Submitting Items For Publication:
DEADLINE TO SUBMIT public service
announcements: Fridays, 5:00 p.m. Always remember, submitting a news
item before deadline ensures ONLY that the item will be CONSIDERED
for publication it does NOT guarantee publication. The shorter, and
more local, a news item, the better its chances of being published.
If you¹re promoting an upcoming event where admission will be
charged or items will be sold, you will need to purchase an ad to
Effective January 1, 2008, we moved our Public
Service Announcement deadline to 5 p.m. Fridays. We did so because
we wanted to devote more time on Mondays to breaking news, main
news, and feature stories. Due to increased volume of email, we
simply were becoming flooded with submitted items on Mondays and did
not have time to consider, or even look at, all items that were
MORE ON PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS: In most
cases, Public Service Announcements (PSA's) promoting upcoming
events are published one-time, free-of-charge, for local churches,
civic clubs, and other local NON-PROFIT organizations. To enhance
chances of publication, such announcements must be submitted AT
LEAST TWO WEEKS PRIOR to the event. The earlier your announcement is
submitted, the better its chances of being published in the
Courier-Record. Due to the increased volume of requests, there is no
³guarantee² that any submitted Public Service Announcements will be
published-particularly those submitted less than two weeks prior to
the event. The weekly deadline is Friday, 5:00 p.m. To "guarantee"
publication, ask about our PAID Community Calendar, which will make
sure your event is listed for just $10 (40 words or less).
SUBMITTING PHOTOS: The days of scanning prints
are behind us. We PREFER emailed photos, but they must be of good
quality (sharply-focused and properly-lighted) and preferably 1 to 3
megabytes (MB) in size. Subjects must be up close and not far away.
We prefer candid photos of only one person or a few (no more than
five individuals). Also, all persons in a photo must be properly
identified, with first and last names spelled correctly. Photos of
marginal or inferior quality (those that are too dark
or too light, or out-of-focus or too far away) will NOT be published
free-of-charge. When emailing us photos, please send only ONE or TWO
of your best shots. We shy away from group photos, especially those
that are out of focus, improperly lighted, or taken too far away. In
most cases, Polaroid photos will be rejected due to poor
reproduction quality. The Courier-Record's tough photo criteria is
not to be hard on anyone, it is simply to ensure that our loyal
readers get to see the best, most compelling photos each week. The
Courier-Record over the years has become known for its hard-hitting
news photos and candid, captivating photos of children and other
area residents enjoying life in this wonderful region.
SO-CALLED BUSINESS "NEWS: "If your firm wishes
to announce a new employee or promotion of an existing employee, the
best way to do so is in the form of PAID ADVERTISING. We are NOT in
the "Free Publicity" business.
CHECK PRESENTATIONS: Photos of for-profit
businesses or organizations, and/or elected officials or candidates
for political office, presenting checks to various organizations
will be handled as paid advertising. (If you or your business really
want to make a donation SOLELY out of the goodness of your heart and
NOT for free publicity, there's really no need to call the
newspaper, right?) However, we do proudly publish--free-of-charge
when space allows--photos of NON-PROFIT organizations like civic
groups making check presentations (example: Rotary Club giving money
to the fire department).
Occasionally, exceptions are made, but they are up the decision
of the news staff alone. Exceptions to this policy are POSSIBLE when
the dollar value of a donation is exceptional (More than $5,000).
Again, the decision is up to the editor.
DON'T FEEL BAD: EACH WEEK, we receive numerous
photos that simply do not meet our standards, or are not what is
generally considered news. We like making people happy, and that
also includes our loyal readers who expect us to make tough editing
decisions each week, so that they can continue to enjoy a quality
REMEMBER: events where admission is charged, or
where goods/services/products will be sold/promoted, shall be
handled as paid advertising. The Courier-Record each week receives
hundreds of phone calls, faxes, emails and visits. If your upcoming
event has "gotta be in the paper," contact our advertising
department at (434) 292-3019. We accept credit cards over the phone.
EMAILING US: Whenever you email us ANYTHING, you
MUST include your first and last names (no initials unless they are
commonly used as a nickname) and ALL daytime contact phone numbers.
Yes, that includes your cell phone number, too. We also REQUIRE your
complete street address, town, and zip code.
We won't share your phone number or house street
number with anyone.