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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

Silvia Solis Romero, Bilingual Reporter

Matthew Barnett, Business Development Lead

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

Our Values

We at the Longmont Leader most value doing right by our community. This includes providing fair and honest reporting on as much of the city as possible.

We listen, learn and share Longmont’s news in order to provide access to all residents to help build a more well-informed community. We take seriously our obligation to provide the best news possible that is inclusive of all Longmont residents, their stories, points of view and voices. Mistakes happen for all humans, we are no different, and as such we strive to do our best to acknowledge and correct our mistakes. 

What We Do

The Longmont Leader is a partnership with readers, which means we rely on them to tell us their stories as well as what stories they think should be told, and they rely on us for critical information and untold stories about their community.

We aim to be a hub of information for our community, report important news, and provide a forum for Longmont residents to share their diverse viewpoints about local topics.

We endeavor to be fair in our reporting and learn from the Longmont community. Specifically, we will share information about how the Longmont and Colorado government works, how it impacts their lives, and how they can pursue solutions. 

How We Do It

Since we view our readers as partners in our reporting, we listen to them at in-person and virtual events and meetings and make our staff as accessible as possible. We try to read every email and comment and respond as frequently as possible.

We will be as transparent and honest about our mistakes as we are about our accomplishments. 

About Our Company

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

The Leader is owned and operated by McClatchy, a media company with 30 newsrooms in communities across the U.S. We benefit 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 our revenue remains in Longmont and goes to fund local journalism and the production of our website, email newsletters, and events. 

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 local 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. We do not accept paid links.  

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 the 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.