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Writing for a public audience presentation
Writing for public audiences is a form of socially and culturally important academic outreach that it is predominantly about contributing to civic knowledge and debate. At the heart of this is a kind of nobility that comes with the dissemination of knowledge, knowledge that in the scholarly context is too often locked behind institutional paywalls. Outreach writing can also lead to further opportunities: publications can be posted on social media platforms such as Twitter or can lead to social engagement in the form of radio, television, or podcast interviews. This presentation will give advice on how to start writing for a wider audience and the kinds of strategies involved in successfully publishing of your research. It will offer guidance on how to choose your public outlet, pitch an article, and write in a manner that engages the wider public. Most importantly, I will try to share some of the skills I have developed by successfully working with the editors of broad-access publications like The Conversation, Overland, The Western Advocate and Screen Education. Ultimately, interacting with the broadest possible audience base is a crucial skill to have in order to foster a successful career in research and writing.