Ponoka News’ editorial policies

Ponoka News has a vibrant community of readers and contributors which is essential to a lively and informative local newspaper. In order for us to keep providing a high standard of news, please be advised of a few of our editorial policies.

News submissions

Length for submissions of news items should be no more than 400 words. Submitted columns may be 400 to 500 words. Submissions may be edited for grammar, to be more concise or for Canadian Press news style, or for good taste. Submitted content will be published as space permits. Handwritten submissions will not be accepted. Content that needs to be published verbatim should run as a paid advertisement.

Letters to the editor

Letters to the editor allow readers, residents and ratepayers a chance to voice concerns, bring issues to the attention of their neighbours or comment on articles they’ve read in Ponoka News. As with any publication, Ponoka News has a few rules regarding letters to the editor.

Letters that are promoting a for-profit business will not be run. That is what advertising is for.

Ponoka News does not become involved in disputes. If a letter is submitted, we will ask if attempts have been made to address the issue with the other party.

In some instances, the other party will be invited to provide a response and the letters will run together in print.

Letters that are defamatory to a business, organization or individual will not be published. Ponoka News is responsible for what it publishes, regardless of the author.

Handwritten submissions will not be accepted. Letters should be no longer than 200 to 300 words in length. Letters will be posted on our website and will run in the paper as space permits.

Online comments

With the freedom to comment comes the responsibility to treat other forum participants with respect – and to take responsibility for your own words. Hostile comments take away from the enjoyment of readers and hurts forum participation.

Comments that are vulgar, contain obscenities, are abusive to other users (i.e. insulting or name-calling), may be hidden or removed without warning.

Comments that include links to other news sources other than Black Press will be removed, or otherwise considered to be spam, such as excessive GIFs or unrelated or duplicate comments, may be removed without warning at the sole discretion of Ponoka News.

Individuals that habitually violate the commenting policy will receive one warning before being banned from the page.

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