FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions & Membership

Frequently Asked Questions.

Where do I find you?
How can I contribute?
Submissions?
Community calendar?
When’s the next issue?
Career opportunities?
Advertising?

Where do I find you?

Since 2003, Newswest has been published within the Kitchissippi Times. The paper is delivered free-of-charge to homes and retail locations within the area of west Ottawa bordered by the O-train tracks and Woodroofe Avenue between the Ottawa River and Carling Avenue. If you have not received your copy, call 613-297-5648 or email;
distribution at kitchissippi dot com

How can I contribute?

There are many ways to contribute to your community paper. We accept volunteer articles, news photos and letters to the editor on a wide range of topics of community interest. See Submissions below for details. We particularly welcome content of specific local flavour. We are also actively inviting our local blogging and graphic amateur artists to create content we can host on-line.

We also look for volunteers to work on the board that helps to guide the paper and website. If you are active in another community organization you could be invaluable to keeping your community newspaper in the know. Single-day volunteers can help us out at local events, where Newswest may be a sponsor, by manning a table, tent or other task.
And you can always become a supporting member of Newswest and vote at the Annual General meeting. see Membership section.

Submissions?

Newswest is always on the lookout for volunteer writers itching to pen a story or snap a photo of the community (the area of west Ottawa bordered by the O-train tracks and Woodroffe Avenue between the Ottawa River and Carling Avenue). Contact the editor about your idea at:
editor at newswest dot org

Articles should be maximum 500 words. Letters to the editor should be maximum 300 words. Community calendar items should be maximum 50 words. Photographs should be 300 Dots Per Inch. Print photos should be 3 by 5 inches.

All signed letters to the editor are welcome. We reserve the right to edit for length and content. Submission deadlines for 2016 are given below or download this Adobe acrobat document.

Community calendar?

Looking to raise awareness of an upcoming, local event? Community calendar notices are free-of-charge for non-profit organizations. Send your notice of about 50 words or less, to:
editor at newswest dot org

Publication is dependent upon space available. Priority is given to notices promoting events within Newswest’s catchment area (the area of west Ottawa bordered by the O-train tracks and Woodroffe Avenue between the Ottawa River and Carling Avenue).

The on-line Community Events Calendar lists those events that have appeared in the paper, that are open-to-all, one-time-contiguous, and take place in the catchment area or environs. Providing a shortened (single sentence) description of your event just for use on-line is appreciated. Place, time, and duration will be extracted from your print version.

When’s the next issue?

Newswest is published 12 times a year. Submission deadlines are typically 10 to 14 days before the Thursday Publication dates. Send submissions for Newswest to:
editor at newswest dot org

The current schedule for 2016 is as follows;

Newspaper Issue Date : Submission Deadline.

(dates may be subject to change).

The community calendar column also appears in those Kitchissippi Times issues without Newswest.
(I.E. Publication dates;

Thursday, January 7, 2016 , February 4,
March 3, March 31, April 28, May 12,
June 9, July 21, August 4, August 18,
September 15, October 13, November 10, December 22, 2016. Any other submissions to Kitchissippi Times should go to; advertising at kitchissippi dot com or to editor at kitchissippi dot com

Submission deadlines for 2016 can be downloaded in this Word document or in this Open Office Document.

Career opportunities?

All submissions to Newswest are on a volunteer basis: Newswest does not compensate contributors, but we would be very happy to receive submissions from you on community stories within our catchment area. If you are an aspiring writer/journalist, it could be very good for your career!

Advertising?

We literally pass the buck on this one. All advertising is handled by Kitchissippi Times within which Newswest is published.
For rates or to place an ad, call Donna Neil at 613-297-5648 or by email;
advertising at kitchissippi dot com

Membership:

A Newswest membership entitles you to add your voice to your community newspaper: members can vote at the annual general meeting and stand for the board of directors. At $5, membership is an affordable way to help Newswest get the word out on community activities and issues.

Look for the membership form in a copy of Newswest. Or download and fill out the attached form (requires Adobe acrobat). Cheques should be made out to Newswest.

Return completed forms with payment to:
Newswest

Please contact the editor before attempting any drop-offs.

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