Maria Balinska is editor of The Conversation US, which is receiving $120,000 in support from Knight Foundation to expand the reach of its content to local communities. Above: A news meeting at The Conversation US in Boston. Photo courtesy The Conversation US. We’ve been eating cake in The Conversation US office, despite the heat outside, because we have things to celebrate. Sept. 8 marked a milestone for our Boston-based team: One year ago we started working on the American edition of The Conversation, the digital platform that brings together academics and journalists to publish topical and engaging content for the general public. Now, 1,491 articles, 1,382 authors and 30 million reads later, we can say we’re truly part of the American media landscape. The Conversation is a global network and a not-for-profit media organization. Launched in Australia in 2011, we also have publications in the United Kingdom and Africa. In the U.S. we’re in operation thanks to the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation – and the hospitality of Boston University.