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Here at the Brattleboro Reformer 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 If there's a photo, it should be attached separately as a .jpg 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 and .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.

Our letters policy is this: "Writers are limited to one letter per 30-day period. The Reformer reserves the right to edit all letters for length, style and content. Writers should confine letters to 500 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 Reformer does not run anonymous letters. The Reformer does not run letters soliciting funds. Email letters are preferred and should be sent to" However, this policy is not hard and fast; we often receive hand-written letters via the mail, and we often run letters longer than 500 words. We make these decisions on a case-by-case basis.

A reminder: 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.

On a regular basis, 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." In print, we run as much of it as we have space for. Sometimes it's several days, sometimes it's every day. If you don't see your event in the newspaper, it was nothing deliberate; it's just that we haven't had space to run the calendar. However, we do publish the calendar online on a regular basis and try to run a full page of events on the weekend.

We also run "announcements." Non-event items, like scholarship applications being available and such, education news, health notes, etc. 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 802-254-2311, ext. 215.


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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