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Presentation and Q&A with The Conversation’s Executive Editor, Liz Minchin and UQ Senior Research Fellow Dr Marnee Shay. 

The University of Queensland’s academics and PhD candidates have reached more than 43 million readers worldwide by publishing with But what’s the process for becoming a new author? And what should you know before you pitch a new idea to its editors? 

Launched from Australia in 2011, The Conversation has become a key global publisher for academics with research that’s relevant to a broader, non-academic audience. Its readers include Nobel laureates, school students, business leaders, prime ministers & presidents. As of June 2019, The Conversation reaches a monthly audience of 14.8 million users, and 42 million reads through Creative Commons republication. 

But only a small proportion of article ideas submitted to The Conversation can be published, as it remains a not-for-profit media outlet. Every week, its team of 18 editors across Australia receive far more ‘pitches’ than can be accepted. 

So this presentation with The Conversation’s Liz Minchin will share: 
• success stories from UQ – including Senior Research Fellow and education author Dr Marnee Shay – and others who have written for The Conversation, and seen their work have real-world impacts 
• practical pitching and writing tips 

Liz Minchin is a Walkley award-winning journalist and author, with two decades of experience in newspapers, radio and online. Liz now runs The Conversation’s national masterclass program, helping researchers polish their pitching and writing skills. Based in Brisbane, Liz regularly spends time at UQ. 

Communications representatives from Faculties and central will also be on hand to talk about how they can help with pitches and responding to requests for new authors.

About Publishing and authorship

Producing and promoting publications is an essential part of being a researcher and communicating new knowledge generated from your research. Knowing how and where to get published, understanding the publication process and being aware of authorship protocols will be critical to your success in this area. 

Useful links


If English is not your first language, there are many resources to help with professional editing of research papers, reports, book chapters or PhD theses. Many of the major journal websites include links to services. Note that there is a cost to using these services.