STORY SUBMISSION POLICY

A submission does not guarantee that Sturgis 247 will publish it. We will promise to read your story, but we may respectfully decline to use it or hold it for future use. Ensuring your story fits well into the mission of Sturgis 247 and the guidelines presented here will improve the chances it will be used. If you have questions about the types of stories we may feature, submit your idea on the form and ask us for feedback before going through the work of producing the final product.

Secure all necessary approvals before submitting. If your article features a person, business, or event that you are not the representative for, please be sure to have their permission before submitting a story. Unless there are known issues, we do not review your story substantively to determine accuracy or whether it may contain third party materials; that is your responsibility.

Your article will be reviewed to assure compliance with our content standards. These standards are listed below and are aligned to our policies for social media postings. We also ask that articles are in line with our audience/mission (Sturgis area, positive stories) and are not overly promotional; they can talk about a business or group and what they do, just not be solely an advertisement.

We may edit your submitted story. We also reserve the right to edit, shorten, or revise your article. This also includes checking for typos, grammar, and overall style as well as larger revisions to offer our readers a more consistent experience. If there are major revisions to a submitted story we will contact the author and get their comments, corrections, etc.

By submitting a story, you agree to let us use it in a variety of public formats. By completing the submission process you give your non-exclusive consent and authorization for Sturgis 247, Generate Sturgis, and the Sturgis Improvement Association to utilize the content of your story on our website, social media outlets, and other formats. Such authorization includes submissions to third-party publications and media outlets, which said submissions may or may not include Sturgis 247 branding. No compensation will be paid or owing for any submitted story, nor shall Sturgis247, Generate Sturgis or the Sturgis Improvement Association be remunerated in any way for their use or publication of any submitted story. The author’s name will be included on all plublications of the sumitted story. The consent and authorizaiton granted herein is non-exclusive, and so you are free to use or publish your content outside of Sturgis 247, however, such use and/or publication shall not include Sturgis 247 branding without first obtaining prior written permission from Generate Sturgis.

Plan for images to go with your story. For stories featured on Sturgis 247.com, we intend to utilize photos to complement the article. If you have images that can accompany your story, please indicate that on your submission form; we will contact you after reviewing your story to acquire the photos. Images that cannot be solidly credited with the proper copyrights will not be used. We may also choose to take new or different photographs to accompany the story, and will coordinate with you for availability. When photos are submitted, please remember to include information for the caption of each photo, as well as the full name of whomever we should credit for the photo. Also, if there are people in the photo, then get permission to use their photo for publication on Sturgis 247.com.

Share your (published) story! We encourage all of our contributors to promote their articles by sending out links via email and/or social media outlets. Sturgis 247 is about sharing good news stories and we want these stories to reach as many people as possible.

Article Content

What we are looking for: Sturgis 247 is focused on sharing positive stories from community leaders, local organizations, area businesses, and our citizens about living, working, and playing in the city of Sturgis and our surrounding area. The key word here is positive; we want good news and good, interesting stories about our community.

This is NOT an outlet for media releases, rather a place to share stories – for example, we don’t want a who, what, where, why about an Eagle Scout ceremony but may be interested in an article about how an Eagle Scout project is helping improve a local park. We don’t necessarily want an article about the weekly high school basketball game, but may be interested in a story about basketball team’s journey to the State championship for the first time.

Topics of interest include:

  • Business stories
  • Human interest stories
  • Community Events
  • Things to do in the area
  • Great recreation spots

Content Guidelines: Stories that do not meet the intent of Sturgis 247 for positive community content or which violate any of the following standards will not be considered for feature on Sturgis 247.

  • Content that is obscene, threatening, discriminatory, defaming or harassing
  • Content advocating illegal activity or posts violating copyrights or trademarks
  • Content which invades anyone's privacy, impersonates anyone, or contains private personal information (ID numbers, phone numbers, email addresses)
  • Content that discloses information which is confidential by law or regulation
  • Content that constitutes spam, unauthorized advertising, or solicitation
  • Content that is off-topic
  • Content that endorses or opposes any person campaigning for election to a political office or promotes or opposes any ballot proposition
  • Duplicative comments by the same user or multiple users



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