Don't forget to contact the Observer before your event

People are sometimes taken by surprise when they call up the Navajo Hopi Observer to request coverage of an event that is happening "right now," only to discover that we do not have a reporter available to run out and take a few photos. Yes, we are the newspaper, but we don't always know about everything going on in Flagstaff or out on the rez. We are a small staff, so we need your help.

We stay fairly busy here at the Observer, so it would benefit you to put us at the top of your list when you are planning an event. We need to know in advance - at least one week - about the event you are organizing. This allows us enough preparation time to write up a story or news brief to promote your event. Whenever possible, we do try to attend local and area events to gather photos to publish. We usually save photos of these events to promote them in the future since many of them occur every year.

At times, we will receive phone calls advising us of an event that is happening that day or the next day. While we do our best to promote and cover events occurring out in Hopiland or Navajoland, unfortunately, this is not always possible - especially on short notice. Because of our location (in Flagstaff), it is often difficult to make plans to travel to an event going on in Hopiland or Navajoland due to time and staff considerations. We cover approximately 20,000 square miles of both Hopi and Western Navajo lands spanning many communities throughout northeastern Arizona.

While we may not always be able to attend your events, we do gladly accept submitted photos and news items. If you have a camera and see something unique happening, take pictures and share them with the rest of our readers. We want to talk to you about your photos and obtain relevant information - who, what, where, when and why. The best days to submit news items and photos are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and before 5 p.m. on Thursdays. Fridays are reserved for editing and preparing items for publication. Mondays are when we produce and send out the Observer to be printed.

In recent months, you've helped us generate too much content for our paper - so much that it can't all be printed. We regularly receive a number of e-mails and phone calls from contributors asking, "Why hasn't my article (or Quick Read) been printed?" We appreciate your patience. We know that you are anxious to read about your family, friends and community, but because we cover such an extensive area, it's unfortunate that we sometimes can't include all submissions each week.

However, with our new shorter and easier to remember Web site - - photos, articles and updates of daily events that did not make our print edition are posted online to read at your convenience. Check us out online and find new stories that have been posted throughout the week as they occur. Additionally, any "extra" photos that we were unable to use in our print edition are featured in our online photo galleries, so be sure to check them out as well.

Small newspapers such as the Observer are wonderful because with YOUR submissions, they more accurately reflect the communities we serve. Inside a "rez" paper such as ours, readers will find stories about themselves, their families and their communities. Everybody has a story to tell. Photos and stories that are published are oftentimes cut out and saved to remember another day. Never forget that the Observer is YOUR newspaper. We look forward to promoting your next event. Give us a call at (928) 226-9696, ext. 5 or send an e-mail to


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