Our Community News (OCN) is an all-volunteer monthly newspaper that has been published since June 2001. We have been on newsprint and taking ads since November 2001. About 30 volunteers are currently involved in writing, editing, layout, and distribution. Click here for more information on OCN.
We offer Display Ads and Inserts. Our ad rates remain among the lowest in the area. Considering our very large 17,400+ circulation, OCN offers a per-printed-copy rate that is a fraction of the cost of advertising in local commercial newspapers.
OCN does not use contracts but you can buy all the space in advance you want to lock in the current rate for that space. You can purchase ad space month-to-month to meet your changing advertising needs. Everyone pays the same low rate. You can also buy all the ad space in advance you want at the current rate. You aren't obligated to run any particular size ad or to run in any particular issues. We hold the space on account until you are ready to use it. In addition to writing fewer checks, another advantage to buying space in advance is that you are buying the space at the current rate so even when we must raise our ad rates to cover increases in circulation and production costs, your ads are run at the rate you paid. Some of our advertisers have paid a year or two in advance, which has been quite a savings for them. Unlike advertising contracts, it's risk-free: If you find you bought more space than you need, you can get a refund for the unused space at the price you paid. To purchase space in advance, all you need to do is send a check for the amount of space you want to purchase. Click here for more information about payments.
To calculate the non-discounted rate that applies to out-of-area advertisers, divide the discounted rate by 0.75.
Our advertising rates are subject to change without notice.
Our Community News reserves the right to determine which ads will be published.
OCN's primary distribution is by U.S. Postal Service carrier route saturation mailing covering the area from County Line Road on the north to North Gate Road on the south and from the mountains east to Highway 83. Each letter carrier delivering in that area receives enough copies for their route and places one copy in each mailbox. On Friday, the day before the publication date, our volunteers deliver the copies counted out by carrier route to each of the three post offices (Briargate, Monument, and Palmer Lake) that serve our area. With carrier route saturation mailing, the postal service has a three-day window for delivery; however, our experience has been that the vast majority (95% or more) of the papers are delivered on the publication date.
OCN's guaranteed mailed circulation is 16,000. The print run for the issue: Distribution of those copies:
Total mailed circulation = papers.
Most of the remaining papers from our print run go to stacks at more than 100 stores in Monument, Palmer Lake, Larkspur, and Black Forest.
Copies are almost always available in racks at the Covered Treasures Bookstore (on the corner of 2nd and Washington in Monument). We also offer subscriptions.
The publication date and ad due dates appear on the right near the top of the home page of this web site and on the inside back page of each issue of the paper. Note that we call them "due dates" rather than "deadlines." Even if you contact us after the due dates, we will do our best to get your ad in the next issue.
Regular Publication Date: First Saturday of Each Month.
Due Date for Space Reservation and Ad Copy: Friday, 5 pm, Three Weeks Prior to the Publication Date.
To be sure to be included in an issue, please let us know what size ad you are planning and, the graphics and ad copy if we are to do the layout, by Friday three weeks prior to the publication date.
Although we will work hard to get your ad into the paper, we greatly appreciate it if you can send all submissions, changes, and cancelations by this due date. If you contact us after that time, we may not have sufficient ad space remaining in the paper or may not be able to offer layout of your ad.
Due Date for Finished Ads in Electronic Form: Friday, 5 pm, Two Weeks Prior to the Publication Date. Requests for ad layout or ad changes received after this due date may not be possible or may be subject to additional charges including a late booking fee of 10% of the ad cost and a late layout charge of $60 per hour for the time it takes our advertising staff to prepare the ad layout.
If you plan to prepare your ad or have it prepared by a graphic artist, finished ads in electronic form are due Friday, 5 pm, two weeks prior to the publication date. Formats for submission of ads in electronic form are shown below under Ad Layout.
If it looks like you are going to miss a due date, please contact us as soon as possible. We will work hard to help you meet your advertising objectives; however, we cannot guarantee that any ads or changes that come in after the second due date will be included in that issue.
