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The Conversation launches in New Zealand

Not-for-profit academic publishing platform The Conversation has launched in New Zealand, appointing journalist and author, Veronika Meduna to the role of editor.

Funded by media partners, The Royal Society Te Aparangi and the New Zealand Science Media Centre, The Conversation NZ and Meduna will work mainly with the founding team of editors in Australia.

New Zealand stories will be shared across The Conversation’s international network across the UK, US, Africa and France.

A former science writer, broadcaster and researcher, Meduna has worked across several local and international media outlets, previously hosting a weekly science programme for RNZ, and contributing to local and international media including New Zealand Geographic, New Scientist and Deutsche Welle.

Her position has been created from funds received from Lincoln University, Massey University, Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Waikato.

Commenting on her new appointment on Twitter, Meduna said: “Super excited to be joining @ConversationEDU as NZ editor; evidence-based journalism at its best.”

Earlier this year, The Conversation’s founder Andrew Jaspan departed the company after months of tension and uncertainty about the future of his role. Jaspan has since taken up a new post as director of the Global Academy and Professorial Fellowship at RMIT, and has been replaced at The Conversation by former non-executive director of Commonwealth Bank Australia, Harrison Young.

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