Columbus Parent is a free monthly magazine published by the Dispatch Printing Company. It was founded in 1988 as an independently published magazine. The Dispatch Printing Company acquired it in 1991. The magazine originally was part of the Consumer News Services division; since August 2010, it has been part of the Dispatch Magazines division. In its current format, the magazine focuses on providing news, event information and family-oriented activity ideas and reviews for families residing in Central Ohio. It has established itself as the “Go-To Guide for Central Ohio Families.”
The magazine has an average circulation of 50,000 issues each month and can be picked up at more than 1,000 locations (mostly elementary schools, libraries, daycare centers, doctors’ and dentists’ offices and some Giant Eagle stores). Each month’s issue comes out close to the first of the month. Distribution begins on the Monday of that week and is completed by Thursday.
At this time, we do not have a formal subscription option. However, we can offer an interested reader the option to pay $24 (payable by check to the Dispatch Printing Company; the check should be mailed to Silvana Hildebrandt, Dispatch Printing Company, 34 S. Third St., Columbus, OH 43215) and each month’s copy will then be mailed by USPS to that reader’s home.
Yes, if you agree to accept at least 15 copies each month. To do so, please send an email to email@example.com with the following information: business (or school or other organization) name, street address, contact name, contact phone number, number of copies requested. You may also call our main number at 614-461-8878 and place an order that way.
Copies are delivered each month by a carrier who is contracted by the Dispatch Printing Company to serve a defined delivery area. That carrier should remove leftover copies and replace them with the new month’s copies. You should not recycle or throw out leftover copies because our carrier is supposed to report pick-up rates at each location. If a location consistently runs out of copies, we may contact you to see if you think we need to provide more copies — or you can contact us at any time to request an increase. If a majority of copies are leftover, however, we may cut the amount delivered.
There is no charge for an event to be featured in our online or print Calendars. Anyone is able to submit an event to our Calendar by going to our website, www.ColumbusParent.com, and clicking on the Events tab. On the Events page, you will see an option to “Add Your Own Event!” By clicking on that option, you will be directed to a script that allows you to submit the requested information. From there, the information will be reviewed by our staff. If the event is deemed suitable for a family-oriented audience, it will be uploaded to the online Calendar for immediate viewing. Not all events submitted and accepted will make their way to the print Calendar. First, the information must be received by the 7th of the preceding month in order to meet our printing deadlines. Second, because we do not have unlimited space to publish all events, we give priority to non-profit organizations’ events and to free events. Third, if you are operating a for-profit business, your listing may be deemed more suitable for advertising and your contact information will be passed along to our advertising sales team. The Calendar is not intended to take the place of paid advertising.
Prior to its redesign and relaunch in August 2010, Columbus Parent did publish press releases from local businesses. However, the magazine no longer does this. The magazine now operates on a strictly journalistic model: Its editorial and advertising departments operate separately, just as the newspaper does. If you would to make our editorial staff aware of your business, please send the information to Editor Jane Hawes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prior to its redesign and relaunch in August 2010, Columbus Parent did publish some unsolicited articles written by freelance and/or syndicated writers. However, the magazine no longer does this. We now publish only assigned articles written by staff or local freelance writers who are under contract to the magazine. If you would like to be considered for freelance writing work, please send a resume and three writing samples which reflect Columbus Parent’s topics and current writing style to Editor Jane Hawes. You can email them to her at email@example.com or mail them to her at 34 S. Third St., Columbus, OH 43215.
The magazine selects its own models from community contacts. However, each year, Columbus Parent sponsors a “Win the Cover” contest that allows families to submit a photo of their child for consideration. The contest begins in September and the winner (selected through a combination of reader votes and professional staff review) is featured on the December cover. The contest is announced on our website (www.ColumbusParent.com) and Facebook page (Columbus Parent Magazine).
Please contact Dispatch Magazines Advertising Manager Amy Bishop at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling her 614-461-8739.
You may submit your sponsorship request to Jean Nemeti, the Dispatch’s Director of Branding and Marketing, at email@example.com. Please note that while we do give consideration to every request, we receive a large number of event sponsorship proposals and unfortunately we cannot participate in every event.
You may contact Editor Jane Hawes at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are very happy to receive feedback about the magazine. Please note that while we do give consideration to every story-idea request, we receive an average of 25-50 story ideas each weekday. Unfortunately we cannot write about them all, nor can we respond to every request.
Jane Hawes is the editor of Columbus Parent. Jill Hawes is a member of the Columbus Monthly and Columbus Bride editorial staff, and her email address is email@example.com. They are not related. If you mistakenly send an email intended for Jill to Jane (and vice versa), they will forward the email to the Hawes you are trying to reach.