Pitching and Writing for The Conversation (for UU students)


The Conversation  is a news analysis and opinion website written by academics and funded by more than 80 UK and European universities. Working with an editor, researchers write short pieces that deliver academic expertise directly to the public.

In this session we’ll take you through what The Conversation is – our origins and aims; what we do and why. We’ll look at why you should communicate research to the public, what writing for The Conversation involves and what the benefits are for academics and universities. We’ll give you tips on style, tone and structure (with examples), look at how to pitch (with examples) and look at different approaches and article types.

Benefits of attending

  • Find out how to join a community of academic authors taking their expertise outside the academy
  • Understand what makes a good story and the types of articles your expertise could generate
  • Meet one of The Conversation’s editors and learn how we commission articles

Sign-up and participate

Interested researchers can sign up here for participation by COB Wednesday, 13 April. If you have any questions or comments, get in touch with Sharon Barasa s.w.barasa@uu.nl or call +31 6 48 51 20 17.