OCN's only fixed-size ads are business card size and related sizes. The rate for business card sized ads (3.25" wide x 1.75" high) for local businesses is For out-of-area advertisers, the rate for business card sized ads is Multiples of business card size cost the same multiple of the business card rate. For example, for a local advertiser, a double business card sized ad (3.25" x 3.5") costs 2 x a triple business card size (3.25" x 5.25") costs 3 x and so forth. Please note that our "business card size" is a bit smaller than a conventional business card. That is done so three business card sized ads will fit within the printable width of the page (10"). Vertical format business card sized ads (1.75" wide x 3.25" high) are OK. Some examples of multiple business card sizes (these prices are for local advertisers, to calculate the price for out-of-area advertisers divide the prices by 0.75):
Aside from sizes related to the business card size, OCN doesn't have fixed ad sizes and, for local advertisers, the ads are instead priced at per square inch. For out-of-area advertisers, the rate is per square inch. To determine the cost for an ad, multiply the ad's width in inches by the ad's height in inches to get the number of square inches and then multiply by the applicable rate per square inch. Some examples for local advertisers:
With the exception of the full-page ad dimensions given above, these are just examples. OCN can accept any size ad as long as it isn't wider than 10" or taller than 15.5"; however, the minimum ad space purchase per issue is the equivalent of a business card size. If you have an ad you like that has run in another publication, please ask them to email a high resolution version (300 dpi or better) electronic form of the ad to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will usually be able to run it as is. If minor changes or resizing of an ad you have run elsewhere are needed, we can usually handle that as well at no additional charge.
There will generally be more flexibility in where your ad appears in the paper if you use the preferred OCN ad widths: 1.9", 2.4", 3.25", 3.9", 4.9", 5.9", 6.5", 7.9" or 10".
All the dimensions shown above are full-bleed. The border of the ad should match the specified dimensions. Unlike most newspapers, OCN does not charge advertisers for the white space that surrounds their ads.
Some ads may be printed larger than specified if space is available and we feel it will improve the appearance of the page or the response to your ad.
During newspaper layout, your ad may be reduced in size up to 3% in order to include your ad on the page or position you requested or on the page or position where we think your ad will garner the greatest response.
There is a $0.25 per square inch additional charge for special placement; that is, if you want your ad to appear on a particular page or position.
Please contact us well ahead of the ad space reservation due date if you are interested in space on pages 2, 3, 4, 5, or the back page. Those locations tend to sell out quickly.
Unless otherwise stated, those who pay for special placement have a right-of-first-refusal on that special placement for the following issue. That means if someone has paid for special placement in a particular spot in the paper, they have first call on that spot for the next issue. If they decide not to run in that spot in the next issue, then it is open for another advertiser to pay for special placement in that spot.
In keeping with modern newspaper traditions, OCN does not run any ads on the front page.
To help you make your ad stand out, we offer good-quality, full-color printing. If you are interested in including color in your ad, please contact us. The amount of space available in each issue for color ads and the pages where color ads can appear may be limited so please contact as far in advance as possible. The additional cost is $1.00 per sq. in. To calculate the additional cost for any ad, multiply the width of the ad in inches times the height of the ad in inches times $1. That works out to $5.69 additional for a business card sized ad, $20 additional on a "one-eighth" page (e.g., 4" x 5") ad, or $40 additional on a "quarter-page" (e.g., 5" x 8") ad.
Those wanting to include color in their ads may also want to consider running an insert.
We will gladly scan your artwork and work with you to prepare your ad for the paper. There is no charge for this service provided you run your ad at least once in OCN. You own the copyright on ads we prepare for you. Feel free to reuse them in other publications. If you contact us after the due date for ad space reservations, we may not be able to offer layout of your ad. In that case, we will provide you with names of local graphic designers who, for a fee, may be able to prepare your ad for the paper.
