Notes for socialist trade unionists: producing effective printed materials

A series of notes on various aspects of producing effective leaflets, newsletters, etc.

Seeking out stories

Whether you are producing an official union newsletter, or an independent socialist bulletin, here are some ideas about seeking out stories. Below is a long-ish set of tips. Attached is a shorter version as a single-A4 PDF.

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SEEKING OUT STORIES

What are people talking about at work? What are their complaints about management? About their working conditions? Can they tell you of any incidents or issues in other departments, or which have arisen when you were not at work? Don’t just talk at your workmates: listen to them.

Seeking out stories

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Tips for text

Want to know how to write effective text for trade union and workplace newsletters? Below is a long-ish set of guidelines; attached is a shorter version of these notes on one page of A4 (PDF).

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TIPS FOR TEXT

Be concerned about how your newsletter reads before you worry about how it looks. Relevant and well-written content should be able to stand on its own, even as plain text. Prepare, discuss and edit your text before you lay it out into your design template.

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ATTENTION GRABBERS

Tips for text

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Socialist workplace bulletins - ideas for content

If you are producing a socialist bulletin for your workpalce, here are some tips on getting effective content together. The tips are in text from below, and attached as a single-A4 sheet (PDF).

Socialist workplace bulletins - ideas for content

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Producing a socialist workplace bulletin

Here are some guidlelines from producing a socialist workplace bulletin. The guidelines are in text form below, and attached as a single-A4 sheet (PDF).

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PRODUCING A SOCIALIST WORKPLACE BULLETIN

Put the bulletin together at a meeting. Have a political discussion about the main article, and talk about any issues of policy or strategy that arise from other stories.

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Official union newsletters

If you are union rep of any type, it is important that you produce a regular newsletter for members. Below is a long-ish set of guidelines for effective official union newsletters. Attached is a shorter version of these notes on one page of A4 (PDF).

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OFFICIAL UNION NEWSLETTERS

Official union newsletters

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