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Editorial Policy - CI: Global

Editorial Policy of The Communication Initiative (The CI)

The CI focus is on communication for development (C4D), and it is our policy to offer information in summary format (with the exception of blogs, discussion fora, and items posted to our paid-for service, Development Classifieds) from documents, websites, videos, research, presentations, etc., that we formulate in categories of experiences, strategic thinking, evaluations, resources, trends, etc. highlighting the use and support of communication to impact development.

Aside from Classifieds items, we keep the content on our site non-promotional. The CI editorial team writes summaries, with as much contact information as possible for people who seek further details and connection with the implementers/originators/authors/publishers. Where relevant, our practice is to link to the original source document(s), but on occasion, and only with permission, we upload full documents to the site. Unless we are including quoted material (where we honour whatever language convention is used by the writer), our standard language is Canadian (similar to British, in most cases) English.

As CI editors, our goals when writing summaries include:

  • helping disseminate the information, in summary, with as much of the sense of the original as possible and with accurate attribution of authors and contact information;
  • using quotations when we can use the exact material from the publication or source document, depending on the scenario; and
  • making our best efforts to attribute the thinking, research, writing, credit to the author(s)/organisation(s) when we need to make modifications for purposes of summary or focus on C4D elements within the work.

The exceptions to the above policy are within the Classifieds sections on The CI website, which include information which may be posted as a paid-for service, without editorial review from The CI's Senior Editor. In the case of blogs, The CI editorial team also leaves the author's words as is - only making changes as needed to correct issues that might prevent a reader from comprehending the text (and only doing so with the author’s consent). However, blog publishing decisions are reserved for CI staff.

To the best of our abilities, we seek input/permission for everything we add to our website by sending accuracy inquiries via email. This occurs as soon as a summary is published as well as prior to featuring information in our e-magazine, The Drum Beat. If we do not hear a reply, we assume approval (except in the case of a bounced email, which would then lead us to pursue the contact further). If we do hear a reply and if adjustments are needed, we make these changes as promptly as possible, communicating with the contact person(s) to ensure a resolution. We also remove summaries upon request of the author or the original publisher if copyright questions arise.

Further inquiries, contact: info@comminit.com

Copyright Policies

  • Website: Summaries posted on The CI website may be copied, used on websites, or otherwise reproduced without charge provided that the user include the web address of The CI website (http://www.comminit.com) and the web address of the page referenced, and attribute the article to The CI. If the item is referenced from an alternate news source or publisher, we would request that, if possible, you include the link to that source.

    Further inquiries, contact: info@comminit.com
  • The Drum Beat: Full issues of our e-magazine, The Drum Beat, may be copied, used on websites, or otherwise reproduced without charge provided that the user include the title and URL/address of The Drum Beat issue and attribute the item to The CI (preferably acknowledging the author of that Drum Beat). If the item is referenced from an alternate news source or publisher, please also include the link to that source.

    Further inquiries, contact: info@comminit.com

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