Tips for getting your news in the Advocate
Keep the news coming. It is appreciated.
Since the launch of the North Georgia Advocate in June 2009, we have identified a clear trend: We are hearing from more churches on a regular basis and getting more news items submitted and published.
And now, with the Advocate also available on the Internet, there is more opportunity to connect with us and get your news shared across the conference.
To help understand the process, and how to get your news published in the Advocate, here are a few reminders and helping hints:
We work on the Advocate well in advance of publication date. We need submissions two weeks ahead of publication date. The Advocate is published twice a month, on the first and third Friday. So, for the April 1 edition, the copy deadline is March 18. For the April 15 edition, the deadline is April 1. For The May 6 edition, the deadline is April 22.
The most efficient way to submit copy and photos is to e-mail them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
. You can also mail submissions to: North Georgia Advocate, 4511 Jones Bridge Circle, Norcross, GA. 30092.
When applicable, include plenty of names with your items. The more the better. We want to acknowledge the people who are involved in missions and ministry in news items as well as photographs. When submitting a photograph, please identify as many people as possible.
We require high resolution photos for print publication. When e-mailing photos, please send them as large files, preferably 300 DPI (dots per inch). Many photos sent by e-mail are set at 72 DPI, which is not high enough quality for print publication (though it is fine for a website).
We don’t give preference to news from large churches. While it is true that larger churches have greater resources, and are often engaged in exciting, dynamic ministries, the Advocate has never rejected a news item because a church is too small.
We are eager to share stories of successful ministry efforts for two reasons: to celebrate the victories and provide helpful ideas to other churches. We are a connectional system and everyone benefits by sharing information.
As part of our mission, we focus almost exclusively on news and events happening in north Georgia, involving north Georgia churches and people. Broader church topics involving national and international issues are more applicable for publication in the UM Reporter.
It is our standard practice not to publish book reviews. Requests to review books come in virtually every week and there is not have enough space to accommodate them. We are currently considering options for including a books section in the Advocate.
Glenn Hannigan is editor of the North Georgia Advocate. If you have any other questions about the Advocate, or news to share, e-mail him at email@example.com.