Once we have prepared your ad, we will email to you an Adobe Acrobat PDF (portable document format) file of the ad. We recommend you review the ad on a computer screen or print-out to be certain it looks the way you want before emailing your approval.
If you want to lay out your ad or have a graphic designer prepare your ad, please note that we use Windows-based PCs and can accept the following file formats:
If you have a choice, we prefer Microsoft Publisher or PDF.
With Microsoft Publisher, stick to fairly common typefaces we are likely to have or select the "embed fonts" option under the Tools->Commercial Printing Tools->Fonts menu.
With PDFs, please select the Adobe Acrobat option to "Embed all typefaces." PDFs should be PDF/X-1a:2001 compliant.
If you send your ad in a graphic image format, please use 300 dpi or higher. Lower resolution graphics will look fuzzy or pixilated when printed. For best appearance in the paper, use 600 or 1200 dpi.
Once you have prepared your ad, you may email the file as an attachment to email@example.com or, if the file size exceeds your email system's limits, mail a CD or drop off a CD at the Covered Treasures Bookstore (on the corner of 2nd and Washington in Monument). You may also want to use the free service at www.emaillargefile.com to email large files to us. If you don't receive an acknowledgement of your email within a day or two, please call to make sure we have received it.
Note that OCN is printed on a cold set web press on newsprint using a direct-to-plate process. This results in the contrast of photos and graphics being flattened somewhat.
For best appearance, unless you are running a color ad, we recommend that you convert all graphics and photos to grayscale and then adjust contrast and brightness to a full tonal range from white to black with just a bit more contrast that you might otherwise use. If you are submitting a color ad, please use CMYK process color.
OCN is printed at about 300 dots per inch (dpi). If you prepare your ad as a raster image (GIF, JPG, PNG, TIFF, etc.), please make sure that it is generated at 300 dpi or more. Lower resolution graphics will look fuzzy or pixilated when printed. For best appearance in the paper, use 600 or 1200 dpi.
For greater visibility, have your advertising flyer inserted into our paper and distributed throughout the Tri-Lakes area. Here is how it works:
You supply sufficient quantities of your flyer, we do the rest for for flyers weighing up to 0.2 oz. There is a charge of $8 per 1,000 per additional 0.2 oz. A sheet of copy paper weighs about 0.15 oz. Most 70# or 80# glossy color paper weighs about 0.25 oz. per sheet, so if you intend to run a glossy color flyer, plan on a cost of $53 per 1,000 ($0.053 per mailbox).
Note that the number of copies of your insert that you run in an issue must be equal to or greater than our total mailed circulation. See the circulation section above for the number of papers that are delivered to each area.
For our current full print run of the cost for inserting a single sheet of copy paper would be about The cost for inserting a typical glossy color flyer would be about
Pages in OCN are printed 11" wide by 17" high and then the paper is folded in half to 8.5" by 11". Inserts that are 8.5" x 11" fit nicely.
Inserts that are significantly smaller than 8.5" x 11" have a tendency to fall out of the paper when the letter carriers are delivering the papers. As a result, OCN no longer accepts inserts that are significantly smaller than 8.5" x 11". Inserts larger than 8.5" x 11" must be folded to 8.5" x 11" to avoid being damaged during handling. We have had good results with inserts that were 11" x 17" folded to 8.5" x 11".
If you decide to run an insert, please contact us to make arrangements to have your inserts delivered to our printer.
Please provide 5-10% spare copies of your item to ensure our printer has enough in the event that some copies of the paper are inadvertently inserted with more than one of your items. Our volunteers will be glad to drop off left-over copies.
If you have questions about a particular item you are thinking of running as an insert, please contact John Heiser at (719) 488-3455 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: To lend more visibility to the inserts that are run and to minimize production problems, we are currently restricting the maximum number of different inserts run per issue to three (3). To avoid disappointment, please place your insert reservation early!
Alternatively, you can just email your name, business name, phone and FAX numbers, email address, and the size of ad you are interested in to email@example.com.
