Are you a mother who looks like your daughter?
Did a wind gust blow over a tree in your yard?
Has your basement been flooded by recent storms?
Then we want your pictures.
Last week, we began openly soliciting photo contributions from readers through segments we refer to as "call-outs."
We have always accepted unsolicited photos and tips from readers, but now we are making the practice more visible and structured.
We have set up an email account just for this purpose: email@example.com.
The first call-out was for weather-related photos. We ran a graphic with the email address both online and on Page One of the print edition. We received 26 responses that resulted in two separate slideshows on our website at www.standard.net.
We found the results so encouraging that we made another call-out this week with a niche theme related to Mother's Day. We want photos of moms and daughters who look alike.
Ideally, we would like submitted photos to be 10 inches on the longest side at 300dpi, but we can use photos as small as 8 inches at 200dpi.
Just remember to email only one or two such photos at a time. Even if the photos don't meet this criteria, send them anyway, and we'll take a look at them.
If you don't own a computer, you won't be left out. You can drop photos off at our Ogden office at 332 Standard Way in Business Depot Ogden or our Layton office at 67 S. Main St.
We hope to use call-outs on a more regular basis in the future and will even do so when we are looking for information to add to stories. The solicitation would be for comments from local residents who may have relatives living in the area of a major news event, such as the tsunami in Japan or a foreign war zone.
Along with the call-outs, you may also have noticed another graphic notification with some stories that says "print exclusive."
Like newspapers everywhere, we are struggling with the prospect of how to keep the print edition relevant in an age of instant information online, on mobile devices and through social media.
By designating a story as a print exclusive, we are letting readers of the paper know they are getting something first for a change.
The stories we pick for such designation are usually more in-depth and timeless, and are ones that other media outlets are not competing for.
Online readers who don't want to wait until we post the story on the free side of our website (normally 48 hours after print publication) can still view the story in our e-edition if they have a subscription.
So far, we have noticed a slight increase in print circulation on days we have run print exclusives. It also doesn't seem to have a negative impact on online traffic when the story is posted.
For instance, the story we ran last Sunday in the print edition about the parents of Blake Strebel, who was killed two years ago in an accident caused by a gang member fleeing police, was still one of the top stories on our website Wednesday when we posted it.
Finding new ways to collect and present the news is all part of the changing nature of the industry. And you are part of those changes.
Andy Howell is executive editor of the Standard-Examiner. He can be reached at 801-625-4210 or firstname.lastname@example.org.