Senior Lecturer has the most-read story in five years

Wednesday 29 June 2022

An article by Senior Lecturer Dr Suze Wilson is the most-read story in five years on The Conversation, a not-for-profit publisher who works with academics to write evidence-based articles.

Dr Suze Wilson

Dr Wilson’s article, ‘Three reasons why Jacinda Ardern's coronavirus response was a masterclass in crisis leadership’, has received more than 1.7 million reads, making it the most-read story to date on the news site.

The Conversation is celebrating it’s five-year anniversary this week, and Massey academics have contributed and published numerous articles throughout the years, sharing their knowledge with wider communities.

Dr Wilson says her articles have sparked dozens of contacts with people in more than 10 countries.

“They’ve also led to new industry, academic and public engagements such as global media interviews and speaking invitations to universities across the world,” Dr Wilson says.

School of People, Environment and Planning Professor Richard Shaw and School of Sport, Exercise and Nutrition Associate Professor Toby Mündel were also in the top 10 most-read authors in the past five years.

Dr Mündel had the second most-read article for his story, ‘Do I have to drink 8 glasses of water per day? We asked 5 experts’. This article has more than 1.4 million reads.

The Conversation’s articles are free for other media to republish under Creative Commons, and hundreds of news outlets do so every day. Stuff, the New Zealand Herald, Radio New Zealand, The Washington Post, Scientific American, the BBC, Al Jazeera, and more have all republished articles, creating an influential source of expert-led journalism and allowing academics to reach wider audiences.

Massey University was the first New Zealand university to join The Conversation and continues its support of the news editor to this day.​​​​​​​

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