Writing, editing & design

Informing and inspiring

For over 20 years, WRENmedia has been in the business of making science accessible, relevant and exciting to audiences around the world. Since 2012 we have been the editors of the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation's (CTA) flagship Spore magazine, and for 15 years before that we produced our own online magazine New Agriculturist (still available on the web although not published since 2013). We also work with organisations, such as the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI), the Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines (GALVmed) and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) to write impact case studies, highlighting how their work is making a difference to communities in developing regions.

Getting to the point 

Distilling a multi-chapter report into a short summary document demands not only good writing skills, but also the ability to judge what should be included and what can be left out. WRENmedia carries out this type of complex editing on behalf of many organisations, with recent examples including policy briefs for the Platform for African European Partnership on Agricultural Research for Development (PAEPARD), and various research papers and publications for CTA, the International Potash Institute (IPI), the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) Scientific Publishing, and Wageningen University and Research (WUR).

Making an impact 

A clear, bold design and the careful choice of images give written products the visual punch to really make an impact. Effective design strikes the perfect balance between form and function, emphasising the points that matter and making it easier for the reader to grasp the key messages. At WRENmedia, our design work is frequently used alongside our own writing and editing, offering a complete production package. We have recently produced a suite of gender outcome stories, scientist profiles and end of project briefs for eight African research teams funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), a top 10 factsheet of infographics for the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa, and more than 35 infographics to be used on twitter for the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition using data and quotes from their policy and research briefs. We also offer a photo search service, sourcing the right images to bring the pages of CTA and Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA) publications to life.