Disseminating Your Research to the Public

A number of UM professors have published pieces in The Conversation, a foundation-supported news source whose mission is to help professors get high quality research into the public sphere. The Conversation publishes articles (not op-eds) using a Creative Commons license that are frequently picked up major news outlets – including Scientific American, the Washington Post, Time, CNN, and the Atlantic. This can extend the reach of an article very quickly. In addition, The Conversation editors pitch the articles they publish to high-profile media.

To pitch a story idea to The Conversation:

1. Visit The Conversation website to see what other articles have been published in your field.

2. Discuss idea with Amy Kinch if you want feedback before making a pitch.

3. Submit a brief pitch online - just a few paragraphs.

4. If an editor from The Conversation is interested, they will contact you.

5. After talking through your article idea with an editor, you start writing and working with a Conversation editor on a short piece for a lay audience (800-1000 words)

6. You can work with the Writing Center or University Relations if you want feedback on writing for the public.

UM Professors in The Conversation

Ashby Kinch, How the dead danced with the living in medieval society, October 29, 2017.

Veronica Johnson & Guy Backlund, Why having the sex talk early and often with your kids is good for them, October 9, 2017.

Rosalyn LaPier, For Native Americans, a river is more than a ‘person,’ it is also a sacred place, October 8, 2017.

Anthony Johnstone, 4 ways the Supreme Court could rule on Trumps' travel ban, June 27, 2017.

Tobin Miller Shearer, The Fresh Air Fund's complicated racial record, June 15, 2017.

Frederick Peck & David Erickson, The rise - and possible fall - of the graphing calculator, June 14, 2017.

Lee Banville, Why Montana just elected Greg Gianforte, a man charged with assault, to Congress, May 26, 2017.

Michelle Bryan, Monte Mills, and Sandra Zellmer, Trump’s plan to dismantle national monuments comes with steep cultural and ecological costs, May 3, 2017

Daniel Denis, How statistical thinking should shape the courtroom, April 24, 2017.

Dan Reisenfeld, Water, weather, new worlds: Cassini mission revealed Saturn’s secrets, April 21, 2017

Anthony Johnstone, San Francisco is using a Montana sheriff's playbook to sue Trump on sanctuary cities, April 10, 2017

Anya Jabour, Why women's peace activism in World War I matters now, April 2, 2017

Lillie Greiman, Six charts that illustrate the divide between rural and urban America, March 16, 2017

Stephen Yoshimura & Susan Boon, Revenge isn't always sweet, but it can be beautiful, March 15, 2017

Monte Mills, How will native tribes fight the Dakota Access Pipeline in court?, February 14, 2017

Sara Rinfret, Research challenges the view that environmental regulators are anti-business, January 26, 2017

Steve Schwarze et al., Inside the coal industry's rhetorical playbook, January 9, 2017

Sara Hayden, America says goodbye to Michelle Obama, its mom-in-chief, November 29, 2016

Anya Jabour, 100 years of the ‘gender gap’ in American politics, November 24, 2016

Tobin Shearer, What is behind the turkey pardoning ritual?, November 20, 2016

Joel Harper, Scientist at work: Tracking melt water under the Greenland ice sheet, September 21, 2016

Justin Angle, New research shows how Native American mascots reinforce stereotypes, September 12, 2016

Ric Hauer, Why river floodplains are key to preserving nature and biodiversity in the western US, July 4, 2016