Q: How often will you issue articles from scholars?
Q: Are these articles the first time this research appears in print?
A: No, this is recent research that has been previously published in academic journals. The original publication is adapted for distribution to the general public.
Q: How long are the articles?
A: About 900 words.
Q: Why would small- and medium-sized print publications be interested in these articles?
A: The rise of the internet has been financially hard on print publications. Ad revenue has decreased significantly over recent years, leaving these publications desperate for high-quality, free or low-cost content.
Q: What will you charge publications for these articles?
A: They will be provided at no cost to the publications.
Q: Where will these publications be located?
A: The articles will initially be offered to publications located in the South and will eventually be offered to publications located throughout the nation.
Q: Do you have any proof of concept that this will actually work?
A: The board chair was previously involved in a very similar project. He authored a bi-weekly column on employment discrimination and offered it for free to small- and medium-sized publications in Northern California, the Pacific Northwest, and Alaska. After six months, 79 publications subscribed with a combined circulation of 1.4 million, including the Anchorage Daily News.
Q: Why are you only selecting scholars from U.C. Berkeley?
A: U.C. Berkeley is consistently ranked as the best public university in the nation.
Q: How did you determine which scholars to select?
A: Scholars were selected from a broad range of academic departments with a focus on those whose research specialties seemed likely to be of interest to the general public.
Q: What responsibilities do scholars have?
A: To provide two articles over a nine-month period.
Q: What recognition and/or compensation do scholars receive?
A: Scholars receive a $1,000 stipend, their articles appear in a variety of publications, and their names are listed on our website and letterhead.
Q: What if a scholar was interested, but does not have time to edit an article to the size needed?
A: A scholar can elect to forgo half the stipend and we can have someone else edit an article.
Q: You call this The Epiphany Project, but how can you tell if you are having an impact?