Submission Policies

The Heights Observer welcomes all who want to participate in submitting community news and information. We ask that all Members (those who submit stories and photos) abide by the following terms and conditions.

Submit Your Own Work

Please submit original stories/photos. When you do use others' sources of information please attribute that information by including a link, the source, the author, etc.  If you need help with this contact us at or 216.320.1423.

Keep it Local

The Heights Obsever is a hyper-local publication serving Cleveland Heights and University Heights. All contributions should have a meaningful local connection to these communities - about things happening within their boundaries, or people who live and/or work within their boundaries. As rule of thumb, articles that belong in the Heights Observer may have trouble finding a home in any other publication; and articles that find a home in publications outside these communities typically aren't a good fit in the Heights Observer.  

Limit the Length of Submissions

  • 120 words for the announcement of an upcoming event or a letter  to the editor
  • 300-600 words for a feature story
  • 400 words for a news story
  • 400 words for opinions/commentary (including election issues)

Being succint is a courtesy to readers and is the best way to minimize the changes made during the editing process.

Disclose Your Affiliation

If you have a personal or business relationship with the subject of an article you're writing about please let your readers know. Add a small bio to the end of your contributions so we can let your readers know who you are.

Respect Copyrights

Copyrighted material cannot be published at the Heights Observer without express permission of the copyright holder. If you want to tell others about an article found elsewhere on the web, direct your readers to articles with a link instead of copying and pasting the entire article. 

By posting or contributing content using these Services, you are granting the Heights Observer a non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, and worldwide license to use your content in connection with the operation of the Services, including, without limitation, the license rights to copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit, translate and reformat your content, and or to incorporate it into a collective work.

Just as the Heights Observer requires users to respect our copyrights, we respect the copyrights of others. If you believe that your copyrighted work has been reproduced on our site without authorization in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please notify us at:, mailing address: 2843 Washington Blvd., #105, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118, phone: 216.320.1423. It is our policy to respond to notices of alleged copyright infringement in compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998

Be Civil

The use of full first and last names for all submissions will, we hope, preclude us from having to police uncivil behavior. You own your posts and words. Please treat your fellow community members with respect and civility. Refrain from posting abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening, sexually-orientated or any other material that may violate any laws or conduct constituting on-site or offline harassment of other users of the Heights Observer.  We do, however, encourage robust discussion!

Know You'll Be Edited

All submissions to be published go to an editor who will review your story for capitalization, spelling, punctuation, style, length and clarity. Only on rare occasion will we edit for content or substance, except for where dictated by these terms and conditions. If we have concerns, we may try to contact you for further information.

How to Report a Problem

If you have a problem with the website or with any particular post, please contact us at or 216.320.1423.


Registering as a user on, or registering on any related forums and blog sites constitutes acceptance of these policies and agreement to abide by these terms and conditions.

The Heights Observer is not responsible for stories and comments posted on this site. Information posted on the site is the responsibility of the individual posters and not the Heights Observer.

The Heights Observer reserves the right, though not the obligation, to refuse publication of any story or comment, and to delete any content posted through it at any time and for any reason.

The Heights Observer reserves the right to ban or suspend any user at any time, with or without warning, for activities that put the site at risk.

These policies may be updated at any time.