We are a nonprofit, independent network of free-speech platforms dedicated to unlocking the knowledge of experts for the public good.

We publish trustworthy and informative articles written by academic experts for the general public and edited by our team of journalists.

Our articles share researchers’ expertise in policy, science, health, economics, education, history, ethics and most every subject studied in colleges and universities. Some articles offer practical advice grounded in research, while others simply provide authoritative answers to questions that sparked our curiosity.

Why Critical Intel?

The Critical Intel Network arose out of deep-seated concerns for the fading quality of our public discourse and recognition of the vital role that academic experts could play in the public arena.

Information has always been essential to democracy. It’s a societal good, like clean water. But many now find it difficult to put their trust in the media and experts who have spent years researching a topic. Instead, they listen to those who have the loudest voices. Those uninformed views are amplified by social media networks that reward those who spark outrage instead of insight or thoughtful discussion.

The Critical Intel Network seeks to be part of the solution to this problem, to raise up the voices of true experts and to make their knowledge available to everyone.

The Critical Intel Network’s editorial process is deliberate and collaborative. Our editors pay close attention to the news environment to identify the issues citizens are concerned about. They reach out to leading experts and journalists across different industries and work with them to help them share their knowledge with the broad public.

Through a Creative Commons license, we distribute our articles – at no charge – to news organizations across the geographic and ideological spectrum. We pay particular attention to strengthening news organizations that are severely underresourced. Top news agencies distribute our content daily to thousands of newsrooms.

If you are someone interested in writing for us, please send us a pitch.