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Scientists (aka science contributors) have full publishing privileges in all sections. They are the only category of member-contributors that have automatic publishing privileges in the science sections. As members, their material is published automatically, though CCNF offers editorial assistance and feedback in the drafting process. See criteria details and application instructions.
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Subject matter experts have full publishing privileges in the sections related to their expertise (e.g., economics and geopolitics and/or energy and innovation). These members also have full publishing privileges in the values and policy sections. See criteria details and application instructions.
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The values contributors have full publishing privileges in the values sections. All members have automatic publishing privileges in the values sections and non-members have publishing privileges in this section with approval by the Editor-in-Chief. See criteria details and application instructions.
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The policy contributors have full publishing privileges in the policy and values sections. Many of these members might also qualify as subject matter experts and have publishing privileges in the more technical sections (e.g., energy and innovation sub-sections). See criteria details and application instructions.
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Unless the journalists qualify as subject matter experts, then their content must be approved by the senior editor on staff before it is run in the Journalists' Section on the website, since that is the domain of the Editor-in-Chief. See criteria details and application instructions.
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This is a broad contributor category that can include journalists, writers, teachers, and actual scientists. Some might qualify as members. Those that do not must still be pre-approved by the science contributor community prior to publishing content in the science sections. See criteria details and application instructions.
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This category includes all kinds of educators. Some might qualify as members. Educators are encouraged to share the material and lesson plans they teach with the wider community. Much of this material might be run on a separate platform geared for kids in the future. See criteria details and application instructions.
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Students are most welcome in the Forum. We hope to infuse the dialogue with young, open minds. Though their material must be run through the editor first, once published, the students will have full commenting privileges in the Forum Comment Thread thereafter. See criteria details and application instructions.
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Contributions by business leaders are most welcome in the Forum. Once a non-member contributes to the Forum, they have full commenting privileges in the Forum Comment Thread thereafter. We want business leaders to be part of the dialogue. See criteria details and application instructions.
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Veterans are another category of contributors that are most welcome in the dialogue, particularly in the values section. See criteria details and application instructions.
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We expect our academic partners to establish a fellowship program in their respective departments and for the fellows to contribute to the dialogue. The fellows will be compensated by an academic partner directly or by a grant to the partner from CCNF via a corporate sponsor.
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We expect our academic partners to also establish a student fellowship program to ensure that student voices are heard in the Forum. The student fellows will be compensated by an academic partner directly or by a grant to the partner from CCNF via a corporate sponsor.
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Forum members can grant temporary publishing privileges to any guest. Guests have the ability to publish in the same sections as their hosts. The ability to bring guests into the Forum is a privilege conferred to members. It also gives them the ability to act as editors.
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Scientist contributors must: have an adequate level of expertise in some area of climate science; agree to evaluate the science of climate change with an open mind; have a demonstrated commitment to accuracy; and agree to express one’s personal opinion only and refrain from speaking for or on behalf of any organization. See details.
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Subj. matter experts must: have an adequate level of expertise in energy, economic, environmental or national policy or in any area or field directly or indirectly related to the aforementioned policy areas (e.g., business or the military); agree to base one’s subject matter or policy position on climate science that has been discussed or reviewed by the science contributors; and have a demonstrated commitment to accuracy. See details.
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Policy contributors must: have a basic level of knowledge in policy; base their policy positions on climate science discussed or reviewed by the climate scientists; and have a demonstrated commitment to accuracy. See details.
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Values contributors must: be well versed in the humanities or be a veteran or be a religious, community, or a public leader or qualify as contributor in another category; agree to base one’s values position on climate science that has been discussed or reviewed by the science contributors; and have a demonstrated commitment to accuracy. See details.
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Forum Fellows will be chosen by an academic partner but must also qualify as a member in the Forum; have a demonstrated commitment to accuracy; and base their positions on the climate science discussed or reviewed by the scientists within the Forum.
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Student Fellows will be chosen by our academic partner; demonstrate a commitment to accuracy in their contributions; and base their positions on the climate science discussed or reviewed by the scientists within the Forum.
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Science communicators must: communicate the science of climate change in an accurate and responsible manner; have a demonstrated commitment to accuracy; and agree to express one’s personal opinion only and refrain from speaking for or on behalf of any organization. See details.
