Academics and researchers at the University of Portsmouth interested in increasing their profile, the profile of their work and the University are welcome to attend two Meet the Editor events with The Conversation in the coming months.

The Conversation was 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.

The site’s editors are keen to work with people across all academic positions from Professors to Postdoc students. Experienced editors will visit the University and present the basics of how the Conversation works, help researchers recognise the news value of their research and expertise, and give them the confidence to pitch their ideas for a public audience.

The sessions will be very informal and take place in the morning (10am to 12 noon) or the afternoon (from 2 to 4pm) in the conference room at Rees Hall.

To book a place (for staff at the University of Portsmouth only), email Glenn Harris in the Press and Media team (glenn.harris@port.ac.uk) with a preferred date and time (10am-noon OR 2pm-4pm) and two or three sentences about your research area.

The upcoming visits are:

5 December – Science Editor Stephen Harris

7 March – Interdisciplinary Editor Josephine Lethbridge

Benefits of writing for The Conversation 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.