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Submissions, Letters and Guidelines

 
Everybody is talented, original and has something important to say... 
                                                                                                            - Brenda Ueland, If You Want to Write

The Sedona Observer welcomes your voice!

We accept all letters to the editor, guest perspectives, press releases and editorial commentaries for consideration. Please allow sufficient time for articles and queries. Send all materials as part of your e-mail to:

editor@SedonaObserver.com

 

We’re a friendly newspaper that attempts to banish the arrogance, elitism and detachment prevailing among some media outlets today in their approach with the public. We are, after all, dedicated to public service journalism.

Therefore, we welcome your inquiries no matter who you are. While The Sedona Observer represents professional in-depth journalism written in a narrative, literary style versus citizen journalism, we will consider queries reflecting high quality writing. We prefer longer, analytical and creative articles as opposed to short canned pieces that fail to properly dissect an issue to offer readers a 360-degree perspective.

Important: The Observer does not feature DRY, DECAFFEINATED news briefs or HOMOGENIZED, SHALLOW reports. Rather, its IN-DEPTH content mirrors that of 18th century newspapers: PEPPERY, LITERARY discourse FULL OF FIRE and designed to STIR A NATIONAL AUDIENCE OFF THE COUCH and into COMPASSIONATE ACTION...similar to the style of America's first journalists, such as Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Paine.

Like their papers, the Observer's stories begin with LIVELY LEADS and ask tough questions. Most of all, they do not whine; instead, they PROPOSE SOLUTIONS and even offer an occasional snippet of WISDOM to cultivate spiritual reflection and offer a ray of hope as a conclusion. And they substantiate this by providing DIRECT LINKS with resources for our readers so they can continue researching where our investigative reports leave off. The Observer aims to prompt such probing and curiosity among our browsers to promote ongoing education and enlightenment.

Got something to say but uncertain if you can write it? Go ahead and send it anyway; that's what editors are for.

Got a question? Just ask us and we’ll reply to you respectfully – without any of the usual publishing industry arrogance.

Got a story idea? We never heard of one that wasn't worth considering.

Even though we’re journalism veterans, we once had to start somewhere too. We haven't forgotten our humble beginnings and those who took a chance on publishing our first articles. Therefore, we consider the voices of budding journalists too. Like all media, we fact-check our content and reserve the right to edit material so it conforms with Associated Press style format and the Journalism Code of Ethics.

We honor all contributors by allowing them to retain the copyright and intellectual property rights to their work. We also believe that contributors deserve a living wage for their efforts in accordance with the guidelines set by the National Writers Union. So as we prosper, so too will our contributors.

Please review the submission guidelines on this page and dip your pen in that inkwell. We can't wait to hear from you!

editor@SedonaObserver.com

 

Submission Format

We ask that you adhere to the following standard publishing format guidelines. Please remember that we have only one editor who has to format and copy edit every word of the entire newspaper, which is no small feat. By following these simple and easy steps, you can ensure the inclusion of your work on our award-winning site:

  • All submissions must be e-mailed to editor@SedonaObserver.com as Microsoft Word documents. Do not send PDF or JPEG versions of your letters or articles.
  • Paste your copy directly in the e-mail itself – PLUS an attachment. This helps to ensure we can access your material in the event of incompatible software formats.
  • Type your material in a standard black Verdana 10-point font – with no colors or frivolous fonts, please.
  • Do not use any lines or borders.
  • Keep your margin aligned to the left with NO PARAGRAPH INDENTATIONS.
  • Single space your copy.
  • Place ONE SPACE AFTER EACH SENTENCE and TWO SPACES IN BETWEEN EACH PARAGRAPH.
  • Insert your author tagline (2 or 3 sentences describing yourself) plus your contact e-mail in a separate paragraph at the end of your article.

  • Write a short bio for the Masthead or WHO page. A photo or illustration is optional and should be sent as a JPEG image of 72 dpi and no larger than 720 pixels.
  • Include your name, address and phone number.
  • E-mail only. Do not fax materials or send them via snail mail.
  • Include any artwork ideas and suggestions or examples of images or photos we can use to illustrate your submission. We do consider quality illustrations and photographs if they are submitted at 720 pixels with a maximum dpi of 72. We also accept JPEG images.

 

Submission Guidelines

  • Letters to the Editor – Please keep your letters under 500 words. Letters must include your name, city or town and a phone number for verification purposes only. If you prefer to publish your letter anonymously, your name will remain confidential. In accordance with the Journalism Code of Ethics, we will not publish any profanity or personal attacks on specific individuals, businesses or organizations.
  • Guest Editorials – We welcome people from all walks of life to submit personal perspectives on a particular subject. Please include any sources or background reference material for your data wherever possible. We urge you to offer solutions instead of angry sound-offs. Submit up to 2,000 words.
  • SiCKO health care testimonials - Please use our SiCKO submission form and indicate if we can use your full name with your story. View the previous stories on the actual SiCKO story page for examples of the preferred format.
  • Press Releases – This is not a mainstream daily newspaper with entertainment listings but a paper devoted to issues that affect a broad spectrum of people across many communities. So we look for announcements pertaining to the larger issues and bigger picture of life – community issues, environment, immigration, water, health care, and other social or planetary concerns.
  • Columns, articles and photographs – We welcome your ideas, photos and query letters and will be posting a Writers Guideline shortly. Since we are not a literary journal, we do not accept fiction or poetry. Word counts are flexible, so check with the editor first.
  • For longer articles, add a headline, subtitle and subheads to your story wherever possible and include sources and resources to substantiate your material and create interesting sidebars with links where browsers can search for more information.
  • ALWAYS INCLUDE LINKS TO YOUR SOURCES AND RESOURCES for our fact-checking dept. and especially for our readers
  • Those contributing stories, editorials, commentaries and other articles must include an author tagline at the end of their piece, consisting of a short bio of two or three sentences. All contributors are invited to submit a longer bio and/or photo or illustration for the WHO page that contains the masthead. Please refer to the various bios on this page for examples.

Please e-mail editor@SedonaObserver.com if you have any questions.