A lot of you operate on smaller staffs during the summer, so if you need a spark of inspiration for next month’s editorial calendar, these writing prompts can help.
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Please double-check any events to see if they have changed due to the lockdown or other current events.
On the Calendar
7/1: Canada Day. For our friends to the North, this is a day to celebrate Canadian heritage and pride.
7/1: International Joke Day. Make fun of yourself a little. Have a funniest joke contest. Or if you deal with kids, then have them share their favorite jokes.
7/4: Independence Day (U.S.). What do you want your readers to declare their independence from?
7/7: Tell the Truth Day. Create social media posts with truths about your cause that supporters can use on their networks or counter any lies your detractors are spreading.
7/13: Embrace Your Geekness Day. Perfect for those orgs who deal with training or other “geeky” causes. “How to” posts would also work here.
7/14: Bastille Day (France). July is a busy month for independence! Again, think of what your readers could break away from or change.
7/18: Nelson Mandela International Day. How can the legacy of Nelson Mandela inspire your supporters to take action?
7/21: National Junk Food Day. Do an expose on all those so-bad-but-so-good treats your staff has squirreled away in their desks. Or if you deal with nutrition issues, share healthy alternatives.
Other important dates in July:
- World Population Day (11th)
- World Emoji Day (17th)
- The Hajj (17th – 22nd)
- Eid-Ul-Adha (19th – 23rd)
- Parent’s Day (25th)
- Parks and Recreation Month
- National Picnic Month National
- Cell Phone Courtesy Month
- National Ice Cream Month
Metaphor of the Month
This month’s metaphor is Cooking, Food, and Beverages. Think about recipes, foodies, cookbooks, grills, ingredients, barbeques, shopping lists, bar tabs, chefs, chopping block, culinary school, juice, winemaking, baking, mixed drinks, burning, boiling, beer, raw.
How can you relate these things to your organization?
Pop Culture, Events, and News
Fireworks celebrations will be returning around the country for July 4th celebrations.
If trends hold, travel will be opening up to more places.
Wimbledon runs through July 11th.
Major League Baseball’s All-Star game is July 13th in Denver with the annual Home Run Derby being held the day before.
The opening ceremony for the rescheduled Summer Olympics takes place the 23rd.
The NBA drafts happens the 29th.
In movie news, Black Widow, The Boss Baby: The Family Business, Gunpowder Milkshake, Space Jam: A New Legacy, Old, Jungle Cruise, The Green Knight, Stillwater, Hotel Transylvania: Transformania, Joe Bell, The Tomorrow War, and Summer of Soul will be released in July (among others).
TV Premieres include No Sudden Move, Top Chef Amateurs, Young Royals, Monsters at Work, Shark Week, Big Brother, Love Island, Gossip Girl, grown-ish, Atypical, Animal Kingdom, Wellington Paranormal, The White Lotus, Miracle Workers, Naomi Osaka, American Horror Stories, Fixer Upper, How It Ends, and Ted Lasso.
Also Hallmark will be doing a “Christmas in July” schedule.
Source of the Month
Hashtags for Every Day of the Week. You probably know about #tbt (Throwback Thursday), but what about #MusicMonday or #Caturday? Kerri Karvetski compiled a list just for nonprofits to help you out.