To answer ThePress's question on yesterday comments about DPI and photos:
DPI means Dots Per Inch. All printers (even laser) print photos by laying down dots of various colors and shades that our eyes combine into continuous color. (Laser printers do this also, but the toner melts and fuses together, mostly obscuring the dots.)You can use a magnifying glass and see the dots.
The more dots per inch, the finer the detail the photo has. A 600 DPI picture is more detailed and more closely resembles a regular photo than a 100 DPI picture. I typically print 4x6 at 600 DPI and 8x10 at 1200 or 2400 DPI. (At those resolutions, it can take 10 minutes to print an 8x10.)
Most newspapers print photos at 1200 DPI or 2400 DPI. So if the people who are sending photos to ThePress are sending them in at 100 or 200 DPI, then the resulting prints are going to be grainy and jaggie.
What ThePress needs to do is specify that submitted photos be sent in at 1200 DPI. The file sizes are going to be quite large, but less than 2400 DPI. 600 DPI might work also as long as the photo was printed at a small size.
Hope this helps, ThePress.