From the Hamburg editor: How to contact the Item and submit

Shea Singley
Shea Singley

As a community newspaper, we receive many submissions from our readers. It is something that I myself look forward to as it’s a way to get to know those in the community better and also see what they have been up to. There have been a few changes with our move on how to submit articles and we also have a new deadline in place.

The absolutely best way to submit an article and to contact me is by email. Because I am often out covering events in the community and spend quite a bit of time driving, it is not always easy to answer my phone. I am constantly checking my email and try to reply as soon as I can so that you know that I received the email. This is the quickest way to submit articles because I have everything I need immediately and have a contact for you in case of any questions. Submissions must be emailed to me no later than Thursday at 5 p.m. to possibly make the next issue. Though we can not always get submissions into the next issue, we do try to get them in as soon as we can space permitting. There is no charge for a submission.

We also have drop off locations at both the Hamburg Public Library and Schuylkill Valley Community Library. Submissions at the libraries must be in as soon as possible on Thursdays to possibly make the next issue. If you need a photo returned, please let us know on the submission and we will drop it back off at the library once we have it entered.

Please do not call the library to contact us. I try to have community hours at the library, but many times I must be out at various events and interviews making it difficult to have a set time at those locations. If you need to speak with me email is the easiest and my phone number is 484-374-1263 ext. If you need to speak with someone about your subscription please use ext. 0 and for classified ads, legal notices, or advertising, please listen to the directory for the correct extension.


Coming up we are looking forward to seeing those first day of school photos. Last year we had very nice submissions of students ready for their first day and are looking forward to seeing more this year.

Shea Singley is the editor of the Hamburg Area Item. She can be reached at

About the Author

Shea Singley

Shea Singley is the editor of The Hamburg Area Item. She grew up in Berks County and spent three years at the University of Arizona, Tucson, where she double majored in Creative Writing and English before transferring to Kutztown University where she majored in Professional Writing. Shea graduated from Kutztown University in 2012 and during that time completed an internship in the publication department of a non-profit organization in Washington, DC. She joined Berks-Mont Newspapers in March of 2013 and had enjoyed getting the chance to explore the Hamburg area and meet the readers. Reach the author at or follow Shea on Twitter: @hamburgitem.