Enhance your profile by writing for The Conversation

Academics could increase their profile, their work and the University by positioning themselves as an expert voice to a global audience through The Conversation.

The Conversation was originally launched in Australia in 2011 and quickly expanded to other countries including the UK. It is a new model for journalism, combining the rigour of academic analysis with the journalistic approach of professional editors to provide readers with a better understanding of current affairs, the complex issues the world faces and latest research in short, timely, informative articles for the general public. Globally it has 107.5 million readers including 10 million monthly readers of UK content.

Benefits for Portsmouth academics

Over the past year, 44 academics from the University have written 60 articles which were read 929,000 times, generating 431 comments.

These articles were republished by major publishers such as The Independent (UK), Quartz (US), Scroll.in (India), CBA News (US), Daily Mail (UK), Phys.org, Slate.fr (France), Newsweek, SBS (Australia) and many others.

Director of the Security and Risk research theme, Dr Peter Lee, wrote ‘Should we fear the rise of drone assassins? Two experts debate’ which was read by 59,300 people. Senior Lecturer Stephen Crabbe wrote Behind the Japanese court ruling that tattoo artists need to be qualified doctors.’ This was shared over 1,500 times on Facebook, and he was invited as a guest speaker on the Law Report programme, broadcast by Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio in October.

By writing for The Conversation you make yourself more visible to the world beyond the circle of academic peers in your field. This could lead to further contact from the media for follow-up interviews or articles, or from academics interested in your work seeking collaboration. But a wider awareness of your name and work can lead to more interesting opportunities.

Training

The Conversation deliver media training for academics to help them better understand how to communicate, recognise the news value of their research and expertise, and to give them the confidence to pitch their ideas for a public audience. Experienced editors visit the University and present the basics of how the Conversation works, how to get involved and the benefits of writing for a public audience. Longer sessions are also offered with interactive workshops to help editors consider the news potential of their expertise and how to write a quality story pitch. The next training session is due in October. Details will be confirmed shortly.

Get involved

To have your work featured you can pitch your articles on The Conversation or get in touch with the University’s Press Team (pressoffice@port.ac.uk). The team also receive daily requests for experts to write on a variety of topics and will get in touch with academics from around the University to write articles.

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