The Acadiana Catholic
is the official newspaper of the Lafayette Diocese. The purpose
of this monthly publication is to report news stories and promote
religious events within the eight civil parishes that make up
the diocese. In helping the limited staff to meet this goal,
submissions from volunteer correspondents are always welcome.
However, if you would like to submit news stories or photographs
to the newspaper, there are a few helpful items the staff would
like you to remember.
Please note that routine and everyday activities of a church parish, school or other organization do not quality as newsworthy. Due to space constraints and a commitment to covering all aspects of the diocese equally, the Acadiana Catholic cannot publish such items.
When writing a news release, remember to be brief
yet thorough. Include the time, date and place of your story.
Identify any church parishes, schools, and organizations involved.
You may also include the appropriate contact information for
readers to follow up if they choose. Avoid excessive descriptions;
the editor and staff of the Acadiana Catholic do reserve
the right to edit and revise all submitted copy if it is too
long. Please refer to the other side of this flyer for examples
of acceptable and unacceptable press releases.|
News stories should be sent to the Acadiana Catholic on standard 8 1/2 x 11 white paper; use 1 margins and double spacing. On the upper right hand corner of the first page, include the name, phone number, and/or email address of the contact person for the story. This is a must in case the editor has any additional questions about the story.
Photographs should be sent in with an attachment that clearly and properly identifies each individual pictured. Be sure to provide the correct spellings and titles for everyone. You may also include a brief description of what is happening in the photo. The same contact information required for a news story is also required for photographs.
Please note that submitted photos will not be returned unless it is requested. If you would like your photo returned, include a self-addressed stamped envelope when you send it. Otherwise, all photographs will be kept on file in the Acadiana Catholic offices.
News stories may be submitted to the Acadiana Catholic
a number of ways. They can be hand delivered to the office, located
in the Immaculata Center at 1408 Carmel Avenue, Lafayette,
LA, 70501; they may also be mailed in to the same address,
with the attention line ATTN: Acadiana Catholic.
News stories may also be faxed to (337) 261-5560. Lastly, they
can be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or to email@example.com.
Remember to appropriately identify your submission in the subject
line of the email.|
Photographs cannot be faxed, but all other methods of delivery apply. However, if they are sent by email, they must be sent as either a TIFF (*.tif) or JPEG (*.jpg) file
The deadline for all submissions to the Acadiana Catholic is the 15th day of the month preceding the desired month of publication. The date may seem early, but please remember that the staff will be working on other stories and other submissions will be coming in. Sending your news story and/or photograph in as soon as possible helps to ensure that space will be available to print it. Keep in mind that you can never submit an item too early; it can always be held on file until it is time to run it.
If you have any further questions, please contact any member of the office staff:
Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon Friday.
following is an example of a poor and unacceptable press release:|
This example is too long, and it does not provide all of the necessary information. No church parish is identified, and no meeting place or time is given. Also, no contact name is given for the story, which means the editor has no way of calling to obtain the missing information.
A better approach to submitting this press release would be as follows:
Contact information is given in case the editor has any questions, and the text is short and precise. The double spacing leaves room for editor's comments and marks in case any changes need to be made.