Colorado State engages global audience in The Conversation
By Maria Balinska, editor and co-CEO, The Conversation US
Political polarization, technological disruption, fake news – where’s a person to turn for independent, evidence-based journalism? At The Conversation US
, our answer to this question is to bring together journalists and academics to unlock for the general public the wealth of knowledge represented at universities across the country. All our articles are authored by researchers who have studied for years – if not decades – the topic they are writing about.
Since our launch in October 2014 we’ve worked with scholars from more than 500 academic institutions across the U.S., but we’re particularly proud to have Colorado State University
with its long tradition of civic responsibility and public engagement as one of our official partner schools.
In the past few months we’ve worked with CSU professors to explain how electricity can remove toxic chemicals from ground water; to reveal how dogs are helping human cancer research and to explore the complexities of forgiveness.
Being partners with CSU means we get a first glimpse at the exciting research taking place on the Fort Collins campus. It also means we have a shortcut to find the right expert to respond quickly to energy policy news from Washington or to contribute original data sets to an in-depth series on rural America.
These articles – thanks to our Creative Commons license – are now reaching millions of readers across America from national titles such as CNN, the Washington Post
and Salon to regional publications like the Denver Post
, High Country News
The Conversation US is just getting started. It’s clear the public is hungry for this kind of expert, trustworthy information. We look forward to working ever more closely with Colorado State University in the years to come.