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26 May 2017
Politics + Society: In the coming weeks and months we’re keen to step up our coverage of Israeli politics, both foreign and domestic. As ever, we’re very keen to find academics working in this area who’ve never written for us before.
Timescale: open-ended | Contact: Andrew Naughtie
25 May 2017
Politics + Society: Was the New York Times justified in publishing pictures of the remains of components of the Manchester bomb and fragments of the rucksack used to carry it? Journalists are used to dealing with leaks of sensitive information, but to what extent are they under an obligation to use more discretion before publishing them? What are the arguments that the the paper’s editor and senior team should have been considering before making the decision to publish?
Timescale: URGENT | Contact: Jonathan Este
Politics + Society: We’re looking for an intelligence or counterterrorism expert who can comment on the UK’s decision to stop sharing intelligence on the Manchester attack with the US because of leaks to the media. We’re especially interested in the implications for the “five eyes” intelligence-sharing relationship more broadly.
Timeline: URGENT | Contact: Holly Squire
Politics + Society: Tomorrow, Human Rights Watch is releasing a report on the anti-gay purges in Chechnya. We’re looking for an expert on global LGBT human rights (especially in the post-Soviet region) to respond to the report, of which an embargoed copy is available.
Timescale: today | Contact: Andrew Naughtie
Science + Technology: We’d like someone to write about how 3D printing could change the space industry following the successful launch of a 3D printed rocket.
Timescale: today | Contact: Stephen Harris
Environment + Energy: The global seed vault on the island of Spitzbergen in Svalbard flooded last week when the permafrost around it started melting, and although no seeds were destroyed, clearly the vault is no longer the impregnable stronghold it was once considered. Given that it was supposed to function without human help, what effect will this have on its future?
Timescale: this week | Contact: Jane Wright
Health + Medicine: Which parts of the body have the fewest pain receptors? And, therefore, which diseases might you not notice because they don’t cause much or any pain (say, retinal detachment)?
Timescale: May 30 | Contact: Clint Witchalls
Health + Medicine: Ramadan starts tomorrow evening. We’re looking for a unique health angle on Ramadan and fasting.
Timescale: May 30 | Contact: Clint Witchalls
23 May 2017
Politics + Society: Looking for an expert who can take a look at the Evening Standard’s coverage of Conservative policy since George Osborne became editor, particularly in light of the front page story on the party’s U-turn over social care.
Timescale: this week | Contact: Luke Salkeld
Business + Economy: We are looking for an expert who has studied the effects of terrorism on financial markets. What effect do terrorist attacks have, and do different types of attacks affect markets differently?
Timescale: this week | Contact: Annabel Bligh
19 May 2017
Politics + Society: New bribery and graft allegations are engulfing Brazil’s president, Michel Temer. We’re looking for someone who studies Brazilian politics to answer a Q&A on the sprawling scandal.
Timeline: next week | Contact: Andrew Naughtie
18 May 2017
Arts + Culture: Damien Hirst is facing accusations of plagarism once again for works in his new exhibition, Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable. Artist DeCaires Taylor says his underwater sculptures came first. Others have said the Ife artists originally responsible for the source material of several sculptures in the exhibition should have been credited. It’s not the first time (or second or third) that Hirst has been accused of plagarism. We’d like an expert to look at these works and others and explore the difference between plagarism and influence.
Timescale: next week | Contact: Jo Adetunji
Politics + Society: We’re looking for an expert on the US constitution to write an explainer laying out the 25th Amendment, which deals with succession to the presidency – including how to remove a president deemed unfit for office. Other American politics experts who are following the chaos in the Trump White House should also get in touch with ideas.
Timescale: from today | Contact: Andrew Naughtie
17 May 2017
Arts + Culture: A forthcoming Japanese animated film called In This Corner of the World tells the story of a young girl in wartime Hiroshima. The production included recreating scenes from old photos, documents and recollections of Hiroshima before the atomic bomb. Looking for an expert who can write about the art of historical storytelling through animation.
Timescale: early June | Contact: Jo Adetunji
8 May 2017
Business + Economy: We are looking for fresh perspectives on the UK financial services industry. How important is it to the economy? How at risk is the UK of losing elements of this industry to other parts of the EU post-Brexit?
Timescale: ongoing | Contact: Annabel Bligh
28 April 2017
Science + Technology: Could AI replace scientists? We’d like someone with significant experience of using AI to conduct scientific experiments to write about the potential for this field.
Time: Ongoing | Contact: Stephen Harris
Politics + Society [Repeat]: Tensions between North Korea and the US are still ramping up. We’d like to find as many East Asian politics and security experts as possible for potential future commissions, and especially those focusing on North Korea itself. This is a callout for people who haven’t written before – please do flag them with us before sounding them out on commissions.
Timescale: Ongoing | Contact: Andrew Naughtie
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