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In This Together: Tribune seeks local COVID19 stories

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As Duneland’s community newspaper the Chesterton Tribune is dedicated to reporting on local COVID-19 infections and telling the whole story about how the virus is impacting the community. We want to know what’s happening behind the numbers so that our readers have the information they need to protect themselves and their families.

We recognize that who and what is lost to COVID-19 is just as, if not more, important than how many have been lost to COVID-19.

If you have had or currently have COVID-19, have lost someone to COVID-19, or you are currently a healthcare worker, the Tribune wants to hear your story. As part of this mission, the Tribune makes a reminder that we are willing to protect the identities of certain sources in the interest of their livelihoods and safety.

To share your story, contact us by email at or mail to Chesterton Tribune, 193 S. Calumet Road, Chesterton, IN, 46304. You may also call (219) 926-1131 and leave us a message, but we strongly urge those who are able to email us, as the Tribune office is operating on reduced hours with a skeleton crew.

VOP Submissions

As of deadline today, 34 Dunelanders have tested positive and four Dunelanders have died as a result of the novel coronavirus. That number is likely to increase. Those who have the virus are going through something unprecedented, and those who have lost their lives have grieving families. Meanwhile, healthcare workers are risking more than they ever have before to care for others. We want to know these stories and protect our citizens’ privacy at the same time.

As such, the Tribune is willing to take the unprecedented step of considering anonymous Voice of the People (VOP) letters in order to provide a platform for local people who have lost loved ones to COVID-19 and healthcare workers, many of whom are facing pressure to keep silent about what they’re witnessing on the front lines of the fight against the virus.

Regular VOP rules apply: Letters must be from someone who lives in or is connected to Duneland, and letters cannot exceed 400 words. As with all VOP letters, the Tribune reserves the right to reject VOP submissions at its discretion and to prioritize letters from subscribers. Anonymity will be granted ONLY to letter writers who have had/currently have COVID-19, have lost a loved one to COVID-19, or are active healthcare workers.

Though the names of COVID-19 victims and other selected letter writers will not be printed in VOP, anonymous letter writers must be willing to identify themselves to the Tribune for the purpose of fact-checking.

Letters found to contain falsehoods or misleading information will not be printed.

Tribune Reporter Lily Rex will be available to any letter writers requesting anonymity who want writing advice. In addition to writing and editing daily as a Tribune Staff Reporter, Rex has worked as a private editor/writing consultant on two memoirs and a children’s book and can offer unbiased, empathetic advice on covering complex, emotional topics in few words.

Submit letters electronically to or mail to Chesterton Tribune, 193 S. Calumet Road, Chesterton, ind., 46304.

Please note in the subject of an email or in the printed submission that you are requesting anonymity. Letters should include a phone number, which will be used only for verification purposes.


Posted 4/28/2020




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