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Newspaper communities online

June 25, 2009

Newspaper communities online

By Denise Scammon

Encourage visitors to join the paper’s community (borrowed from MPR, thanks Michael Caputo)

Sun Media Online Community

Become part of a Sun Media Online Community and join others who help make Sun Media products even stronger.

Share your observations, insights and experience. Your information will be noted by our reporters and editors who may follow up with a request for more information, or perhaps an interview.

Share what you know. Add your insight to our news coverage.

We call this the Sun Media Community. We rely on people like you — our public sources. You have knowledge and insights that can help us cover the news in greater depth and uncover stories we might not otherwise find.

Some of our public sources end up in our stories. Others prefer to just help us get at the heart of a story. Nothing you share with us goes into the news flow or the Web without your clear permission. So, please help us create the great stories that have made you a Sun Media reader.

What you can expect by becoming a public source

  • An occasional e-mail asking for your insight on issues we plan to cover — you respond only if you have knowledge; otherwise ignore the request
  • An occasional follow-up call or e-mail to get more information, if we follow a lead you provide
  • Confidentiality: We won’t quote you in our news products or the Web without your permission
  • An open line for you to tell our news readers what stories are important to you, your family and your community and help us set our coverage priorities
  • An occasional invitation to public Sun Media forums we hold in your area
  • No spam, marketing calls, or requests for money — your information is private and is not shared outside of a small circle of Sun Media journalists
  • You may be called on to help with national stories through Sun Media.

Your help will make Sun Media news coverage stronger

  • By giving Sun Media access to first person information and sources, new story ideas, a wider range of perspectives, and information that helps us identify under-covered or emerging issues
  • By broadening our network of sources and strengthening our connections with diverse people around the region
  • By helping us create deeper and more relevant reporting based on a diverse range of sources

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