Newsletter Content Submission Guidelines
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The types of articles appropriate for the enewsletters range from short features on specific quality topics, step-by-step how-to’s, practical advice and case studies (600 and 1,200 words), to long-form features and case studies (1,500 to 2,500 words) supplemented with real-world experience, analysis or research. Compelling first-person or personal stories and opinion pieces also are welcome.
Readers are diverse in industry and experience—but they all have this in common: they are passionate about quality and continuous learning.
- Readers seek content that is useful, important and relevant. Does the article offer value in the form of information, best practices, tips, advice, analysis or resources?
- First impressions count. People decide within seconds whether to continue reading something. Not sure how to start your article? Try beginning it with an interesting anecdote, statistic or problem statement.
- Try to be clear and concise in your writing and use bullets, lists and short sentences and paragraphs where appropriate. Be sure to answer the five W’s and H (who, what, where, when, why and how) in the opening paragraphs of your article.
- Include any figures/pictures/images that will enhance your article.
- Don’t forget to include a conclusion. Wrap up your thoughts, or reiterate the lessons you learned or the next steps.
- If the topic is complex, you might want to suggest additional resources or offer a contact for more information at the end.
- Cite sources and provide references to quotations and facts when used.
Sample reference list formatting:
- R. J. Marzano, A New Era of School Reform: Going Where the Research Takes Us, McRel, 2000.
- Katherine Ryan, “Shaping Educational Accountability Systems,” American Journal of Evaluation, Vol. 23, No. 4, 2002, pp. 453-468.
- Dogs,” “Wikipedia,” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dogs.
(for reports, proceedings, presentations)
- Fred R. McFadden, “Six Sigma Quality Programs,” unpublished manuscript.
- Robert Matthews, “Defect Clustering,” Unisys Corp. internal presentation, Roseville, MN, Nov. 28, 2001.
Submitting Your Article
- Articles may be submitted in Word format. Include a short bio about yourself.
- Articles may be copyedited for clarity and style.
- Please send your article directly to Pablo Baez, newsletter editor, at email@example.com.
- Please contact the newsletter editor at any time with questions.
Video and Audio Options
Videos, presentations, and audio webinars are also sought for the enewsletters. Audio and video editing assistance is available. Audio recording assistance is available. For submission guidelines, please email Pablo Baez, newsletter editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.