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Chapter Executive Committee seeks input on Chapter Newsletter Guidelines
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by Paul Wilson, Chapter Chair | 2007

Club Policies and Guidelines are binding on all members, so get your comments in by October 15th! Thanks!

The Chapter Executive Committee (“excomm”) has been reviewing a set of guidelines for articles submitted to our Chapter Newsletter, the Mountain State Sierran. There are a number of reasons to adopt such guidelines, but one of the more important ones is that the Chapter is liable for statements made in the newsletter. Strategically, we do not want to alienate those with whom we may disagree with on one issue as we may have to work with them on another issue. The newsletter editor should have some direction from Chapter leadership on newsletter content and quality.

Thus, we would like to have feedback from individual members on the DRAFT guidelines listed below. Please send your comments to the Chapter Chair who will forward all comments to the voting excomm for discussion on our October 16th conference call. Deadline for comments is 12 noon on October 15th. Paul Wilson, 504 Jefferson Ave, Charles Town, WV 25414-1130. Email: (Home)304-725-4360 (Cell)304-279-6975.

West Virginia Chapter Newsletter Content Guidelines

1. Articles must be written by West Virginia Sierra Club members only, with the following exceptions: a. Articles written by Sierra Club Staff b. Articles obtained by the Editor from the Sierra Club Chapter Newsletter feed c. Articles authored by a WV Sierran and another person d, Articles written by staff or volunteers from an organization that the Chapter is formally affiliated with on an issue or campaign (eg. WV Wilderness Coalition, National Parks Conservation Association on Harpers Ferry NHP and New River Gorge NRA issues) e. Articles written by an entity that receives Chapter funds to further the Chapter’s conservation goals (eg. WV E-Council lobby team, Mon Valley Clean Air Coalition).

2. Articles should not engage in personal attacks on individuals, employ ad homonym arguments or otherwise reduce the debate to name-calling. Articles should be informative in nature, argue our cases based on the merits, and follow the 5 W’s (“who, what, when, where, why”). If there are any questions about the suitability of articles, the editor will consult with members of the WV Chapter Executive Committee. In case of disagreements on appropriateness, the ultimate decision lies with the Chapter Chair. NOTE: There are many bad actors on environmental issues, but we need to provide solutions and not lower ourselves to their level.

3. Articles must be received by the Newsletter Editor by the announced deadline as listed in the current newsletter or via email announcement.

4. The Newsletter Editor has discretion, with Chapter Chair’s approval, to substitute articles due to timeliness issues (eg. date sensitive announcements like lobbying events or training events, important announcements that cover Chapter activities, issues, or events).

5. Due to space limitations, articles may be edited by the WV Chapter Newsletter editor or publication may be postponed if they are not date-sensitive. The author will be consulted in any case when space limitations are an issue.

6. Each issue of the WV Mountain State Sierran newsletter should reflect the diverse issues and geography of the state. When available, articles should inform members of issues/activities in all areas of the state, including southern coalfields, Ohio River Valley, and Northern and Eastern panhandles, where our membership is not locally organized.

7. Articles cannot take or encourage positions that are contrary to national Sierra Club policy or contrary to positions of the WV Chapter as determined by the voting members of the Chapter Executive Committee.

8. All Chapter Newsletter Guidelines apply to the Chapter website as well.

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