cj#252> Editorial: The “Journal” metaphor


Richard Moore

I've been thinking some more about the structure of CJ.

When it was set up, and given the name "CyberJournal", the idea was to be
similar to a printed journal -- more selective than a bulletin board, and
more particpatory than a news service (such as RRE).

More recently, we've experimented with a "workgroup" format, with threads
on "Analysis" & "Synthesis", regarding the state of the world.

Some people have sent in long messages, which seemed (IMHO) unsuitable for
posting, but they forced me to re-examine the criteria to be used for such
decisions.  So here's the latest in the evolving search for a useful
editorial policy.


Subject Domain
CyberJournal is dedicated to improving understanding of the political,
social, and economic forces which affect the global community, including
the question of how people can participate democratically in having more
control over their lives.

Cyberjournal carries three kinds of material: letters, articles, and editorials.

        Letters -- These are generally short, focused, and informal.  Their
                purpose is to give all readers a chance to participate, and to
                provide a "pulse reading" of reader attitudes and interests.
                Long or rambling letters are subject to editing or may be
                referred to the sender for revision.

        Articles -- These may be submitted by readers or by the editor, or
                they may be forwarded from other sources.  These might be
                long, and their style and content must achieve an acceptable
                level of quality and relevance, as determined by the editor.
                As with print journals, publication of articles is selective,
                and editorial judgement determines whether or not the journal
                retains the interest of its subscribers.

        Editorials -- These are essentially letters _from_ the editor.


If you send a message to •••@••.•••, it will be consdidered as a
letter or article.  If you send a message to •••@••.•••, it will be
considered a personal communication.

Feedback welcome,