The current mission statement, editorial guidelines, and editorial board
membership & responsibilities were approved by the delegates at the
September 2003 general assembly of the Green Party of California
Green Focus is the publication of the Green
Party of California. The
purpose of Green Focus is to serve as an outreach tool to the general public,
to educate about Green Party positions and achievements with emphasis on the
State of California. The newspaper is also used by Green Party members to share
outreach and electoral strategies, and provides a forum for discussion of
Membership: The editorial board will consist
of the editors, coordinators of GROW working group
and the GROW liaison to the GPCA Coordinating Committee, and
other Greens, to a maximum of 11, who are interested in
contributing to the newspaper of GPCA in accordance with the
editorial policy of
Green Focus. The coordinators of GROW and the
liaison to the
Coordinating Committee will serve as non-voting member. The
board members would preferably have experience or expertise in
the newspaper publication process. These are not elected
positions, however we encourage members of GPCA committees and
working groups as well as representatives selected (elected or
appointed) from various state counties to participate within
the editorial board. Editorial board members will serve for a
term of two years, preferably as staggered terms.
Function: The editorial board is
responsible for working with the editors in timely preparation of
Green Focus issues. The editorial board
members should be willing to
contribute stories or follow up on contributor assignments,
provide input on current submissions, provide editing and
proofreading help, recruit contributors and suggest themes
for issues. One of the objectives of the members of the
editorial board is to look for stories and Green Party
activities of interest to be covered in the newspaper. In
addition, editorial board members are to serve as the link
between the various GPCA working groups and committees and the
Green Focus team. The editorial team may also work with
volunteers to coordiinate the newspaper ditribution process.
A future possibility is to obtain advertisements from small
green businesses to provide further income for the project if
in accordance with GPCA policy.
Decision-Making: The editorial board has final
authority in all matters of quality of contributioins and
appropriateness of content. If consensus fails, a 2/3
majority vote will determine the final publishing decision.
Although the editorial board is instrumental in pulling together
all contributions and editing decisions, the editors hold final
decision-making authority on editing issues due to
deadline-sensitive constraints inherent in the publishing
process. Green Focus editorial board is
ultimately accountable to, and will abide by the official decisions of, GPCA's
elected bodies (i.e., Coordinating Committee and General Assembly)
through the GROW structure and will act in accordance with GPCA
policy decisions approved by the General Assembly.
Green Focus is the publication of the Green
Party of California. It is published three or four times a year, generally
just prior to state plenary meetings or gatherings.
The newspaper focuses on topics relevant to the Green Party key values,
which include nonviolence, social justice, democracy, and the environment,
and on the Green Party's role in those issues. The paper emphasizes California,
and includes national and international themes.
Green Focus is used to communicate with
Green Party members and to reach
out to the general public. Production cost and size are designed to make it
easy for locals to give to people interested in more information about the
Green Party of California. This includes current supporters and registrants,
and those who may vote, register, and support Green in the future.
Most articles will be written by Greens specifically for
Green Focus. We
encourage diversity in the staff and contributors in many respects, including
geographic, ethnic, and gender. We prefer by-lines for all writers and
appreciate use of non-pseudonyms. We encourage articles in Spanish.
Contributions are not to exceed 1000 words. By submitting an article, the
contributor gives permission to the Green Focus editorial board to print the
submission. Contributors will maintain copyright over their work. Green Focus
reserves the right to edit submissions.
Green Focus content includes graphics such as photographs, cartoons, and
tables. Written pieces include major news stories, news clips that are local,
statewide, national and international, and election previews, results and
analysis. It also includes editorials, opinion pieces, book reviews, frequently
asked questions (FAQs), and articles on organizing tips and successes.
Professionalism in the content and layout is an important goal in order to
represent well the substance of the Green Party. Also see section below
entitled Regular Columns.
Articles from each issue are posted to the
approximately three weeks after distribution to subscribers and to locals
at the plenary.
The editors will ensure that Green Focus is published on best available
paper with low environmental impact, with soy ink, and printed by a union
The following is to serve as a guideline on the main issues and topics
that Green Focus strives to cover in its
Elections: Prior to statewide or national electoral campaigns, a
special issue on the slate will be produced, focusing on the issues of the
candidates. After elections, coverage of the campaign, presentation of the
results and analysis will be provided. (500 words for campaign coverage; 1000
words for electoral analysis)
News: News articles reporting on electoral activities or issue
campaigns of relevance to the California Greens; official GPCA and GPUS press
releases made into articles. News reports will be provided on state, national
and international Green Party meetings and conventions. (Maximum of 800
Opinion pieces and issue analysis: A more in-depth analysis of
current issues or discussion of Green Party theory. These include submissions
taking a position on a particular issue affecting the direction of the Green
Party or advocating the party's adoption of a certain campaign strategy.
News Clips: Short update pieces from local, state, national and
international Green Party news. (100-150 words)
Greens in Office: A column on Green Party members elected to
office, outlining their current & future projects, accomplishments, and
challenges. For instance, an article in this column could consist (as of Sept.
2003) of a report on Matt Gonzalez, Santa Monica officials, City Council
members (e.g., Nevada county) or Rebecca Kaplan. The column may also include
reports on elected officials in more conservative areas (e.g., planning board
in San Diego County) and the challenges faced there. (300-500 words)
The "Citizens" column: A regular column to discuss
grassroots organizing and activism. This column is for local chapter organizers
to share ideas, methods and success stories. This column would include reports
on local tabling efforts, precinct organizing, panel discussions or other
successful outreach events, etc. It could be one big article or could consist
of several smaller clips of about 60 words each from around the state. The
idea of "citizen" is based on Ralph Nader's quote "The
highest position in a democracy is Citizen". (500 words)
Letters to the editor: (100-400 words)
Book and Movie reviews: (800 words MAX.)
FAQ and Editorials: The editors will provide an editorial that
will set the theme ofthe issue and will bring the various submissions
together. Each issue contains a "frequently asked questions" section
urging people to register Green and to vote.
Cartoons and line art drawings: We prefer originals if
Photos: Photos of Green Party officials, volunteers and
Chars and Tables: Lists, diagrams and charts representing
information useful to Greens or complementing the submitted articles. These
may include list of elected officers, election results, voter registration