The Westfield Leader since 1890
The Westfield Leader since 1890
Serving the community since 1890

This Is Westfield

This page provides help for using this website and for interfacing with the newspaper staff. Contact us and visit us in our office if you need additional help or if you have suggestions. We ask that you subscribe. Thank you.

  We notify those on our email list (weekly) at the time of posting the newspaper online. Occasionally, emergency bulletins are provided. We guard your privacy and do not "spam".

General: Use the Homepage Menu to access all the subjects. Items include advertising; uploading documents (Ads, photos and articles); placing Classifieds, Legal Notice, Wedding and Engagement announcements, Subscribe, Renew, Change Address, submit articles, photographs, obituaries; pay invoices, retrieve past editions, search the archive, find organizations plus view libraries of photos, videos and features.

Guidelines are included here for writing and submitting articles, sending photographs and submitting Letters to the Editor to our newspapers. We love hearing from you. Provide us your Feedback. Local Articles and News are given high priority by the editors for subscribers, clubs, schools and organizations. Note that the editors often receive more requests than they can accommodate. Please see the staff page to email your submittal to the most appropriate editor to minimize it being misplaced.

Commercial Articles should be sent to sales. We publish commercial and promotional articles for a fee. See Bulletin. This service is welcomed by the readers and it guarantees your item to be published. Businesses, marketers, fundraisers, public relations, attorneys, professionals, promotions, authors, government agencies and organizations find this effective, convenient and economic.

Community Briefs can be posted on this web site. They are given consideration for inclusion in the newspaper. To read the briefs and to post an item, please see here.

Special Services: Click on these links for publishing Wedding, Engagement, Anniversary, Obituary, Legal Notices and Classifieds.

Commercial Bulletins: For a fee. we publish commercial and promotional items. This service is welcomed by the readers and it guarantees your item to be published. Businesses, marketers, fundraisers, public relations, attorneys, professionals, promotions, authors, government agencies and organizations find this effective, convenient and economic. See the fee here.

Organizations Wiki is published here for public use. Clubs and organizations are invited to register and maintain their contact information.

Archive of the newspapers (pdf) back to 1907 are available and are searchable on this website. This Is Westfield, other publications and special features (videos, photographs and references) are available. Go to Archive Go to Search

The Westfield Leader editions back to 1907 are available here, made possible by a cooperative effort with the Westfield Memorial Library. The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times editions back to 1963 are available here made possible by a cooperative effort with the Scotch Plains and Fanwood Public Libraries. Newspaper microfilms exist at the libraries.

Writing Articles: If you are in our area (generally Union County, NJ), consider reporting on your favorite club, sports or community event. Please include the 5Ws (who, what, when, where and why), spell check and grammar check your work. If it is a sports report, please balance the article by reporting both sides. Have fun! E-mail the article (about 500 words) to the most appropriate department. Use Word docs and attach HiRes color photographs with caption information. Please include a daytime phone number in case our editors have questions. Do not send copyright material or plagiarize.

Photographs: Digital cameras and most cell phones today produce resolutions high enough for publishing in the newspaper (do not send thumbnails). Email the photograph in color as a jpg. Do not crop, adjust or resize it. We will do this. Include caption information stating the 5Ws – who, what, when, where, why. Please include a phone number in case our editors have questions.

Letters to the Editor: Your views are very important, and we encourage you to write (email to: Include your name, address and daytime phone number for us to verify your authorship. We include the author's name and town with letters in the newspaper. Generally, letters are about 200 to 500 words. Letters that are too long plus grammar, punctuation, unclear wording, redundancies and spelling are subject be edited.

Upload to Server: Submitting multiple files, Ads or a very large file may not make it through e-mail. For these situations, upload to our server (call 908 232-4407 or e-mail for username and password).

Individual newspaper pages, go to week desired of the main htm page. At the bottom (when available)  link numbers (.pdf) in light gray are shown. Hover over a number with your mouse and you will see each is linked to a specific pdf page of the newspaper for that week. Open the pdf page desired. Example for 13sep19 week: 01.pdf =>
Note; Open that page to ensure you have the one you want because the numbers don't necessarily correspond to the newspaper page number; and some numbers in the higher range don't yield anything because that newspaper page doesn't exist.
To crop the pdf page for just the article area you want requires you to buy special software. The resolution of the pdfs we post on the Internet are optimized for web viewing to keep the file size down. Our office archive are HiRes used for printing.

Style guidelines and quality checks:

General: Don't write in First Person (not, "I did this and I said that"). Write from the readers' perspective, not from the author's or organization's perspective. Consider that the readers are perceptive and our editors take a dim view of "Guised Infomercials." Please don't start off with "So and so is proud to announce...." - unless of course you explain why you're proud, and why it is important that you are proud to the reader.

Put Headline in Subject of your email, otherwise email may be ignored.

Percent: Write it out: Do not use the % symbol (or other keyboard symbols). Use the number with percent.
Numbers: Write out 0 through 9 (one, two, etc.) For all others, use the number (12, 146, 1,345 etc.).
Mr. or Mrs.: replaces the first name of individual upon the second mention of the person in an article.
Time of day: morning or afternoon, write as a.m. or p.m. - small letters (not AM or not PM).
Dates: Write without subscripts or superscripts. Example: September 14 should NOT be written as September 14th.
Subscripts or superscripts: Don't use them (caution: Word sometimes does this automatically).
Capitalize only proper name (Westfield Town Council); Use small letters for the borough, council, town, board, etc.
Commas: Do not put a comma before 'and' of a list. Ex.: Boy, girl and frog.
Spelling: Spell Check all documents.
Grammar check all documents with Word, when possible.
Double Spaces: Eliminate them (replace function helps).
Photos: Send with caption information stating the 5Ws – who, what, when, where, why.
Underlining: Do not use all caps, underlining, italics (unless proper for magazine titles etc.).
Names: Use full name only once with abbreviation: Westfield Board of Education (BOE); afterwards use BOE.
Sentences: Keep them short, avoid run-on sentences; limit use of compound sentences.
Background: Reader may be reading this subject for the first time; reference matters, don’t assume they know.
Attribute the source of all information and statements.
Story: Has beginning, middle and end. Put most important things first, rather than chronologic.
Introduction: 1st Paragraph, list important happenings.

Copyright: Don't send copyrighted material without permission.
Attribution: Always attribute the source of information.

Email Blasts: Please do not email blast us (or anyone else for that matter). It is annoying and disruptive.

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The Westfield Leader & The Scotch Plains-Fanwood TIMES
PO Box 250, 251 North Ave. West, Westfield, NJ 07091
  Tel 908 232-4407; Fax 908 232-0473 Email