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Gwendolynne Barr
The Fall 2011 issue of Ragged Left is hot off the press. Ragged Left is the newsletter for the Berkeley, California chapter.

http://www.stc-berkeley.org/RaggedLeft/2011/RL_v24n03_Fall2011.htm

This issue features the following articles:

* Rules of Thumb for Using Color in Your Content
* Proposal and Grant Writing 101
* Special Series on STC Global Chapters: STC France
* Tips on Reading the STC Salary Database

Cheers, Gwen

Tuesday, 11 October 2011 19:15
 
Rick Sapir
The Carolina chapter has published the third-quarter edition of our wiki-based, award-winning newsletter, the Carolina Communiqué. This quarter's articles are:
* An Accidental Affair - (Christina Eftekhar)
* From The Editor's Desk: Busy Autumn Days - (Sheila Loring)
* How To Encourage Good Use of SharePoint - (David Dick)
* Klout: Should You Be Measuring Your Influence? - (Jamie Gillenwater)
* President"s Message - Fall 2011 Programs - (Andrea Wenger)
* Three Components of Writing Skill? - (Mark Baker)

See http://newsletter.stc-carolina.org for more information.

Thursday, 06 October 2011 07:23
 
Dr Ann L. Wiley
Do you have a chapter website where you can devote a page to monthly news? That is one way to start a newsletter. If you can afford print, you could also print two or four pages of news monthly and mail it to members. Gathering the news takes effort, but can be done by contacting the chapter or SIG leaders once a month to learn what they have been doing and plan for the next month. After a couple of months, news tends to flow to an editor. Assembling the news monthly can be quite time consuming. It can be easier to publish when the news arrives. It's important once a month, though, to assemble an issue and then start the cycle again for the next month. Otherwise, gradually news isn't gathered and newsletters disappear. I think this is a great loss to any organization.
Rick SapirRick Sapir on Wednesday, 05 October 2011 12:40

I wonder... in the age of RSS, IMs, Twitter streams, etc., is a "newsletter" that simply collects and distributes "news" items after the fact all that useful?

Both Corrigo (http://stc-techedit.org/Newsletter) and Carolina Communique (http://newsletter.stc-carolina.org), the two community newsletters I'm involved with, publish "feature stories" (similar to Intercom) rather than a compilation of what happened in the past month.

The Carolina Chapter and Technical Editing SIG use their website (as well as FB, Twitter, RSS, email lists, forums, and more) to distribute "news" in an "as-it-happens" timeframe.

Just a thought....

Jo Marie SmithJo Marie Smith on Wednesday, 05 October 2011 22:19

Hmmm... That is a good thought. I appreciate the feed back from both of you. : )

Jennifer BurgessJennifer Burgess on Tuesday, 11 October 2011 23:07

I've been thinking about that too Rick- right now SuperScript is sort of a combination of both, we often focus on feature articles specifically written for the issue, as we assume most of our readers are up to date on news items probably from other channels.

Wednesday, 05 October 2011 00:15
 
Jo Marie Smith
I am interested in starting up a newsletter again for the Arkansas Chapter. So any words of wisdom would be very much appreciated.
Tuesday, 04 October 2011 22:17
 
Lori Meyer
Thanks for starting this group. I've seen many excellent community newsletters, and this group can be a great way for us to learn from one another.
Tuesday, 04 October 2011 10:07