10 Newsletter Template Samples
If you thought you escaped editing newsletters when you left high school, you might be wrong. Newsletters are everywhere and eventually, you might be asked to create one but do you know where to start? If you’re not sure what kind of newsletter template is best for your purpose, you’re not alone. You might think any newsletter template would do but there is a wide variety to choose from.
To help you figure out which newsletter template to use, and how to choose the one most appropriate to your needs, we compiled a list of 10 types of newsletter templates. After each description, you’ll find a link to the newsletter type being discussed. You also need to know newsletters need a particular tone or style of writing, depending on your purpose and audience.
What Are the Different Styles of Newsletters?
There are varieties of newsletters that can be used in different settings. There are school newsletters, work newsletters, and church newsletters. We listed 10 of what we consider to be ones that are most widely used.
10 Types of Newsletter Templates
- Vet clinic
- Doctor’s office
- Homeowner’s Association
Christmas Newsletter Template
The purpose of a Christmas newsletter is to share news of the year with friends and loved ones during the holiday season. There can be news about graduations, weddings, new babies, new jobs. You can put photos in them and send them off with Christmas cards, or email them to those who prefer that option. Below is a link for a Christmas newsletter template.
Corporate Newsletter Template
Corporate newsletters can be sent out when there is a need to share specific information, like a merger, or quarterly so everyone knows how the company is doing and to recognize anniversaries and birthdays. Using a merger as an example, a corporate newsletter could be used to keep employees informed of any changes to departments, policies, or procedures. See the link below for a corporate newsletter template.
Classroom Newsletter Template
A classroom newsletter can be used to keep parents informed of events that will happen that week, such as teacher conferences or reading lists. Classroom newsletters are also a great way to share class artwork or field trip pictures. If you happen to be a teacher, you might enjoy the classroom newsletter template, found using the link below.
Church Newsletter Template
A brief church newsletter is sometimes found in the back of the service brochure but is often offered separately. This newsletter might list baptisms, funerals, obituaries, outreach programs, or ask for volunteers for a church function. There is usually information about how the church is doing financially, or if the church needs help with something like a roof fund. See below for a church newsletter template.
Vet Clinic Newsletter Template
Veterinary clinics also use newsletters to let their clients know about upcoming specials on services or to promote certain pest prevention, or a particular groomer the clinic staff likes. Another purpose to a vet clinic newsletter would be to announce staff changes or changes in clinic hours. Below is a nice template for a vet clinic newsletter.
Doctors Office Newsletter Template
Your doctors’ office might also use a template both internally and for clients. Some possible purposes to a doctors office newsletter would be to let you know there’s a new doctor or service being offered. A doctors office newsletter might also include information about health workshops that are available or recalls of medication. The template below would be useful when putting together a newsletter for a doctors office.
Employee Newsletter Template
Employees can have a newsletter separate from a corporate newsletter. These can be issued by different departments or sent to all employees so everyone knows if there are time constraints for a certain department or to advertise job openings in other departments. Employee newsletters can also be used to announce new hires, upcoming training, anniversaries, and birthdays. Try the template below the next time you have to put together an employee newsletter.
Funeral Newsletter Template
While no one ever wants to need this template, a funeral newsletter template can help keep the information concise, and uniform especially if you work for a funeral parlor or church. What could be included is the obituary, times of service and burial, and if there will be any memorial events. It would also be fine to list where to order flowers from or where to send a donation if that is what the family is asking for. The link below will take you to a tasteful and practical funeral newsletter template.
Homeowners Association Newsletter Template
Many Homeowners Associations have online newsletters. This makes sense because of the number of people the newsletter needs to reach. Some information that might be include changes to billing, garbage day, what is acceptable for lawn care and outside home decorations. Using a newsletter template, in an online format, allows for information to be updated quickly and uniformly and saves on paper and postage. Below is a link for an example of a Homeowners Association newsletter template.
General/Basic Newsletter Template
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There are other events, or times, that a newsletter would be useful but need not have a particular theme to it. In those instances, you can use a general or basic newsletter template. There are varieties to choose from. Below there are links to different general, or basic, newsletter templates.
Is There a Need to Choose a Specific Newsletter Style for a Particular Style of Writing?
Now that you have seen examples of different newsletter templates, note that there are specific styles for each one. Some are broken up in a way that allows for information to be conveyed, with a simple layout, such as the classroom or funeral newsletter templates. As far as the writing style of writing that is more dependent on what the newsletter is for.
You would write a classroom newsletter in a different style than you would a church or funeral newsletter. A corporate newsletter would not have the same style as a veterinary clinic newsletter. You should know how to choose an appropriate newsletter template. Also keep in mind your tone when writing your newsletter, especially if you use a specific newsletter template versus a general, or basic, newsletter template.
The tone, and words, used in a Christmas newsletter would not be the same as the tone used in an employee newsletter or a church newsletter. Considering newsletters and the style of writing is a lot like knowing your audience when you’re writing a letter or giving a presentation. How you format and the verbiage used needs to be in a style that speaks to those hearing or reading it. Write your newsletter for the majority of the people who will read it.
How to Choose the Appropriate Newsletter Template
The main thing you need to consider when choosing a newsletter template is your audience and the overall tone you want your newsletter to have. Two good examples are the classroom and corporate newsletters. The classroom newsletter would likely have a lot of colors, a fun border, or a lot of cute school types of clip art. A corporate newsletter would have none of those things. That newsletter would be concise, to the point, and the only graphics might be photos of corporate functions or bar graphs.
Most newsletter templates come with borders, text box outlines, and clip art already inserted. Some of these might not be needed, or even appropriate, for the newsletter you are writing. Graphics are easy to remove or alter. Newsletters should not just spew information, but instead be informative and engaging to encourage the reader to read the newsletter. A lot of that has to do with the verbiage.
While the main purpose of any newsletter is to provide information, you need to make sure you’re using the correct template, with the most appropriate graphics and verbiage. Know who your audience is and write for them. For example, keep the tone light and the words simple in a classroom newsletter so both children and parents can read it. A corporate, or even a church newsletter, should be more formal, concisely written, with a tone that is informational but professional.
When you aren’t sure of what newsletter template should be used, pick the general or basic newsletter that best fits your purpose and the tone you want to convey. There are simply designed newsletter templates that can be used for a variety of topics that aren’t as graphic heavy as some specific newsletter templates are. Whichever newsletter template you choose, make sure it works with your intended purpose and you can’t go wrong.
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