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(en) Ireland, Workers Solidarity Movement* Autumn 2005 conference - Our publications

Date Sat, 19 Nov 2005 00:26:45 +0200


1. Since our foundation the WSM has placed a very high priority on
our publications. These are our public voice, they are means by which
many people will make their first contact with the organisation.
Quality and content are both, therefore, extremely important.
2. We will produce a range of publications each of which is tailored to
best suit a particular need. In addition the text of all WSM publications
will be available on the WSM web page and posted to the Ainriail mailing list.
3. All national publications will have an editorial group that is elected
by national conference. National conference will set general guidelines
for this group to follow which will include key areas to cover, the
general balance of articles required in the publication and an annual
budget for the publication. In between national conferences the
editorial groups are answerable to National committee.

4. Each editorial group will have the following responsibilities, these in
general include all aspects of publication from the commissioning of
articles to the arrival of the material back from the printer and further
distribution of it.

a) ensure that the publication is produced according to deadline, this
includes the writing of additional material by the editorial group itself if
this is required to make the deadline.

b) ensure that the publication is in agreement with the requirements
set by national conference and listed at the foot of this position paper.

c) ensure that articles are within the agreed WSM policy or they are
clearly marked as the work of a guest writer or part of a debate.

d) ensure that articles are proof read and free of typographical
mistakes

e) arrange the layout, delivery of print ready material and collection
of finished material from the printers. In general this should all be
carried out by a member of the editorial group or where this is not
possible by the co-option as a 'non-voting' member of the group by
someone with the required skills.

f) distribute the publication to those responsible for its public
distribution

Editorial boards that fail to fulfil all the criteria above should be
recalled and replaced at the first opportunity.

5. Last minute changes to articles can only be made at a formal
editorial level and must be recorded in the minutes. Where possible
the author should be contacted but where this is not possible and the
changes reflect a real change in what the article says then a editorial
pseudonym should be used to sign the article. Such changes should
only be made where it is believed the original article is accidentally
outside the agreed positions of the organisation (where it is
deliberately outside it should be treated as an article submitted to
reflect internal debate).

6. Specific publications

6.1 Red and Black Revolution is a magazine aimed at people with
some knowledge of anarchism.

6.2 Workers Solidarity is a free/donation news sheet aimed at people
that have little or no knowledge of anarchism. Its primary purpose is to
give an anarchist perspective on current issues and to increase peoples
knowledge of what anarchism is..

6.3 Anarchist News is a free leaflet published around a single
news-related theme

7. All WSM publications will be supplied in text and PDF (sized for
A4) to the WSM web site by the person delegated to do the layout.
Free publications will be supplied as soon as they are laid out and can
be published before the printed version returns from the printer.
Publications that are sold will be supplied by the time the printed
version returns from the printer but most of the articles will not be
published until two months after that date to encourage sales.
Short term perspectives

S1. Initially Workers Solidarity production will continue at 6,500
copies of each issue produced every two months. However by the time
the number of WS supporters (including WSM members) has risen to
30 production will be 8000 copies of each issue with 8 issues a year. At
the next conference after this is achieved new targets will be drawn up.
Where the editorial group believe extra possibilities for distribution will
exist for an issue they may increase the circulation to 8,000 for that
issue. [July 2004]

S2. With the large number of new libertarian activists Red & Black
Revolution has a very central role to play in introducing them to
detailed discussion of anarchism and anarchist analysis of struggles.
We will therefore produce two editions a year of at least 16 pages each
which will be sold for 1 Euro. This should include one substantial
article of 5-8,000 words and two or more of 3-4,000 words. [July 2004]

S3. Each branch will give a commitment to sell a certain number of
copies of the magazine (that number is set by the branch).

S4. All WSM publications (papers, magazines, leaflets, posters,
pamphlets, etc.) will carry the WSM symbol, postal address and URL.
[Oct 05]

Amended Oct 2005

What is a position paper and more WSM position papers
http://struggle.ws/wsm/positions.html
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