Preparing Stories to Post Online

All stories submitted to the website must meet the following requirements.

Before they are submitted, text should be printed out and proofread by the editorial team or others. Make sure it is read by at least two other people.

When all revisions are done, bring your files (in one folder) on a flashdrive to Jen and Phil. You will post it. They will oversee the posting.

All stories must have:

Thumbnail
-Cropped and resized to 675 X 400
-72 ppi
-Saved as .jpg, high quality
-Saved as LastNameSubjectThumb.docx (example: BerkeySquareDanceThumb.jpg)
-Follow these instructions for resizing and saving images

Headline, Homepage Teaser and Story Summary
-Headline – Descriptive, compelling, and uses key words
-Two sentence teaser for the homepage. This should introduce your story and lure reader in.
-Byline (ie By Mark Berkey-Gerard)
-If you do not have an article, you need one paragraph that answers the 5 Ws and summarizes the story presented in the multimedia. It must begin with the City or Township in all caps and hyphen to start first line of text (i.e., HAMILTON – Bob Jones, the blueberry farmer…”)
-Saved as a word doc as LastNameSubjectTeaser.docx (i.e.,BerkeySquareDanceTeaser.docx)

Format Options:

Text article (Maximum 1,000 words)
-Headline
-Two sentence teaser
-Byline
-City or Township in all caps and hyphen to start first line of text (i.e., HAMILTON – Bob Jones, the blueberry farmer…”)
-Hyperlinks embedded in word doc
-Saved as LastNameSubjectText.docx (example: BerkeySquareDanceText.docx)

Photos for text articles (Maximum 3 photos)
-Cropped and resized to approximately 675 X 400
-Resolution 72 ppi
-Saved as .jpg, high quality
-Saved as LastNameSubjectPhoto.jpg and number if more than one
(i.e., BerkeySquareDancePhoto1.jpg, BerkeySquareDancePhoto2.jpg)
-Follow these instructions for resizing and saving images

Photo Essays (A series of at least 5 photos)
-Cropped and resized to approximately 675 X 400
-Resolution 72 ppi
-Saved as .jpg, high quality
-Name them so they are in order that you want them displayed (i.e., BerkeySquareDancePhoto1.jpg, BerkeySquareDancePhoto2.jpg)
-Put them in a folder saved as LastNameSubjectPhotoEssay (i.e., BerkeySquareDancePhotoEssay)
-Follow these instructions for resizing and saving images

Audio (Maximum 90 sec.)
-.mp3, high quality or spoken word
-Saved as LastNameSubjectAudio.mp3 (i.e.,BerkeySquareDanceAudio.mp3)

Audio Slide Show (Maximum 2:30)
-Submit your entire Soundslides file folder
-Saved as LastNameSubjectAudioSlideShow (i.e., BerkeySquareDanceAudioSlideShow)
-Follow these instructions for formatting your audio slide show

Video (Maximum 2:30)
-Large Size  960 X 540, .m4v
-Saved as LastNameSubjectVideo.m4v (i.e., BerkeySquareDanceVideo.m4v)
-Follow these instructions for formatting your video

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