The Conversation is a nonprofit, independent source of news and views written exclusively by the academic and research community. All the articles it publishes online are also distributed via Associated Press to media outlets around the globe, which have the option to re-publish them exactly as they’ve been written.
The Conversation offers a unique opportunity for you to share your expertise on a timely topic through a news article you’ve written that has the potential to be read by people around the world.
What The Conversation Publishes
The Conversation features commentary and analysis—not opinion—authored by academics and edited by journalists for the general public. The Conversation focuses on three priority areas:
- Timely, evidence-based analysis of issues making the news
- Articles explaining new research and its significance for a non-expert audience
- Timeless, plain English “explainers” of complex issues
The word count for an article is typically 800 to 1,000 words.
How to Write for The Conversation
All RIT professors, postdoctoral scholars and Ph.D. candidates are eligible to write articles. No previous news-writing experience is required. The Conversation has an experienced team of editors who will guide and support you through a collaborative and editing process.
The editors prefer to consider a story idea before it’s fully written. Craft a brief pitch that outlines the story you intend to write. Those that are timely are most likely to be accepted, as are topics related to new research. University Communications can brainstorm with you ways in which to relate your expertise to timely topics.