Andrew Malcolm

Andrew Malcolm Profile
Prepared for any job!

Presently, I’m the Communications Manager for the SIRG and MCCHR research groups in Laurier’s Faculty of Social Work, where I’ve also been an in-house Research Communications Specialists since 2017. Malcolm Communications is still active and open to additional contracts. The focus of the company is helping academic researchers engage the public. If you have questions about finding someone to write in your own voice, hiring someone to complete video content about your research, or what kinds of public engagement expenses are covered by research grants, I’m happy to provide a free consultation. Email me to find out more: admin@malcolmcommunications.com

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Writing and Editing

Writing and editing are my core-skills, and my services are best suited to the challenge of rewriting research papers, rough drafts, or ideas into posts, articles and journal-submissions. I can move quickly on a piece, keeping my quotes competitive, and I have a knack for coming up with fresh perspectives on how to present ideas and content.

Publishing

Researchers can expect informed consultations on how best to deliver writing and media about their work and results. I’ve worked with printers, mailing houses and digital channels to send newsletters to thousands of people around the globe; I’ve created promotional material in a variety of media-formats using Adobe’s InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Audition and After Effects; and I’ve launched websites and worked extensively with HTML5, WordPress, social networks, content-publishing platforms, and libraries of openly-licensed-media.

Open access and licensing

NSERC now has an open access policy, but researchers are doing far more than complying with funding guidelines. Libraries like WikiMedia and eBird, or Europeana and the Met’s open access resources, or the stream of images sent direct to the public from NASA and the ESA’s satellites, lead the way for a new generation of researchers who want to connect their work with local communities and the broader public. I’ve written for the Creative Commons blog and attended their annual conference in Toronto, and I can advise on using licenses like theirs, the most prolific open-licenses today, in a communications strategy.

Administration

Drawing from my six-years work experience in post-secondary administration, I’m happy to assume most administrative roles related to the dissemination of results and media. For example, working with people affiliated with the project to gather content submissions or information for publishing, organizing events related to the communications work (e.g. a research-success celebration), or acting as a point-of-contact for the researcher’s business officer regarding communications and funding guidelines.

Please email me if you’d like to schedule a phone call or a meeting at your institution, or to receive a quote: admin@malcolmcommunications.com

“The writing, editing and consulting services Andrew provided helped prepare my research findings for publishing, and complete a SSHRC proposal that includes plans for an online system that collects and disseminates case-studies.”
Ginette Lafrenière, Professor and Director – Social Innovation Research Group and Manulife Centre for Community Health Research (May, 2018)

We’re in a phenomenal age of storytelling, because more than ever before researchers are telling the public stories about their work – not just the conclusions, but the methods and ideas, and the trials and tribulations involved in the field. I grew up reading books about science that were written for the general public, and back then I could have only dreamed of today’s online catalogue of scientific writing and media, created by a generation of academics that are finding new ways to bring the public closer to their research, their ideas, and their stories.

From 2007

Be warned! The following articles cover an unpredictable range of subject matter: scientific methods, board culture and urban development are just a few examples. But all are connected by an equally unpredictable place on the Central-East-Coast of Vancouver Island (BC, Canada) – Comox Valley. The Valley is a region made up of 2 inland towns, 4 coastal towns, and 2 off-shore islands. It’s a difficult mix to define…impossible, actually…I’ve tried; except to say that it’s a collection of micro-habitats, sub-cultures and original lives: Website-Archive of Freelance Writing and Photography