EDITORIAL POLICY STATEMENT
Guided by the
church's pastoral teaching office, and alert to the signs of the times,
the Prairie Messenger helps to make the People of God aware of their local,
national and international presence and responsibilities, and to keep
them informed of the concerns of all the church -- its laity, teachers,
scholars and pastors.
In its traditional
concern for social justice, the Prairie Messenger will continue to reflect
upon economic, political and social processes in the light of the Gospel
and of the teachings of the church. In a non-partisan approach, it will
challenge its readers to know and live their communal and personal responsibilities
in church and society.
to the Spirit's continual call to reform and renewal, the Prairie Messenger
places special emphasis on exploring the riches of the Scriptures and
of the liturgy, with committed concern for ecumenism and the full catholicity
of the Christian message.
To accomplish these goals most effectively, the Prairie Messenger will maintain liaison with the dioceses and communities it serves, their people, their organizations and their leaders, that communication, charity and truth can best be served in justice and honesty.
Two pages are
regularly devoted to international news, most of which comes through our
international news services. Five pages are devoted to Canadian and local
We have regular
writers for news features for much of the paper and therefore accept very
few freelance items. We carry no fiction and little poetry, and any material
we use must have relevance to a Prairie readership.
limitations, we are interested in well-written and tightly written human-interest
stories that we could carry on our feature pages. These could be about
a person, program, place or experience. They should be no longer than
850 words, and should be accompanied by several good photos.
At times we
have an ecumenical page and comment and analysis or feature pages. We
would consider the occasional freelance item for these pages if it is
relevant, well-written and no longer than approximately 950 words.
features relating to Christmas, Easter and so on would be considered but,
again, they must be tightly written and of relevance to a Prairie readership.
We accept very few of these.
On rare occasions
we carry centrespread features, and these can be on a wide range of issues
or topics. They are usually done by journalists here or by our writers
in the local regions, but if you have several smaller items or one larger
one — 2,500 words maximum — that you believe would be of real
interest to a Prairie Catholic readership you may wish to submit a suggestion
or proposal to the editor. These items also require a good selection of
We also accept
good feature photos and pay $25 per published photo.
are accepted. We pay $25 per published poem.
We pay $60
for well-written comment and feature items, $85 if accompanied by a good
photo. Reprinted articles are paid $25. News articles and very short features
are paid $3.00 per column inch (11.6 pica column) — less if extensive
editing or rewriting is required. For photos we pay $25 per print.
We respond to material mailed to the office only if accompanied by a stamped (Canadian) self-addressed envelope or an international postal note. We respond to faxed or emailed material only if we accept it for publication.