External Training Opportunities

We have the following training sessions from The Conversation, that may be of interest, to you or others.

The Conversation media training (general training session)

Are you an academic, researcher or PhD candidate who would like to build a media profile and take your research to a global public audience by writing for The Conversation?

The Conversation is a news analysis and opinion website with content written by academics working with professional journalists. It is an open access, independent media charity funded by more than 80 UK and European universities.

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 your research to the public and take you through The Conversation’s unique, collaborative editorial process.

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

Date and time

Next session TBC

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A training session in writing long-form features for The Conversation, for academics, researchers or PhD candidates who have:

  • Written for The Conversation OR
  • Attended one of The Conversation’s general training sessions AND
  • A clear idea for a long read based on your current research

The Insights section publishes long reads of up to 4,000 words. These typically combine new investigative research with powerful narratives that grab readers’ attention while hearing from new and under-represented voices. Insights articles may also tell the inside story of a research journey, including personal ups-and-downs.

This training session will cover:

  • An introduction to The Conversation’s Insights series and the kinds of research that suits the long-read format
  • How to pitch, plan and structure your outline
  • Building a compelling narrative
  • Using first-person accounts to make your story come alive
  • How to co-write long reads with other authors more effectively

Benefits of attending;

  • Meet one of The Conversation’s Investigations Editors and learn how we commission long-form articles
  • Understand what makes a successful long-form feature
  • Come away with tools to pitch, plan and write long-form articles
  • Receive feedback from The Conversation’s Investigations Editors on your research and story ideas

NOTE: You should already have done a general training session OR had a piece published on The Conversation AND have a clear idea for a long read based on your current research.

Date and time

Next session TBC

Register via Eventbrite: