Media Center

Welcome to the Quintessential Barrington Media Center. If you are a public relations professional, publicity contact, a QB writer, or someone looking to inform us about area events of interest, please review the information below. Thank you for your interest in QB. If you have any additional questions, please email us at or give us a call at 847-381-3860.

2019–2020 News and Calendar of Events Deadlines

Get on our QB Newsmakers List for news deadlines and other reminders by emailing your name and email address and request to be included. Email Lisa Stamos at to submit news and get on our news list. For questions, please call Lisa at 847-217-3220.

Issue Date:

Submission Deadline:

Mar/Apr 2019: February 1, 2019
May/Jun 2019: April 3, 2019
Jul/Aug 2019: June 3, 2019
Sept/Oct 2019: August 5, 2019
Nov/Dec 2019: October 3, 2019
Jan/Feb 2020: December 3, 2019
Mar/Apr 2020: February 3, 2020


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Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to submit stories, news and
calendar items to us so that we may better inform our readers of what's happening around
town and with local organizations. You may also submit feature story ideas to us for consideration, or contact us regarding your professional photography services. Send email to:

The following items are covered below:

Calendar Items:

Please note that for consideration, calendar items need to be for events that are open to the public. Submission does not guarantee acceptance for print. To submit an item to our Calendar of Events, please send an e-mail to our Editor.

To be considered, the calendar item must include the information below in the following order and format:

Local events and news:

If you would like Quintessential Barrington to consider your event as content for our About Town or Community sections, you must submit a press release in the format described below. Please e-mail it as a Microsoft Word attachment to All submissions are subject to editorial review and may or may not be used depending on the appropriateness for our publication and the current status of our editorial. Event coverage may be pre-event or post-event depending on when the event falls into our bimonthly schedule. We may not be able to respond to all press releases and submissions personally.

Press release format:

Press releases must contain the following information:

  • A contact person with phone number and e-mail.
  • A headline.
  • A succinctly written "story" that includes who, what, where, when, why, and how.
  • A news hook to the Barrington market.
  • Brief background information on your organization.
  • One or two quotes from the organization's leaders or officers.
  • A high-quality photograph in JPEG format at 300 dpi (5x7 size), with a caption that names all people shown in the proper order.

Correct spelling: It is your responsibility to ensure that all names are spelled correctly. It is also your responsibility to ensure that no information is plagiarized from other sources. Please double-check names and sources before submitting your release to QB.

Tips for crafting a press release that will have optimal chance of receiving our attention:

Feature Stories:

If you have a story idea for our magazine that you would like to pitch to us, you must send a query letter to our Editor. Query letters should contain the following information:

Photography do and don'ts:

We do not use photo prints, or photos from a web site, (which at 72 dpi are too low a resolution for our print production.) Please forward only one photo per e-mail, not to exceed 4mg in file size, or, send us a CD or DVD with your photo(s). Sending multiple photos in one e-mail, or large file size photos by email, will cause technical problems for both sender and receiver. Photos must be the property of the sender or the sender's organization. Please indicate any photo credits.

For local organizations, we recommend maintaining a library of digital photos, complete with dates and a listing of who is in the photo for use with your current and future press releases.

Photographers: If interested in working with QB, please send us a link to your web site or other work found online, or contact us for a review of your portfolio. Please send any such links to our Editor

We are sorry, but we cannot acknowledge all query submissions. We will contact you if we have interest in the story; you should feel free to pitch your story elsewhere if you do not hear from us within six weeks.