General Article Requirements

  • The article must be connected to Barrington, New Hampshire in some way.
    • i.e. An article about the Barrington Public Library.
    • i.e. An article about Market Basket at the Lee Traffic Circle, because Barrington residents shop there.
  • The article must benefit the community of Barrington, NH.
    • i.e. A story about a car crash just because it happened doesn’t qualify.
    • i.e. The Barrington Police Log qualifies because it raises public awareness about local crime. There should be links to resources on how to prevent crime from affecting Barrington residents, also.
  • If the article is about politics, it must cover both sides of the story.
    • i.e. If the article is about a Democratic issue, it must also cover the Republican side of the issue, if there is one, and vice versa.
  • If the article is about a political candidate, equal coverage must be provided to any other candidates running against them.
    • i.e. If there are two candidates running for the same seat, both candidates must receive fair and equal coverage.
  • If the article is about a business, it must be Press worthy – which means it must benefit the public’s knowledge in some significant way.
    • i.e. A ribbon-cutting ceremony qualifies because the public would not have known about the business opening before.
    • i.e. A company offering a new service may or may not qualify – depending upon what type of service, and whether there is another company that already provides it. If there's another company that already provides the service, it should be mentioned, if the context of the article is even Press worthy.
    • i.e. A company that just wants to be promoted in the Press to obtain more business doesn’t qualify, but stories may be written about local companies in the Business section for various reasons.
  • If the article is about a business, it must not be covered excessively, unless if it is about community-based involvement. Businesses that want constant coverage by the newspaper will need to pay for advertising.
  • There is such a thing as a paid article for the newspaper, that would allow a business or person to make edits to the content to ensure it provides the right message that they want to provide to the community.
  • For articles covering minors, the parents must sign a release form allowing Barrington Town News to publish any information about their child.
  • Every article should be 1.5 to 2.5 pages of text, free of spelling and grammatical mistakes, and must be on the point of the article’s title. It should be optimized for SEO-friendliness, and readability, using a tool such as Textmetrics or Copywritely.
  • The article must not contain hate speech, unnecessary criticism, or controversial information – it should be beneficial to the readers in Barrington all around.
  • The article or any content must be approved for ages 13+, which means no adult content, i.e. nudity or partial nudity. The article or content doesn't need to be written at a 6th-grade reading level - it just needs to be age-appropriate.
  • The article must not provide external hyperlinks to for-profit companies that the author or their associates are employed in any manner unless specifically authorized by Barrington Town News.
  • Additional terms will be posted at a later date, so be sure to check back to make sure your article is compliant with our policies.