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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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
electronically to email@example.com 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.