You can divide your class into small working teams that rotate through the various tasks required to publish a newspaper. For example, one team can be responsible for writing stories, another team for taking and sourcing pictures, and another for handling the layout. Publisher provides all of the functionality required for students to create a well-designed newspaper and automates a lot of the details. For example, Office Publisher 2007 automatically resizes heading text to fit the space and flows text from one text box to another.
Create a template
- Start Office Publisher. In the Publication Types list, click Newsletters. Click a newsletter template. For more choices, click View templates from Microsoft Office Online. Don't worry about finding the perfect template–you can change any aspect of the design later.
- In the preview pane on the right, you can modify the color and font schemes.
- Click Business Information, and enter details about the class and the newspaper. Information that you enter here will appear in various locations of the template.
- Click Create, and a new publication is built from the template.
- Before you begin your first edition, modify the boilerplate elements of your publication to create a custom template. Click the placeholder text in the title text box, and type the name of your newspaper. Click the border of any text box or object to move it to a new location or to resize or delete it. In the Task pane, select Format Publication, and modify the options that will affect the overall design. You can even change the template.
- On the File menu, click Save. Under Save as type, select Publisher Template (*.pub), enter a name for the template, and then click Save.