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How do I get my ... into the newspaper?

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

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, fax 379-5711 or call 379-5633, and we will help you get it into the paper.

How do I send you a news tip?

How do I get an obituary into the newspaper?

How do I submit an Orchid or Onion?

How do I submit a short anniversary for Around Town?

How do I submit an anniversary for the Sunday Lifestyles section?

How do I submit a birthday for Around Town?

How do I submit an event for the online calendar or the daily Page A2 Community Calendar?

How do I submit an item for Wednesday's or Saturday's Religion News?

How do I submit an item for Saturday's Neighbors page?

How do I submit an item for Columbus Notebook?

How do I submit an item for Socially Speaking?

How do I submit military news?

How do I submit a wedding announcement?

How do I submit an event for the Go Guide in Zone?

How do I submit an event or meeting announcement?

How do I submit business news for the Marketplace?

How do I submit school or university news for Classrooms?

What are The Republic's photo guidelines?

How do I submit my artistic photo for Take Your Best Shot?

How do I submit a sports score?

How do I submit a sports announcement?

How do I submit an item for the Sports Scrapbook?

How do I submit someone for Names in the Game?

News submissions

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, fill out the form here or call 379-5633.

Obituaries: We run short, free obituaries each day on the On the Record page. We also run paid obituaries on that page that are longer and may include a photo.

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

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.

To submit an Orchid or Onion, e-mail, fill out our form here or call 375-5280 for Orchids, 375-5283 for Onions.

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 website.

To submit the one-sentence type, e-mail, fill out the Around Town form on or call 375-5281. Our deadline for the next day is noon.

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, 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.

The easiest way to get this information into the paper is to fill out the form here.It may also be e-mailed to Sheila Snively at

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 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 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 Kirk Johannsen at 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 Brian Blair at  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 Kirk Johannsen at or 379-5633.

Weddings and engagements: These appear with photos in Sunday's Lifestyle section and online at 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

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 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 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 or 379-5635. 

Classrooms:  School and university news such as graduations or school-related fundraisers should be sent to Michelle Sokol at or 379-5638.

Photo submissions

Photo Guidelines: When submitting your photos by e-mail for publication, make sure you do not shrink the file size or lower the resolution. We prefer digital photos in JPG format the same size as they come out of your camera. Submit your photos to Photos cannot be returned.

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.

Take Your Best Shot: Republic readers are welcome to submit photos for our daily Take Your Best Shot feature. Photos are selected based on their potential interest to others, and appear on the second page of the newspaper every day. To give a wider variety of photographers a chance to participate, we limit the number of published photos from any single submitter to two per month. Send us your digital photos to, or fill out the form online here.  Because of the volume of submissions, it may take a while before your submission is published.


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, 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 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

Sports Names in the Game: Can be sent via e-mail at or be dropped off at the front desk, but must be received by Friday noon for Sunday's paper.

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