Sopris Sun

Carbondale's community supported, weekly newspaper


In order to provide broad coverage of the events, issues and interests of our community, The Sopris Sun depends upon community support – in the form of financial donations, but also contributions of community members' ideas, talent and creativity. The Sun is always seeking volunteers to write articles for the paper. Below are guidelines for community writers.


  • If you have an idea for a story you would like to write, please contact us before beginning to work on your article by e-mailing Sopris Sun board member Debbie Bruell: 
  • In most cases, the Sun will only assign controversial or timely news stories to community writers with journalism experience. Human interest, people features and other features work well for community writers.
  • If you’d like to write a column, let us know the topic, field of interest or idea.
  • The Sopris Sun is especially interested in volunteers to cover Carbondale school sports or to write a monthly history column or history feature.
  • Sopris Sun features are typically 500-750 words but they can be longer or shorter.
  • The Sopris Sun focuses on news, features and issues in Carbondale and the surrounding area.

Please be aware:

  • We cannot guarantee that your story will be published or that it will be published in a certain issue. On Wednesday when we send the paper to press, last minute decisions are constantly being made concerning which stories and photos will fit into that week’s paper and which ones must wait for a future issue. We will work with writers to help them revise their stories when necessary.
  • Your story may be trimmed or edited; we cannot promise that you will see the final version prior to print. We will try our best to inform you of editorial changes within your story, but our deadlines and one-person editorial staff do not always allow for back-and-forth edits. We will always strive to retain your voice as a writer.
  • You will get a byline on your story as a “Sopris Sun Contributor.”
  • In most, if not all, cases, writers are free to send their stories and photos to other media outlets after they appear in The Sun. Unless other arrangements are made pre-publication, The Sun retains the right to re-print all stories or photos in future print editions (such as the end-of-the-year edition) and online at

The Sun is always open to your input. If you have a news tip or a story idea, but are unable to write the story yourself, please send your ideas to

Thanks for your interest in writing for The Sopris Sun. We look forward to hearing from you!