A.The best way to alert the newsroom of an upcoming event is to e-mail the local news staff at
email@example.com, but on short notice you may want to call the local news desk at 202-334-7300. Please contact the newsroom as far in advance as possible. This gives you a better chance for coverage.
Q. I have taken a photo and video of flooding in my neighborhood. Would The Post be interested in running these?
A. Yes. Readers may e-mail breaking news photos to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Send the image as a jpeg and provide as much information about the story as possible. For the video, send an e-mail describing the scene to email@example.com. In either case, an editor will contact you before the Post will agree to use your material. Your photo or video will not be considered without the following information: your name, address and phone number.
Q. What happens when I e-mail or call a reporter or columnist?
A. E-mails sent to the address at the bottom of a story, or messages sent by clicking on a reporter’s byline at washingtonpost.com are the best way to make an initial contact with a reporter. Writers and columnists often use readers’ tips and comments as ideas for articles and leads for news stories. All Post staffers are urged to answer reader e-mails, but because of the volume of tips, comments and messages we receive we cannot promise that each note will receive an individual response.
If you call our newsroom, you may find a writer or reporter available and ready to talk, or your call may be forwarded to a voice mailbox if the reporter is away from the desk. If the reporter is unavailable and you do not want to leave a voice message, you will be redirected back to a news aide who should be able to help.
Q. What happens when I send something in or call a story in to The Post?
A. E-mails and letters not directed to a specific staff member will be read by a news
aide. A call to any of the numbers listed in this guide will probably be answered first by a news aide. News aides are trained to look for and check facts, and can write up simple news items and carry them through to publication. If a story warrants a reporter or photographer, an editor will dispatch them to the scene. The editor, reporter and photographer are responsible for carrying the story through to publication in print or on line.
Q. I called a story in last week and The Post never printed it. Why?
A. There are many reasons why an item does not make it into the paper. Perhaps your story only appeared on-line. Or maybe the suggestion came in on a day when there were many news items of higher priority. Don’t give up. Continue to contact The Post whenever you have something that you think the paper should print.