How To Contribute

The Heights Observer is written by volunteers. People like you!

Our readers are our writers. We need news and information from your neighborhood and community in Cleveland Heights and University Heights.

Write stories, interviews, restaurant reviews, news, event announcements, letters to the editor and opinion columns. Submit  photos too.

Become an Observer today! You do not need prior journalism experience.  

How to submit contributions:

Editorial content (articles, letters to the editor, columns, photos): Must be submitted through the member Member Center; we are volunteer-based and don't have staff to input contributions that arrive by other means.

Announcements about community events, programs and other news releases that concern Heights residents: send to info@futureheights.org. Press releases will be posted on-line in the news release section, but will not appear in the print edition of the newspaper. See “Press Releases” on p. 2 of the Style Guide.

Calendar of Events: For your event to appear on our calendar of events, submit them online here.

Before you begin:

We only publish information about our community - Cleveland Heights and University Heights - and its people.

It's the nature of a community project like this that many contributors have a direct interest in the topics they cover. If you are writing about an event or organization in which you have any direct interest, you must disclose that connection in the author bio box at the end of the article.

Before you write, please review the Heights Observer Style Guide for important information on story length and other details you need to know.

2019 deadlines for contributors and editors

2020 deadlines for contributors and editors (NEW)

Ready to submit?

Go to the Member Center. This is where the magic happens. From this page, you can submit stories about anything that is Heights-related—news, opinion, a Letter to the Editor. It's easy and fun. And, you can work on your story online, before you send it to our volunteer editors.

By submitting information for publication, you grant the Heights Observer the right to edit your submission for length, clarity and readability; and publish this information in perpetuity. 

Open invitation:

Do you have a good writing background? If you are interested in helping with the editorial process, please e-mail observerhts@gmail.com.

Newsies/Delivery People: The Heights Observer always needs people who can help deliver the newspaper around town. It takes a commitment of only a couple of hours a month. If you can help, e-mail info@futureheights.org.

Learn about our editing procedures and requirements in the Heights Observer Style Guide.