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Brainstorm "best practices" for Online Newsletter, including publisher / admin roles?

#1Postby kisaac » Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:41 am

What is the best way to set up a ward/stake organization in Newsletter? After reading the Help files for a description of [B]roles of publisher and admin:, What are your thoughts on the following:[/B]

  • For Ward/ stake quorums, groups and Aux. Organizations: Have the admin of ward/stake add the organization presidents and leaders (by calling, not name) as "admins," and instruct them to add "publishers" as they see fit from within their own organizations to write articles for their organizations.
    • Only by granting the organization presidents as "Admins" can the president further specify directly, without involving ward/stake admins, those in their own organization who would be "publishers;" counselors, secretaries, committee chairs, or "communications specialists," etc. I assume most presidents would delegate their article publishing...
    • If the presidents are only granted access by the ward/stake admin as a "publisher," then additional "publisher" approvals must continually be maintained (added, deleted) by the ward/stake admin. Seems unnecessarily complex this way, and do we really need to maintain such a tight control? Seems like instruction at ward council probably would correct most issues as they crop up.
  • Ward / Stake Items: The ward admins would add "publishers" for the ward /stake as needed. In our area, preliminary discussions seem to suggest we continue paper handouts, and add the online versions, phasing out the paper at a future time as acceptance increases.
    • Weekly bulletin: This "publisher" could be the current bulletin clerk or editor. It may be as simple as making the bulletin like you do now for a hard copy handout, then copy and pasting it each Sunday to the newsletter, thus make a copy available online each week.
    • Monthly newsletter or bulletin. Considering the formatting online is limited: Idea: If it is complex, design and print as the editors do now for printing. Then, save it as a PDF, upload it to google docs, and then copy and paste a main message, then add the link to to google docs for the complete online document? Simple monthly bulletins could be copy and paste. Any other ideas?
  • Approvals: Since there really is no longer an approval process "online," how are these these bulletins and newsletters approved now, and would the above method be any different?


(Note: If this post is older...the above post deals with the LDS.org newsletter in it's beta release condition. Other versions may change the functionality!)
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#2Postby AileneRHerrick » Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:58 am

kisaac wrote:Monthly newsletter or bulletin. Considering the formatting online is limited: Idea: If it is complex, design and print as the editors do now for printing. Then, save it as a PDF, upload it to google docs, and then copy and paste a main message, then add the link to to google docs for the complete online document? Simple monthly bulletins could be copy and paste. Any other ideas?


My understanding is the News feature currently has an "attachment" capability that would allow a publisher to attach a .pdf file.
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#3Postby kisaac » Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:40 pm

AileneRHerrick wrote:My understanding is the News feature currently has an "attachment" capability that would allow a publisher to attach a .pdf file.
YES! I did overlook that. thanks!
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#4Postby AileneRHerrick » Fri Mar 09, 2012 10:26 am

kisaac wrote:YES! I did overlook that. thanks!


No problem! :)
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