Sunday, April 26, 2009

Senior Newsletter: Any Advice?

I have taken on the dauntng task of establishing a residents' newsletter for our community at The Clare. Does anyone have any experience and/or advice on forming a staff, contents, format, computer software to use, etc?

I'd be happy to see samples of successful publications, too. I have some experience in desktop publishng, but is it enough? I want to keep it simple and manageable.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've done newsletters, but not in comparable situations. Off the top of my head, in no particular order: Resident profiles, sound off by residents, management communiques, programs at The Clare, things to do in the neighborhood (however you define that). "Staff": editor, production manager (layout, typing), 1-2 "reporters." Have fun! This will evolve.
-- Pat Murphy

Nancy said...

I have found that using InDesign is very effective - you can create templates, include text and graphics, etc. etc. I have done two Lulu books this way. I used to do a couple of newsletters, one for a local Quaker meeting and one for a garden club, and used InDesign (on my Mac) for both. It will be interesting to see what you come up with.

One Woman's Journey said...

my daughter is an editor and has a lot of writing and publishing experience. A note to her and she might have an idea.
blondemomblog.com/

steve gurney said...

You do a fantastic "newsletter" with this blog! I would recommend that you follow a similar model for The Clare. If you feel like you really need something in "print", simply print and copy a 1 page summary of the elements that can be distributed in everyones mailbox much less expensively that will drive them to the site. If residents dont have a computer, they can gain access on the computer in the common area which I hope The Clare has. This is the model that our nations newspapers are following to reinvent themselves, don't revert back to "old media".

TropiGal said...

Hello Marlys -- I like the way you write. You have a personal, yet uncluttered and clean, style that I find most appealing. Good for you for tackling new challenges.