As I look back at the three blog posts I’ve written since taking over as editor of GAJ several months ago, they all have one thing in common: the word NEW. I suppose that is to be expected in a time of transition. But if I could do everything that was in my heart to do with GAJ right now, there would be even more new! Since stepping into the role of editor, I have been riding the tension between having a zillion ideas that I would love to implement all at once, and the current reality of limited time and resources. However, in contemplating next steps for the magazine, I do have a few decisions and announcements to share:
- New Publication Schedule: For the remainder of this year and next, we will be going back to a quarterly publication schedule. This means instead of publishing on November 1 and then again on January 1, we will publish on December 1, 2017; March 1, 2018; June 1 2018, September 1, 2018; and December 1, 2018. There are multiple reasons for this decision, but the biggest is that it will allow time to establish a solid infrastructure for the future, while keeping the magazine going in the now. Our hope is to switch back to at least a bimonthly publication (or even monthly which is our ultimate goal) no later than the beginning of 2019.
- New Columnists: I am so thrilled to announce that we have found our three regular columnists! We debuted Kezia Hatfield’s new restoration-focused column, “Exodus to Flourish,” in our September Edition. In our upcoming December 1 edition, we will be launching two additional columns: “Love Has a Face” by Andrea Aasen (director of Extreme Love Ministries) which will focus on prevention measures; and “Freedom on the Frontlines” by Hallie Schaefer, which will focus on intervention (rescue, outreach, etc.). I can’t wait for our readers to get to know more about these amazing women and regularly glean from their gifts and wisdom in the months to come! Be on the lookout for each of their columns in all coming issues!
- Partnerships: I believe we have only begun to scratch the surface in the potential impact of this publication but, as I mentioned in the first paragraph, we can only go as fast and far as our current time and resources will allow. My hope and prayer is that in this next year we will form an even stronger base of partnerships that will enable us to reach farther and wider. Among other things, we are currently working on ways to make it more convenient for people to partner with us financially and we are also looking for volunteers who can help with a variety of things such as proofreading, social media advocacy, marketing, etc. If you’d like more information on how YOU can help give a voice to the voiceless by shining a light on the issue of human trafficking, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, since we have pushed our next publication date out until December 1, we are accepting submissions for the December 1 issue through the end of October. Since our spotlight for the next issue is on Arts and Media, we already have several great interviews/articles from those who are using their creative gifts to bring awareness to the issue of modern-day slavery, as well as some other great articles relevant to our overall mission to equip, educate, and inspire readers to join the fight against human trafficking…BUT there is still room for more great content. If you have a story to share, please contact us today. Together we WILL end human trafficking! Because every voice matters
Cindy Powell, Editor, Grace as Justice Magazine