The Sentinel welcomes letters, local event submissions, and articles written by community members about local issues/topics related to Citrus Heights. Submissions by politicians, political campaigns or candidates will not typically be published, unless addressing a specific local issue.
Please include contact information and refer to the following guidelines before making a submission:
Letters to the Editor: (100 to 200 words) Letters on current local issues of general concern or addressing stories published in the past month may be submitted online and will be considered for publication. Submissions must include the author’s full name and primary city of residence. Priority will be given to well-written letters from residents of Citrus Heights.
Submitting a press release: Submitting a press release about a local event is a great way to get a potential story published on The Sentinel about your recent or upcoming event. Events that are more than one week old will typically not be covered, due to our commitment to timely reporting. For an example of what information to include in a press release, see article: http://www.inc.com/guides/
Submitting an event: Event information can be submitted at any time, with most local events being published in The Sentinel’s monthly calendar, “Citrus Heights This Month.” Please include who is sponsoring the event, what the topic is, where it will be held, why it’s being held, and when it is scheduled for. If available, also include a contact phone number and website.
Submitting an opinion piece: (400 to 800 words) Opinion pieces may be written about any local issue or topic directly affecting residents or businesses in Citrus Heights. Authors are not held to the conflict-of-interest standards of a typical news article, with writers free to express their opinions on timely local issues.
*NOTE: By submitting an article, opinion piece, or letter to the editor, you affirm to be the author or copyright holder of said work and authorize The Sentinel to publish the content, with minor editing, on its website. All submissions may be edited by The Sentinel for length, clarity, grammar, or inappropriate/irrelevant content.
News articles written by Citrus Heights residents about local events and recent news are also considered for publication, but must meet more strict guidelines to ensure professional standards are met:
Submitting a news article: (300 to 700 words)
- The article must be well-written and focus on a newsworthy topic directly related to Citrus Heights.
- News article submissions are held to ethical standards stated in the Society of Professional Journalists code: see http://www.spj.org/
- Avoid conflicts of interest: The author of the article must be reasonably independent from the topic or organization being reported on. (For example: we would not publish a word-for-word article about an event written by its sponsor, or an article about an organization by a director, employee, owner, or funder of the organization. Such submissions should be made instead as a press release.)
- The author should strive to demonstrate a commitment to objectivity and facts, rather than opinions.