Digital Media is responsible for online design, animation, multimedia production, editorial content and software development for CIGI’s digital presence across a variety of platforms. The Digital Media team includes a digital media manager, managing editor for CIGIonline.org, graphic designer, two multimedia producers and two software developers.
Also situated within Digital Media is the OpenCanada digital publication. OpenCanada is “international affairs explained” to Canadians and is produced by two staff: a managing editor and senior editor.
The goal of multimedia production at CIGI is to amplify CIGI’s research and expertise by the means of video, photography, animation and audio projects. A wide range of multimedia offerings, from short interviews to issue explainers, compliment core research.
Active, enthusiastic involvement in the multimedia production process is encouraged. We look forward to working alongside you to develop and deliver an effective multimedia production.
The multimedia team commissions freelance photographers around the globe to cover CIGI workshops, lectures and events. Photography from these activities can be used on social media platforms for promotion and awareness, and are also stored in our digital asset library for reports and newsletters. If you are involved in planning an event, consider reaching out to our team and fill out the commissioning form here.
CIGI’s editorial content aims to explore the organization’s research themes through timely analysis (usually 800–2000 words) and thoughtful, long-form writing (3000+ words). These articles act as an accessible gateway to complex research by illustrating the wide-reaching impact of policy or positioning CIGI’s research themes amid current affairs.
For the most part, the same CIGI mechanics of style are applied to editorial content — spelling, punctuation, capitalization, treatment of acronyms and abbreviations, treatment of numbers and capitalization of article titles.
Editorial content does, however, differ from CIGI publications in a few ways. Articles are usually written in a more journalistic, less academic style, and are more conversational in tone. Links to online sources are favoured over footnotes, to create a better online reading experience. And the editing process is largely concerned with voice, structure, audience and news cycle in addition to CIGI style and accuracy.
Fellows can contribute editorial content by working with CIGI’s managing editor through the following process:
- Fellows may generate an idea for an article and pitch it to the managing editor, or the managing editor may also reach out to the fellow with an idea. Depending on the program and the fellow, the program director or deputy director may be consulted in this process.
- The managing editor and fellow discuss and decide on the scope of the article (word count, possible research, structure, themes or interviews), a deadline and a likely publishing date.
- The fellow completes all necessary research or interviews, and writes the article before sending a draft to the managing editor. The program director or deputy director may also review and approve the content as well.
- The article will be edited for structure, flow, content, style and accuracy before being sent back to the fellow for final review and revisions.
- When a final draft is approved by the fellow, the piece is published on CIGIonline.org and shared on CIGI’s social platforms.
For CIGI’s full style guide, click here.
For exceptions to CIGI style for digital-only articles, click here.