We seem to have a history of closing questions about magazine formatting or (effectively) not answering them:
- Typesetting magazine style articles
- Designing Magazines in LaTeX
- Latex template for an article from a popular (science) magazine
And this one Magazine template? seems on its way to being closed too.
Now although I share some of the reservations expressed with the questions that they are potentially too broad, I think that there are enough commonalities to the issue of magazine formatting (narrow columns, exact placement of images, callouts, grid formatting, etc.) that at least one of these questions deserves a real answer since it is clear that the question is one that will continue to arise.
So instead of just closing every "How to format a magazine" perhaps we should think about constructing a decent community wiki answer.
The problem to me seems to be that there is no middle ground making such question immune to closing: the only way to make such a question acceptable seems to be to break the problem down into its component parts "I want to know how to place text around images", "I want to know how to do narrow columns" etc. But I think this is the whole point of having a question that covers many of these things, so "improving" the question is not the issue here.