireman, Policeman etc..’ We also had doubts about our initial name, ‘Extra Extra’. When they told us they felt it wasn’t the right name for this magazine we got our heads down to come up with an alternative.
- Joe also met up with the Prince’s Trust team at New Visions Oldham. An activity centre for disabled adults. Here the Prince’s Trust team were helping out around New Visions and maintaining the gardens, which will make a nice story for the magazine.
- Designed and booked our first advertisement for All That to appear in The Chronicle’s Extra magazine. We didn’t have much time to produce this because it was only last week that we decided that we should put an advert out there if not for content ideas, then to at least raise our profile. With the deadline just under a week away Peter went home and produced some great designs.
- We are now in the process of designing a logo for the magazine in order to give the magazine an identity and its very own image.
Onwards and upwards! there’s magazines to be made!