New NiCHE Group Blog: Nature’s Chroniclers

Melanson Settlement, photo: Claire Campbell

Melanson Settlement, photo: Claire Campbell

NiCHE’s is proud to introduce its newest group blog, Nature’s Chroniclers, which seeks to provide a space to publish short articles to share Canadian environmental history both with fellow practitioners and a wider public audience. The benefits of a group blog is that the NiCHE membership can combine efforts to create a high quality blog without the huge personal time commitment needed to maintain a regular personal blog.

We hope to solicit contributions from environmental historians in all stages of their careers. The editor, Jim Clifford, will be actively seeking contrubutions, as well as accept unsolicited submissions from the NiCHE community. We would like a mix of semi-regular contributors (one post every 4-6 weeks) and single posts from historians about news worthy topics or reporting on projects and events.

Most environmental historians study topics with significant contemporary relevance and we hope this blog can build on the efforts of the Popular Publishing Guilds, and complement the New Scholars popular publishing workshop planned for EH+, in providing an opportunity to build our skills in writing for a public audience.

The Internet allows a freedom to publish different kinds of content, including multimedia and interactive maps, photo blogs and more traditional text heavy articles. This blog will provide the opportunity to experiment with new media formats to complement your more traditional peer-reviewed publishing. Do you have a Google map that you created while researching an article or a chapter of your dissertation that you would like to share? Have you found some audio or video sources that you cannot incorporate in you next book project, but provide significant insight into an aspect of Canadian environmental history? Nature’s Chroniclerswelcomes these and other formats.

During the early months of the new blog we will publish a series of posts leading up to the publication of A Century of Parks Canada, 1911-2011. Please visit the website on Monday to read the first post in this series by Dr. Bill Waiser.

We will use social networking tools such as Twitter and connect with other Canadian history blogs to help build an audience for the Nature’s Chroniclers blog. However, the most important factor in developing a following in the blogosphere is good quality and engaging content, so we need your support. If you would like to contribute to the group blog please email Jim Clifford: jcliffo9[no-spam]@uwo.ca

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