Payment is due when the ad or insert is run in the paper. On request, we will gladly mail or email an invoice after the issue is published.
Payment is considered late if not received by the publication date of the next issue after the issue that carried your ad or insert. Note that late payments do not qualify for Frequent Advertiser Bonus (FAB) rewards. There are details on OCN's FAB rewards program posted at www.ocn.me/fab.htm.
A fee of the greater of 1.5% of the amount due or $2.00 per month may be applied to late payments.
Payments may be made by check, money order, cash, PayPal account, credit or debit card (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, or Visa), or using PayPal Credit® deferred payment service.
Our preferred forms of payment are check and money order. Compared to credit or debit cards, using a check or money order greatly reduces the associated fees and thereby maximizes your FAB rewards that you can redeem to reduce the cost of future OCN advertising.
Please make checks and money orders payable to Our Community News. Payments may be mailed to P.O. Box 1742, Monument, CO 80132-1742 or dropped off at the Covered Treasures Bookstore at the corner of 2nd and Washington Streets in Monument. If you desire a receipt in addition to your canceled check, please include a note to that effect.
If you wish to pay by credit card, debit card, PayPal account, or PayPal Credit®, you can use the following button:
Note that for any type of ad space or insert purchase, the quantity you enter on the PayPal page must be a whole number greater than zero (1, 2, 3, etc.). Suppose you want to run or have run a 13.2 sq. in. ad. At per sq. in., that size ad costs as the quantity. Whenever you change the quantity, be sure to click the Update link below it to see the amount of the payment that will be made and confirm that it is the amount you intend to pay.
If you prefer, we will be glad to email to you an invoice with a link to a secure PayPal page where you can make the payment.
If you do not have a PayPal account, when you get to the secure PayPal page, click on "Don't have a PayPal account?" or "Pay with a credit card or debit card" and then you can enter your credit card, debit card, or PayPal Credit® information to make the payment.
Note that if you do have a PayPal account, for amounts of $162 or more, using a PayPal money transfer or eCheck to pay the invoice will reduce the associated PayPal fees and will result in greater FAB rewards that you can redeem to reduce the cost of future OCN advertising.
If you wish to run a business card sized ad or double business card sized ad and prefer to set up automatic monthly payments using your PayPal account, use the following ad space subscription button:
If you wish to run a 1/8th page (20 sq. in.) ad and prefer to set up automatic monthly payments using your PayPal account, use the following ad space subscription button:
If prefer to set up automatic payments of up to $1,000 per month using your PayPal account and the above choices do not fit your situation, select a limit amount greater than or equal to the cost of your ad and click on the following ad space subscription button:
Once you have made your first monthly payment, we will refund the excess from your first payment and adjust the monthly amount to exactly cover the cost of your OCN advertising.
With any of the ad space subscriptions, your payment will be made each month on the same day as when you entered the ad space subscription except that ad space subscriptions entered on the 29th, 30th, or 31st of the month will in subsequent months be adjusted so as to be made on the 1st.
To revise or cancel your monthly ad space subscription, log into your PayPal account and make the change in your pre-approved or recurring payment schedule.
Alternatively, you can cancel your monthly ad space subscription using the following button:
If you need help creating or making changes to your monthly ad space subscription, please contact us at (719) 488-3455 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those with significant outstanding unpaid balances, rather than refusing to run any more ads for that advertiser, we have a "double up and catch up" program. To place an ad in the next issue, the advertiser must pay in advance twice the amount of the new advertising. Half of the payment covers the new advertising. The other half is applied against the past due amount. For example, suppose an advertiser owes $500 for prior ads and wishes to place a $100 ad. The advertiser would pre-pay $200. $100 would cover the new ad and $100 would reduce the outstanding balance to $400. Please contact us if you wish to take advantage of this program.
For more information or to arrange an appointment to discuss your advertising needs, please contact:
Contact us at (719) 488-3455, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or P.O. Box 1742, Monument, Colorado 80132-1742.
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