Monday 21st December 2015
Mac Voice, the magazine for Macmillan professionals: Winter 2015
We asked professionals who have written for Mac Voice and Sharing Good Practice in the past three years to complete an online survey about their experiences.
Hundreds of Macmillan professionals have contributed to Mac Voice since it was launched in 1997. We wanted to know more about recent experiences of working with the Mac Voice team, and the benefits to professionals of their articles being published. One of our main aims was to find any improvements we could make to our processes.
A positive experience
Almost all 50 contributors who responded were happy with their finished article and 96% said that they would recommend the experience of contributing to Mac Voice to their Macmillan colleagues. Most felt that they had a straightforward knowledge of how to write their article and enough guidance with doing so.
The survey highlighted the way in which articles published in Mac Voice can help develop relationships with other professionals and organisations. 56% said they were contacted by other professionals after their article was published. 58% said their article helped them to promote a project or a service, such as local counselling services and courses; which ultimately has benefits for people affected by cancer.
Some also said that their article helped them in terms of their career development. One respondent said that following an application for a promotion, their article helped to demonstrate their dedication to their profession as well as to Macmillan.
What we have learned
The findings from the survey suggested contributors are largely happy with our processes and that they found benefits in writing for the magazine. However, there were some good suggestions about how we could do things differently.
For example, one respondent suggested we should promote the online versions of articles more widely using social media. Some responses suggested contributors would like more guidance about how to write their articles. These are both suggestions we’ll be looking to follow up on.
If you are interested in writing Mac Voice or have feedback, please email firstname.lastname@example.org