Announcing NextBillion’s 2017 Editorial Calendar and Our First Monthly Theme: Microfinance
For many people, a new year presents the opportunity for introspection and evaluation, and NextBillion is no exception. After extensive discussion of the best ways to showcase our diverse array of content, we’ve decided to try a new approach in 2017. Each month, along with our regular coverage of the broader social business world, we’ll dedicate special coverage to a specific sector. This coverage will include multiple guest posts and editor-conducted interviews – and in some cases, multimedia content, interactive discussions, and even related events coverage. We’re launching the concept this month, with a special focus on microfinance.
Why the shift? We publish a wide variety of content from guest writers around the globe, and much of it arrives unsolicited by our editors – something for which we’re eternally grateful! But the downside to this publishing model is that our coverage is often driven by the availability of incoming content, rather than by more strategic considerations. Establishing monthly themes will give greater coherence to our coverage, allowing us to prioritize timely or under-reported topics, and ensure that we’re dedicating enough attention to the sectors our readers care most about.
But it’s important to emphasize that while the sector of the month will receive a special focus, we’ll continue to offer our usual varied coverage of other sectors throughout each month – our monthly themes are intended to complement our coverage, not entirely dominate it.
Today we’re making our 2017 editorial calendar public – you can view it below, and it will be housed permanently on our “Contact” page for future reference. So if you’d like to write a post or pitch an interview related to an upcoming monthly theme – or to the broader social enterprise/BoP business space – please contact NextBillion Senior Editor James Militzer (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Content Editor Kyle Poplin (email@example.com). In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the microfinance coverage we’ll be publishing throughout January – stay tuned for much more to come.
NextBillion’s 2017 Editorial Calendar
April: HEALTH CARE
June: FINANCIAL INCLUSION
August: WASH (WATER, SANITATION & HYGIENE)
October: IMPACT INVESTING
December: DIGITAL FINANCE
James Militzer is the senior editor of NextBillion.
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