What is news?
Christian service workers
Vacation Bible School
A creative angle
Important legal matters
For legal reasons:
How should the news be organized?
Place the important news first. Remember the five W's and the H: Who, What, When, Where, Why and (sometimes) How. Suggest a creative title.
How long is an article?
Less than 500 words. With a picture or two, this fills a page.
What about spelling?
Please ensure the names of people, businesses, and places are spelled correctly: Dueck, Dyck, Dick; Bear Lake Bible Camp. Spelling is critical in wedding/birth announcements and news about illness or death.
How often should a report be sent?
Four to six reports per year are welcome by fax, e-mail, or regular mail.
How long before the report is printed?
The magazine works about two months ahead. If you submit an article by April 8, for instance, it will appear in the June issue. The “next” issue is two months away.
Will all the photos go in?
Unfortunately, we do not guarantee this. We suggest only one or two photos be sent with each report.
What if a report is missed?
Focus on what is current or important. Given our publishing cycle, "old" news gets even older.
What happens to the report after you get it?
It is edited as needed (tightened, rearranged or title added). In layout, a report might be cut to fit; we might decide between a paragraph and a picture.
What about pictures and captions?
Colour photos are fine. Do not send pictures that are unclear or have people’s eyes closed. Photos are to be normal size, high resolution, and sent as an attachment (not embedded). One or two pictures are adequate. Captions list people in order they appear, not man first.
How are birth announcements reported?
HILL– to Jack and Jill of Winnipeg, Man., a son, Jerry Cole, on Oct. 1, 2014.
Use the above format. It will save everyone work. A father, mother, and child might have different surnames.
What about wedding notices?
Check the spellings and surnames of all people. The parents might be married to each other or not. We don’t announce engagements.
What about obituaries?
They are to be under 500 words (poetry included). If not, please ask the family to shorten it. (To avoid hurt feelings, we prefer the family do it.) A clear photo is needed. There is no charge. As stated earlier, there is a delay in publishing.
What if a new reporter takes over?
Let us know. Encourage the new reporter.
What is a reporter's role?
News is what happens and what people say about it. With churches holding similar events, there is room for creativity.
Anything to avoid?
Cliches: delicious food, good fellowship, a good time was had by all. Ink that smears. Captions that do not identify people. Using Mr. and Mrs. instead of couples' names. Too many exclamation marks. Use of &.
What if help is needed?
Contact us: 204-326-6401; firstname.lastname@example.org. Send us your e-mail address so we can clarify details.
Your work is appreciated.
Together we encourage our readers (Heb. 10:24-25). Your work is appreciated. You have a solid readership of an important section in The Messenger. Thank you for working to inform us of what is happening within the life of your congregation. This is important to the life and work of our EM Conference.