December 26, 2014

Resolve to send us your news!


Our loyal readers have no doubt noticed that during 2014 we’ve carried news about our community activity from Boston to Seattle, from Minneapolis to North Port (Florida), from Montreal to Edmonton, and so many points in between. We hereby express a heartfelt thank you to all those who shared the news from their communities and about their organizations. Your contributions of stories and photos have enriched the pages of The Ukrainian Weekly and helped us fulfill our role as the Ukrainian community’s foremost newspaper.

Now, we are at the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015, a time of year when we all make resolutions for the coming year. Allow us to once again extend an invitation to join us in this endeavor known as The Ukrainian Weekly in the hope that your resolutions will include submitting materials to our newspaper. We can be partners in 2015! Let us and fellow Ukrainian community members – and folks far beyond our community in North America – know about your work, your plans, your dreams by submitting materials to The Weekly. We have in mind stories, letters, photos, even advertisements – all of these are valuable for the historical record. And don’t just send us advance info on events – send us a story to let us know how it all turned out. We guarantee you’ll have a place in history. How can we do that? The digital archives of our newspaper are a treasure trove of current information and a formidable source for those interested in the history of our Ukrainian community and developments in Ukraine. These archives will endure, and they are retrievable and searchable, while social media posts… well judge for yourself what happens to them.

Please allow us to offer a few suggestions to make our cooperation more successful in the coming year.

Do send us your info in an timely manner, but please understand that sometimes it may not appear on our pages right away. That’s due to the limitations on our end, including too little space, the time needed to prep materials for publication, as well as news developments that may take precedence. On the other hand, we must add that sometimes we get news from our communities so late that we wind up running stories about events that took place a couple of months earlier. We don’t like to do that, but we also realize it’s for the historical record and, thus, important not only to the sender, but for our community as a whole. Sometimes the news is just so old – several months old – that we simply have to reject a story. We don’t like to do that either, but publishing a story that’s run its course makes us, and you, look bad (e.g. Easter stories in the summer, Christmas stories in March…). Do send us photos, but do not send us links to your online photo albums (we simply haven’t got time to go through them). Please choose your best photos, not marginal ones, or ones that are out of focus. One great photo is immensely better than five bad ones! Please send captions and photo credits for your photos. And, by the way, please identify the author of the story you send so that we may include a byline. (Don’t assume we’ll insert your name as the author simply because you sent us the information. Oftentimes, people send in stories written by others, so putting a byline atop the story is key.)

We hope to hear from you in 2015, and we hope to publish your materials on the pages of The Ukrainian Weekly. In the meantime, we wish you and yours a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

A postscript: Dear Readers, our special prices for print and online subscriptions are in effect through December 31, 2014. This double issue – the last of 2014 and the first of 2015 – is being mailed on December 26, 2014, so there still will be time to call our Subscription Department, 973-292-9800, x 3040, to ask for the special price of $35 for an online subscription, $80 for print, or $85 for both. (UNA members qualify for even better prices: $30, $70 and $75, respectively.)