Editorial Guidelines for Caltech Today and Ion Caltech

Office of Strategic Communications

Both Caltech Today and Ion Caltech are resources created for the Caltech community, and are meant to foster engagement with and pride in the Institute.

Caltech Today is an internally focused web page that draws content from across the public Caltech website, providing a space where information from and about the campus community can be accessed.

Ion Caltech is a weekly, internally focused, opt-out newsletter in which information on news, announcements, and events is curated from content that can be found on Caltech Today and the Caltech home page.

Audience

  • Aimed at an internal audience
  • Links and information are publicly visible

Contact Information

  • Email today@caltech.edu with questions about Caltech Today or Ion Caltech
  • Editorial staff:
    • Jon Nalick (editor)
    • Lori Oliwenstein
    • Ram Basu

Caltech Today Content for "Announcements from Campus Groups" and "Featured Events"

NOTE: Content added to or suggested for either of these sections is subject to review and may be edited; we reserve the right not to display material that is not appropriate for the Caltech Today audience.

  • Announcements from individual departments and divisions can be posted to this section of Caltech Today by creating a campus announcement.
  • Events for consideration for the Featured Events section must first be posted to the Master Calendar.
  • We will include on Caltech Today (and in Ion Caltech) items that fulfill most of the following guidelines:
    • Is an event or announcement providing information that will spur the community to action
    • Is timely; we prefer to highlight events that are upcoming—or announcements that are forward-looking—rather than summaries of what has already occurred
    • Is of broad interest/applicable to a wide portion of the Caltech community
    • NOTE: There are always exceptions to all guidelines, and that's true for the above bullets; if you would like input on whether something is appropriate for the Announcements section of Caltech Today, contact us at today@caltech.edu.

Ion Caltech Top Story

Feel free to pitch us ideas at today@caltech.edu for an Ion Caltech top story (the photo-caption article that is featured at the top of each newsletter), keeping in mind the following:

  • Most top stories will come from items already posted on the Campus Announcements and Updates or Master Calendar pages
  • All top stories need a compelling image (or idea for a compelling image) to accompany them
  • In addition, a story is more likely to be chosen for this spot if it:
    • Is an event or announcement providing information that will spur the community to action
    • Is timely; we prefer to highlight events that are upcoming—or announcements that are forward-looking—rather than summaries of what has already occurred
    • Is of broad interest/applicable to a wide portion of the Caltech community

Information on Other Caltech Today Sections

NOTE: All of the content described below is created or curated by the Office of Strategic Communications (OSC).

  • Latest Community News displays a slideshow of news items created by OSC that have special interest to the Caltech community.
  • Institute Announcements and Updates links to Institute-wide notices from the president and other members of the administration.
  • In the Media items are selected from entries found on the Institute's In the Media page.
  • Useful Links have been selected from those that we believe will have the widest utility to the broadest portion of the campus community; we will reconsider and update these links on a regular basis.
    • Links to the Directory, Access Caltech, and more can be found in the gray bar at the top of the page, just as they are throughout Caltech.edu, and thus will not be included in the Useful Links section.