Q. Where do the breaking sites get their stories?
A. Many of our stories come from Chicago Tribune news reporters, but the Breaking News sites also has their own staff of reporters and bloggers. We also take information from TribLocal, WGN-TV, WGN-AM, CLTV, and other Chicago Tribune news outlets and wire services. If a story is of note and we don't have it ourselves, we'll often point our readers to a source that does.

Q. So you're part of Tribune Company?
A: The Chicago Tribune, TribLocal, CLTV and both WGN-TV and WGN-AM are owned by Tribune Co. The breaking sites are staffed by reporters and editors who are part of the Chicago Tribune newsroom staff.

Q. On the Breaking News Center site, why do you leave out the race of many crime suspects?
A: The Breaking News Center will only include race in a suspect's description if it is part of a more detailed description of the suspect, or a detailed description of a crime. Describing a robber in Austin or Rogers Park or Hyde Park as a black male doesn't help anyone identify the guy smoking at the nearest bus stop as a person police need to talk to.

Q. You people need copy editors.
A. Please, send a note to tips@tribune.com saying what needs correcting. We'll fix it. Sometimes we post 20 versions of one story in a day, and have 50 stories, many of them written and reported at least in part by the 5 or 6 reporters who staff the Breaking News Center 24 hours a day. Obviously, we'll make mistakes, and are happy to correct them.

Contact us

Q. What are the addresses, emails and numbers for breaking news centers and Chicago Tribune?
A. The address of the Chicago Tribune is 435 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611. The general telephone number for the Chicago Tribune is 1-800-TRIBUNE. For questions about whether the Tribune will cover a story, call the City Desk at 312-222-3540.

   • Chicago Breaking News Center: 312-222-5555 / tips@tribune.com
   • Chicago Breaking Business Center: 312-222-4324 / breakingbusiness@tribune.com.
   • Chicago Breaking Sports Center: 312-222-6694 / sportsbreaking@tribune.com.

Q. Where can I find e-mail addresses for the news staff?
A. Email addresses are listed here.

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Q. How can I contribute to the sites?
A. We welcome your news tips, photos, and comments on stories. Readers are solely responsible for the content they post and must register with the site to upload photos or comment on stories. Submitted content does not reflect the opinion or approval of breaking sites. Sending content to the site means you have read and agreed to the Tribune's Terms and Conditions.

Your news tips

Q. How do I send you a tip?
A. Please email or call us. Your tips may be shared with our media partners, including Chicago Tribune, TribLocal, WGN-Ch. 9, WGN-AM 720 and CLTV. We cannot acknowledge each tip.
   • Chicago Breaking News Center: 312-222-5555 / tips@tribune.com
   • Chicago Breaking Business Center: 312-222-4324 / breakingbusiness@tribune.com.
   • Chicago Breaking Sports Center: 312-222-6694 / sportsbreaking@tribune.com.

Your comments

Q. Do I need to be logged in to comment on a story?
A. Yes. Registered users will be prompted to log in before a comment can be posted to the site.

Q. What is your site's commenting policy?
A. Readers are reminded to post comments that are germane to the article and write in a common language that steers clear of personal attacks and/or vulgarities. We reserve the right to remove any user or user's comments that are identified as inappropriate. Examples of these types of infractions are comments that include:

   • Abusive, off-topic or foul language;
   • Racist, sexist, homophobic or other offensive terminology;
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   • Attacks that celebrate the death, injury or illness of any person, public figure or otherwise.

Comments are filtered for language. Readers may report comments by clicking "Report abuse." Once a comment has been flagged, a staffer will investigate. Read more about our commenting policy here.

Your photos

Q. How do I send you a breaking news photo?
A. If you capture an unfolding event on camera or mobile phone, You can e-mail it to us at tips@tribune.com or upload your photos here. Photos that have been digitally or manually altered in any way will not be considered for use. Please include a description of the photo, as well as your name, phone number and a working e-mail address so we can contact you. You must be registered with the site to upload a photo.

Q. Why don't I see the photo that I just uploaded?
A. There are a few reasons for this:
   • All uploaded photos are moderated, meaning they must be approved before they can appear on the site. This process takes time due to the volume of photos received. We appreciate your patience and ask that you do not try to upload the same photo repeatedly.
   • If your photo violates the site's content policy or does not follow the theme of the content group, it will not be placed on the site.

Q. My photo was approved, but why does it look smaller and/or distorted on your site?
A. There are restrictions on the maximum dimensions of a submitted photo (500 pixels by 500 pixels) as well as the file size (no larger than 2MG). Submitted photos that fall outside these parameters will be resized or compressed in order to meet the site standards.

Q. Are there certain file formats that I must use for my photo uploads?
A. Users are limited to the following image file formats: jpg, gif and png.

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A. Yes, we offer a number of alerts and newsletters. You need to register with the site to receive them. To register, click on the link in the black bar at the top of each page of the site. Learn more about all newsletters and alerts here.

Q. What about text alerts?
A. We offer text alerts for breaking news, business and sports. Click here to sign up.

Search and archives

Q. How can I find the stories I want on the site?
A. The home page is updated throughout the day with new and breaking stories. For older stories, you should use site's search box, which appears at the top of all page on the site.

Q. Can I search back issues of the Chicago Tribune newspaper on the Internet?
A. The Tribune's electronic archives -- which date to December 1852 -- are available on chicagotribune.com. You also can use a commercial database service such as DataTimes (1-800-642-2525) Dialog (1-800-334-2564), or NEXIS (1-800-227-4908).

To find archived stories from the Breaking News site, click here.

Q. Can I purchase or download copies of photos that appeared on the sites or in the Chicago Tribune newspaper?
A. You may purchase copies of photographs through the Tribune Photo Store or by calling 312-222-3080.

Press releases

Q. Can I send a press release via fax?
A. Use the following fax numbers for individual news departments:
Breaking News: 312-222-4050
Local news: 312-222-4674
Business: 312-222-1172
Sports: 312-828-9392

Q. Can I send a press release via e-mail?
A. You may e-mail Tribune reporters with your information. Send news press releases to tips@tribune.com.

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