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Operating under a Creative Commons license, The Conversation’s content is free to read and republish, bringing scholarly expertise beyond the academy and into public discourse.

The XJO team examines the techniques that The Conversation’s articles use to communicate complex issues and deliver accessible, evidence-based expert analysis. We also investigate the broader impact that this type of communication has on civic engagement and public deliberation.

The XJO team is comprised of professors from The Creative School at Toronto Met University who are collaborating with journalists and industry professionals to investigate The Conversation Canada (external link) . Through a SSHRC Partnership Grant, Toronto Met is working alongside the University of British Columbia’s School of Journalism (PI), Queensland University of Technology’s Digital Media Research Centre (Australia), the University of Ottawa, and the University of Regina.

Project Partners

Thanks to a variety of generous partnerships, XJO is able advance knowledge and understanding on critical issues of intellectual, social, economic, and cultural significance.


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

The Explanatory Journalism Project is supported in part by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.