You be the reporter
With readers' help, Open Source is the hub of digital information for Yamhill Valley
Dec 26, 2012 | 1 Comment
The rise of social media and mobile information has opened the door for newsrooms to interact with its readers like never before. It’s a completely new method to gather and share information.
For the News-Register and Yamhill Valley residents, Open Source is that vehicle. Contributing can be as simple as snapping a photo or video with your cell phone and submitting it with a caption. But we also encourage fuller blog posts. Consider this the hub of Yamhill Valley's growing blogosphere. Write a review of a local wine release. Tell the story of an encounter had during an event. Recap an interesting conversation with a friend, relative, mailman or stranger.
To ensure quality, content submitted for publication is juried by News-Register staff. Submissions can be edited for grammar and news articles will be fact-checked before publications. The News-Register has full rights to publish submitted content on its website or in its newspaper product.
Here are a few tips to ensure your work is published:
-- Appeal to a broad audience: Content that will interest many trumps that which entertains only a few.
-- No shameless promotion: We want posts from readers with that worthwhile information or entertainment factor, not a sales pitch for your friend's food cart. If you'd like to promote an upcoming event, tell a story that will engage people instead of just writing a straight listing.
-- Provide links to outside information: Give your two cents, but also provide readers the opportunity to explore further.
-- Provide contact of sources: If posts include factual information, we will have to check to ensure what is being published is true. Providing contacts will make it easier for N-R staff to do this and increase the likeliness of your post being published.
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