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  • ASF template: People profile

  • Third in a series of alternative story forms, today we take a closer look at the People Profile template.


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  • WHEN TO USE IT This is a great template to use to profile someone who has done something worthy of a shout out. A local Girl Scout wins a regional cookie sales competition? This template is perfect for that. County science fair winner? Tell readers about it with this template. A crafter knits blankets for hospital patients? Put her story here. This template is an ideal way to centerpiece a local person for something he or she has done.

    HOW TO USE IT There are five pieces of content needed to complete this template:

    1. Person's name and 1-line description of the person's title, organization and hometown.

    2. The reason why s/he's being profile in the newspaper.

    3. Background information, which can include his or history with the organization or other noteworthy accomplishments.

    4. A list of hobbies and interests helps readers connect with the person.

    5. In his/her words is a quote of a healthy length that give a voice to the person in the profile.

    It's important to note that this simple questions can be made into a form that can be sent to organizations, schools, churches (you name it!) and/or offered as a downloadable pdf from your paper's Web site. This should help gain some immediate responses. Asking readers to file electronically via email also would cut down on the data entry submitted print forms require.

    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.

    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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