Changes to Our Staff and Editorial Strategy
As I'm sure many of you know, the Center for Christian Civics started out as a blog, but as we slowly built up our variety of programming without increasing our man-hours, the blog slipped lower and lower down our priority list. One of our biggest priorities in Q1 was figuring out how to make sure we are taking advantage of the amazing resource our blog has been in helping people internalize our message and mission. As a result, I spent a lot of time over the last three months working on building or integrating new tools into our website and blog. Starting this quarter, you're going to see us publish stories, articles and essays that feature broader and deeper context for the topics beings discussed. Magazine-style sidebars, interactive maps and timelines, pop-ups explaining specialized or buzz-worthy terms, multi-author dialogues and more will all become regular features of our blog in the coming weeks and months. The goal is to create a format where each author can focus on their primary area of expertise or their primary topic of discussion—history, theology, politics, personal experience, etc.—while still being able to have members of our team drop in material that can provide greater context or broader perspectives without interrupting or taking away from the original author's point.
Every writer we've talked to about this is very excited, and to support this change, we have promoted our former correspondents Brian Andrew Smith and Sarah Morgan Smith into new positions as Contributing Editors. They had input on the tools we were integrating into the site earlier this year, and they'll be working with me on reviewing upcoming articles and developing enrichment content that will take full advantage of these new tools that are now available to us.