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Goals and Principles

Goals:

  1. To give voice to the stories of community residents - their interests, perspectives, struggles, opinions and successes as they journey through daily life
  2. To help facilitate the development and promote the use of the community's own internal resources, including individual capacity and skill building
  3. To build connections between residents, and between residents and the systems which affect them, through shared stories and information
  4. To provide in-depth information on systems, policies, issues and concerns which affect community life
  5. To facilitate open debate on community issues
  6. To foster recognition of the 'west central' community as diverse and distinct, with characteristics, gifts, problems and answers unique to itself
  7. To develop, promote and utilize employment opportunities for local residents where possible, in the production of the paper as well as throughout the community
  8. To build greater understanding about Aboriginal issues, class/economic differences, mental health problems and disabilities in general, cultural differences, gender issues/sexual orientation, life span perspectives
  9. To share information about community events

 

Principles:

 

  1. The best stories are those told in the words of the people experiencing them. The stories of 'ordinary' people are the mainstay of Streets.
  2. Each issue will build on the circle of community participation in the paper, ie. each issue should have new writers and make new information available, about the community.
  3. Stories should reflect the reality and diversity of the community.
  4. Priority will be given to stories, people and events important to community life, which would not normally receive media coverage.
  5. It is not the role of Streets to promote individual organizations, agencies or businesses. The major role of these groups is to support resident participation in the paper.
  6. Community people who write for or distribute Streets deserve to be paid.
  7. Streets will explore various ways in which the life of this community is affected by social conditions and outside systems.
  8. Streets will not print anything which is unjustly discriminatory, as determined by the Publishing Committee.
  9. Each edition will strive for a balance of 'issue' stories and 'personal interest' stories.
  10. Don't preach, just tell stories.

 

 

 


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