[knowledgelab] {Spam?} Call for Articles: "Politics in Community, " Communities, issue 140

Uri Gordon uri at riseup.net
Wed Mar 26 10:09:14 GMT 2008

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Communities Magazine is now seeking articles for issue #140, "Politics 
in Community." The issue will be out in September 2008.

Please send your article idea to editor at ic.org by ***Sunday, April 6***. 
(Early submissions are appreciated.)

Your final article must reach us by ***Friday, May 23***.

1. Theme articles: "Politics in Community":

What is your community's relationship to politics? For example, are 
larger-scale political awareness and action important to you 
individually and/or collectively? Do community members have relatively 
unified or diverse viewpoints on political issues? How do you discuss 
political subjects? Do you have a community etiquette about when and 
where it's ok to talk politics, and when it is not? Do internal politics 
operate within your community that either mirror or contrast with the 
political dynamics of the larger society? How do you handle political 
disagreements and internal political tensions? How do you present 
yourselves and your political viewpoints to people outside of your 
community? Do you see yourselves as contributing to political change on 
a local and/or a society-wide level?

[Please forward this email to anyone you think has a good story on this 
theme for Communities magazine.]

2. We are also seeking articles about:
- Creating community in your neighborhood;
- Starting a new community;
- Process and communication issues in community; and
- Seeking community to join.

Word length is from 900 to 2500 words. We're seeking articles written in 
a reader-friendly, popular-magazine style, rather than in academic style.

If you'd like to submit an article, let us know and we'll send you 
Writers' Guidelines. Contact Chris Roth at editor at ic.org or 541-937-2567 
ext. 116.

If you don't want to write an article but want to submit photos, let us 
know and we'll send you Photo Guidelines. Contact Ann-Marie Stillion at 
annmarie at ic.org.

I. WHAT "SUBMITTING AN ARTICLE" MEANS. We will promise to read your 
article, but we may respectfully decline it and not publish it, or save 
it and publish it in a future issue. We also reserve the right to edit, 
shorten, or revise your article. Most of the time we contact authors 
about this ahead of time and get their comments, corrections, etc.

II. GETTING PERMISSION AHEAD OF TIME. Please send the article only when 
you have permission from anyone you need it from, such as fellow 
community members. It's difficult for us to get all set to run an 
article only to find that the author's fellow community members say No 
at the last minute.

III. PUBLICATION RIGHTS. Once your article appears in Communities 
magazine, we own first North American Publishing Rights. This means your 
article appears in Communities magazine the first time it appears in 
North America. After that, you own it again. If you'd like to use it 
elsewhere, you can, and we would appreciate your using an attribution 
line saying, "This article first appeared in Communities magazine, 
(date); for further information on Communities magazine: www.ic.org 


If we publish your article, we want to accompany it with compelling 
images that illustrate your subject. You know your subject best, so we 
are appealing to you for images. If you submit an article idea, our 
Photo Editor, Ann-Marie Stillion, will send you our photo guidelines, 
including how to send us your photos. In the meantime, we hope this 
guide will help you. If the task seems overwhelming, see if others in 
your community like taking pictures. They might already have great 
images to go with your article.

If you would like to submit an article but cannot supply photos, that's 
fine; however, you must give us plenty of advance notice so that if we 
use your article we can get an illustrator.

No matter how you send us your photos, please remember to include 
information for the caption of each photo, as well as the full name of 
whomever we should credit for the photo, including their community name. 
Also, if there are people in the photo, then get permission to use the 
photo in Communities magazine. A good caption includes the location, all 
the names of the people or group in the photo, and the date if that 
applies. Also, please prepare to send hi res images; web photos rarely 
will be usable.

*Content of the submitted images:*

If the story is focused on a certain person or group, include a 
photograph of them. Always get as close to your subject as possible. 
Photographs of your subjects engaged in their work or in their 
environment make for interesting photos. We will assume that any people 
in your photos have already given you permission to appear in 
Communities magazine. If you think this will be a problem, please take 
care of it before sending us photos.

You may also include additional, ambient photographs of a home, a table 
setting, food, art, or landscape, along with your people shots. We are a 
magazine about people and communities but every picture does not need to 
have people in it. Maybe the image is a row of colorful shoes next to a 
playground that suggests children, for example.

Modern digital cameras put the power of making beautiful images in all 
our hands. Use the power and have fun!

*Color cover photos: *

We pay $150 for the images we use on the cover. If you are interested in 
submitting images for the cover, please study the call for articles 
posted for that issue. The best way to achieve a winning cover is to 
study the magazine. Be aware that your image must work behind the 
masthead, cover titles, etc.-normally the top of the image should not be 
vital to the image meaning. We are seeking thought-provoking approaches 
to visually communicating community-images which speak in new and 
interesting ways. Surprise us. Think about what you would want to 
see/say on a newsstand. Feel free to contact the photo editor with 
images or suggestions. You will need at least a 6 MB camera at the 
highest resolution of capture for cover photos.

Chris Roth
Editor, Communities Magazine

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