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Debating forum for academics and journalists goes live

A new website designed to provoke debate among specialist journalists and academics has launched in the UK. is the brainchild of former Observer and Scotsman editor Andrew Jaspan who successfully launched the idea in Australia two years ago.

The not-for-profit site combines news and comment with research from academics on topical issues and is being supported by several universities, charities and higher education funding bodies.

Said Andrew:  “We are delighted to see The Conversation launch into the UK.

“The success in Australia has shown there is huge public demand for independent, high-quality, authenticated, and trusted content. I am confident The Conversation will very quickly establish a similar reputation and audience in the UK.”

Stephen Khan, a former news editor at the Guardian, is to be editor of the site.