The Star reports that a new web based "academic journalism" web page, called The Conversation, is to launch this summer.
"It will be funded largely by universities and powered by academics, but aimed at as broad a public audience as possible," the story by Catherine Wallace says.
The Conversation is really just a way of distinguishing it from news journalism, says Alfred Hermida, director of the journalism school at the University of British Columbia and a co-founder of the project with colleague Mary Lynn Young.
“Essentially what we’re talking about is explanatory journalism,” written by academics working with a team of editors, he says. “So journalism that provides greater context and explanation for things that are happening in the news. And of course this happens already in journalism. It’s not completely new.”