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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I noticed a problem with your website, who should I notify?

A: David Anderson, our associate editor, maintains our website. Contact him by e-mailing him at this address:

Q: Why don't you have an item that is in the paper on the website?

A: Our website is a sampling of the current week's issue of the newspaper. We post a few stories from the front page, a few stories from the sports page, obituaries, classifieds, legal notices and a few other items as a teaser. You will not find the entire newspaper online.

Q: Is there a way I can help with the accuracy of the newspaper?

A: We at The Reaper are the first to admit that we're not perfect, however, strive to provide our readers with the best in quality community journalism. In most jobs, if someone makes a mistake, it is virtually forgotten over a period of time, if not by the next day.

However, that isn't the case with print journalism.

Because we are a record of history, when we at The Reaper make a mistake, it is there for everyone to read, for what seems like forever.

Though we accept full responsibility for what we print, mistakes and all, it is very helpful to us if we receive accurate information from those making submissions to us. Please understand, we realize that we have received accurate information, and then somehow have managed to mess it up more often than not without any good reason or explanation.

However, let's just say that it improves our odds if we have accurate information from the beginning. Oftentimes, The Reaper receives an article, which has one or more names spelled two to three different ways. If we are fortunate enough to catch the discrepancies, trying to locate someone who can provide and verify accurate information sometimes can be very difficult. Though there are ever-increasing privacy concerns and issues, which we respect, it is also helpful to The Reaper if an organization will provide us with a master list of correctly spelled first and last names typed or printed.

For more information, contact Reaper editor Sandy Phillips at (435) 896-5476, ext. 21.

Q: How do you chose pictures for the front page?

A: Plain and simple, the feature photo is what The Reaper believes to be the best photo in any given weeks issue.

This, among many other reasons, is why we discourage posed grip and grin photographs.

For a shot at feature photo whether taken by Reaper staff, or submitted as a courtesy, try an action photo instead.

For more information, contact Reaper editor Sandy Phillips at (435) 896-5476, ext. 21.

Q: How do I submit a news item?

A: Our editorial staff would be more than willing to help you. Please contact them by following this link or calling Sandy Phillips or David Anderson at (435) 896-5476.

Q: Is this item news or advertising?

A:The Reapers rules and guidelines are designed for fairness and consistency.

We strive not to do something for one person that we cannot do for everyone.

Therefore, the guidelines on advertising are fairly simple. If you charge for a product or service, we are probably going to have to charge you for an ad.

However, if the proceeds from such go to a specific charitable cause, The Reaper strives to assist by publishing a news article.

It is important to remember, however, that News happens only once. Beyond that, it will typically fall under advertising.

This being said, The Reaper does make every attempt to help with community causes by publishing the information as often as space will allow.

Q: I've sent The Reaper an e-mail what's next?

A: The Reaper oftentimes receives an inquiry on why a submission did not run in a specific issue.

Though there are a myriad of answers, one of the most common problems is a lack of contact information, and/or follow-up to see that we actually received the submission.

We oftentimes receive an e-mail that is incomplete, or that requires additional information, and we have no point of contact.

In addition to the who, what, when, where, why and how, the submission should include a contact name and telephone number.

If the information is timely or important, it is a good idea to follow-up with a phone call. Most importantly, once the e-mail is sent, check to see if it actually cleared, or if we have responded requesting additional information.

Q: I have an advertisement I would like to put in the newspaper, who should I talk to?

A: Our sales staff can be contacted by calling (435) 896-5476 or by finding your advertising representative on our contact us page.

Q: How do I submit a letter to the editor?

A: Letters can be submitted to our editor, Sandy Phillips, by e-mailing her at or through U.S. mail at P.O. Box 730, Richfield UT, 84701. All letters must have a signature, home town and phone number for verification. No letters will be run in the paper unless they have a signature and have been verified.

Q: So what is The Reaper all about?

A: The Reaper is a weekly newspaper that covers south central Utah, specifically Sevier, Wayne, Piute, Garfield and parts of Sanpete counties. We don't typically cover national stories unless there is a local angle.