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Guests must: have permission to publish in the Forum by a member or staff journalist; and, in the event they’re neither scientists nor authors of a book on the subject, base their positions on the climate science discussed or viewed by the scientists within the Forum. See details.
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Journalists must: accurately and responsibly cover the issue of climate change both in and outside the Forum; and have a demonstrated commitment to accuracy. Note: Most journalists will qualify as subject matter experts and have automatic publishing privileges in the policy and values sections. The above criteria is for folks who are either applying as a subject matter contributor based on their journalism expertise or would like to run content in the Journalists’ Section, the latter of which requires approval by the acting Editor-in-Chief. See details.
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Educators must work or have worked in an accredited educational institution or school. Educators are encouraged to share material and lesson plans on the topic of climate change for commentary and discussion by the wider community. Content must be approved by the Editor-in-Chief. See details.
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Business leaders must work or have worked in private business. Some might qualify as subject matter experts. Business leaders are most welcome in the policy and values dialogues, so long as they their values and policy positions on the climate science arrived at by the scientists. See details.
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Veterans must be serving or have honorably served in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, or Coast Guard. We hope to gain from this community’s unique and often long-range perspective on risk and host discussions on the general concept of “defense.” See details.
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Students are most welcome in the Forum’s dialogue. So long as they demonstrate a commitment to accuracy and base their positions on the science discussed or reviewed by the scientists, they will find our editor(s) most accommodating and helpful.
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Members have direct publishing privileges in the platform. They can contribute as little or as much as they’d like, or not at all. They can publish content , though the editorial staff is happy to assist them in the drafting process and with graphics and formatting. See details.
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The CCNF staff is here to serve those that graciously take the time to contribute to the Forum. We are happy to assist in the drafting process, whether it is providing a fresh set of eyes and honest feedback or helping out with the formatting and graphics so everything looks good.
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Any contributor (member, non-member, or guest) can comment in the FCT. There is no approval process once a contributor is set up on the platform. Only science and science communication contributors can opine on the science. That being said, everyone is encouraged to inquire freely in this intellectual journey, and this includes challenging or inquiring about scientists' conclusions.
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CCNF’s twitter feed has developed an impressive following of scientists, journalists, university programs, and climate curious folks across the political spectrum. We are eager to further grow our social media following with new voices and an expanding dialogue in Phase II.
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Members that contribute at least once a month on average by the time of the annual meeting become “columnists” and voting members. The columnists can nominate others and vote in the board election. The board, in turn, hires the staff and appoints the gatekeeping committees.
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Members have the privilege to grant temporary publishing privileges to any guest in any section of the site they have publishing privileges in. Thus, a member can act as an editor, if he or she so desires. See details.
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With funding, CCNF staff will be able to turn any presentation given by a member into a draft post if provided with the recording and slides by the member. We hope to provide this service to our scientist members as way to maximize their #SciComm efforts and valuable time. We plan on partnering with ARKA Softwares & Outsourcing in providing this service, so long as they provide quality service at a market-competitive rate, in providing this service, since they helped build the CCNF website and key relationships and systems are already established.
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Any contributor (member, non-member, or guest) can comment in the FCT. There is no approval process once a contributor is set up on the platform. Only science and science communication contributors can opine on the science, but everyone is encouraged to inquire freely in this intellectual journey.
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Non-member content must be approved by the editor. Our duty is to facilitate public discourse among disparate voices but also do our best to ensure content is educational & accurate. Cross-posting is fine as long as it’s deliberate & contributors respond to queries in the FCT. See details.
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Our following on social media is growing larger and more diverse every week. Check out whose following us on facebook and on our twitter feed, @ClimateChangeNF. Make your voice heard in this new national dialogue on climate change!
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This committee, comprised of scientists, is responsible for ensuring all science contributors meet our minimum criteria prior to gaining admission into the Forum. Note: A member’s admission does NOT mean the committee agrees with positions of that member. See committee members..
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This committee is responsible for ensuring all the subject matter experts and values and policy contributors meet our minimum criteria prior to gaining admission into the values and policy sections of the Forum. See committee members..