The Conversation UK
As you may know, last year UEA joined The Conversation UK - https://theconversation.com/uk - a news website with analysis written by academics from the university and research sectors. It’s an initiative that we hope will help raise the profile of UEA researchers and their work, and enable them to engage with a wider audience. The Conversation has a monthly audience of 3.7 million users, and a reach of 35 million through its Creative Commons republishing agreements.
Several of our academics and some PhD researchers have published pieces on the site, with many of those articles being republished by other media outlets - including the I paper, Guardian, Washington Post, IFL Science and World Economic Forum. Recent examples of UEA articles include:
We are keen to encourage more people to write for the site and to pitch ideas. To support this, we will be holding one to one sessions and a training workshop on Wednesday May 17. These will be with Will de Freitas, one of the section editors for The Conversation UK, and will be open to anyone interested in writing on subjects related to science and technology, health and medicine, environment and energy.
One to one slots of 20mins will be available from 10am, finishing at 1pm, with the training workshop starting at 2pm and lasting approximately two hours. The workshop will cover what The Conversation is, what it does and what writing for it offers academics, before moving on to tips and techniques for how to write for a general audience and pitch your ideas, with some exercises. You will be expected to come prepared with ideas for articles. You are welcome to attend both a one to one and the workshop.
Please email Cat Bartman - firstname.lastname@example.org - if you would like to attend on May 17, whether in the morning and/or the afternoon. Places are limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis.
In the meantime, feel free to contact the UEA Communications Office at email@example.com if you have ideas for articles, or pitch direct via the ‘Pitch an Idea’ function on The Conversation website (scroll down the right hand side of the homepage). We also get daily requests from The Conversation for articles on specific topics and if we think any of these might be of interest to our researchers we will be in touch.
Please pass this on to any other colleagues who might be interested.