The Iowa Source

Display Advertising in The Iowa Source

For display advertising in The Iowa Source, call Claudia at (641) 472-4852 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Rates listed below are for BLACK & WHITE only. Color ads are available for an additional charge. For more information or to reserve space, please contact us.

Display Advertising Rates - black & white only (contact us for color prices). Discounts available with contract for 3 months, 6 months or one year. Prices shown below are ad costs per month.

Size 1 time
3 times
6 times
1 year
Back Cover 828 775 733
Inside Front Cover 786 754 719 689
Page 3 759 729 715 681
Pages 4-5 739 695 669 632
Full Page 695 659 639 615
3/4 Page 565 535 512 489
1/2 Page 387 363 340 315
1/3 Page 294 273 255 236
1/4 Page 236 221 210 199
1/6 Page 167 153 144 131
1/8 Page 141 130 123 108
1/12 Page 98 93 88 79
1/16 Page 78 72 69 63
1/24 Page 59 52 49 45
Add 15% for guaranteed right-facing page placement.
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Ad Sizes and Dimensions

Size Orientation Width Depth
Full Page   9-3/4" 14"
3/4 Page   9-3/4" 10-5/16"
1/2 Page Vertical 4-3/4" 14"
1/2 Page Horizontal 9-3/4" 6-7/8"
1/3 Page Vertical 4-3/4" 9-1/4"
1/3 Page Horizontal 9-3/4" 4-1/2"
1/4 Page Vertical 4-3/4" 6-7/8"
1/4 Page Horizontal 9-3/4" 3-5/16"
1/6 Page Horizontal 4-3/4" 4-1/2"
1/8 Page Vertical 2-1/4" 6-7/8"
1/8 Page Horizontal 4-3/4" 3-5/16"
1/12 Page Vertical 2-1/4" 4-1/2"
1/12 Page Horizontal 4-3/4" 2-1/8"
1/16 Page   2-1/4" 3-5/16"
1/24 Page   2-1/4" 2-1/8"

dispaly ads layout

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Deadlines - Issue and Closing Dates - PLEASE NOTE: We usually have space available after the closing dates, so please call us even if it is after the 20th: 641-472-4852.

Issue Display Ad Closing Camera Ready Materials Due*
February January 15 January 20
March February 15 February 20
April March 15 March 20
May April 15 April 20
June May 15 May 20
July June 15 June 20
August July 15 July 20
September August 15 August 20
October September 15 September 20
November October 15 October 20
Dec.-Jan. November 15 November 20
*Approx. dates. Deadline varies slightly with actual print date.

Acceptable Advertising Materials

We prefer PDF files - fonts must be embedded and the resolution should be set at 180 dpi. TIFFs or JPEGs are also acceptable - please make sure they are set at 180 dpi. All color ads should be set for CMYK. If you have any other questions, please call us at (641) 472-4852.

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We have 468x60 and various 120 wide banner ad positions available on Call Claudia Petrick at (641) 472-4852 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it to discuss your web advertising campaign.

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Terms & Conditions

  • Positioning of Advertising: Positioning is at the discretion of the publisher except for premium positions (listed in Rates section) requested in writing and acknowledged by the publisher or sales representative.
  • New Account Credit Policy: All new advertisers must prepay in full for their first two ads.
  • Cancellations: Must be received by the 20th of the month prior to publication or advertiser will be responsible for payment.
  • Contracts: Frequency discounts are available only on the basis of written contract. 3x and 6x contracts include 6-month rate protection; 11x contracts include 1-year rate protection. If an advertiser elects to purchase a larger space than specified in the existing contract, the advertiser shall be entitled to receive only the dollar amount of discount for his contracted display ad size applied to the one-time rate for the larger ad.
  • Terms: Net 15 days from the date of publication. A 1-1⁄2% service charge will be applied to all past due invoices.
  • Artwork: The Iowa Source will hold artwork for a maximum of 6 months.
  • Limited Liability: All display advertising is submitted camera ready. The publisher assumes no liability for errors in typesetting or paste-up of display ads. The publisher is not liable for delays in distribution or non-distribution in the event of natural acts, action by any governmental or quasi-governmental entity, strikes, material shortages, or any condition beyond the control of the publisher affecting production or distribution in any manner.
  • Changes in Terms and Conditions: Terms and conditions other than rates are subject to change by the publisher without notice.
  • Approval of Advertising: The Iowa Source reserves the right to reject any advertisement, space reservation, or position commitment that does not meet the publisher’s standards.
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Distribution Locations

The Iowa Source is published eleven times a year, with a double issue for December and January (so we can take a little break). We distribute at over 600 locations throughout eastern and central Iowa, from Cedar Rapids in the north, to Fort Madison in the south, from Ottumwa in the west to Burlington in the east. By request from readers, copies are also mailed to locations in Des Moines, Grinnell, Pella, Davenport, Oskaloosa, and Kirksville, Missouri.

If you would like to be a distribution location, or know of someone who would, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (641) 472-4852.

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