CT Spotlights Women's Voices in New Channel
Christianity Today magazine is launching a new channel, combining the best of Her.meneutics and Today's Christian Woman into CT Women. Building upon the success of its predecessors, CT Women will provide an even greater platform to highlight women's voices from across the evangelical world. As editor Kate Shellnutt said in its first newsletter, "We view CT Women as a source of light—information, inspiration, solidarity, and understanding—for the church as a whole." Here's editor Kelli Trujillo with more information about the new section of our site.
Why does CT have a section specifically written by women?
That's a great question. CT magazine features articles by and about women, of course, so why do we need something else? One reason is that we want CT Women to be a place where we are able to discuss and unpack issues that are of particular importance to women (rather than a general audience). It will also be a space where we can champion women's voices in a unique way. Finally, Christianity Today has a strong history of serving women through our various ministry brands, including Today's Christian Woman and CT's Her.meneutics blog. Both of those brands have a large readership; CT Women will, in essence, merge these brands into one, enabling us to better serve the thousands of readers already engaging with our women's content.
What is the vision moving forward for this new channel?
CT Women articles will examine issues of particular importance to women while at the same time avoiding easy narratives about what it means to be a Christian woman. Our aim will be to reflect Beautiful Orthodoxy and to publish articles that catalyze faith integration in all areas of a reader's life (relationships, work, family, service, ministry, creative expression, and so on). We're striving to publish content that is intellectually stimulating, prompts ongoing consideration and dialogue, engages with areas of tension or controversy, and offers a fresh or unique perspective. Our hope is that, along with challenging readers, our content will provide biblical hope and meaningful inspiration, inviting readers to more fully engage with their calling and kingdom purpose.
What were some of the best things to come out of Her.meneutics and Today's Christian Woman? How will this new channel carry those forward?
Each brand brings some distinct qualities to this new endeavor. Today's Christian Woman had a strong emphasis on spiritual formation, helping women engage with core questions about how their faith integrated with key areas of their lives (work/calling, relationships, family, and so on). Her.meneutics provided savvy cultural commentary and engaging analysis of a wide range of issues, from current events to theological ideas. We'll continue building upon these strengths—engaging key cultural issues, diving into critical conversations, and empowering women to live out their faith.
How would you define "channel" for readers unfamiliar with CT terminology?
Similar to Christian History, CT Women is integrated into ChristianityToday.com; our articles will be part of CT's homepage, but we also have our own unique landing page on the Christianity Today site.
What type of articles can readers expect to see?
We will publish various types of articles, including feature stories, interviews, news, profiles, research-based reporting, first-person narratives, book excerpts, and reflective essays.
How is this site different from other women's sites and magazines? What do you hope to provide that other sites do not?
One unique strength we'll bring is in-depth reporting on issues of importance to women. We also bring content from a wide ranging of leading women's voices—writers, speakers, and ministry leaders who are influencing the church and the world.
If someone wants to write for CT Women, where should they send their pitch?
We are looking for content that is challenging, thought provoking, and spiritually enriching. Queries and articles submitted for our consideration should be characterized by well-crafted prose, detailed research, thoughtful engagement with broader cultural and theological issues, and biblical fidelity.
To submit a query, writers should send their idea to Andrea Palpant Dilley, one of our editors. Queries ought to be 200-400 words and must clearly explain the hook or thesis of your article and the main ideas the writer will discuss. In their pitch to us, writers ought to make a case for why their article is timely, culturally relevant, or is in some other way a good fit for CT Women. Writers also ought to provide a brief overview of their qualifications and links to previously published work. Any pitch for CT Women must be, in some way, uniquely for women and not merely a general audience. Above all, a good pitch must align with the core vision for CT Women (see question 2).
How can readers stay connected to the new brand? Will the social media and newsletters stay the same?
Our newsletters will be changing in some exciting ways. Our Today's Christian Woman and Her.meneutics weekly newsletters will be combined into a single weekly e-newsletter highlighting our recent articles. Plus, TCW's "Marriage Partnership" and "ParentConnect" newsletters are being merged to form a new "Marriage & Family" weekly e-newsletter. And we've revamped our daily devotional email to now feature new spiritual content from key voices. Readers can sign up at this link in order to get this free newsletter, called "Beautiful Word," delivered to their inbox Monday through Friday.
Jenna DeWitt is an assistant editor at Christianity Today.