Here’s Western Wayne News’ full-length policy for letters to the editor. (We’re running an abbreviated policy in our print publication).
WWN welcomes letters to the editor in advance of the Nov. 8 election and about other topics of local interest throughout the year.
Letters about an issue in the fall election or in support of a candidate may be submitted now, and are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, to help in the scheduling of content for a weekly newspaper. They can be a maximum of 250 words and should be as concise as possible.
Letters must be from current or former local residents and must include the writer’s name and town for publication as well as their full address and phone number for verification purposes.
Writers are encouraged to submit only one election-specific letter in order to maximize community participation. Additional letters from the same writer may be published only if space permits.
While not prohibited from writing a letter, local candidates are encouraged to submit answers to questions that they’ll receive from Western Wayne News for an upcoming edition, and to participate in interviews on Whitewater Community Television.
Letters must be the author’s own work (no form letters).
While all opinions are invited, letters should not be libelous, inaccurate, unnecessarily inflammatory or include unverifiable facts. For letters that include claims that are not a matter of public record, the burden of proof of the claim(s) falls upon the letter writer.
Letters can be emailed to email@example.com, mailed or hand-delivered to 26 W. Church St., Cambridge City, IN 47327, during business hours (9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 9 a.m.-noon Thursdays).