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Would you like to write something for the magazine?

Would you like to join the team and be a part of FTV’s Official J-Zine?

Then come and see us in the forum as we have lots of places open and would love to hear from you, see this thread here or you can contact any of the management team (see the Credits page) directly.

The following related sub pages are here to help you write good articles for J-Zine, these  guides will be added and updated as we publish more issues and standardise elements of the magazine.

Deadlines

The magazine is released on a quarterly basis, 1 issue every 3 months. Every article of J-Zine undergoes 3 stages of development before it becomes part of the magazine. The 3 stages are as follows:
Draft > Proofread > Design editing

Each stage has a deadline which are:
Drafts – Must be submitted 1 month before release, ie for the October issue, deadline is September 1st.
Proofread Is exactly 2 weeks after the draft deadline e.g September 15th for an October issue.
Final – 5 days before the final release date, ie September 25th for an October issue.

Please bear in mind that none of these deadlines are absolute. If you are busy, and feel you cannot make the deadline, you are encouraged to pm one of the project leaders (Noshi or Maiku_Ando).

Base Standards (for authors)

As of the current issue authors are no longer required to do any formating, and we encourage articles to be sent in Rich Text Format with all text in default or black colour. During the proof reading stage the editors will make corrections in red and comments in blue or green. Original unmodified text remains black.

File Type: .txt, .rtf or .doc
Paper Size: A4 (only applies when using word).
Title of Article: Should be on the first line on its own, with authors nickname below it.
Avatar Option:
Author should specifiy if they do not wish their avatar to be included in the article or can optionally provide a url to an alternate image. If this is omited from the article, the user’s current forum avatar will be included.
First Paragraph (introductions etc):
The first paragraph will be used for the synopsys or introduction text in an article. This should be formatted in Italic to designate what text should be used for this. Over text will be put into the main article or edited down.
Box Text (score cards etc): Any box text should appear at the end of the article and should also be in Italic.
Spelling Language: Either British or US English for sake of diversity, author can specify desired proof reading language, and text will be corrected accordingly. Ie it can be written in US English and corrected to British English if desired).
Naming System: Western system (first name, surname).

Word Guide

The first stage to every article is the draft. There are no set limits to any draft but it is generally recommended that each page contains around 500 words. This is to allow for design edits which will add pictures and graphics to each page. In other words, if you wish to write:

1 page: 400-600 words
2 pages: 900-1100 words
3 pages: 1400-1600 words
Each additional page: add 500 words.

As an example of what to do for a specific type of article:

Short/mini previews: 100-200 words, 1 picture per preview (usually 2/3 previews per page)
Standard review: 500-600 words, 1 picture
Long/special article: 700-1000 words, 2 pictures

Review Guide

For a review layout start with a synopsis then move to the review section. If you wish to write a anime review then you need to follow a standard layout that is used for all reviews. The layout is as follows:
Synopsis: Brief summary of what the anime series is about.
Characters (optional): This is an optional area (you do NOT have to include it in your review). This section will include brief character descriptions to all the main characters in the anime series. It is not required, but if you wish to include this in your review, you are more than welcome.
Review: Self-explanatory.
Scorecard: Once you’ve completed your review finish with a scorecard which will contain the following:

  • Animation
  • Story
  • Characters
  • Action
  • Sound
  • Individual Enjoyment
  • Overall

Each element should have marks out of 10 (10 being flawless and 1 being awful) and a short comment.

Once you have completed your draft you should post your work in the following thread:
FTV J-zine Issue no. x – This and all J-Zine working threads can be found in the Project Webzine section, currently only Webzine Team members, Sempais and FTV Staff have access to this area. If you do not already have access, you can contact one of the project leaders.

Proofreading

Editors: (Please see the current status thread for list of editors)

Deadline: 15th day of the final Month. This deadline can be extended if you are busy, just pm one of the team leaders if you need a deadline extension.

After the initial draft stage all articles will undergo a stage of proofreading. In this stage all grammatical errors will be corrected and the strength of the prose will be improved. This is typically done by rewording sentences so it becomes more readable. Some proofreaders will use a colour system. The colour system is as follows:
(red) – Corrections to grammar and sentence structure.
(blue) – Suggested changes to sentence. This typically occurs when the proofreader is unsure how to change a particular sentence and will offer general advice instead.

It is highly recommended you send a PM to one of the proofreaders once you have completed your draft. That way, we can proofread your page quicker.

To avoid potential conflicts between writer and proofreader it is important the author remembers the following facts:

  • The author’s words are final – All the changes made by the proofreader are suggested changes. It is entirely up to the author whether they want to implement the changes (or not). After all the piece belongs to the writer.
  • Importance of grammar – No one likes to see a lot of red in their articles. But it is important to remember that all grammatical errors, no matter how small, will detract from the article. That is why it is so important that all articles have good grammar; it makes the article have a high and professional quality. Since Fansub.TV prides itself on high quality, it only makes sense that J-Zine follows a similar ethos.
  • Credits to the page – Only the author takes credit for the final page. As the final page will be better than the original draft, the author will ultimately benefit from the proofreader’s work. So try not to anger your fellow proofreader! In the grand scheme of things they are doing you a favour!

Once a page is proofread it will be posted in the following thread:
FTV J-zine Issue no. x 

Design editing

Design editors: Maiku_Ando (lead), shinigamii (second)

Deadline: 5 days before release day, ie 25th of the previous month for that quater’s release. This deadline will be extended if lots of people are busy. If we can’t release the magazine on the 1st, we will aim for the first week of the same month.

This is the stage where we make the page look like it’s actually part of a magazine! The design editors will add pictures to the page and will convert the article into 3 columns. You will not see the final background however. This will only come when the magazine is put together and is converted to PDF format. Like the proofreading stage, it is recommended that the author sends a pm to one of the design editors. That way, the page can be edited in a more prompt manner. You should only send this pm once the proofreading stage is completed.

Design Editor’s Formatting Standards

Design editors will modify all submitted articles to the following standards prior to final proofing.

Latest standards are published here.

Text References:
Header Text – Cambria 24pt
Second Text Set (including section) – Cambria 14pt
Reviewer Post Text – Times New Roman 12pt (‘Review by’ is italic)
Synopsis Text – Times New Roman 18pt
Synopsis Description Text – Times New Roman 12pt
Main Text – Times New Roman 12pt
Box Review Text – Times New Roman 12pt (titles bold)
Page/Issue Number – Times New Roman 10pt

For Corner Effects:
Object > Corner Effects > Select effect

Margins and Columns:
Top/Bottom 2p0
Sides 1p0

Pictures

Deadline: Release day, as above, 1st of the month.

Any member of webzine can contribute to the pictures of webzine, in fact, people are encouraged to find pictures to their own articles! However we do have 2 specialised “picture men”. If you wish to have a picture for J-Zine, but cannot find it yourself, it is best to PM either a picture desk person or a team lead. All pictures for J-Zine should be posted in the following thread:
FTV J-zine Issue no. x pictures

These are not set in stone, but just some handy guidelines.

Credit & thanks to monsta666 for the above guidelines. Last revision 4th September by Maiku_Ando.