While many of the tools that academics use focus on sharing information with other researchers, today’s tool offers a means for outreach to the general public. The Conversation describes itself as “a collaboration between editors and academics to provide informed news analysis and commentary that’s free to read and republish”. This not-for-profit organization was started in Australia in 2011, and several other editions have developed since then, including the United States edition which launched in 2014.
The Conversation is based on the principle of evidence-based journalism. Academics and researchers who are experts in a field write articles to be shared directly with the public. Articles published by The Conversation are licensed under Creative Commons, so they can be shared and re-published. The Conversation claims to reach 23 million users each month via Creative Commons republication.
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