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Promoting Your Service Through News Thursday 10 th February 2005 What You Need To Know About Newsletters By Sharon Watson - Freelance Journalist / Editor.

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2 Promoting Your Service Through News Thursday 10 th February 2005 What You Need To Know About Newsletters By Sharon Watson - Freelance Journalist / Editor

3 Sharon Watson Journalist since 1983 Worked in UK and New Zealand Working on local newspapers, trade union journals, professional magazines, regional ITV news, online news and consumer magazines Former Texaco Industrial Journalist of the Year Runner Up in UK Press Gazette Business Press Award Numerous TUC Media Awards

4 What is a newsletter? Short Contains news Valuable Targeted audience Targeted content Trustworthy Personal

5 Types of newsletters Marketing Public Relations Internal Relations Commercial There are four basic types

6 Marketing Newsletters Sell something Focus on actions Emphasise benefits Partisan point of view

7 Public Relations Newsletters Focus on attitudes Make readers receptive to marketing Help people know more and feel better about the organisation Foster interest in the subject Build respect

8 Internal Relations Newsletters E.g. for employees or members Give information about familiar people, places and ideas Honour outstanding performance, build morale and stimulate attention to quality Help shape organisational vision Establish direction

9 Newsletters for Profit Exist to make money Usually mailed Cost ££££s Quality

10 Q. Why should anyone read your newsletter? A. You have a message you want them to hear. Q. How can you get that message across? A. Dont put up barriers for the readers.

11 Readers like: Interesting topics Short articles Attractive graphics Easy-to-skim designs Bulleted lists Clear organisation Calendars Offers and benefits

12 Readers dont like: Intimidating pages Disorganised information Long, continuing articles Irrelevant content Impersonal tone Chaotic page design Too many pages

13 Objectives in Newsletter Writing Clarity – Misunderstandings anger people, cost money and endanger credibility. Conciseness – Concise writing saves time, reading time, writing time and paper. It also enhances clarity so that the main points stand out rather than fade into a collage of details. Proper Image – People notice errors. They either smile and overlook them, or think the writer or organisation is careless. Poor writing not only affects your organisations image, but also personal image. Cost Efficiency – Effective writing results in saving money – on reading, writing and reproduction costs.

14 Budgets and End Products Print run Frequency Distribution Pagination Colours Paper Design The budget determines…

15 Should you go for a magazine? Less newsy Longer to produce Relies on images More creative layout Longer articles Advertising More pages Magazine characteristics

16 Consider changing your newsletter to a magazine if you have: Lots of material Access to good quality pages A good budget A need to establish a more authoritative voice in your field Other news outlets Extra time to produce a bigger publication

17 Design, Layout and Production The look Dont reinvent the wheel Use colours or special paper to enhance your newsletter

18 Typefaces Type shouldnt be noticed Use standard typefaces like Times, Courier and Helvetica Italics can slow reading For body text, use serif fonts such as Palatino, Times Roman and Garamond. Use bold letters for names and important points Non serif typefaces are good for headings (such as Arial)

19 Illustrations Use clip art Dont overdo it Dont put boxes round your illustrations

20 Photography When photographing people take control. Aargh! Handshakes!! Avoid clichés. Get a variety of poses.

21 Production Appoint an editor Meet to discuss style, content, deadlines and costs Set clear goals Meet deadlines

22 Newsletter Language 1 Body Type Byline Caption Clip Art Type used for text. It is generally points in size The reporter's name, usually at the beginning of a story A line or block of type providing information about a photo. Used interchangeably with cutline Copyright-free images you can legally modify and print as often as you like

23 Newsletter Language 2 Copyright Dummy Font Grid Legal protection for stories, photos or artwork to discourage unauthorised reproduction A small detailed diagram showing where all elements go. Also, the process of drawing up a layout All the characters in one size and weight of a typeface The underlying structure of a page

24 Newsletter Language 3 Headline Indent Layout Margins Large type running above or beside a story to summarise its content. Also called a head for short A part of a column set in a narrower width. Often the first line of a paragraph is indented The placement of art and text on a page. To lay out a page is to design it The space between elements on a page and the space between the edge of the paper and the elements

25 Newsletter Language 4 Masthead Points Typeface White Space The name of the newsletter as its displayed on page one. It generally extends across the top of the first page A standard unit in a measure of printing. There are 72 points in one inch A family of fonts – for example the Arial family, which includes Arial, Arial Narrow, Arial Bold, etc Areas of a page free of any type or artwork

26 Dummy Text 1 The purpose of dummy text is to fill help lay out a page before you receive the actual copy. The standard dummy text is the Latin text Lorem Ipsum, and looks like this:

27 "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum." Dummy Text 2

28 Dummy Text 3 Used in printing since the 16 th century Comes comes from "de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum" by Cicero, written in 45 BC. Used because it looks like readable text (but isnt) Normal distribution of letters, so it fills the space Makes readers focus on the typeface and layout, not the content.

29 Desktop Publishing Can make the job easier or harder Dont waste time with it if you arent competent

30 Printing Get several quotes The same goes for colours Ask to see samples of printed work Dont print in full colour unless necessary Speak to your printer about reducing costs – it may be easier than you think

31 Always keep your audience in mind. Plan and influence. Is your newsletter sustainable? Build from the basics up. Keep to your deadlines. You are the captain. Offer feature writers a byline and an authors note. Be concerned about how your newsletter reads before you worry about how it looks. If you are producing an newsletter, clean and simple spells effective. Good writing and good editing require direction and hard work. Lead with strong items that have broad appeal. Learn the distinction between simple information and a story. Any successful newsletter depends on plentiful and reliable sources. Always look for reader feedback. The true test of performance is behaviour.

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