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Texas State University has partnered with The Conversation, a nonprofit global news organization.

Recognized as an independent source of news written exclusively by academics and researchers, this partnership offers our faculty a unique opportunity to share their expertise, research and ideas on timely topics with the general public. Articles published in The Conversation have the potential to be read tens of thousands of times by audiences all across the nation and globe.

The Conversation is a key asset to highlighting all the amazing research being conducted by our professors at Texas State and aids in our path to establishing ourselves as a National Research University.

Why Write for The Conversation?

Articles published in The Conversation are made available to hundreds of news outlets across the nation through the Associated Press wire service. In addition to republishing, authors also benefit from increased media mentions, interviews, citations in scholarly articles, and collaborative opportunities.

“I would absolutely recommend writing an article for The Conversation. It is a great way to get your work out there, and the editors are great collaborators in the process.”

— Dr. Michael Devlin, Associate Professor, School of Journalism & Mass Communication

94% of authors

had a positive experience working with The Conversation editors

94% of authors

had a positive experience working with The Conversation editors

94% of authors

had a positive experience working with The Conversation editors

27% of authors

saw an increase in citations of their scholarly articles

27% of authors

saw an increase in citations of their scholarly articles

27% of authors

saw an increase in citations of their scholarly articles

37% of authors

received a request to be interviewed by a print outlet

37% of authors

received a request to be interviewed by a print outlet

37% of authors

received a request to be interviewed by a print outlet

“The process for publishing articles with The Conversation has been one of the most professional and enjoyable writing experiences of my career.”

— Dr. Rodney Rohde, Professor and Chair of the Clinical Laboratory Science Program, College of Health Professions

What Does The Conversation Publish?

The Conversation utilizes explanatory journalism to bring attention to current affairs and complex societal issues. The organization publishes featured commentary and analysis written specifically for the general public. These are not opinion pieces, but rather highly researched articles written specifically for the average reader.

Please note that research papers are NOT accepted.

Article types include:

  • Evidence-based pieces about current topics making the news.
  • Articles highlighting engaging new research or discoveries and its importance in society.
  • Evergreen “explainers” written on complex issues but in plain language.
  • “Curious Kids” series in which experts answer children’s questions on a variety of topics.

Articles are typically 800 to 1,000 words and even less on some occasions.

“What I enjoyed most about writing for The Conversation was the opportunity to reach a broader audience.”

— Dr. Angela Jones, Assistant Professor, School of Criminal Justice & Criminology

How Do I Join The Conversation?

Faculty members and postdoctoral students interested in writing for The Conversation should first create an author’s account. Once an account has been created, researchers can submit a pitch directly to The Conversation. Pitches should concisely explain why the story is important and its significance to the general public.

Please submit a pitch first before writing out a complete article.

Once your pitch has been accepted, you will work closely with an editor from The Conversation to draft and finalize the article. You will have final say on publishing when you are 100% satisfied with the piece.

What’s An Expert Request?

Expert Requests are story ideas that The Conversation editors are chasing. Faculty members can view these specific topics and connect directly with an editor if they are interested in writing an article. See current expert requests.

Have a Question?

We are available to support you in the pitch process and answer other questions you may have.

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Eddie Sanchez

Email: e_s616@txstate.edu

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Rodney Crouther

Email: rodneyc@txstate.edu

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