Details on Creating Content for the Gazette: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

by Ray Small

How long should an article be?

400-600 words. Most text programs have a Word Count function (in Microsoft Word, it’s under the “Review” tab). Articles can be shorter. Longer ones may get pared down by the editor. [Editor’s Note: yup.]

Do I need to make the article look fancy?

Nope. In fact, don’t spend any time on formatting (centering, bolding, indenting, etc.). That’s the first thing we remove since our layout software doesn’t like formatted text.

How do I submit an article?

Please send your article as an attachment to an email (rather than copied into the body of the email) to news@hardwickgazette.com.

What about pictures?

Same thing: please send photos as attachments, not copied into the body of your email. Send the largest file you can; that gives us the best resolution to work with. Please include a cutline (the caption that goes with the photo) as a text file attachment to the email. In the cutline, identify the people in your photo and their position (if you can). For example: “(left to right)” or “(in the back, running away from the moose).”

How much should I stress about all this?Writing articles and taking pictures requires a little bit of planning and research, but it should not be stressful. I’d aim for having fun. If you have a question, or are stuck, take a look at a recent copy of the Gazette for guidance. Or send your questions to news@hardwickgazette.com. We’ll be happy to help out via email, over the phone, or over a cup of something (COVID permitting).