About Crossroads

Community guidelines

Crossroads is a submission-based hub for Royal Roads staff, faculty and assoc. faculty. This is your space to share internal RRU news and events relevant to our campus and community.

Everything you see in Crossroads is password protected and only accessible to staff, faculty and assoc. faculty. You must be logged in to read and publish content.

How to create and publish your story

We’ve put the power of storytelling and engagement in your hands. Now you can post content without waiting for approval from the Crossroads team.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you get started:

  1. Login to crossroads.royalroads.ca using your RRU credentials.
  2. Click the “person” icon in the top righthand side of the page.
  3. Select “Add content” and choose “Event” or “News story”.
  4. Add your information to the content editor. (Make sure to include a photo!)
  5. Click “Save” to create a draft.
  6. Review your draft to ensure it’s error-free and everything displays correctly.
  7. Click "Edit" if you need to go back and change something. If it looks good, it's already auto-saved.
  8. Click on "Content" again (along the top ribbon of the page). Find your post on the list, select the box next to it, and choose "publish" from the list of actions.
  9. You’re live! Select “View” to see your post. (You may need to refresh the page first.)
  10. If you want to edit again, just click "Edit" to go back and make changes. To delete a post, click "Content" and click the word "delete" that appaears to the right of the story.

Publish using your real name

By default, your RRU username will appear as the author when you post news and events.

Here’s how to change this setting to publish using your real name:

  1. Login to crossroads.royalroads.ca using your RRU credentials.
  2. Click the “person” icon in the top righthand side of your page.
  3. Select “My Account” in the dropdown menu.
  4. Click “Edit” in the orange bar to view your account settings.
  5. Fill in your name at the top of the page and click “Save”.

What can I post?

We welcome stories about our people, programs and the places where we learn, teach and work.

Here are a few example topics:

  • Innovations in your research or in the classroom
  • Changes in leadership, staff or faculty
  • RRU campaigns or initiatives
  • Internal events
  • Student, staff or faculty successes
  • Recommendations and tips

Ensure the information you’re sharing is of general interest or value to the campus community – and appropriate for the workplace.

While we share in your excitement, please refrain from posting fundraising initiatives or personal announcements (birthdays, engagements, baby photos etc.).

Here are a few additional guidelines to consider:

  • Ensure your announcement doesn’t require a direct distribution (i.e., email or phone call) to the intended audience.
  • Only publish your own content, or on behalf of your department with appropriate permissions.
  • Please don’t duplicate or repost content. You can update the information in your post anytime.

Writing tips and resources

You don’t need to be Alice Munro to get your reader’s attention.

Here are a few tips to help you write clear, concise stories that get noticed:

  • Keep it simple: Decide on the one message you want to communicate. Use text, photos and a catchy headline the captures your focus.
  • Write conversationally: Use simple language in the active voice to increase readability.
  • Format sparingly: Use capital letters, bold, italic and underline only when necessary. Capital letters should be reserved for the start of sentences and capitalized words only.
  • Avoid URLs: Link hyperlinks to a word in your posting rather than including the entire URL.

Check out these helpful resources for more information:

Image tips and resources

Always include a relevant image in your story to pull your readers in.

Here are a few tips to help you find the right photo:

  • Photos should be less than 2 MB and larger than 675x325 pixels.
  • After uploading your photo, select manage image crops and drag the crop box corners to select the portion of your image you want. Repeat two more times by selecting the two other image sizes to the right of your photo.
  • Ensure your image is not protected by copyright to avoid fines.

No photo? No problem.

Visit the Royal Roads University Brand Centre on Canto. This is our online image resource – available exclusively for RRU staff, faculty and assoc. faculty. Find on-brand images of people, places and buildings around campus. Easily search the library with keywords or specific folders to find exactly what you’re looking for.

Note: Never publish an image taken from another website, Google search or social media platform without permission. Contact the Copyright Office at Royal Roads if you have any questions or concerns.

Have a story you want to share with the public?

Do you have a great RRU news story or event to share with the world? Pitch us through our Story Exchange.

You won’t be able to share your Crossroads post on social media or send a link to someone unless they have an RRU login.

We’re always here to support you

Contact the Crossroads team if you have questions about your content, or need help publishing.