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General Guidelines

We need to know six things:

Who?   What?   Where?   When?   Why?   How?

Any complete news story or community event provides answers to each of those questions.

The Inverted Pyramid
This refers to the style of journalism which places the most important facts at the beginning. Ideally, the first paragraph should contain enough information to give the reader a good overview of the entire story or community event. Continue to explain and expand on the beginning. If there is only space to include the first two paragraphs, does the story work? If not, re-arrange it so that it does.

Keep it Objective
Keep your story completely impartial. If there is more than one side to the story, cover them all. Don't use "I" and "me" unless you are quoting someone. (See below)

Quote People
For example: "We're really excited about this competition," said Club President Bob Bestus. "It's the highest target we've ever set ourselves, over $10,000 is our goal".

Don't Get Flowery
Keep your sentences and paragraphs short and to the point. Don't use heavily descriptive and flowery language. When you've finished, go through the entire story and try to remove any words which aren't completely necessary.

*Sumbit a Photo*
A good way for your information to get published and get noticed is to submit a photo. Make sure the subject of the photo is closeup and easily seen.

• Photographs should be at at least 300 DPI
• Photographs should be submitted as a .jpg or .jpeg as an attachment to the email (not as a windoc.)
• Include the names and titles of people in the photograph along with a description of what they are doing.

Final decision for publication of any community event or news rests with management of the NewsHopper and may be published dependent on space limitations.

Policy: letters to the editor

If you feel strongly about an issue, and you want to let people know what you think, please submit a letter to the editor.

• Please email letters to the editor to the NewsHopper.

Final decision for publication of any Letter of the editor rests with management of the NewsHopper and may be published dependent on space limitations.

General Guidelines

• Letters to the editor should be on topics of public interest. (Private disputes are not acceptable.)

• Letters to the editor should be no more than 300 words.

• Letters to the editor must be original, previously unpublished and written by the person whose name appears on the letter.

• The writer’s name must be included with the letter, along with the writer’s city or county of residence. A daytime phone number must be submitted to aid with verification only; the phone number will not be published.

• Writers must have a direct connection to our circulation area — resident, former resident, recent visitor, etc.

• Passion is good. However profanity, name-calling or personal attacks are not allowed.

• Letters are fact-checked and edited for style, clarity and potential for libel. We communicate with the writer prior to publication when editing is significant.

• Thank-you letters are not acceptable, those are considered paid advertisements. You you may call 218-821-1393 and request rates.

• Letters on behalf of organizations or groups will not be accepted. Group endorsement letters will not be accepted; those are ads and you may call 218-821-1393 to request rates.

• Publication dates are determined by NewsHopper management.

Again, final decision for publication of any letter rests with management of the NewsHopper and may be published dependent on space limitations.