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  • ASF template: Newsmaker Q&A

  • Second is a series of alternative story forms, today we take a closer look at the News maker Q&A template.


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  • WHEN TO USE IT This is intended to be used as a standalone package to inform readers about a person or group. This piece is perfect for profiles of people in the news, heads of charitable organizations, group leaders, etc. The template offers ample space for an introduction and five questions and responses. A dominant photo is of ideal size to capture the subject in his or her environment — a librarian photographed in a library, a teacher in his classroom, etc. The individual's or group's name is designed to be on the same line and in the same style as the label. Below the label and name is space for a brief description of this person, why she's in the news. A dominant headline tops off the photo.

    HOW TO USE IT This is one of a number of ASF templates that allows for the questions, if worded properly, to be sent to a number of individuals. Doing so helps expedite the reporting and productions processes. It's important to include the individual's brief description below the name to readers know at an instant who the piece is about and why it matters to them.

    WHERE TO FIND IT This ASF is available in QuarkXPress versions 4, 6 and 7, as well as InDesign versions CS, CS2 and CS3. All templates and fonts can be found here.

    More ASF templates coming this week, so check back here each day.

    Joe Greco is corporate design director for GateHouse Media.

    Send questions, comments and ideas for blog topics to jgreco@gatehousemedia.com.

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