The Rose Thorn welcomes story suggestions and news tips. However, we generally do not run community-submitted content, especially if that content is submitted by and largely about a single group or event. If you have content you'd like to see in the Thorn that falls under this definition, we encourage you to consider publishing it as sponsored content.

What is sponsored content?

Sponsored content is like an ad - you pay for an appropriate amount of space at the on-campus affiliate rate. However, advertisements submitted as featured content are published on the website, unlike traditional advertisements. This allows members of the campus community interested in your content to find it even if they didn't grab an issue off the rack. It also increases the longevity of your content by making it available in our online archives.

Why we have this policy

In the interest of remaining a neutral, reliable source of news and information, The Rose Thorn does not publish articles about events, organizations, etc. that are written by a member or sponsor of said event or organization. Additionally: from a more practical standpoint, we simply don't have enough space to afford free coverage to any on-campus group that desires it. Rather than arbitrarily selecting whose content may run and whose may not, the editors of The Rose Thorn have decided to refrain from publishing any unsolicited content that might compromise the perceived neutrality of the paper.

Alternative methods of compensation

We understand that not all organizations have the financial resources to purchase an ad in the Thorn, even at the discounted affiliate rate. If that's the case for your organization, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we can consider another arrangement. For example, some organizations that have chosen this option made the Thorn an official sponsor of the event advertised.

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