Three Ways To Get Your Message Out
The Lansing Star Online is a Web-only newspaper. If you are thinking of submitting an article to the Lansing Star please take a moment to review these brief guidelines (below).
We DO accept articles and columns from volunteer writers, and press releases that are written in news story form (see brief guidelines below). We prefer local stories or stories about people from the Lansing or Ithaca area. We also want business and entertainment stories from all of Tompkins County, NY.
What We Accept
The Lansing Star's beat is Lansing, NY including the Town and Village of Lansing. But we also cover Ithaca and Tompkins County, especially in our Business, Around Town, and Entertainment sections. Please keep this in mind when submitting items to us. We will rarely feature an item as a story if it is not about local people, places, and organizations, or Tompkins County businesses, theaters, galleries, etc. If you think we are in Michigan, please don't submit!
We DO NOT accept announcements of events as stories.
Please do not confuse news stories with announcements. We will not run announcements on our content pages (unless they are paid announcements -- see below). However, if you are planning an event we do accept stories about it if written according to our guidelines. We prefer to cover events when they take place, but if there is a news-worthy story about the preparation of an event we may consider running it. For instance you might send a piece on the creation of floats for a parade, or some other angle that would be interesting to readers.
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For All Stories
See the other pages on this site for news article and press release writing hints.
** You must be the photographer or copyright owner of pictures you send for publication. We accept pictures in JPG, GIF, and PNG format. We do not download pictures from links you send us.
If a press release is submitted in the form of a news story (see above) we will consider it for publication.
We are a small newspaper trying to survive by selling ads to provide quality local news to our readers, and 'gimmes' -- announcements of events or programs that ask for a reader response -- compete with our ad sales, therefore we are unable to publish these releases.
We do offer our free events calendar and a very reasonable paid announcement option for non-profits (see below).
Announcements by non-profits and municipalities can be placed in content areas (where news stories are) a weekly fee. Examples are job openings, municipal or public meetings, or items for sale. These are clearly labeled as "paid."
Paid announcements should be two short paragraphs or less. Text only, no pictures. (Click for advertising rates)
Enter your events at IthaCalendar.com. This same calendar is the one used in the Star, as well as Wikatha.com, so entering it once will make your event show up in all these places.
Entering your events in this way gets them seen. This is a free, moderated service. You must enter your own events. We do not have staff to enter events for you -- no exceptions.