Neighborhood Highlight: Woo-hoo (and farewell)! Rescued tales now dwell on the entrance web page


For 15 years, the Rescue Rangers behind Neighborhood Highlight have learn each Neighborhood story in the hunt for glorious work that didn’t seize the eye it deserved. We’ve continued to do our work even after adjustments to the Entrance Web page eradicated the part devoted to rescued tales; in collaboration with Workers, I created this weekly roundup to advertise our steered studying.

Now, because of robust advocacy and technical wizardry, Neighborhood Highlight has returned to the Entrance Web page. As peregrine kate noticed, “The Rangers have been an vital a part of the Neighborhood for a really very long time, and it’s terrific to have this key part again on the Entrance Web page. Woo hoo throughout!”

Our devoted part options the 4 most up-to-date rescued tales; a hyperlink within the “hamburger” menu on the high left of each web page additionally takes you to our rescue record. Moreover, clicking on “Neighborhood Teams” in that hamburger menu whereas on the Entrance Web page will do many of the scrolling for you.

A screenshot of the Community Spotlight section of the front page showing four stories with lead images and headlines in a row across the page.
The “hamburger” menu is within the high left (three parallel strains). To seek out the Neighborhood Highlight part with 4 rescued tales, scroll down the web page, or click on on ‘Neighborhood Teams’ within the menu to leap to that space.

Rescue Rangers bathe 1,000,000 thanks upon the technical crew who made this occur: peregrine kate, iterology, QAMichelle, elfling, and others. We lavish 1,000,000 extra upon Managing Editor of Neighborhood Content material Jessica Sutherland and Senior Editor Emily Epstein White who helped make this weekly roundup a actuality. Sutherland additionally, as elfling reported, “tirelessly and successfully advocated to get Neighborhood Highlight again in, nicely, the highlight. In a time and house the place everybody may be very busy, and there are a variety of competing priorities, it wouldn’t have occurred with out it being a private precedence for her and her affected person and constant voice conserving it high of thoughts.”

A man cycles past a sign with the lettering 'Thank You' in Esch, near Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, western Germany, on July 22, 2021, days after heavy rain and floods caused major damage in the Ahr region. (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP) (Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP via Getty Images)
Thanks to everybody who made this occur!

Realizing our work is appreciated by each the Each day Kos Workers and Neighborhood has stored us going because the first Rescue Rangers volunteered in 2006. Fourteen individuals type the present group: ybruti (the one founding member nonetheless concerned), watercarrier4diogenes, Susan Grigsby, OceanDiver, mommyof3, Lorikeet, jlms_qkw, ItsJessMe, grog, Flowergirl77, DrLori, dopper0189, brillig, and Bésame. A founding member emeritus, Unitary Moonbat, commented within the first roundup, “A Ranger’s eye has fallen on each single Neighborhood-written diary posted on Each day Kos since late summer season 2006. The Rangers are an all-volunteer, self-organized group that has by no means taken a time without work whilst different web sites, personalities, and applied sciences got here, lived out a whole on-line lifecycle, and went.”

Along with being well-written and never getting the eye deserved, we’ve got a number of secret metrics guiding our selections, however the primary standards are these primary to any good writing, as outlined within the first edition.

  • Unique work. We test for plagiarism, though you might quote sources so long as you correctly cite them and meet Honest Use requirements. Unique additionally refers back to the thesis, the concepts you write about, your viewpoint. Why did you write this?

  • Details used within the story have to be cited. Inform us your sources by including hyperlinks, aside from well-known frequent info.

  • Properly-written textual content that carries out the thesis. The fundamental standards of construction (story and paragraph) and grammar apply. Some tales might lack the spine of a thesis (fiction, private expertise) however they need to have a goal. Why write about this explicit occasion or thought?

Sutherland’s Each day Kos aim additionally consists of selling Neighborhood writers. In response to requests, she organized a Community Writing Workshop earlier this 12 months, and the writing pointers she offered had been reiterated in “Making the political personal is more effective than you may think.” Another roundup edition shared Managing Editor of Trending Information Jen Hayden’s tips on headline composition. We’ve additionally offered further tips on writing and using images, and DrLori’s advice on unleashing your inner writer.

Up to now 63 editions, collected on this list, OceanDiver, DrLori, grog, Flowergirl77, and I explored the Neighborhood’s zeitgeist and key moments in Each day Kos historical past alongside the week’s rescued tales. Two weeks in the past, Flowergirl77 talked about taking the plunge to publish that first story. DrLori’s editions typically examined our various pursuits, that includes Neighborhood Teams, from the 13-year history of Black Kos and the Community Quilt Project, to the “Pootie People.” I mentioned matters of concern to the Neighborhood and featured retrospectives of previous favorites, like Animal Nuz, Mr. Bus, hate-mail-palooza, and the pie fight origin story.

Now that we once more have everlasting Entrance Web page actual property, we now not want a weekly roundup to deliver you rescued tales. On the finish of the day, our work isn’t about us, the Rangers, it’s about Neighborhood writers; we’re gratified when writers think about being rescued to be an accolade.

