February 22, 2017

Please reload

Recent Posts

I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!

Please reload

Featured Posts

Create Your Reverse Calendar

January 10, 2017

Backwards planning is your best friend when deadlines are involved!


I hope you have begun gathering the deadlines for editorial submissions or advertisements. Once you have these you can begin creating your backwards calendar.


Let’s do a simple example.

First, mark your chart with your publication’s distribution dates. We will use a weekly newspaper as an example.

You are planning an event for Friday, January 31. The weekly paper is distributed to homes and newsstands on Thursdays. When do you need to get them materials by?

In this instance, I would recommend you get your materials to the publication in time for two issues prior to your date at a minimum, which would be for the January 23 and January 30 issues. So, you need to find out when the publication needs your material for the January 23 issue. The deadline is usually the Friday prior, which in this case would be January 17. If you are running an ad, you need to find out when the insertion order needs to be provided.

Second, you need to ask how much time will it take for your public relations and/or graphic designer to get an image and a write-up together?  How much time will you need to review the drafts/proofs and have edits made? Do you have a photo ready? Will a photo shoot need to be planned? For this phase you should allow at least two weeks if possible.  Thus you are looking at date such as today – January 8.




Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Please reload

Follow Us

I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!

Please reload

Search By Tags
Please reload

  • Facebook Basic Square
  • Twitter Basic Square
  • Google+ Basic Square


Public Relations & Marketing Communications

(973) 980-0100 - info@jprgroup.com

80 Park Street

Montclair, NJ 07042


  • Facebook Social Icon
  • Twitter Social Icon
  • Google+ Social Icon