We want to help you get your items into the newspaper. We set aside a large amount of our news space each week for reader-submitted content — from photos to announcements, and kids’ drawings to news briefs. We can make no guarantees on when a submitted item will run and we edit all items to conform to the style of The Republic and the Associated Press.
Readers who want a piece of information to appear in exactly the format they submit it, on the day they choose and on the page they want it to appear, should consider buying an ad. Our advertising department can be reached at 379-5652 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The links below outline how to get various news-related items into The Republic. If you ever are in doubt, you can e-mail a submission to email@example.com, fax 379-5711 or call 379-5633, and we will help you get it into the paper.
News tips: To alert our editors, reporters and photographers to breaking news, community issues, events, features or other news possibilities, send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, fill out the form here or call 379-5633.
The free listings are limited to very basic information, and the person who died must have a local connection.
We prefer to get this directly from funeral homes. If you need us to provide a free listing without working through a funeral home, we require you to bring in a physical copy of a death certificate.
To get help with obituaries, contact Sheila Snively Monday through Friday at 379-5635, or the newsroom on the weekends at 379-5633 or email@example.com.
Orchids and Onions: These appear on Page A2 every day as part of Around Town. Orchids should be kudos, thanks or congratulations for one-time events. We do not accept Orchids dealing with funerals or deaths.
Onions are the opposite of Orchids. They are a way to throw darts at the people and organizations that are annoying you. We do not include the names of people or companies who are the target of an Onion. Please, keep it classy.
Around Town Anniversaries: We run two kinds of anniversary announcements, the one-sentence items in Around Town on Page A2 every day and the full write-ups in Sunday's Lifestyle section and on our columbuswed.com website.
Sunday Anniversaries: For the longer anniversary announcements with photos which run in Sunday's newspaper, the forms are available here at The Republic, or fill out the form online here or download a PDF version here. Our deadline for the upcoming Sunday paper is noon on Monday.
We will only run the Sunday announcements for 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th, 45th and 50th or greater anniversaries.
Birthdays: We run short birthday announcements on Page A2 in Around Town. For next day publication of birthdays please submit the information before 3 p.m. First and last names must be used for birthdays. Birthdays can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org, our Web form here or 375-5282.
Community Calendar: A Community Calendar appears every day on Page A2 of The Republic. The Community Calendar does not include upcoming events but only the events on the day they are occurring. This is generally reserved for items that are open to the public and hold interest for a large number of readers, or are being held by not-for-profit groups, community agencies, schools or government entities.
Religion news: Saturday's Faith & Community section normally includes three pages devoted in part or in full to local houses of worship of all beliefs, including Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Islamic and Baha'i. Items covering everything from teachings and studies to fundraisers and picnics run in this section. Deadline for submission of items is 4 p.m. Monday to Brian Blair at email@example.com. Information: 379-5672.
Neighbors: Saturday's Neighbors page is a catch-all page set aside for our readers' submissions. Submit photos or written work, including columns or articles about events you attended. The deadline is 2 p.m. on Tuesdays but items are run as space is available. You can send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 379-5769 to discuss details.
Columbus Notebook: This section runs on Saturday's Neighbors page. It is a place for community news such as pageant contestants, births, reunions, senior birthday gatherings and photos of five generations of families. These can be e-mailed to Brian Blair at email@example.com or 379-5672.
Socially Speaking: This is the place to make club announcements and news about local social organizations. These can be e-mailed to Beth Clayton-George at firstname.lastname@example.org or 379-5631.
Military news: We run announcements about military events such as assignments, boot camp completions, awards and honors on the Neighbors page. Those can be submitted to Jane Peabody at email@example.com or 379-5633.
Weddings and engagements: These appear with photos in Sunday's Lifestyle section and online at therepublic.com. The deadline for the next Sunday is at noon on Monday. You can fill out the wedding form online here or dowload a PDF of the form here. You can fill out the engagement form online here or download a PDF of the form here. Physical forms are also available at our offices. Contact Sheila Snively for more information or questions, (812) 379-5635 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Go Guide: The Go Guide is the entertainment calendar that appears in our Zone section every Thursday. These should be events such as concerts, shows, performances or other things of interest to the public. They can be submitted to Sheila Snively at 379-5635 or email@example.com. The deadline for Thursday is the previous Friday at noon.
Events and meetings: These appear as space is available on our local news pages. This is generally reserved for items that are open to the public and hold interest for a large number of readers, or are being held by not-for-profit groups, community agencies, schools or government entities. Send those to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 379-5711.
Marketplace: This is for business briefs such as advancements, new hires, awards and classes and appears in our Business sections. These should be e-mailed to Sheila Snively at email@example.com or 379-5635.
Classrooms: School and university news such as graduations or school-related fundraisers should be sent to Paul Minnis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 379-5638.
Photo Guidelines: When sending us photos online or through e-mail for publication, make sure you don't shrink your file size or lower the resolution. We prefer digital photos in JPG format the same size as they come out of your camera.
If you are bringing us a physical photo, we will do our best to get it back to you, but we cannot guarantee that. So don't send us your only copy of a precious photo. If you must leave your only copy, make sure you include contact information and mailing address where we can return it.
Gotcha: Submitted photos featuring kids, pets, sports and general fun appear in Saturday's newspaper on the Neighbors page as space allows. You can send us those photos to email@example.com, drop them off at the office, or send them through the form online here.
Take Your Best Shot: The best photos from local amateur photographers appear on the second page of the newspaper every day and occasionally on our Saturday Neighbors page. Send us those digitally at firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out the form online here but be warned that we have quite the backlog, and it may be quite a while before your photo appears.
Sports scores: Our Sports department begins work late in the afternoon most days and takes scores from local events until about 10:30 p.m. A preferred method of sending results or announcements is to make contact via e-mail at email@example.com, fax at 379-5711 or call Jay Heater, our sports editor, at 379-5645.
Sports announcements: For future events information can be sent via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org but can also be dropped off at the front desk during the day.
Sports Scrapbook: Photos, with all individuals in the picture identified, and basic information about the team's accomplishments for the Sunday section should be dropped off by noon on Friday. They may be emailed to email@example.com.
Sports Names in the Game: Can be sent via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or be dropped off at the front desk, but must be received by Friday noon for Sunday's paper.