It is our goal to build long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with our readers, advertisers and community members. If there is anything that we can help with, don’t hesitate to reach us at [email protected] or 612-825-9205.
In the meantime, here are some frequently asked questions along with their answers to get you started.
How often do you publish?
Southwest Journal publishes a new print issue every other week on Thursdays. That’s a total of 26 issues a year, sometimes 27 depending on how the dates fall. You can see a list of our issue dates on our editorial calendar. Our website is updated daily with new stories and content.
Where can I find a copy of your publication?
The paper is delivered free of charge to over 27,000 doorsteps and 130 rack sites at local businesses, major intersections and city hubs within our coverage area. We don’t currently have an online search for a rack location nearest you but are happy to help locate one if you call us at 612-825-9205 or email [email protected]. If you’re outside our distribution area, you can sign up for a subscription (see below) to have it mailed to you.
If you’re downtown, you can always stop by our offices to pick up a copy at 1115 Hennepin Ave, where we have racks outside and in our entryway.
How do I subscribe? How much do subscriptions cost?
Subscriptions cost $39 per year ($1.50 per issue). You can pay by check or credit card. Give us a call us at 612-825-9205 to set up a subscription with a credit card. Or, send your name and address to [email protected] and we will issue an invoice. You are also welcome to mail a check to our office at 1115 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis MN 55403 and we will begin your subscription right away.
What are your advertising rates?
The big ads cost more, and the little ones cost less. Jokes aside, the final cost of an advertising commitment depends on many variables — ad size and frequency, time of year, current promotions and more — so it’s not a one-size-fits-all situation. Any advertising commitment should be preceded by a conversation with one of our Account Executives, who can help develop an appropriate plan to match your goals and budget. You can call us at 612-825-9205 to get more info, or shoot us an email at [email protected] to get the conversation started.
I’d like to contribute. How do I submit my writing for consideration?
We welcome story or column pitches from freelance writers and commentary pieces from the community. Please send a writing sample or brief proposal of what you’d like to contribute to [email protected].
Something news-worthy happened or is happening in my neighborhood. How do I let you know?
We love receiving news tips and encourage readers to send them to editor Zac Farber at [email protected].
How do I reach the editor for a news release?
You can send all news releases to [email protected].
Do you publish legal notices?
Because we publish biweekly and most legal notices require publication to occur over a specific time period, we’re often not best suited to publish them, though we are authorized to do so in a pinch. You might try another local publication such as Finance & Commerce for publishing your legal notices.
My customers and I would like to have a Southwest Journal rack located at my business. How do I become a distribution partner?
We’d be happy to install a small wire rack or newsstand and deliver a few copies each issue. Just send us a note at [email protected] to get started!
How do I stop delivery to my home or business?
We’re sorry the publication isn’t serving your needs, (perhaps you’d like to let us know what we can do better?), but that’s okay. You can opt-out of our free delivery by sending your contact information and address to [email protected] to be added to our opt-out list.
We do our best to honor all requests, though please note that we employ a large staff of newspaper carriers — professionals, boy & girl scouts, college students, and retirees, among others — who each deliver hundreds or thousands of newspapers. Occasionally our team makes a mistake. If you’ve asked for delivery to be ceased and you receive the publication by accident, don’t be alarmed; we have your request and will honor it as best we can. You can help by letting us know at [email protected] that you’ve received the publication, and we’ll check in with the carrier to make sure they have the info they need to honor your request.
Have a question that wasn’t covered here? Send it to us at [email protected] and we’ll get back to you shortly.