The Conversation US arose out of deep-seated concerns for the fading quality of our public discourse - and recognition of the vital role that academic experts can play in the public arena.
Independent and not-for-profit, it is part of a global network of newsrooms first launched in Australia in 2011. The Conversation began its US operations in 2014, and now also publishes in Canada, the UK, France, Indonesia, Africa, Spain as well as Australia.
The Conversation's mission is particularly resonant in the U.S., where people universally sense that the country's social fabric is strained and the common ground people share is shrinking.
Information always has been essential to democracy - a societal good, like clean water. But many now find it difficult to put their trust in the media. And with little consensus about what to believe, it only becomes harder to reach agreement with fellow citizens regarding what's truthful.
The Conversation US seeks to be part of the solution to this problem.