Getting in on The Conversation

October 24, 2019

The online publication The Conversation has quickly emerged as one of the most effective ways of getting SFU voices into the public dialogue.

If you haven’t seen it, check it out.

The Conversation bills itself as an “independent source of research-based explanatory journalism and expert analysis.”

All of the authors for the online publication are university academics, who work with editors who are journalists to produce articles intended for the general public.

The Conversation Canada reaches an audience of millions, including a large global audience.  

On Oct. 29, Scott White, editor-in-chief of The Conversation Canada, will conduct a workshop for communicators. And email Justin Wong ( with any questions.

White will explain the mission of The Conversation, how it complements "knowledge mobilization" goal  for Simon Fraser University and will demonstrate the analytics dashboard that authors have access to after publication.

It will also be an opportunity to discuss story ideas with him.

The workshop runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Halpern Centre 126.

Update: Thank you to everyone who attended the event. The two main takeaways from Scott's presentation: 1) The best way to help academics get their work featured in The Conversation is to help them with the initial pitch to the editors; 2) He recommended signing up for The Conversation's daily newsletter as an easy way to stay atop any SFU contributions.

As well, our own Ivana Filipovic wanted to share the login credentials for The Conversation's analytics.


Pass: 8888UniversityDrive


For your reading pleasure, here’s a few of the recent articles by SFU academics:

#Fakenews is being used to discredit mainstream media coverage of the Canadian election

Should I eat red meat? Confusing studies diminish trust in nutrition science

Drop the doom and gloom: Climate journalism is about empowerment