The Slugger Awards (media) pitch: The Thinker and Explainer Award

Northern Ireland has no think tanks. This is a problem because Think Tanks perform a number of valuable roles.

They take the complexity of academia, interpret / translate it for politicians and use it to help frame policies. They make complex issues more understandable.

This is a role that the media could adopt with more enthusiasm than it does. OK – newspapers sometimes call academics for a quote. Sometimes they will go to some lengths to explain a complex issue in a creative way. But they don’t do it enough.


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