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Home : Chapter Information : Tools & Resources : Developing a Chapter Newsletter

Developing a Chapter Newsletter

Chapter communications are key to membership recruitment, engagement and retention. Strong communications increases chapter awareness within the community and supports effective chapter operations. 

A newsletter can support chapter communications and provide information about activities, upcoming initiatives, chapter achievements and more. A clear statement of purpose should guide the chapter in developing a newsletter.

Recommendations

  • Download a new chapter roster from the Chapter Management System each time a newsletter is sent.

  • Consider electing or appointing an Editor and/or Publicity/Newsletter Committee to collect, create and edit materials for the publication.

  • Consult the Board of Directors about controversial topics.

  • Use prepared content from STTI communications such as the Chapter Leader Emphasis and Connections.
    Copies of recent issues are available in the All Chapter Officers workgroup.

  • Use STTI's style guide in the All Chapter Officers workgroup for suggestions related to font, color palettes and chapter/STTI naming


 

General Tips

  • Use relevant content that includes information about the recent past, the current state of affairs and the future. 

  • Edit content carefully, reviewing grammar, punctuation and spelling as these types of errors cause the newsletter to lose credibility.

  • Include 2-3 major articles with headlines.

  • Use the Rule of 200: Use 200 words or less of someone else's work as long it is referenced. Get written permission if using more than 200 words of someone else's work.


  • Feature a variety of articles from one newsletter to the next. Good article concepts can include:
    • Trends and predictions
    • Calendar of events
    • Industrial news
    • Book reviews
    • Profiles and interviews
    • Member news

 

Additional Resources 

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