Q: What is an editorial and why do you write them?

A: An editorial is oftentimes one of the most misunderstood pieces in the publication. An editorial, simply stated, is the newspapers point of view or stand on an issue.

The Reapers editorials are almost always on the Editorial/Opinion page, in this case page 3 of The Reaper.

The Reaper writes and publishes editorials for one reason because we care about our community. Editorials are designed to offer praise when it is due, point out wrongs when it is necessary, express opinions that must be left out of news articles, and warn readers about things The Reaper sees, but its readers may not have seen.

The Reaper does not expect all of its readers to agree with its stand on any given issue.

Therefore, we offer our Letters to the Editor section, which is designed to allow readers to express their views.

The Reaper invites and welcomes Letters to the Editor that fall within the established letter guidelines and policies. The Reapers letter policy is published each week at the beginning of the letters section.

A news article on the other hand is not based on opinion, but on the basis of who, what, when, where, why and how, if applicable.

Because it is human nature for two people sitting in the same room to hear two totally different things, The Reaper also respects the fact that not everyone will agree with the facts as we report them.

Q: Why do holidays affect deadlines in The Reaper?

A: Because The Reaper is an all mail delivery publication with the exception of newsstands it must be printed in adequate time to meet the United States Postal Service deadlines for delivery. When a holiday is involved particularly since most holidays are observed on federal standards typically meaning Monday, it pushes The Reapers deadlines up.

When the holiday is on a Monday, that means The Reaper must have everything in and ready for print on Friday. News deadlines, which include articles and photographs, weddings, anniversaries, missionaries, 1-year-old babies, achievements and milestone birthdays are at noon Friday prior to publication. Correspondent deadlines are at 10 a.m., Friday. Holiday classified advertising deadlines are at 5 p.m., Friday prior to publication.

For more information, contact Reaper editor Sandy Phillips at (435) 896-5476, ext. 21.

Q: Why won't you run a wedding picture with my child in it?

A: Weddings are one of the most important events in American society.

However, in this day and age, there are a number of second, third and even fourth marriages and families.

From time to time, The Reaper receives a wedding announcement where a child announces his or her parents wedding.

Oftentimes, those announcements are accompanied by a photograph of the bride, groom, and child or children.

Call us old-fashioned, but The Reapers philosophy is that a wedding is for a bride and groom.

Yes, we love children, but in striving to be fair to everyone, we must draw the line somewhere, and we choose to draw it with the bride and groom.

Therefore, The Reaper adheres to a standard format for wedding announcements and their accompanying photographs.

We do not claim, nor do we attempt, to have our wedding announcements serve as an invitation to our readers.

As a community news publication, The Reaper serves as a record of history through reporting on events, activities and people of south central Utah.

While doing so, we strive to do our best at providing a community service, while still maintaining the highest journalistic standards.

Therefore, The Reaper provides, and adheres to, guidelines that have been established to accomplish the goal of providing a professional journalism product, while providing a community service, which is as fair as possible to the community and our readers.

For the convenience of its customers, The Reaper provides wedding forms, which are available both online and at our office.

There is a $5 charge for publication of a wedding announcement, accompanied by a photograph.

The photograph must be of publication quality, and include only the bride and groom. The photographs that produce the best results are taken close-up, with space available for pagination above the subjects, and beyond ear to ear on each side.

A digital photograph should be genuine resolution of at least 170 pixels/inch, preferably 200 pixels/inch, measuring at least 2 inches from beyond ear to ear.

Photographs with subjects other than the bride and groom, with the subjects heads cut off, or that are not suitable quality for printing, will not be accepted.

There is no charge for a wedding announcement that does not include a photograph.

The required information for publication includes the first and last name of the bride and groom, as well as their town of residence; the town and date of the wedding; and the couples future home.

Additional information can include the names and towns of the bride and grooms parents and grandparents. If names are included, first and last names are required, and deceased family members should be clearly noted.

Other information can include the bride and grooms education, awards, work; and the date, place and time of one or two receptions or open houses.

Printing or typing the information helps to ensure accuracy.

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