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The Longmont Leader is a community news source for residents who care about Longmont’s present and future. We seek to highlight what makes our community special, empower residents to connect with one another and uncover stories with fair reporting. 

Who We Are

Mandy Jenkins, Publisher

Macie May, Editor

Julie Baxter, Assistant Editor

Monte Whaley, Reporter

Matthew Barnett, Business Development Lead

The Longmont Leader is hiring reporters and also employs several freelance contributing writers and photographers. 

What We Cover

The Longmont Leader is a local news website that is 100% focused on the city and people of Longmont. 

From city government to schools, public safety, local business happenings, and events, The Leader strives to be the go-to source for local news. 

As a small team and a new local news site, we may not have a lot of stories to start. We have plans to add more capacity and features on the site over the coming months, so stay tuned. 

Community Contributions 

The Longmont Leader will feature obituaries, a local events calendar, and thoughtful contributions from around the community. 

If you are interested in submitting a column for publication, email us at community@longmontleader.com.

If you would like to submit an event listing, go to longmontleader.com/event-calendar

To submit a news tip or story idea, go here or email us at community@longmontleader.com

To submit a free obituary, email us at obits@longmontleader.com. 

To submit a free milestone announcement such as a birthday, graduation, or anniversary, click here.

To submit a classified ad for a sale of goods or services, please visit our classifieds section

Freelancers

The Longmont Leader assigns news and features stories to contracted freelance journalists, photographers and writers at the discretion of the editor. If you would like to be a freelancer for The Leader, contact macie@longmontleader.com

Contributors/op-eds

The Longmont Leader accepts contributions, photos, and op-eds for publication from community members, business leaders and public officials on local topics. Publication will be at the discretion of the editor and published opinions do not represent the views of The Longmont Leader or its staff. To submit a contribution, email info@longmontleader.com.

Promotional contributions

Submissions from business owners and marketers promoting their products and services will be charged and labeled as sponsored content. For more information about sponsored posts, please contact us at advertising@longmontleader.com.

About Our Company

The Longmont Leader is a part of The Compass Experiment, an initiative co-founded by McClatchy and Google to explore sustainable business models for local news. The Compass Experiment also includes Mahoning Matters, a local news site based in Youngstown, Ohio, which launched in October 2019.

The Longmont Leader was founded with startup funding from Google as part of its Local Experiments Project within the Google News Initiative

The Leader is owned and operated by McClatchy, a local media company with 30 newsrooms in communities across the U.S. including the award-winning Miami Herald, The Kansas City Star, The Sacramento Bee, The Charlotte Observer, and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. 

The Longmont Leader benefits from McClatchy’s expertise and experience in local media but operates independently. All editorial decisions are made by the local team.

How We Are Funded

We have startup funding from Google New Initiative’s Local Experiments Project. For us to succeed long-term, we have to become self-sustaining through other revenue sources that include advertising, sponsorships and contributions from readers like you. All of the funding we take in stays here in the community, funding the local journalism we produce every day.  
 

Corrections

It is The Leader’s policy to acknowledge errors promptly and correct them in a transparent fashion. Mistakes should be called to the attention of Editor Macie May at macie@longmontleader.com. 

Comments Policy  

The Longmont Leader encourages lively and civil discussion on stories published to LongmontLeader.com. We aim to provide a platform for people of Longmont to express their views and build a strong community. 

All comments will be moderated before being published, generally during business hours. Comments will be closed at the discretion of the editor. If a problematic comment slips through moderation, users can alert our moderators by flagging the comment. 

Personal attacks, profanity, off-topic, racist, sexist or other discriminatory comments will not be published. Spam, trolling behavior and libelous statements or comments that include false or unsubstantiated allegations will not be published. 

Readers must be logged into the site to post a comment. Usernames that include offensive or abusive words will be blocked. 

For more information about comments, visit our full Community Guidelines.

Community and Social Media Contributions 

When it comes to using your photos, videos, comments from social media and other contribution methods, The Longmont Leader follows the  Online News Association’s Social Newsgathering Ethics Code.

This means that we will:

  • Publish content you own only with your expressed permission. If you contribute photos, videos or comments to us on our site, on our social media channels or using a designated hashtag, we will accept your submission as consent to publish with credit. 

  • Credit the content you contribute as you wish.

  • Seek to verify the authenticity of content contributed from the community or obtained via social media before publishing or distributing it, holding it to the same standards as we would our own work. 

  • Be transparent as to how we have obtained and verified content.