Contributor Guidelines

The Molokai Dispatch is operated on the belief that media can inspire positive change an empowerment within small communities. This is precisely why you’ll find news in the Molokai Dispatch that focuses on youth, culture, history, leadership and community voice – the foundation of a healthy community.

Advertisement: A paid advertisement in the paper goes a long way – it lets residents know of your business or event in a bold way. Ads are purchased and can run for as many weeks as you’d like. Request an ad rate sheet com (size and prices) from sales@themolokaidispatch.

Letter to the Editor: 250 word maximum
A letter to the editor can include expressing your opinion, responding
to a story printed in the Dispatch, or a community mahalo. Anonymous letters will not be considered for publication.

Births, Obituaries & Announcements: 200 word max
Whether you’re celebrating the birth of a new son or daughter, memorializing the passing of a loved one, or making an important announcement to the community – the Molokai Dispatch has you

News Release: 450 word max
A news release is an official announcement to the media or public from an organization, business or department. It favorably highlights and briefly describes the who, what, when, where and why of an event or product. Don’t forget to include the name of your group or organization for the by-line.

Opinion: 400 word max
An opinion piece is a well-formed view or belief relevant to the Molokai community. Even if the information presented is factual, but expresses some opinion on the material, it fits in this section.

Columns: 400 word max
A column is a regular, themed contribution by a community member or organization.  The information must be factual and relevant to the public, and ideas may be discussed with the editor.

Community contributed story: 500 word max
This type of story is factual, well-written and provides objective information about a newsworthy issue or event. Please provide the sources of your information within the story (said so-and-so, according to such-and-such). Story ideas may be discussed beforehand with the editor.

Photos to accompany a story are always encouraged, and will be printed space permitting. Please include a brief caption that describes the photo, names of people in the photo from left to right, and photographer credit. You may also submit stand-alone photos that have their own story to tell. Please email all photos in the highest quality version JPG file form. We can also scan hard copy photos depending on their quality.

General guidelines:
Please remember the power of the written word. Take responsibility for your words, and be aware of the impact they could have on others. We will not print anything that personally attacks a group or individual, or could directly cause harm in the community.

All submissions are printed at the discretion of the editor, and content may be edited before print. We DO NOT accept anonymous letters or submissions. Edits may include content, grammar and length. Email is the best way to submit your contribution – send to – but feel free to stop by our office in the Moore Center, 2 Kamoi St, Suite 5.