The Carroll Standard accepts timely original letters to the editor and OP/ED's on topics of local or national interest. When sending letters, press release, story idea, or OP/ED submission, please include your name and contact information (either a daytime telephone number or e-mail address) for verification.
Obvious form letters or pitches for funding will not be entertained. Letters must include the name of the writer but upon request, can have the name withheld from appearing in the newspaper or online. OP/ED's will not be printed or posted anonymously.
We ask that you limit the length of your letter or OP/ED to approximately 500 - 700 words and avoid personal attacks against private citizens. Comments and rebuttals to writers in other publications are accepted. Pundits, columnists and the politically connected writing in other publications are fair game as are the politicians, just for being, well, politicians.
Columnists, paid by other publications, will be barred from using this forum to spew rhetoric. If local pundits wish to respond to constructive criticism, the Carroll Standard forum welcomes an intelligent rebuttal and healthy debate.
As a general rule, we ask that writers limit their appearance in the Carroll Standard to about once every two or three weeks.
The Carroll Standard reserves the right to limit letters campaigning for or against political candidates during an election season (typically two weeks prior to an election).
All letters may be edited for clarity or space constraints, albeit, we have a pretty liberal editing policy. The publication of letters or columns does not place the Carroll Standard into any agreement with a particular writers views or claims, letter content is the sole responsibility of the writer.
The Carroll Standard also welcomes the submission of news stories, photos, letters or any other information that would be of interest to the readers of our news portal. Below are simple guidelines for various submissions:
If you or someone you know has been involved in an political event you think is newsworthy, please include your name and contact information (either a daytime telephone number or e-mail address). Please send the information in a timely manner following the event. Remember to include as much pertinent information, including the following:
- WHO was involved?
- WHAT was the event?
- WHEN did the event occur?
- WHERE did the event occur?
- WHY was the event important?
DIGITAL Media guidelines
All the information that goes with a news story should also accompany photos. Your digital photos are more likely to be included if the following guidelines are followed:
- Set digital cameras at the highest resolution possible.
- Get in close – clarity.
- Try to get dynamic photos of something happening – snapshots are dull.
- Large group photos do not work well. If taking photos of a group activity, submit several photos of individuals or small groups, and we can select the ones to print.
- Include the names of all the people in each photo. Identify from left to right and from front to back.