Academic Journalism: Writing Research for Readers

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Nador u. 15
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 4:00pm
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Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm

The Center for Media, Data and Society, the Digital Humanities Initiative, the Department of International Relations, the Visual Studies Platform & the Center for Academic Writing cordially invite you to

Academic Journalism: Writing Research for Readers

Peter Geoghegan

How can I write about my research for non-academic audiences? How can I make my academic writing clearer and easier to understand? How can I pitch ideas to print and broadcast media outlets?

Peter Geoghegan graduated with a PhD from Edinburgh University in 2008. Now he is a successful writer, journalist, broadcaster and lecturer. His latest book, The People’s Referendum: Why Scotland Will Never Be the Same Again, was published in January 2015 by Luath Press, and was nominated for the Saltire Society First Book Prize. He is a co-founder and director of The Ferret, an investigative platform launched in 2015, which was nominated for a British Journalism Prize for its work.

In this seminar, he will show academics how to write for different audiences, how to develop their narrative style and voice and how to pitch ideas to media outlets. The seminar will be run in two parts. In the first, Peter will introduce key concepts and approaches for writing with clarity. In the second, attendees will be asked to write up pitches based on their research work and academic interests.

To get the most from the workshop, please come with a specific research idea in mind that you wish to turn into popular writing.

The workshop is part of the the series ‘The Open Academic: Innovative Ways of Engaging in the Public Sphere’ in which we aim to give the CEU community the skills and tools needed to engage in debates in the public sphere in innovative, unconventional or ‘non-academic’ ways. Taken together, the events will foster a university-wide conversation about the role of academics and academic knowledge in public debates. Each session is devoted to a different mode of dissemination including comics, podcasts, popular writing, op-eds, social media, visualisation of data, policy briefs and audio documentaries.

The project is coordinated by the Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS) with partners across the university including the Department of International Relations, the Communications Office, the Visual Studies Platform, Digital Humanities and the Centre for Academic Writing (CAW). If you are interested in the workshop series, please get in touch with Ian Cook at