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 all items that were submitted.
MORE ON PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS: In
most cases, Public Service Announcements (PSAs) 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
“guarantee” 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).
COMMUNITY CALENDAR: 40 words or less, $10 per announcement, per week.
Using this Calendar guarantees not only that your non-profit/civic
announcement makes the paper, but also that it appears on page 2.
MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. You must pay in advance of publication.
SUBMITTING PHOTOS: We prefer emailed photos, but
they must be of good quality (sharply-focused and properly-lighted)
and preferably 1 to 5 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
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are too dark or too light, or out-of-focus or too far away) will NOT
be published free-of-charge.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 intended to be hard on anyone, it is simply to ensure that
our 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.
BUSINESS "NEWS: If your firm wishes
to announce a new employee or promotion of an existing employee, we
will gladly include in our “Careers” feature. “Careers” will
publicize new hires and promotions made by area businesses and
industries--big and small. Also included are appointments to various
boards of directors, foundation boards, and more.
all businesses and industries are welcomed--including but not
limited to restaurants, dentists. doctor’s offices, manufacturers,
beauty salons, convenience stores, real estate, automotive, and
The feature will be published on a periodic basis. For more
information, call our advertising department at 292-3019 or email:
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. However, we do proudly
publish--free-of-charge when space allows--photos of NON-PROFIT
organizations like civic groups making check presentations (Example:
Ruritan Club giving money to the Emergency Squad).
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 ($5,000 or more).
Again, the decision is up to the news 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.