Editorial Calendar for The Portal
The International Association of Movers magazine, The Portal, is read by thousands around the world and mailed to more than 170 countries six times a year. It is our members' premier information, advertising and communications resource. We welcome submissions of articles and news from our members in every issue; visit our Coming Up In the Portal page to read about upcoming themes and deadlines for the next issue of the magazine, and return often, as it will change regularly. The Submit Your Story page details regular columns to which you may submit articles and news, as well as our submission guidelines and instructions.
Themes for 2020 issues:
January/February (Deadline: December 15, 2019)
Time Away: What Movers do when They’re Not Moving
Mobility isn’t just a term for removals; it also means professional flexibility. In this highly connected age, the paths of our lives increasingly lead individuals to change jobs, roles, and whole careers in search of advancement, fulfillment, new challenges, and family goals. Some people come to the moving industry from other sectors, some leave for a time and return with new skill sets, and some retire, only to “rewire” and return with a new perspective.
If you’ve ever worked in a different industry, changed professions, taken a sabbatical or time away from work for family, we want to hear your story. What else have you done? What was your drive to make changes? Who did you meet along the way, and how have the people you worked with contributed to your journey? And, what advice would you give to others who may follow in your footsteps?
March/April (Deadline: February 15)
Africa: A Regional Focus
It’s been nine years since the Portal last focused on Africa, a continent rich in opportunities, challenges, risks and rewards. During that time, the moving and forwarding industry has experienced tremendous growth in the midst of political, cultural, and economic change, and IAM member companies have risen to the occasion.
How to start preparing NOW for the Annual Meeting & Expo: Practical advice for new (and not-so-new) attendees about how to begin now to make the most of your time at the Annual Meeting in October.
May/June (Deadline: April 15)
Data Standards: It’s About Connections, not Just Specifications
The movement toward data standards in the global mobility industry promises exceptional advancements in communications and transparency for everyone. It also raises concerns about confidentiality, security and privacy. Your fellow members provide insights and a practical perspective of the near-term and long-term potential of data standardization efforts.
July/August (Deadline: June 15)
IAM-YP Focus TBD
September/October (Deadline: August 15)
IAM 58th Annual Meeting Preview
What to Expect at the Annual Meeting: An overview of planned events and the people who make it all happen.
Selling Across Cultures: Bridging gaps in culture and language can be one of the biggest challenges in selling your goods and services—learn how the experts manage it with style before you head to the Annual Meeting.
November/December (Deadline: November 1)
Perspectives on the 58th Annual Meeting & Expo: A recap and photo review of the Annual Meeting.
Please submit editorial content to Will Kohudic.