Next year I resume my role as editor of The Hambook Herald, Journal of the Hambrook Family History Society. Today I was thinking of the task as I read an early issue by the outgoing editor. His deadline day fast approaching, Des had to write three articles himself from notes submitted by members. The editors lot is not a happy one. How can we get better articles?
Here’s a training idea for your local group. Find and copy rwo articles from various exchange journals in the society’s library. If you ar making more than 20 copies, I’d contact authors for permission. Give each person a copy of the first article, then divide the group into threes and ask them to read the article and together make up a list of what they liked, and a list of improvements. Then bring them together to discuss their findings. Have a scribe record the suggested improvements. In the general discussion be sure to discuss proof reading, grammar, style and ease of reading, interest level, usefulness for personal learning, source citations, suggested further reading, etc as appropriate. Repeat with the second article.
Now you tell me– how could you conclude this workshop in a positive way to invite members to contribute articles on assigned topics to your society’s journal?
Your commets are welcme.About 67 people will read this in the next 24 hours. I’d love to hear from each of you. Y’all come, now.