Editor's Desk

Editor's Desk

News tips

In addition to our reporters, the Ojai Valley News counts on community members like you to share the story of our community. We want to hear from you and receive your story information and photos.

From urgent news tips, adorable moments, to developing local stories, we want to hear from our valley. We monitor our phones and email at all times. Thank you for supporting and participating in your local news.

If you want to reach the editor or a reporter, please send email or call the office and leave a message. Our journalists are streched thin and they will reach out if they need more information from you.

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Press Releases

Press realeases related to an Ojai Valley event or human interest story may be submitted in article form to be considered for the Arts and Entertainment section. Preference is given to our partners in advertising and Ojai Valley stories, and are considered on a weekly basis by the editor as space is available. Please submit 350 - 550 words and a photo with your contact information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Letters to the Editor - Policies

The Ojai Valley News welcomes letters from our community members to the editor on all topics important to the Ojai Valley.

Letters to the editor should be concise, to the point and are limited to 350 words. We generally do not run more than one letter from an individual on a given topic. Letters should not be veiled advertisments or promotions; web addresses, personal resumes will not be included. Foul language will not be printed.

Letters must include your name, city or area (such as Mira Monte) and telephone number. The phone number is for newspaper use only and will not be published.

Letters to the editor should be submitted via email. We run as many letters as possible and in a timely way, but we cannot guarantee your letter will run.

The Ojai Valley News editorial staff reserves the right to publish editorial submissions either as a letter to the editor or as a guest editorial.

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OP-Eds

An op-ed is an essay expressing an often expert opinion of an author not affiliated with our editorial board. To have a longer letter considered by the editorial board please reach out to us to discuss your subject idea, or send your piece to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thumbs Up & Thumbs Down 

Are very short anonymus commentary (limit 40 words) in the Opinion section of Ojai Valley News. Readers may recognize local individuals/organizations/events for a specific reason, e.g. "A reader sends a Thumbs Up to XXXX for helping get their car started when the battery died last week." or "A reader sends a Thumbs Down to XXX for leaving trash behind after their event Saturday at Libbey Bowl."

We reserve the right to decline publishing Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down for any reason. Reasons for rejection include: they are a blatant advertisement, they contain offensive language or they accuse someone of committing an illegal act before that person has been tried and convicted or acquitted. 

All Thumbs submission must include your name, address and a phone number. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.