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Publication Schedules and Deadlines
ConnTact plans to publish in February, April, September, and November 2012. Deadlines are typically four weeks before arrival.
Deadline for the February, 2013 issue: January 18, 2013
Issue Theme: /Serving in the Neighborhood -- Local Mission
We're looking for stories about the hungry being fed, the homeless finding shelter, and the hopeless finding hope. We're looking for stories of spiritual nurture and community building outside the membership rolls of the congregation.
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ConferenceCast 125: 5/16/2013
Eric S. Anderson|
Minister of Communications and Technology
The Connecticut Conference of the UCC welcomes news briefs and press releases from conference churches, as well as from other organizations with news of interest to our members and congregations. Our goal is to share your milestones and important news with the rest of the Conference. The guidelines below will assist us in efficiently sharing your news.
News Briefs are shorter pieces, generally three paragraphs or less, intended for inclusion on the Conference web site in the News Brief section.
Some sample topics for news briefs:
Note: Fundraisers and common church events such as fairs and dinners should be reported as events and submitted through the events form at www.ctucc.org/events/.
Articles or feature stories are a longer format, intended for publication in the News section of the Conference web site or in ConnTact.
For Immediate Release – These words tell us the brief is timely and needs to be shared.
Contact information – Name, phone number, email and postal address of author; these will not be published, but they are necessary.
Dateline – This is the relevant city or town and important in telling audience how you article relates to them.
Lead Paragraph – Your basic message should be contained in these 3-4 sentences. Include Who, What, When, Where, and Why. No need for details here. You can elaborate later.
Paragraphs 2-4 – Develop your brief with details. Always think about your audience and what they need or want to know. Include further discussion on WHY this happened and share HOW it happened with the audience. Quotes give readers a personal connection to the story. Include names and titles of relevant people. Be sure everything is related to the first paragraph, your principal message.
Further Information – If more information on your topic is available, include a short ending paragraph with this information. Be very careful with emails and websites. One wrong letter or number will prevent readers from finding this information.
About the author – We like to close our stories with a sentence about the author. Please note whether you are ordained, the church of which you are a member, and whether you have a post related to your story (church pastor, committee leader, etc.).
The Conference also seeks brief spiritual and theological reflections for inclusion in its "Focus on Faith" series online and in ConnTact. We also have a small sermon library.
Resources are writings that are less about "what's just happened" and more about "here's how to do this" are also welcome. Please contact the communications staff or Ruth Dudley Resource Center staff about your project.
If you have photographs to accompany your story, we would love to see them and include them if possible. Please send them via email to the Conference media staff. Please make sure that the total file size of any one email is less than 10 MB (megabytes), as this is the limit on our (and most) email systems. We prefer uncropped, unedited photos at the original resolution, as this best permits use in a variety of media.
We can also accept photos delivered on CD. We can work with most graphic formats.
Please accompany photos with text that identifies the subject(s). Please be sure you have the permission of people who are recognizable in any photo before sending it.