Magazine article Anglican Journal

Is It 'Editorial Independence' or 'Editorial Integrity'?

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Is It 'Editorial Independence' or 'Editorial Integrity'?

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The Anglican Journal takes considerable pride in the fact that it is editorially independent. In fact, that editorial independence was mentioned numerous times by many people when I accepted this position as interim editor.

There is something challenging about editorial independence. It reminds me of the teenager who declared to his parents that he was 'independent' and that he had the right to make his own decisions. He repeatedly proclaimed his independence until, finally, the teen's father said: "Okay, you're independent; now what?"

So the Anglican Journal is editorially independent; now what? How does the Journal exercise its independence? In a staff retreat, held two days after I started in this position, I suggested a new phrase: editorial integrity. The Journal's award-winning editorial staff will continue to look at church issues with a critical eye. We will continue to do so with a strong sense of integrity.

It may surprise some people to realize that there is more to the Anglican Church of Canada than Church House and the 100 or so dedicated men and women who work here. There is even more to the ACC than the House of Bishops and Council of General Synod. …

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