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 researchers to sign off on their articles, allowing the author to retain full control over what is being published.

With a growing community of more than 45,300 academics and researchers from 1,911 institutions, The Conversation is encouraging Leicester academics interested in raising their profile to become an author and pitch article ideas based on individual research expertise.

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.”

Academics from across our University have collectively captured the imagination of over 5 million readers through more than 240 articles written for The Conversation - setting a new milestone for Leicester in delivering expert opinion in response to topical news. Readership is global, with the below map illustrating the breakdown:

For further information about writing for The Conversation, contact the Press Office on press@le.ac.uk +44(0)116 252 5761.

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