Local news is more important than ever during the election season. Local news outlets play an important role in helping readers sift through both information and misinformation. TAPinto readers can count on objective news that is fair to the candidates and the readers who may choose to vote. By reference, the candidates, their campaign workers and the public can read and share our policies below as it relates to:
- Candidate Statements
- Letters to the Editor
- Press Releases
Candidate Statements: Candidates can submit a maximum of one candidate statement per week (including photos). For the general election, statements can be submitted from Labor Day up through the week before Election Day. For the primary election, statements can be submitted from March 1 through the week before Election Day. Publication of candidate statements is at the sole discretion of the editor of that town’s site. No statements will be published from the Sunday before Election Day through Election Day. Statements must be factually accurate and not defamatory. Should there be questions as to the factual accuracy of a statement, the candidate will be asked to provide documentation for their claims. Should they fail to do so, the statement will not be published until the candidate revises the statement accordingly. Similarly, should a statement be deemed factually inaccurate or defamatory it will not be published and the candidate will have the option to revise their statement accordingly. If a statement is published and later is alleged to be factually inaccurate, the statement will be temporarily removed from the site and the candidate will be asked to provide documentation for their claims. Should they do so, the statement will be republished. Should they fail to do so, they can revise their statement accordingly or it will remain unpublished. Candidate statements should be submitted through the site directly.
Letters to the Editor: Anyone can submit Letters to the Editor at any time up until the day before Election Day. Publication of Letters to the Editor is at the sole discretion of the editor of that town’s site. They must be factually accurate and not defamatory. They must not be anonymous. The letter writer must submit their phone number with their letter. The phone number will not be published – it will be used for verification purposes. Should the letter be deemed inaccurate or defamatory, the letter will not be published and the letter writer will be offered the opportunity to either provide documentation for their claims or to revise their letter accordingly. Letters should be submitted directly on the site.
Press Releases: Press releases are $50 per release per TAPinto site. Anyone can submit a press release. Publication of press releases is at the sole discretion of the editor of that town’s site. The press release must be factually accurate and not defamatory. Should the press release be deemed inaccurate or defamatory, the press release will not be published and the author will be offered the opportunity to either provide documentation for their claims or revise the release accordingly. Press releases MUST be submitted directly on the site for consideration for publication.
Advertising: All candidates are able to purchase advertising on the site. All candidates in a town are charged the same amount for the same sized ad for the same time period. To advertise, email George Juzdan at firstname.lastname@example.org.