What to know about upcoming Salute to Nurses and Mommy and Me initiatives, as well as story ideas for each.
|What contests are coming up?||
By the end of the month GateHouse will launch online submissions for Salute to Nurses, where readers can use the Upickem platform to write about how a special nurse has affected their lives. In mid-April, readers will be able to vote for their favorite salutes, and newspapers will choose the top essays to run in their printed Salute to Nurses sections during National Nurses Week, May 6-12.
Also, a Mommy and Me photo contest will kick off in mid-April, where readers can upload their favorite photos of their mom or a special mom in their lives, and readers can vote for the best starting April 30. The winner will be named the day after Mother's Day, May 14.
|What will I see on my site?||
You will see run-of-site promos on these contests, as well as homepage banner links to both contests. The Nurses "submit" banner will run from mid-next week through April 9, when a banner to your Real Estate Outlook content will go in place. On April 16 the "submit" banner for Mommy and Me will posted, and replaced with the "vote" banner for Nurses on April 23. On April 30, the "vote" banner for Mommy and Me will go up until May 7.
|Are all sites doing both contests?||
No -- while Salute to Nurses is a required print and online product this year, Mommy and Me is an optional online contest.
|What story ideas or content does GHNS have for these?||
Content for Salute to Nurses will be available Friday. Stories in the section include the different types of nurses, the education needed to attain these levels, the employment outlook for nursing and the non-hospital employers where nurses can be found.
Other story ideas could include profiling the longest-serving nurse in your community, nurses with fun-sounding jobs like those who help deliver babies or who work at schools or with local sports teams, or using Salute to Nurses to kick off a monthly or weekly nurse profile CPJ. Or, help readers to know what makes a good nurse or doctor, and how to figure out if they have the right credentials or have been disciplined by your state's board.
Optional content for Mommy and Me can be downloaded here.
Other Mother's Day story ideas could include profiling extraordinary moms of special-needs kids, adopted kids, foster kids or large families; ask kids what they're getting Mom for Mother's Day, or what they think she wants; or profile women who became moms later in life or after they were told they could not conceive. Provide expert advice for those coping with the loss of a mother, whether recent or not.