The goal of these guidelines is to aid us all as we are learning to be interculturally inclusive and anti-oppressive in our thinking and language.
Before, during and after writing an article, here are some questions and guidelines to reflect on.
Who am I envisioning when I write this article? Who you envision to be the intended audience shapes the article. Are you envisioning writing for people who share your cultural, ethnic or racial, language background or broader audiences. If a broader audience is intended, be sure to explain acronyms, your worldview, values, perceptions, norms and behaviors. At The Mennonite, our content reaches a variety of people from different backgrounds and cultural contexts.
Whose story am I writing? My own story? Someone else’s story? If it is someone else’s story, do I have permission to write their story? Did they contribute to writing the article? Did they read it before I submitted it?
What labels have I chosen to use to identify people/groups in my article? Why? Is this how they self-identify?
Examples of ways of identifying:
Locating self and story
Locate yourself and your story/article. Do not assume that your audience knows the geographical location or cultural context and their implications.
Do not be afraid to situate and name the class implications of the article.
Images that accompany articles, both online and in print, are just as important for evoking emotion and a story as the words including in the piece itself. As you are writing, give some thought to images that come to mind that you think would represent or correlate with the theme of your article and the context you are writing about.
Some questions to think about:
General considerations before submission
These guidelines were developed by Janelle Junkin and Chantelle Todman Moore of Unlock Ngenuity for use by The Mennonite, Inc.