Here is a guide to sending news for publication at YourArlington.com.
To use the Send News button at this site, you no longer must be a registered user. Anyone may send news. Submission is a good start, but it does not mean automatic publication.
All news sent to this site is reviewed. The first test is whether your item related to Arlington. The second is whether it is news.
If it is opinion, then it must be posted at the site's only blog, Your View. To learn how to post to the blog, click here >>
To send news to YourArlington, just click on the Send News button.
That brings up windows into which you:
1.) Enter the headline (Title) for your story.
2.) Enter your full name and email (all have to be real -- no aliases here).
3.) Enter a section (choose News) and category (choose Things to do).
Don't worry about getting this "wrong"; that's what editors are for; and
4.) Copy and paste your story into the "main text" window.
Note: Save the story you want to submit in PLAIN TEXT (.txt), not MS Word.
To do that, save your story in Notepad. Uncheck word wrap, to remove all the hard returns. Then copy and paste that text into the editing windows. Using Word documents can result in stories in which code show up, depending on the browser used.
Once you have text placed in the editing windows, then you may use the tools above those windows to add some basic formatting, such as bold or italics.
5.) Enter the letters and numbers shown in word verification, a step to prevent spam.
6.) If you are ready to finally submit your story for posting, click the Submit button at the bottom.
You will get an automated email that you have sent news; so will the publisher. Be patient, and provide time for review before publication.
Adding an image to your file involves another process and requires a higher level of access. To see the guide for working with an image, click here >>
If you want, you experiment with the image instructions below the window in which you submit content, but the best advice is to follow the image instructions in the above link.
CAUTION: If you try to submit news and get an "invalid token" error, it likely means you are moving too quickly. Take you time with the process.
If you get such an error, clear your browser's cache and try again -- taking your time with each step.
Thanks for participating -- and for your patience.