Ruth's writing experience includes many facets. While she still enjoys being a journalist, she works as the director of grants/communications. In that role, she is responsible for the agency newsletter.
One thing that Ruth has realized: in order to have a successful agency newsletter, one must involve as many staff as possible. Even though it means pulling teeth to get stories, it's worth every minute in the end when staff members say how much they enjoyed the newsletter.
Ruth knows people enjoy reading about other people even though it may be the most simplistic items. And they enjoy seeing pictures. It makes the newsletter more endearing. Stories do not have to cover work-related issues. Perhaps, there's been a new child or grandchild born, or an anniversary celebrated: bring out pics of these.
The newsletter should also include a message from the agency head, as well as updates on company issues and items. Also, Ruth recommends having fun with the newsletter. One of her newsletters featured three staff members with pics of them as children. There was a contest to guess who they were, and staff really enjoyed that.
Ruth has placed 0 as the number of paid projects because this example was done as part of her salaried position. However, it is being used as a sample on writing an item for the agency newsletter.