Another installment of ASF templates focuses on covering a meeting.
WHEN TO USE IT This template is great to use when covering, say, a city council meeting where multiple issues are on the agenda. This format is designed to hold information for three topics. Running tight on time, but need to cover a plan commission meeting? Just get the facts and put them in this template. Have a cub reporter with little meeting coverage experience? Get his feet wet with this template. Do you have a larger story planned and are looking for sidebar options?
This template is a great way to summarize main points for readers.
HOW TO USE IT The content needed simply answers the questions:
1. What's the issue? A concise sentence, perhaps two at the most, is all that's needed here.
2. What do we know? Depending on the issue, this section could have the most content, but brevity is important when using ASF templates.
3. What's next? This could be the date when the issue will come to a vote, when a project will begin, when the next action will be taken ... you get the idea.
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.
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