A newsletter is a
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News is information about current events. This may be provided through many different media: word of mouth, printing, postal systems, broadcasting, electronic communication, or through the testimony of observers and witnesses to events. ...
concerning the activities of a
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An organization or organisation ( Commonwealth English; see spelling differences), is an entity—such as a company, an institution, or an association—comprising one or more people and having a particular purpose.
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that is sent to its members, customers, employees or other subscribers. Newsletters generally contain one main topic of interest to its recipients. A newsletter may be considered
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. E-newsletters are delivered electronically via
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and can be viewed as
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if e-mail marketing
is sent unsolicited.
The newsletter is the most common form of serial publication
About two-thirds of newsletters are internal publications, aimed towards employees and volunteers, while about one-third are external publications, aimed towards advocacy or special interest groups.
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In some cultures, the concept o ...s. By the Middle Ages, they were exchanged between merchant families. Trader's newsletters covered various topics such as the availability and pricing of goods, political news, and other events that would influence trade. These commercial newsletters were in effect, the first "serious" outlet for news publishing, from which evolved newspaper
A newspaper is a periodical publication containing written information about current events and is often typed in black ink with a white or gray background.
Newspapers can cover a wide variety of fields such as politics, business, sports ...s.
The first full "newspaper" was '' Relation of Strasbourg'', printed in 1609 by Johann Carolus. Many rivals soon followed, such as the German '' Avisa Relation oder Zeitung
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Government censorship remains in effect in several countries to this day, although several countries now have laws guaranteeing freedom of the press
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Newsletter marketing is a form of
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Newsletters are also used by organizations to inform their members of ongoing developments.
Many paper newsletters are letter-size
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Until the early 20th century, newsletters were generally produced by letterpress
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