The News Journal welcomes letters to the editor from area readers. Letters should be about current issues of general interest and should maintain a degree of civility and good taste. Letters that are potentially libelous will not be published. Letters are subject to editing for length, grammar, accuracy and clarity. Letters must be 400 words or less, and are limited to one per household per 30-day period.
The News Journal will not publish: Anonymous letters or columns; Political Action Committee endorsement letters; form letters; or letters about individual court/legal cases/incidents or derogatory letters about individuals, businesses or organizations. The News Journal reserves the right to not publish letters.
General News submissions
The News Journal encourages readers to contact us about a potential news story either at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 937-382-2574 (please do not send news/requests to our Facebook page). However, the newspaper receives many requests and cannot pursue each one. Therefore, readers may submit news information. When doing so, please include: The name of the event; the times and dates of the event; a location for the event; the event sponsor; and a contact person and telephone number for additional information. For public service announcements, please submit the information at least 10 business days prior to the first publication.
For tips on breaking news, contact the newsroom at 937-382-2574 or e-mail the news staff at: email@example.com .
Best Format for Submitting News
The News Journal prefers to receive news and photos via email.
Email news stories in plain text (or as a Word attachment) to: firstname.lastname@example.org . Email photos as JPGs. For sports, e-mail Mark Huber at: email@example.com .
Business News submissions
The News Journal publishes certain business announcements at no charge. These include new business openings, special anniversaries, and employee promotions. These submissions may include one photograph and a brief write-up. Special sales and other business promotions are paid ads.
Sports News submissions
The News Journal publishes local sports announcements as submitted by coaches, high schools or colleges — from events not covered directly by the sports staff. Publications of deer, turkey, fish and other wildlife photographs are paid ads.
Social News submissions
The News Journal publishes announcements for engagements, weddings, and special anniversaries (25th, 50th, 60th, 70th, 75th) at no charge. Birth announcements are published at no charge. These submissions may include a photograph and brief write-up. For special anniversaries, two photographs may be submitted. Birthday announcements are paid ads at the non-profit rate (please ask for the advertising department). Items for the community calendar should be submitted 10 business days prior to the first publication.
Basic death notice information is published at no charge. This is limited to the name of the deceased, and visitation, services and burial information.
A fee applies to obituaries that include the standard additional information, i.e. family survivors, occupation(s), club memberships and a brief biography.
Obituaries that do not follow the generally accepted guidelines will be published at the open display advertisement rate. Obituaries must be confirmed by the funeral home.