The panel featured researchers from the Queensland University of Technology who addressed The Conversation’s role in public discourse and its impact on policy debates.
The Conversation was launched in Australia in March 2011, and has since spread to the UK, US, France, Spain, Africa, Indonesia, Anglophone as well as Francophone Canada, and New Zealand. There are more than 100 editors employed across its global network, and the sites attracted nearly 750 million article visits in 2020 alone.
The panel featured research by GJIL colleagues on The Conversation’s role in circulating pre-print research outputs on the COVID-19 pandemic, as well an analysis of the Facebook sharing of Conversation articles in Australia and Canada compared to other media outlets. Among those presenting were Michelle Riedlinger, Axel Bruns, Jean Burgess and Kat Osman.
There were also presentations on the impact of The Conversation Africa and the results of interviews with academics who have contributed to The Conversation.
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Suggested Citation (APA): Riedlinger, M., A. Fleerackers, A. Bruns, J. Burgess, L. Guenther, M. Joubert, and K. Osman. (2021, October). The Conversation, Ten Years On: Assessing the Impact of a Unique Scholarly Publishing Initiative. Panel presented at AoIR 2021: The 22nd Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers. Virtual Event: AoIR. Retrieved from http://spir.aoir.org