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Here at the Bennington Banner we print a lot of material submitted to us by our readers, as well as many others looking to get their message out. Whether it's columns, letters to the editor, community events, announcements or photos, we're an excellent resources for folks who have something to share with their community.

We'd like to make communicating with us easier, so the following is a short primer on how best to do that.

First, the best way to send us anything you want printed is to email it to news@benningtonbanner.com. If there's a photo, it should be attached separately as a .jpeg file. The text of the document is best put into the email body itself, not as a separate attachment. While we can pull content from .pdf .docx files, they don't always format correctly and it takes added time to process them.

Email truly is the best way to submit something to us. We understand not everybody can easily use email, so we will take paper copies, but if at all possible, this is the best route.

Letters to the editor

Our letters policy is this: "Writers are limited to one letter per 30-day period. The Banner reserves the right to edit all letters for length, style and content. Writers should confine letters to 400 words in length. All letters to the editor must include a name, address and telephone number for purposes of confirmation to be considered for publication. The Banner does not run anonymous letters. The Banner does not run letters soliciting funds. Email letters are preferred and should be sent to news@benningtonbanner.com."

Since not everyone is Ernest Hemingway, we've been flexible about the word limit. But long-winded writers should keep in mind, "Brevity is the soul of wit," and that quite often, "less is more."

Columns

A long letter to the editor does not a column make. Generally, we like our columnists to be either fairly good writers who can produce something interesting on a regular basis, or people with some specialized knowledge they can share with the general public. If you think you want to write a column for us, we can discuss that prospect. You know where to send the email.

Calendar items

Every day we run a community events calendar. Our submission rules are: "We only accept events that are free to attend or benefit nonprofits or charitable causes. We prefer to receive submissions via email, and would like the information to be in plain text in the body of the email."

We're frequently asked, "When is my event running? I don't see it in the calendar."

Our rolling community calendar file has seven days of events. It goes up online (usually) every day. In print, we run as much of it as we have space for. Sometimes that's all seven days, sometimes it's only a few. We used to keep recurring events (Every Monday, every second Thursday, etc.) in with the regular calendar, but we felt it was getting bloated and so we've put those events in a separate calendar that (Ideally) runs every Saturday and shows events for the coming week.

We also run "announcements." Non-event items, like scholarship applications being available and such. The rules here are similar to community events, they have to be free to participate or benefit a nonprofit or charitable cause.

Finally, if you have any questions about submitting something, don't hesitate to ask by calling 802447-7567 Ext. 115.


TALK TO US

If you'd like to leave a comment (or a tip or a question) about this story with the editors, please email us. We also welcome letters to the editor for publication; you can do that by filling out our letters form and submitting it to the newsroom.



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