News and Views
Sentinel staff hopes to build newspaper into an institution, with some help from our readers
News and Views
Welcome to the Edison/Metuchen Sentinel.
Our goal is to become a part of your weekly routine. We know we have a tough road ahead of us and that we will have to earn your trust over time, but we are confident that, after a while, the Sentinel will join the ranks of the best community newspapers out there and you will look forward to reading it each week.
Here at Greater Media, we believe that local municipal and school news stories — and top-notch local sports coverage — are only part of the foundation of a good community newspaper. We place just as much emphasis on bringing our readers features about the people, places and events that make Edison and Metuchen special and unique places to live.
In order to do that, we need you. Pick up the phone and give us a call. Or, if you happen to think of us the next time you are tapping away at the computer, send us an e-mail to tell us know what is going on in your neighborhood. Often, some of our best story ideas come not from reporters and editors, but straight from an average reader who picks up the phone and says, "I’ve never called the newspaper before, but I know of something…"
If you know of an upcoming community event that you think deserves coverage, or would like to get the word out on an event so others can join you, we’re more than happy to help.
Clubs and nonprofit groups are encouraged to send us news of upcoming events.
You can reach me by e-mail at email@example.com and by fax at (732) 780-4192. You can also call me directly with news tips or feedback on the paper at (732) 358-5200, ext. 8313. I answer my own phone, and look forward to speaking with many of you in the weeks to come.
As a service to you, we provide a forum to share important social events in your life — such as engagements, marriages, birth announcements, and milestone wedding anniversaries — with the community. We also publish announcements on dean’s list honors, scholastic achievements, military service, business announcements and other community honors. Call the Sentinel’s editorial assistant, Lucille Price, at (732) 358-5200, ext. 8314, to request a form to fill out. All of our services are free of charge.
Although we promise to try our best to capture the spirit of the community in our news pages, sometimes nobody can say it better than you.
We will publish letters-to-the-editor every week on the editorial page. However, those who would like to have their submissions considered for publication do have to follow our ground rules.
In general, letters should be kept to about 250 words, although we sometimes will run longer submissions as guest columns.
We promise to always run letters that fairly represent the differences of opinion among our readers, even when they disagree with us. However all submissions are subject to editing for length, as well as grammar, spelling and libelous content.
We have Monday production deadlines for our Wednesday paper, so if your submissions are time sensitive, please get them to us as early as possible.
I hope you found the first issue of the Sentinel interesting and informative — and that you like the next one even better.