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"The community has a moral standing coequal to the individual." Thus write the editors of The Responsive Community, a new journal committed to striking a balance between individual rights and community obligations.

The quarterly, whose first issue was released last month, will feature essays on this theme by scholars from around the country. Articles in the premiere issue explore ethical responsibilities in the family and in the media and argue against exploitation of the First Amendment.

Subscriptions are $24 a year, with rates of $15 for students and $60 for libraries and institutions. Orders should be sent to The Responsive Community, 2020 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 282, Washington, D.C. 20006.

The aap Reading Initiative, a newsletter sponsored by the children's-publishing committee of the Association of American Publishers, debuted this month, offering useful bits of information on efforts to make children lifelong readers.

The newsletter will be published three or four times a year, and will report on surveys and other projects sponsored by the aap, such as a computerized clearinghouse for literacy programs, as well as news from state education departments and literacy groups.

Reading Initiative also welcomes letters and literacy stories from teachers, language-arts specialists, and school administrators.

Requests for free copies should be sent to aap Reading Initiative, the Association of American Publishers, 220 East 23rd St., New York, N.Y. 10010.

Response to pilot issues of a University of Minnesota-produced newspaper for elementary and junior-high-school students has been so positive that its planned frequency has been upped from twice a year to monthly.

Nineteenth Avenue, published by the Humphrey Forum, a center for social-studies education, is being sent to 200 Minnesota classrooms and to schools in China, Germany, and the Soviet Union. Its articles have a local focus but stress the connections with global issues.

The Winter 1990 issue, for example, touches on topics as diverse as homelessness, Minnesota history, books and videos on the Native American experience, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Each issue includes a teachers' guide with related activities.

Monthly publication will begin in the fall, at a cost of $4.00 per student for eight issues. Free single copies are available from The Humphrey Forum, University of Minnesota, 301 19th Ave. South, Minneapolis, Minn. 55455.--skg

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