Bulletin Editor SurveyBy John Petterson, EDITOR
Last year, I ran a survey for bulletin editors in two successive
issues of PROBEmoter. Interestingly, for a bunch of guys who comment about not being able to get articles from their officers, I only received 64 responses from the 800-some who receive this august publication. That tells me:
If you are a 3), then ignore this article.
Regarding the survey question about COTS, there are a variety of answers: many had never been to a COTS BE class, because it wasn't offered by their district; COTS BE class was wanted by most; a few, who had attended classes, thought the classes were a waste of time because they already knew a lot about editing and didn't need more; and some thought BE classes should be included at venues, such as mini-HEP schools. In general, respondents want bulletin editor classes at COTS.
The primary subjects for coverage are: basic design; using photos; reproduction costs; mailing; writing and editing tips; layout; using software/programs; half toning photos for copy machine use. One of the most consistent wants is to have forums with experienced editors on what they do with computers and to exchange ideas. The greatest need is: how to get articles from officers and members.
Near the end of the survey is the question as to how PROBEmoter could benefit editors. Not surprisingly, the responses were predictable and consistent. Editors want cartoons, clip art, how-to articles and articles of interest that may be reproduced in their bulletins.