Paulex recalls, “The primary time it occurred, I used to be a comparatively new member and I did not even know what the Neighborhood Highlight was. After which the put up went ‘Rescued to Really helpful.’ I used to be amazed, I believe that was my first beneficial diary, and it inspired me a lot. However the ‘rescued’ tag is the one that could be a badge of honor.”

seven Rescued tales from 1 PM, Nov. 26 to 1 PM, Dec 3, 2021

Neighborhood Highlight’s mission is to make sure that the best stories from the Each day Kos Neighborhood obtain the eye they deserve. We encourage members who write glorious tales with unique views to maintain writing by selling their work.

Reminder: The numbers in parentheses after every creator’s identify point out the 12 months they joined Each day Kos, what number of tales they’ve printed, and what number of we’ve rescued.

When a professional chef makes Thanksgiving dinner: A story with pies by Babushka (2021-19-3)

Taking a few days out of the common routine, babushka offers her kitchen over to knowledgeable chef—her grandson—for the Thanksgiving meal. What ensues is a dance of competence with sharp knives. “It was straightforward to chortle at his snark concerning the bottle of (pinot) noir in my wine assortment. ‘That’s what I exploit to prepare dinner with,’ he stated. The following day, he made a provide run to come back again with moscato for our glasses.”

Climate Brief: Cow farts & climate change by Boatsie (2006-805-?)

Provided that 40% of the world’s methane emissions come from 1.4 billion cattle, the human inhabitants answerable for the planet’s overheating would possibly need to have a look at methods of decreasing our dependence on beef. Boatsie makes the case for 1) much less meat consumption (good), 2) vegetarianism (higher), and three) veganism (better of all, not solely health-wise but additionally by way of local weather footprint). “A significant IPPC report on land use and local weather change suggests we may improve the variety of individuals we are able to feed utilizing much less land if meat wasn’t such a significant supply of diet.”

The climate crisis is about saving the human race, not ‘saving the planet’ by Tanglebox (2018-2-2)

Unquestionably, the ecological harm from local weather change is devastating—in human time. Tanglebox factors out it’s comparatively short-lived in geologic time, nonetheless, and “​​it’s this disparity that continues to be on the supply of the branding drawback with the local weather disaster.” Altering the message to saving people from the “financial and human prices of sea stage rise, tremendous droughts, more and more harmful wildfires, and excessive climate occasions” would possibly pierce the right-wing denial and “get up some who might in any other case enjoyment of ‘proudly owning the libs.’”

The next target(s) after abortion rights by Sebastian Trump (2005-11-1) Rescued to Really helpful

The creator, whose profile web page notes that the “​​unlucky (person) identify alternative predates and is solely unrelated to the forty fifth President,” affords the alarming but logical evaluation that eliminating abortion rights is merely the 1st step for the “alliance between Republican huge enterprise and the social conservatives.” Sebastian goes on to explain the steps concerned in attaining “the tip aim: to maintain girls pregnant, and/or compelled to be connected to some man by marriage, or compelled right into a ‘maternal’ function towards their will.” As soon as that is achieved, they are going to proceed recreating “a world that was allotted with as a result of, frankly, it was nightmarish and horrible for everybody.” 

The Hanukkah-insurrection connection by Stephen Dreyfus (2017-169-2+)

That “non secular freedom is value preventing for” is “a message that each one People, no matter faith, can even embrace,” asserts Stephen Dreyfus. It is also the true message of Hanukkah; this 12 months’s is the primary because the riot. “Simply as there are Republican revisionists who intentionally distort and deny what actually occurred on Jan. 6, some historians consider the story of Hanukkah was additionally distorted for political functions. But though these two occasions are fairly completely different, there are some related parallels value noting.” Dreyfus offers a historic overview of Hanukkah and the way it compares to the riot, noting that “some historians make the case that the battle 2200 years in the past was as a lot as a civil riot as a international assault … the battle was between completely different factions of Jews who violently disagreed over the function of faith.”

I remember the Before Times by joniworx (2014-1-1) Rescued to Really helpful

Joniworx, in her first story for Each day Kos, describes her mom’s unlawful abortion and different private reflections on the pre-Roe v. Wade period to body her manifesto. “I can be damned if I’ll die having misplaced Roe and never preventing again. [The case] was my introduction to politics; sexual and home violence has been my mainstay in all of my years of activism and ministry, and I’ll go down ensuring that ladies’s our bodies are below girls’s management.” 

Have you ever noticed how staunchly lesbians support abortion rights? by ultrageek (2003-520-?) Rescued to Really helpful

Abortion rights are a perennial subject of concern, as a subset of People repeatedly try to undermine Roe v. Wade. Ultrageek explains why lesbians additionally defend this proper: “It isn’t JUST that we are able to get pregnant too. Though there’s that. It isn’t JUST that rape impacts our group too. Though there’s that. It’s that particular person liberties develop and shrink collectively.” As a result of as soon as one constitutional proper is denied, what proper could possibly be subsequent?