Apr 142013

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Feb 122013

In Your CornerIn Your Corner is a private briefing room for SGNews supporters. Recent donors can access this unique service that offers timely, strategic advice on progressive issues.

In Your Corner is a place where the best strategic thinkers in North America help unravel your problems.

They will give you straightforward advice on persuading people, using  the new, better way to talk back to the radical Right.

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Jan 242013

Defragging can speed up your PC

In the same way that your home can become un-manageable with things scattered all over, your home computer hard drive can also get disorganized. When the Lego blocks are spread all over the house, it takes longer to build that plastic castle. Sometimes pieces even get lost.

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Jan 212013

Straight Goods News production tasks and timelines, January 2013

Newsblog, Hill Reports and the Video Gallery are updated daily or as often as
possible. Ish edits all these sections except Newsblog, which he co-edits with

All other sections are edited by Penney, who posts new editions on Monday and
Thursday evenings for publication on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Penney needs PublicValues pieces in hand by 11 a.m., MT on Mondays and
Thursdays. At this point, they need to be fully edited with headlines and
Featured Images.

Ish should submit editorials by 3 p.m. ET ( 1 p.m. MT).

Penney will submit a list of image requests to Kenzie by 2:30 p.m. MT for
placement by 4:30 p.m. MT.

Penney will submit RPS recommendations to Dylan by 7 p.m. MT.

Dylan will change the RPS by 8 p.m.  ET, by which time all new pieces will be Published.

Images. With RSS-email, we would benefit from having all stories include Featured Images, which will appear in email bulletins. In many cases, the images could be the authors. This is a something we'll have to discuss, but I have always wanted our new site to have images connected with all articles. RSS-email is another reason to have them. Can we assign Kenzie to this? – Ish

Proofing schedule: ????

(Please note there are volunteers who have offered to help proof).

Until the RSS-email utility is in place, Dylan will hand-compose the bulletin,
usually by 8 p.m. ET the night before publication. Once RSS-email is working,
with will automatically send out notification of new articles to readers on
Tuesdays and Fridays, or possibly more often if they choose to be so informed.

Oct 262012

Here's a quick and easy  way to see posts from your favorite SGNews regular contributors.  Just click on the picture to see all their posts.







Don't see your favourite?  Tell us who you'd like to see.

Navigation tips

Use the SGNews by category menu in the sidebar on the right to find articles. 

Use the Search box in the upper right hand corner of this page to find anything at all: title, content, or author.

Hint: you can also see all of an author's posts by clicking the link in their bio at the bottom of every post.

The box at the top of the Home page is a called a Slider.  No, you can't eat it. But you can click on the Headline, the …Read more link, or the    to read the story. 

The Red boxes  are called Tabs. The tabs at the very top of the page link to useful general information about the site.  They never change  The tabs in the body of the page display all the recent stories about a particular news category:  Canadian politics, Workplaces, etc 

We cover a lot of categories so, for the sake of clarity, these tabs show only the contents of the current edition. 

Want to comment on a story?  Register with SGnews.

Do you have suggestions or questions for or about the new site?  Let us know

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Oct 262012

Contributor's guidelines, October 2012

Straight Goods is an online news magazine with particular focus on protecting human rights, untangling media spin, and deciphering Canadian politics. We're looking for newsy articles in journalistic style. Studies show that each story has about 14 seconds to capture the attention of an online reader. Please give readers the 5 W’s (Who, What, When, Where, and Why) in the first paragraph.

Rather than commentary, we prefer a journalistic approach: fact-heavy, third person, past tense, active voice.  The best articles tell a story fast and clearly. We look for added value such as interviews, research sources, a timely news angle, or a political tie-in. SGN’s website uses WordPress, so if your text includes links, we can post the text and links directly to SGN story pages. Or we can embed the links ourselves. No worries. We also welcome original videos or suggestions about Youtube videos to add to our Video Gallery.

Please avoid whenever possible:

– sweeping generalizations (especially as the lead);
– footnotes;
– polemic – telling people what to do – words like “should” and “ought” are tipoffs;
– rude language;
– academic language or any other kind of jargon;
– hate speech, sexism, racism, homophobia or other forms of prejudice. 

SGN style is to use Canadian spellings. We appreciate manuscripts that arrive that way. We expect writers to be able to substantiate their statements and interview quotes. We celebrate Canada’s diversity and welcome fresh viewpoints and voices to the conversation; we also work with emerging writers.  We try to respond to all queries, but we don’t always succeed.

Please email all unsolicited queries or manuscripts to Penney Kome, Editor at penney@straightgoods.com.  We prefer to receive stories as text, copied and pasted into the body of the email. Please do NOT send any manuscripts as attachments, as we’re likely not to read them.

You may have noticed that there’s a short biography and a headshot photo of the author at the bottom of most SGN story page. If we use your story, we’ll need that information from you. A good quality digital photo of the author (head and shoulders) is an asset for anyone who works online anyway.

At this point, Straight Goods cannot pay writers for their work, but we can offer subscriptions, promotion, and other incentives. Regarding promotion, we also consider book excerpts and reprints of insightful work that has appeared elsewhere.

Writers retain all rights to their contributions and are free to submit stories published by Straight Goods, elsewhere. Straight Goods will refer all requests for reprints to the writer.

For more information, please contact penney@straightgoods.com.