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Help your students make their own school magazine

Posted on 13 October 2015 in the category Tips and inspiration .

Help your students develop their full potential by having them create school magazines about their favorite topics. Read on for tips on making the magazine.

This is part 3 of a 4 part series that we’ll be publishing every month to help teachers use Jilster with their students.

Part 1. Engage students with a school magazine
Part 2. Help your students get started on a school magazine
Part 4. Help your students complete their school magazine


Students should be allowed to pick their own font and size in their magazine and their pages. However, if the magazine is going to be printed, we do recommend large amounts of text to be written in font size 9 (the default size when you add a text block to a page). This may seem small on a computer screen, but it will look great once the magazine is printed.

To make the text look just like it would in a real magazine, students can use the column feature, located on the right of the editor, when text is selected (see image on right).

Our pinterest Magazine Layout Pinterest Board is also a good source of inspiration on what to write and what content can be added to a magazine.

Here’s a great resource with writing activities that you can use to help your students create a magazine: One World Magazine project.


There are plenty of images available in the editor that your students can use for free. We’ve got backgrounds and different illustrations sorted by theme. You can find these images on the left side of the editor (see image on right).

We’ve also compiled helpful tips to find images on the internet: Find the right images for your magazine.

It’s important to pay attention to the quality of the images in order to get the best results when printing the magazine. See our FAQ for more information on image quality.


Sometimes it can be helpful to see layouts of other magazines. Our pinterest boards have plenty of inspiration that your students can use: Magazine Design Pinterest Board.

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We’re working on another 4 part series with tips specifically for students. If you’re a teacher or a parent, and you’d like to contribute to the series with your own tips, or have questions about how to use Jilster, send us an e-mail at We want to know how we can improve our service to help our users get the most out of Jilster.

The school magazine(s) can be ordered as high quality prints or as web (low) quality digital PDF files.