The Foreign Service Journal - January/February 2014 - page 9

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2014
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been putting out a combined July-August issue since the 1990s,
merging two editions at the beginning of the year is a first for us.
That said, I’ve actually thought about instituting a parallel
combined issue for several years now. While we do our best to
make every issue of the
Journal
as lively and substantive as pos-
sible, I must admit that our January and February issues have
generally been our least successful. This is largely due to timing.
Our long lead time as a monthly magazine dictates that con-
tributors to those issues get their drafts to us in November, and
then work with us during the editing process at the height of the
holiday season.
Understandably, that timing deters some potential authors
from accepting our invitation to write. It also complicates con-
sultations with them on revisions, as well as the production and
printing process.
So, to put it bluntly, I’ve come to the conclusion that publish-
ing 10 strong issues a year is better than 11 uneven ones. Just
as the combined summer issue allows us to catch our breath
and devote more time and thought to planning the fall issues,
I believe a combined January-February edition will make our
spring issues even better. That’s particularly important this year,
as we undertake extensive coverage of the many 90th-anniver-
sary events in the works.
With that in mind, the Foreign Service Journal Editorial Board
has adopted the 2014 Editorial Calendar you see here, listing the
focus topics we’ll be covering in the year ahead. Because our
new and improved format (which celebrated its first anniversary
this past October!) makes it possible for each issue to highlight a
greater variety of subjects, these topics might best be thought of
as “lead stories,” though many of them will still be covered via a
set of articles.
In case you haven’t visited
The Foreign Service Journal
recently through the AFSA website, please do head over there
2014 EDITORIAL CALENDAR
for
THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
JANUARY-FEBRUARY
The Foreign Service
and Social Media
(+ AFSA Tax Guide)
MARCH
Association for Diplomatic
Studies & Training’s
Oral History Program
APRIL
“Greening” Diplomacy
MAY
90th Anniversary of AFSA
and the Foreign Service
JUNE
Brazil (+ semiannual
EDUCATION SUPPLEMENT)
JULY-AUGUST
Transatlantic Diplomatic
Fellows/other diplomatic
services
SEPTEMBER
AFSA’s Dissent and
Performance Awards
Program
OCTOBER
Foreign Service Specialists
NOVEMBER
In Their Own Write
(roundup of books by
FS-affiliated authors)
DECEMBER
Afghanistan (+ semiannual
EDUCATION SUPPLEMENT)
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