The University of Sussex is one of 12 UK universities to join The Conversation – a topical analysis, comment and research news website – as the project moves from its pilot phase to being an established media outlet.
A collaboration between professional editors and academics, the not-for-profit site provides the public with rolling coverage of news and access to new information about cutting-edge research – written by acknowledged experts from the university and research sector. Academics from the University of Sussex have been contributing articles since The Conversation launched in 2013, including from the School of Engineering and Informatics, with PhD student Simon Wibberley’s article on Twitter cheers for England during the World Cup being published in June this year.
Jacqui Bealing, Senior Press Officer at Sussex, said: “Here in the Press Office we already have quite a close working relationship with The Conversation. “The small team of editors at The Conversation, all experienced journalists, help academics to craft timely and interesting articles and opinion pieces that are academically sound but that also reach out to a wider audience.”
And because the material published on The Conversation is free to use by other websites and publications such as the Washington Post, the BBC, the Guardian, the New York Times, the Hindu, the New Zealand Herald, and the Independent we could certainly be seeing and hearing the voices of Sussex academics more often in the general press.
Dr Ian Carter, Director of Research and Enterprise at Sussex, said: “We’re doing ground-breaking research here at Sussex and we need to make our voices heard out there in the global news environment.”
Editor of The Conversation, Stephen Khan, said: “Having the backing of this wide range of universities is vital as we move forward into the next phase of The Conversation’s development. We aim to produce more and better high-quality journalism, rooted in the knowledge and expertise of the academic sector.”
And of course, here at created by US, we will certainly keep you posted on the articles published from our own academics and researchers in the School of Engineering and Informatics.
(logos via The Conversation)