Frequently Asked Questions



How do I place an ad? 

To place a classified ad, call (816)271-8666.

For information on display ads, call (816)271-8527. 

For information on internet advertising, call (816)271-8511.



How do I submit news?

Click here to submit a news item online. (Submitting this form will send an e-mail to several newsroom editors.)

News story or photo idea? Contact Director of News and Content Steve Booher at (816)271-8583 or

Sports story idea? Contact Sports Editor Thomas Huitt-Johnson at (816)271-8577 or

Feature story idea? Contact Assignment Editor Jess DeHaven at (816)271-8594 or

Story idea for FOX 26 KNPN? Contact News Director Jerry Howard at (816) 236-6295 or

Click here for our full staff directory.

How do I submit a closing, cancellation, late start or postponement?

E-mail Please include the full name of your school, business or organization and the days and times involved.

How do I sign up for text/e-mail alerts?

Click here. You must be over age 13 to sign up. You may update message preferences or unsubscribe at any time. Check your wireless provider for any message and data rates that may apply.

How do I submit an event for the What’s Up and community calendars?

To list an item in What’s Up, e-mail a flier or news release to All submissions are subject to editing.

To list an item in our online community calendar, click here. (This calendar only appears on the website.)

How do I leave a comment for It’s Your Call?

Call (816)271-8687. Not all remarks are printed and those that are may be edited.

How do I submit a letter to the editor?

E-mail your letter to Or mail your letter to: Letters to the editor ℅ News-Press, Box 29, St. Joseph, MO 64502. To be published, letters must include an address and daytime phone number. We reserve the right to edit any letter. Letters should be 200 words or fewer.

How do I submit a guest column?

Prospective guest columns should be cleared in advance with Executive Editor Dennis Ellsworth. Contact him at (816)271-8550 or

How do I submit an item for the Careers column?

E-mail your item to Or mail your item to: Jenn Hall, Careers, P.O. Box 29, St. Joseph, MO 64502.

Color or black-and-white photos are used with promotions, new hires and retirements. Please e-mail photos in JPEG format. Please mail photos with a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return.

How do I submit an anniversary, birthday, engagement or wedding announcement?

Click here for the online forms.

Email your announcement and photo to or contact the announcement desk at (816)271-8547.

How do I submit a birth announcement?

Click here for the online form.

The completed form:

* Can be placed in the lockbox at Heartland to be picked up at a later date.

* Can be mailed to: Birth announcements, St. Joseph News-Press newsroom, 825 Edmond St., St. Joseph MO 64501.

* Can be brought to the front desk in the newsroom, 825 Edmond St.

* Can be faxed to (816)271-8692.

Information is not taken over the phone.

Birth announcements are published on an as-needed basis in the newspaper and online. We cannot guarantee a publication date.

What does it cost to run an obituary? How do I submit an obituary?

Obituaries are free for the first 70 words. More information may be presented for an additional fee. For fee information, please consult your funeral director or call (816)271-8547.

Funeral homes may fax information to (816)271-8686 or email Please include your contact information. Photos should be emailed in JPEG format and must be received by 4 p.m. each day.

Private-party obituaries are taken from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, except on holidays.

How do I request a correction?

It is the policy of the News-Press to correct all errors as quickly as possible. To request a correction, call the City Desk at (816)271-8548 or 271-8533.

How do I purchase a photo?

Click on the “Buy this photo” link beneath the photo or visit the Photo Store here.

How can I obtain a video copy of a story that ran on KNPN?

Call the KNPN newsroom at (816)689-2626 or e-mail The cost is $5 per DVD.



How do I subscribe or make changes to my subscription?

* Click here to make changes online.

* Call (816)271-8600 or visit the Circulation department at 825 Edmond St. (smaller building to the west).

Subscriber service hours: 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday; 6 a.m.-noon Saturday and Sunday; 6-10 a.m. on holidays

How do I sign up for News-Press Rewards?

Call (816)271-8600 or visit the Circulation department, 825 Edmond St., to receive exclusive deals and discounts.