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Again on the great blogging debate

Well, not really: just wanted to say that, following those discussions, we have amended what we’re asking in our search for new Overland bloggers.

On the one hand, because we can’t pay them, we don’t expect them to contribute on a weekly basis. We’re happy for people to blog whenever they can.

On the other, because we want to take the web presence more seriously, we will be devoting some editorial resources to it: at very least, providing a certain amount of copyediting to all blog posts, just as we would to other literary contributions.

Obviously, these steps do not settle all the outstanding issues about volunteer labour in the arts sector, nor the relationship between blogging and journals. But hopefully it’s a move in the right direction.

Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places.

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Jeff Sparrow is the former editor of Overland. He is the co-author (with Jill Sparrow) of Radical Melbourne: A Secret History and Radical Melbourne 2: The Enemy Within, the editor (with Antony Loewenstein) of Left Turn: Essays for the New Left and the author of Communism: a love story, Killing: Misadventures in violence, and Money Shot: A Journey into Censorship and Porn.  On Twitter, he's @Jeff_Sparrow.

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  1. Hi Jeff
    I think this amendment is a great decision and an effective compromise. The relaxing in blogging input/expectation is much more realistic and frees me up to give it a shot and become a contender! Onward and upward…
    Julie

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