Q: Who is The Sentinel?
A: With roughly 100 writers, editors, copyreaders, photographers, designers and advertising representatives, The Sentinel is an entirely student-run publication. It is also financially independent, receiving no monetary support from student fees.
The Sentinel provides an open forum to the campus community for the free expression and exchange of ideas, concerns, issues, trends, and information, and outlets for the KSU community, and opportunities for interested students to learn and practice journalistic and related skills.
The Sentinel student newspaper is a registered student organization at Kennesaw State and is part of Kennesaw State Student Media (KSUSM). KSUSM oversees The Sentinel, Talon Student Feature Magazine, Share Art & Literary Magazine, OWL Radio, KSU’s streaming station, as well as our online counterparts. KSUSM also manages the Student Planner and many other revenue raising functions such as advertising, street teams and underwriting. KSUSM is part of the Department of Student Life and our media organizations are part of KSU’s 200 student groups and clubs. Check us all out through KSU’s OwlLife.
Q: How do I contact The Sentinel?
A: Please see our contact page for our location and contact form. You can find us on the second floor of the James V. Carmichael Student Center, Room 277, along with other KSUSM publications. You can send snail mail to The Sentinel, 1000 Chastain Road, BLDG 5 RM 277 MD 0501, Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591. Call us at 470-578-6470. Our fax number is 470-578-9165.
Q: How do I advertise in The Sentinel?
Q: How often does The Sentinel publish?
A: During the regular school year, The Sentinel publishes a print edition every Tuesday. Breaking news content and blogs are updated online throughout the week. During summer session II (May through July), The Sentinel publishes twice, but does update its online edition and Facebook page frequently. Copies of The Sentinel are generally available by 3 p.m. on campus and the online and email editions are usually available by noon.
Q: What is The Sentinel’s print distribution?
A: Our circulation is 5,000.
Q: What are The Sentinel’s hours of operation?
A: The Sentinel staff, being students, do not have set business hours, but student assistants and our advisers are available Monday through Friday, 8-5. The best way to contact student editorial staff is by email.
Q: Why does The Sentinel close down during finals week?
A: Regular classes are not held during finals week, and Sentinel staffers need to study for finals, too.
Q: If I have a complaint about content, who do I call?
A: Complaints should be directed to the Editor-in-Chief, whose email address is listed on our about page, as well as our Staff Box in the opinion pages of our print edition. Other comments or questions should be directed to the relevant staffer’s email address that is also in the opinion section of our print edition.
Q: Who do I call if a correction or clarification needs to run?
A: We are committed to setting the record straight. Please contact the Editor-in-Chief, whose email address is listed on our contact page.
Q: How are news articles different from other content (columns, editorials, arts reviews, opinion, cartoons, and letters to the editor, advertising)?
A: News articles aim to objectively present information to the public. On the other hand, columns, editorials, reviews, cartoons, letters and advertising represent an author’s opinion.
Q: How can I work for The Sentinel?
A: The Sentinel offers a variety of opportunities, including writers, graphic artists, photographers, layout artists, online specialists and the Marketing Team. Applications are available through the “Get Involved” page on our Student Media site. Questions about these positions or the application process should be directed to the Managing Editor, whose email address are listed on our about page.
Q: How do I become a columnist or cartoonist?
A: Columnists and cartoonists are required to submit samples of their work along with their applications. Questions about this process should be directed to the Opinion Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Can I receive internship credit by working for The Sentinel?
A: Yes, you can. Contact our advisers.
Q: Does The Sentinel pay its employees?
A: All editorial management positions are paid a small monthly stipend. Marketing Team members (distribution, web, sales, clerical) are hourly student assistants. All other positions, however, are volunteers and unpaid.
Q: How do I submit a letter to the editor?
A: You may submit letters to the editor electronically on this site or to email@example.com. Letters must be fewer than 250 words. If you are responding to an article, please include its title and date. The Sentinel will try to print all letters received. Letters should be, at maximum, 250 to 300 words long. We reserve the right to edit all letters submitted for brevity, content and clarity. The writer must include full name, year and major if a student, professional title if a KSU employee, and city if a Georgia resident. For verification purposes, students must also supply the last four digits of their student ID number and a phone number. This information will not be published.
Q: How do I submit a guest opinion?
A: The Sentinel considers guest opinions from our readers. Guest opinions must be within 400 to 600 words. The Sentinel reserves the right to edit for grammar, spelling and clarity. Send guest opinions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Priority is given to opinions that concern previous Sentinel stories, campus activities and issues, and local politics.
Q: How do I submit something to The Sentinel’s weekly calendar, Owl Events?
A: Email Owl Event submissions to email@example.com or on our Contacts page. Be sure to include event title, location, date, time, and a brief description of your event. All submissions must be received at least 5 days before the desired publication date. Due to space constraints, The Sentinel will give priority to free events or those involving the campus community.
Q: I have a press release for my organization/event, where should I send it?
A: You may submit releases electronically on this site or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Does The Sentinel have a freelance policy?
A: Any student may submit an article to the paper (we call this “stringing”) for possible publication, but a few things will affect the decision to publish. First is if this is an objective story (news or features) or subjective (opinion, columns, reviews). Also, students within a group or activity may not submit stories or articles concerning that group or activity (conflict of interest), but may submit news releases. Keep in mind that the decision to assign and publish a story is at the discretion of the student editors; editorial coverage or publication is not guaranteed.
Q: May I reprint an article or photo from The Sentinel?
A: All material published by The Sentinel, in print and online, is copyrighted and owned by The Sentinel. You may download a photo or an article for your personal use. However, you may not reproduce any content on the web or in print without obtaining permission from The Sentinel. For inquiries about articles, contact the Editor in Chief. For inquiries about photos, contact the Photo Editor.
Q: What if I have a question that is not answered here?
A: Email the advisers at email@example.com or call KSU Student Media’s main line at 470-578-6470.