The Conversation

I work on The World at One and PM programme. The Conversation enriches the way we tell our stories. It provides deeper angles, helps us frame our editorial questions and most importantly points us toward new voices that we want to put on the radio. It’s a valuable resource.

- Xavier Zapata, Broadcast Journalist, BBC Radio 4

The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public.

Writing content for The Conversation enables you to sign off on your articles, so you retain full control over what is being published. You can become an author and pitch an idea as well.

Many academics from the University have already contributed to The Conversation. Their articles can be found here.


Dr Heather Brunskell-Evans from the Centre for Medical Humanities said: "Writing opinion pieces has forced me to write with brevity and to write fast in response to whatever is topical. From my personal experience, I would recommend working with the University’s Press Office and to have the confidence to express your academic opinion."

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Professor Martin Parker from the School of Management said: “Working with The Conversation is easy. You write something interesting and they help you make it into a sharp and engaging article. You are being edited by real journalists, and it’s a great way of getting your ideas to a broader audience.”


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 Dr Andrew Futter from the Department of Politics and International Relations said: “Working with the editors at The Conversation is a pleasure; they are very professional, turn articles around very quickly and are highly competent.”



Leicester academics’ contributions to The Conversation have attracted praise.

Andrew Naughtie, Politics and Society Deputy Editor from The Conversation said: “University of Leicester are a tremendous asset as a member. I've had a lot of authors from there write pieces of high quality, and the impact of the University becoming a member has been really noticeable – having quick responses from our morning email and the press office has definitely helped us generate more high-quality writing that's as close to the news cycle as possible.”

For further information about writing for The Conversation, contact the Alex Phillimore in the Press Office on  / +44(0)116 252 5761.

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