Newsletter checklist

A sample checklist you can use to plan the production of your group’s neighbourhood newsletter.

This checklist is to help community groups to think through all the things that need to be done in order to write, design, print and distribute a neighbourhood newsletter. Some of it will also be helpful for electronic newsletters.

To use this checklist as it is, print off the PDF version. Otherwise, use the list below to give you ideas for your own checklist.

For more help with producing newsletters, see:

Task Deadline Done
Ask people for articles and collect information for the newsletter.
Agree a date by which all articles and information for the newsletter has to be with the newsletter group.
Hold a meeting to discuss the articles, agree what you want to include, etc.
Meet with the designer to discuss content.
Receive draft copy from the designer
Give draft copies of the newsletter to group members to proof-read copy and look at the design to check it is what they want. Set a date for when this will be done by.
Return the draft to the designer and go through any amendments and changes you want.
Give your finished design (‘artwork’) to your printer.
Collect newsletters from printer.
Set date by which you expect newsletters to be distributed.
Distribute newsletters to people doing local deliveries. Send out copies to other people.
Committee meeting at which you’ll discuss how it went and start thinking about the next issue.

If you are a Brighton & Hove City Council Residents’ Association or a Resource Centre member group, then the Resource Centre can do the design work and the printing of the newsletter for you, or train you to do this yourself. Contact us to discuss what we can do for you.

Updated August 2018

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