Frequently Asked Questions

ABOUT ONCENTRAL

HOW DO I USE THIS SITE?

OnCentral is a news site that allows you to learn more about South Los Angeles, and let your neighbors know what you're up to. We like to think that we're telling stories with you.

You can not only read stories about life, business and more in South Los Angeles, but you can contribute to them by letting us know when you see errors, pieces of the story you think we missed and media we didn't know about.

You can also add in your own stories. Start telling the stories of you life and lives of those around you.

HOW DO I SIGN IN?

If you haven't registered, click the "Register" button on the top of the right side of the page. It should only take a couple of minutes to register, but don't forget to click on the e-mail verification, it only lasts for a few hours.

If you've registered (thanks!), just click "Log In."

DO I NEED TO BE REGISTERED TO SEND YOU STORIES?

You do need to be registered to send us stories. That lets us collect your stories in one place, and also highlight the voices in the neighborhood. Don't worry, though, you can use pseudonyms if that makes you feel more comfortable. Just don’t pretend to be someone else, that’s not very nice.

WHAT DO OTHER USERS SEE?

They see the stories that you've published and well as the contributions you've made to other stories. Other users will never see your phone number or e-mail address.

WHY ARE YOU ASKING FOR MY PHONE NUMBER?

We like to make sure we're getting you the best information possible, so we want to be able to contact you if we have questions about what you've contributed.

DO YOU HAVE SPANISH-LANGUAGE CONTENT?

We do! Although the whole site isn't Spanish, we do have some stories that are told only in Spanish, and some translations. If you'd like to help us translate stories, let us know.

CONTRIBUTING

HOW DO I CONTRIBUTE TO THE SITE?

You can contribute in two ways — adding changes to stories and submitting your own stories.

Adding changes means that you help us develop a story further. We let you correct errors, add in more information, give us a quote or anything you'd like. We also let you send in other types of content like videos and photos.

By submitting content, you're sending us a whole story. Maybe it's the story of your grandmother, or a blog about the event you attended last week. You can also add in a photo and videos to your story.

One more thing…please submit only stories, photos, videos, and other content that you own. If you don’t own the rights, please don’t submit it to us.

WHAT'S THE POINT OF SUGGESTING CHANGES?

We don't think stories are ever "finished." By letting you suggesting changes, we're letting everyone take control of the stories told about their neighborhoods. And by everyone, we mean everyone. We believe the community owns stories, so all stories are open to suggested changes.

Be patient, though, all suggested changes are vetted by editors to make sure they're relevant and true. We might call or e-mail you if we have more questions.

HOW DO I ADD PHOTOS OR VIDEOS?

To add photos to an existing story, click the "Suggest Changes" link at the bottom of the pages. You'll be brought to a page where you can type in some text and at the bottom we have buttons that allow you to add audio and video files (horizontal photos are best). You can also add in a link to a Youtube video and it will auto-embed the video in the story.

ARE POSTS AUTOMATICALLY PUBLISHED?

All suggested changes and submitted content is looked at by editors, so it can take a day or so for stories to show up on line.

All stories are looked at by editors to make sure they’re relevant and true.

A few rules on what you can’t submit:

WHO OWNS MY CONTENT?

You own the copyright to your stories, photos, and other content, and you’re welcome to share your content with others.