Story ideas welcome, everything from the Theory of Relativity to more mundane thoughts. ideas e = mc

Story ideas welcome, everything from the Theory of Relativity to more mundane thoughts.

I will not insult you with that old chestnut, “There are no bad ideas.” All you need to do is watch a presidential campaign to undermine that tall tale.

But as I work on the 2017 Editorial Calendar—our story roadmap—I do want to stress that there are very few truly bad ideas.

Feel better? Did I lawyer that enough for you?

I’d really like to hear from you—readers or not—about what we should cover in this crazy, mixed-up legal profession. Not sure what I mean? How about:

  • New things happening in law practice
  • New niche practices that are growing
  • Crazy-important topics that legal publications have failed to cover in sufficient detail (or at all)

If you need more direction:

Close your eyes. Imagine a box. And picture the oddest, most novel thing, which is so impressive it cannot even fit in that box.

Soothing, right?

So consider this an open invitation for your ideas, of all kinds. They are welcome anytime, but contacting me in the next few weeks would help ensure those ideas get into our formal editorial calendar. (Curious? You can see our current 2016 calendar here.)

Write to me at arizona.attorney@azbar.org.

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the-future 2 road sign editorial calendar story ideasAs we head toward the end of August, I confront my annual challenge of writing an editorial calendar, this time for the magazine’s 2016.

Let’s get together, shall we?

As always, I benefit greatly from the insights of readers, who offer me ideas for content. Those ideas typically arise from:

  • New things happening in law practice
  • New niche practices that are growing
  • Crazy-important topics that legal publications have failed to cover in sufficient detail (or at all)

I’ve heard all such ideas, and following that, we really do strive to address those issues in the coming year.

So consider this an open invitation for your ideas, of all kinds. They are welcome anytime, but contacting me in the next few weeks would help ensure those ideas get into our formal editorial calendar. (Curious? You can see our 2015 calendar here.)

Write to me at arizona.attorney@azbar.org.

Today, because I am still seeking great story ideas for 2013, I share my editor’s column from the July/August Arizona Attorney. Contact me with ideas—or most anything—at arizona.attorney@azbar.org.

Ever wonder what most interests magazine folks? Here it is: What’s next.

Even here, in the land of articles written on paper (paper!), we seek to examine what’s around the bend, not just what’s already occurred.

The reason for that is simple: What has happened in the law is certainly worthy of analysis. But what’s coming tomorrow, next week and next year may wreak havoc or happiness in your law practice and legal career. A firm and clear focus on the future is what your work life needs.

I’m thinking on that topic as I ponder two magazine initiatives.

The first is our annual Editorial Calendar, which I’ll construct in the next month. That “roadmap” sets us on a trajectory, but it is valuable only insofar as it gives you useful insight and actionable news.

I invite you to share with us your thoughts for upcoming story ideas. Tell us what legal topics you believe we should cover in 2013. They may be broad or specific, profile ideas or trend stories. They may be about a particular case or law, or about a new practice area.

Write me at arizona.attorney@azbar.org.

In case you were wondering what we’re about, here is our mission statement, which I keep in mind as I think on the magazine’s content: 

  • Arizona Attorney helps our readers do their job better—more efficiently and profitably—through editorial content that is analytical and topical.
  • Arizona Attorney is a practical resource and a valuable tool for Arizona lawyers on matters related to their practice, the justice system, the regulation of the legal profession and the improvement of the quality of legal services.
  • Arizona Attorney strives to be the number-one source of legal news and information and the best forum for Arizona lawyers.
  • Our content sparks stimulating discussion through the presentation of challenging and thoughtful ideas.
  • We take an active role in creating a community in which lawyers can better connect with each other.

Our focus on the future may be best achieved by conversing with people who are inhabiting it. Lacking a time-machine, that takes me to our second initiative—our aim to create a “law school bureau.”

We are having conversations with Arizona law students and law schools right now. Our goal is to collaborate on articles that are forward-looking and that serve practicing lawyers as well as law students. The result may occasionally be a story about a new endeavor at one of the schools. More often, we expect the articles to be about the wider legal community.

Whether you’re a new lawyer or an experienced one, I welcome your ideas on that and all our initiatives.

We’re crafty … and looking for ideas.

September has arrived, and I am nearing completion of our 2012 Editorial Calendar for Arizona Attorney Magazine. But there is still time to pitch your own idea for a story or a topic we should cover.

As I have said before, magazines, like all media channels, are in the larceny business. We look for and steal ideas from wherever we can. And we’d like you to be our accomplice.

In case you were wondering what we’re about, we’re about practicing lawyers and their daily lives. Here is our mission statement, which I keep in mind as I think on the magazine’s content:

  • Arizona Attorney helps our readers do their job better—more efficiently and profitably—through editorial content that is analytical and topical.
  • Arizona Attorney is a practical resource and a valuable tool for Arizona lawyers on matters related to their practice, the justice system, the regulation of the legal profession and the improvement of the quality of legal services.
  • Arizona Attorney strives to be the number-one source of legal news and information and the best forum for Arizona lawyers.
  • Our content sparks stimulating discussion through the presentation of challenging and thoughtful ideas.
  • We take an active role in creating a community in which lawyers can better connect with each other.

As at all magazines, our calendar previews stories, month by month, over the coming year. It serves a few purposes: It guides our work in-house, and it alerts potential authors and advertisers to content that may affect their decisions in the next year. It doesn’t list every story we will cover, but it gives a pretty solid roadmap.

I invite you to share with us your hard-won thoughts for upcoming story topics.

Tell us what legal topics you believe we should cover in 2012. They may be broad (e.g., “Immigration Law”) or more specific (e.g., “Immigration and business development in border towns”). They may be profile ideas or trend stories (on law practice, the economy, new practice areas, etc.). They may be about a particular new case or law.

We welcome all ideas, and I appreciate your feedback. Post your comments on the blog, or write me at arizona.attorney@azbar.org.

Let’s make 2012 great.

We're crafty ... and looking for ideas.

August ends tomorrow, and I am nearing completion of our 2011 Editorial Calendar for Arizona Attorney Magazine. But there is still time to pitch your own idea for a story or a topic we should cover.

I previously posted our magazine mission – thanks to those who already responded.

To boost your creative juices, here is our current (2010) Editorial Calendar. Post your comments on the blawg, or write to me at arizona.attorney@azbar.org.

January

International Courts

Pro–Con: Attorneys’ Fees

February

Prisons & Detention

Water Law

March

Lawyer Discipline Revised

Committee & Award Nominations

Expert Witness (Advertising) Guide

April

Marketing Ethics: FaceBook & More

Pro–Con: The Mandatory Bar

Member-to-Member Referral (Advertising) Guide

May

Creative Competition Winners

Board of Governors Candidates

Law Office & Trial Support Services (Advertising) Guide

June

Top 10 Civil Verdicts

Forum Selection

July/August

Pro–Con: Character & Fitness

New State Bar President

September

The Legal Ideas Issue

Convention Highlights

October

Environmental Law/Renewable Energy

Privacy Since Griswold

November

The Voting Rights Act at 45

Pro–Con: ADR vs. The Jury Trial

Mediation & ADR (Advertising) Guide

December

Bush v. Gore 10 Years Later

The Illustrated Amendment