Bulletin editing should be easy
Bulletin editing is the task of cutting the wordy information from bulletin announcements. It allows your bulletin to be more informative and easier on the reader.
We all have been to an event where a speaker takes too long to get his point across. You can tell the rest of the audience begins to become distracted during the talk. Your mind starts wandering and you think to yourself get to the point, when is this going to end. The same is true when editing bulletins announcements.
Why You Should Edit bulletin Announcements
Thomas Jefferson once said “The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.”
There is a time and a place for writing in-depth content and thoughtful essays. But no matter what you’re writing for a weekly church bulletin it should be straight to the point.
Let’s not forget that the bulletin is a weekly announcement of immediately pending activities. Who? What? Where? When? and Why? is a good start. If more explanation is needed then refer you readers to a website where lots of information is accessible. Have you ever heard the expression “less is more”? In most cases that is all it takes to attract readers. Your bulletin articles do not need to be lengthy in order to be substantial.
How to get good bulletin announcement submissions
Create a form with guidelines for submitting bulletins. Give them to people before they send you their announcement. Here are a few suggestions.
- Deadline. I mean drop-dead deadline
- Title your announcement
- Answer Who? What? Where? When? and Why?
- Include contact information
- Have a call to action
- Have a word limit, 100 words or less.
- Submissions will be edited to fit
More bulletin editors are using their website for lengthy bulletin submissions. You can add to an edited-for-space article “for more information visit our website.” Online you can post the full article and it is accessible 24/7.
So, consider this a reminder to keep short bulletin announcements. Many in your audience will thank you for it.
Let us help
Bartleby Press has a team prepared to help you format your bulletin. We work with you to engage readers into action. Contact Bartleby Press today to get a professional bulletin. 512-452-3413