Election season is an important and amazing part of the democratic process. GOOD Morning Wilton is excited to cover events in Wilton for another year. We’ve outlined some of our policies and guidelines for how we’ll cover the elections and work with the campaigns.
Please feel free to direct any questions or discuss things with our editor and publisher, Heather Borden Hervé. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Letters to the Editor
- GMW welcomes Letters to the Editor from all Wilton residents. Letters from non-residents will be considered if space permits and if the subject impacts Wilton.
- Letters must be signed with full names; GMW does NOT publish anonymous letters or letters signed with a pseudonym.
- Letters regarding Election 2016 and any candidate will be published on Fridays as part of a single article with all letters received during the week. Letters will run every Friday beginning Friday, Oct. 6 through Friday, Nov. 4.
- Only 5 letters will be published each week in the chronological order they were received. Any letter not included one week will be held for consideration the following week.
- There is a 250-word limit for letters regarding candidates and election issues.
- FOR 2016: Given the national election’s contentious nature, GMW will NOT publish any letters that are negative about the presidential candidates and the national race. We welcome letters written in support of candidates and their platforms. With plenty of other places online and elsewhere to channel negative communication, we’d like to keep GMW free of such rhetoric.
- While we encourage as much participation in the democratic process as possible, GMW will only publish more than one letter from the same writer during election season if space permits. We can only publish one letter per writer each Friday. We reserve the right to ‘bump’ a letter from a repeat-writer for letters from first-time writers.
- Letters regarding local Wilton candidates and local Wilton-specific issues will be given preference, especially if we near our 5-letter limit.
- If we feel a letter does not fit our general editorial policies or those outlined here, we will do our best to contact the author and request changes or suggest alternative approaches. We also reserve the right to reject a letter if we feel it does not follow our guidelines, editorial mission or policies expressed in this article.
- We reserve the right to edit letters for grammar, spelling and GMW editorial style standard. We will NOT change letters for content.
- Email letters to email@example.com before Thursday at noon of each week.
- GMW will not make any endorsements.
- GMW will publish third-party endorsement announcements once per week, where appropriate. Every effort will be made to confirm information and quote accuracy.
- We will publish candidate endorsements on Tuesdays as part of a single article with all endorsements received the prior week. Endorsements will run when necessary, beginning Tuesday, Oct. 4 through Tuesday, Nov. 1.
- Endorsements will be published in the chronological order they were received. Any endorsement not included one week will be held for consideration the following week.
- We reserve the right to edit endorsement announcements as we do for any other press release—for grammar, spelling, brevity and GMW editorial style standard. We will NOT change the endorsement or subject matter.
- Email all endorsement announcements to firstname.lastname@example.org before Monday at noon each week.
Campaign News Coverage & Op-Eds
- GMW will cover news as warranted. Should any candidate participate in any activity that is deemed newsworthy by GMW—whether or not it is campaign related—coverage will follow accordingly. We will continue to monitor and assess our coverage for standards of fairness and equal access, acknowledging that those are different yet related.
- When a candidate is covered in editorial reporting by GMW, he or she will be identified as being a candidate for election, regardless of whether the news event is campaign related.
- We will not run any advance notices or editorial coverage of fundraisers.
- We ask candidates and their campaign staff/volunteers to read our policies and guidelines when drafting statements, submissions, letters, etc..
- Each political party/town committee will be able to submit one op-ed on behalf of its slate of candidates, and/or platform, for publication Monday, Nov. 7. This op-ed can be no longer than 600 words. Deadline for submitting any slate/platform op-ed material for the Nov. 7 issue is Wednesday, Nov. 2 at noon.
- FOR 2016: Given the national election’s contentious nature, GMW will NOT publish any written submissions that are negative about the presidential candidates and the national race. We welcome letters written in support of candidates and their platforms. With plenty of other places online and elsewhere to channel negative communication, we’d like to keep GMW free of such rhetoric.
- If we feel the material submitted does not fit our general editorial policies or those outlined here, we will do our best to contact the author and request changes or suggest alternative approaches. We reserve the right to refuse publication based on our current policies.
- We reserve the right to edit op-ed submissions for grammar, spelling and GMW editorial style standard. We will NOT change material for content or meaning.
- Throughout Election 2016 season, we welcome submissions of op-eds from candidates and their staff. Candidates will be identified as candidates. Word count is limited to 800 words.
- Candidates will be limited to one op-ed apiece, from 28 through Nov. 4. There will be no candidate op-eds to run after that date.
- We strongly suggest candidates/campaigns contact the GMW editor well in advance if you plan to submit op-eds to be considered for publication. Any materials will be considered when space permits. Understand that editorial schedules and news events may preclude available space, and unless editors are aware that materials will be submitted for consideration, space may not be guaranteed. The last day to submit op-eds for consideration is Monday, Oct. 31.
- If campaigns would like to submit photographs for consideration, all files should be jpegs, preferably in horizontal format.
- GMW reserves the right to edit all submissions for grammar and editorial style. Edits will not change the meaning or intent of the writer.
- Op Ed vs. Letter to the Editor: Unless there are extraordinary circumstances, an Op Ed is something submitted by a town or public official, or an official representing a public organization, writing about something that is topical or in the news. Submissions by all other writers would be considered as a Letter to the Editor. GMW reserves the right for final determination of how submissions are classified.
Our policies make clear that personal attacks will not be published. If any materials submitted by a candidate or individual about an opponent or another candidate, we reserve the right to seek independent confirmation and to offer the subject an opportunity to respond.
We also reserve the right to revisit and/or amend these guidelines if we feel it’s necessary. We encourage any reader—candidate or voter—to contact us and discuss anything related to our stated policy.
Candidates and Town Committees are solely responsible for meeting deadlines specified above.