On Nov. 16 and 17, Penn State will host editor Ari Fertig from the academic media website The Conversation (theconversation.com) to speak about why it’s important to bring academics into popular media, what’s in it for you as an academic, pitching your research to media, finding your “news peg,” and more.
The first presentation will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, in Foster Auditorium in Paterno Library at University Park. To ensure space accommodations, faculty who are interested in attending the presentation are asked to RSVP online here.
For faculty who cannot attend the University Park presentation, a brown bag webinar will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17. Faculty from all Penn State campuses are invited to attend an online meeting via Zoom at this link.
The Conversation US is an independent, nonprofit source of news and views written by the academic and research community, delivered directly to the public. Penn State academics who write for The Conversation receive their own faculty biography page on the website, access to a staff of professional editors and access to readership analytics for their articles. Past articles written by Penn State faculty are archived on the University’s Conversation landing page.
Since partnering with The Conversation, Penn State researchers have written more than 225 articles that have garnered 15.8 million readers. The site has a Creative Commons license, so other news organizations often republish the articles. Penn State faculty have had Conversation articles republished on national media websites such as The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Business Insider and Newsweek. The Conversation has international website editions in Africa, Australia, Canada, France, Indonesia and the United Kingdom.