The Reporter gladly accepts submissions of events, engagement, wedding and anniversary celebrations, letters to the editor and potential news stories.
Letter to the editor
All letters submitted will be sent to Courtney A. Lamdin, executive editor, of The Essex Reporter and will be published at the editor’s discretion.
- Letters must be 450 words or less.
- Email letters to firstname.lastname@example.org the Friday before publication at 5 p.m. Exceptions can be made if the editor expects your letter and reserves space.
- Include your full name, phone number and address for verification. No anonymous letters will be printed. You must call to confirm your letter so we can ensure you were indeed the sender.
- Letters should respond to content in the Reporter and/or be relevant to our coverage area.
- If submitted from out of town, a letter-writer must establish his or her connection to Essex.
- The Reporter will publish comments left on its Facebook wall or to its Twitter account (@essexreporter).
The editor will not publish a letter:
- If it is an advertisement or promotes a fundraiser or
- If it contains crude, potentially libelous or uncorroborated material.
- If it is a self-promotional candidate letter. Please instead enlist your supporters to write letters on your behalf.
The Reporter encourages dialogue. A few things to keep in mind when responding to other letters:
- Public figures, by nature, are more open to public scrutiny, but keep criticism civil and constructive.
- The editor is less likely to print letters that are critical of private citizens. If named in a letter, the subject may respond to it.
The editor reserves the right to withhold publication of any letter.
The Essex Reporter prints obituaries up to 600 words for a flat fee of $45, plus $5 per photo. Additional words are 39 cents/word. Please submit through a funeral service, or email to email@example.com by 5 p.m. Fridays.