Freeport News Network and Today In The Port Accepting Story Contributors

Freeport, Illinois – Freeport News Network and Today In The Port are currently seeking story contributors to add to our growing audience needs. Our networks currently reach 100,000 to 200,000 people weekly, or nearly one million people per month and are viewed in all 50 states.

We are currently seeking local stories pertaining to helpful public tips, consumer buying advice, real estate, business, education, religion, community, health, well-being, opinion, travel, legal and financial. This is an incredible opportunity for anyone in the local community to get your message to a bigger local, regional and national audience.

Even if you are a citizen who just has something valuable to offer our readers, we’re seeking weekly, bi-weekly or monthly features from within our local community. Share your knowledge, insight and stories with our readers.

Here’s how our contributor program works:

How many stories can I submit per month? We’re currently seeking weekly, bi-weekly or monthly features, but really it’s up to you. If you have it in you to contribute two articles per week, and the information is varied and informative to our readers, send us two stories a week. It’s really up to you.

Is it okay that I’ve never written for a publication before? Sure is. There’s a first time for everything.

But what if I write for a local paper now?
That’s okay. The paper doesn’t reach everyone and both networks have considerably different audiences in many different locations.  If your goal is to reach people, most publications don’t offer open opportunities such as this so why short yourself on reaching more of them? Some publications don’t want you to share your content, but that’s not what’s best for you or the public.

What would I write about?
Anything you feel passionately about. What do you know a lot of? What information do you think would be valuable for the public to know? Write from your heart, experiences or knowledge.

Do I need photos?
While it is not necessary, photos help relay your message greatly. When you can, send photos with your submissions. We would like a photo of you as well to go with your articles. Logos can also be used.

Word count:
No minimums but posts typically run between 300 and 900 words.

Tone:
Inclusive, accessible and generally positive. Take a look around and see what we’ve previously posted.

Bio and promotion (CV):
We’re more than happy to include a byline and your brief bio containing links to your website, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter accounts, which we will promote when your post goes live. Please keep your bio to just 2-3 sentences.

Please only submit one post at a time:
You’re welcome to submit again with a different post after you’ve submitted one story. No multiple story submissions.

Where do I send the stories?
Send all articles to news@freeportnewsnetwork.com. If you write for us on an ongoing basis, we may give you access to upload and publish stories to our computers on your own.

Please feel free to share anything you think will inspire our audience. We value your insight and perspective and it will be our pleasure to consider your point of view.

If you would like to be one of our contributors, contact us at the email above or call our publisher at 815-291-0968. If you write us, our editorial team will contact you to speak with you further or answer any questions.

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Broadcast news, stories and entertainment for Stephenson County

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