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After the CJA editor alerted me to the existence of the USCF newsletter I contacted Joan DuBois, who is in charge of this newsletter. She agreed to a short e-mail interview about this new USCF project. Today she sent me her replies, along with the news that the first regular issue of this newsletter has just been published. You can sign up to receive it by email at the USCF Web Site. Thanks to Joan for making this information available to CJA.

The first issue of this new newsletter can be viewed on-line at: http://www.uschess.org/news/newsletter/040203/index.php

-- J. Franklin Campbell, CJA Webmaster, 4-Feb-2004



The Masthead from the first issue of the newsletter

An Interview with Joan DuBois about the USCF Chess Review Newsletter

by J. Franklin Campbell, CJA Webmaster

Hi Joan, thanks for agreeing to do this interview to provide information on the planned USCF on-line newsletter Chess Review Online. It looks like an ambitious project, but one which could provide valuable information about USCF activities on a timely basis.
Franklin:
What is the purpose of this new publication ... why publish this newsletter in addition to Chess Life? At what segment of the chess community is it aimed? Is it for USCF members only?
Joan:
Improve communications with our members and prospective members which will also allow us to spotlight newsworthy and items of chess interest which may not make it into Chess Life. We hope it will not only give our members more chess news but we also plan to use the newsletter as a marketing tool.
Franklin:
Is this to be a weekly publication? Will it publish on a regular basis or rather when enough new material has been collected? When do you anticipate publication to begin?
Joan:
We are working to have the newsletter be a weekly publication. Our first newsletter is actually a reality today!
Franklin:
What kind of material can we expect to see in future issues? Will there be regular columns? Will things like annotated games and instructional material be part of this magazine, or should we expect articles on how to organize a club and run a tournament?
Joan:
You will see GM games, highlights from chess events, items from chess communities throughout the country, Outreach articles, Questions To A TD article, etc. We plan to offer a wide range of information thereby making it appealing to all members regardless of chess strength!
Franklin:
Will Chess Review Online be produced by the regular USCF staff? The sample issue I saw appealed to readers to provide input ... will this be an important element in the new publication?
Joan:
We have a team of four people responsible for the newsletter. One is currently employed with the USCF (myself) and the other three are volunteers. Ed Scimia is the Editor. Although Ed's last day as a USCF employee as of tomorrow he will continue to be editor on a volunteer basis. Ed has journalism experience and is an avid chess player!
Franklin:
How will it be distributed, by on-line only, or will there be a printed version? Will we be able to sign up for a mailing list? Will it be available by link from the USCF web site?
Joan:
We are offering the newsletter on our website and those who subscribe will receive an abbreviated version via email which will have links incorporated for quick and easy access to the full version located online.
Franklin:
How does this fit in with USCF's current fiscal situation? Many people will be surprised to hear of a new service being offered. Of course, on-line publication can be done quite inexpensively.
Joan:
Adding benefits is certainly a concern but we were able to form a team of volunteers dedicated to seeing the newsletter become not only a success but become another informative communique from the US Chess Federation.
Franklin:
Thanks for the information, Joan. Do you have any further comments you would like to make about this new publishing project?
Joan:
In my 35 years of working for the USCF I've seen it come far and I see a bright future for USCF and its members. With utilizing the talents of so many of our members we are able to provide benefits at very little cost which is a win-win situation for USCF and its members. The benefits from chess that children can use in their everyday lives continues to be remarkable. The future of chess lies with the younger generation and the more that USCF can be involved in this the better. Franklin, I appreciate this opportunity to speak on behalf of the USCF and introduce our USCF Newsletter.
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