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Science Media SAVVY – upcoming video workshops

Peter Griffin posted in on February 11th, 2016.

The Science Media Centre and Mohawk Media will team up again in March to offer their popular science video training workshops in Wellington and Auckland. These Science Media SAVVY workshops focus on giving scientists the tools and skills to communicate their research in 90 second videos aimed at an online audience and leveraging platforms like Youtube […]

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Fairfax expands science coverage

Peter Griffin posted in on January 11th, 2016.

The weekly science page that runs in the Dominion Post and Press newspapers is now being syndicated across four additional Fairfax newspapers, increasing the page’s potential reach to nearly 560,000 readers each week. The Dominion Post has for several years now run a science page each week, anchored by veteran science columnist Bob Brockie and running […]

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Covering the Paris climate conference? The SMC is here to help

John Kerr posted in on November 27th, 2015.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) Conference of the Parties, also known as COP 21, is fast approaching, kicking off on Monday November 30 and running until Friday December 11. The Science Media Centre will be monitoring the negotiations in Paris closely and working with experts and journalists to ensure informed, accurate […]

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Science Journalism Fellow bound for the Daily Mail

Peter Griffin posted in on November 17th, 2015.

It’s been a big year for the SMC’s Science Journalism Fellow Steven Trask, who not only finished his postgraduate journalism diploma at Massey University as the top student, but has picked up a job working for the UK’s Daily Mail. Steven spent the year putting his first class Honours science degree to good use as he worked […]

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Where is the media going?

Peter Griffin posted in on October 16th, 2015.

How do we ensure a well-informed, civically engaged New Zealand in 2030? That’s the question the Civics and Media Project is setting out to answer as a series of national workshops considers the factors that will underpin the health of the media and of civic engagement in the coming decades. Pressures on the business models underpinning the […]

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Science Media SAVVY – upcoming Palmy video workshop

Peter Griffin posted in on June 10th, 2015.

The Science Media Centre and Mohawk Media will hit Palmerston North in July host a workshop on communicating scientific concepts in 90 second science videos aimed at an online audience and leveraging platforms like Youtube and Vimeo. Great short videos can be produced using the high-definition camera built into your smartphone or tablet. How can […]

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SMC Social Media Snapshot – how are our research institutions using Twitter, Facebook etc?

Peter Griffin posted in on June 5th, 2015.

Science and social media make comfortable bedfellows according to the inaugural SMC Social Media Snapshot, which examines use of social media platforms by New Zealand institutions engaged in scientific research. Most research institutions have some form of social media presence and several have amassed tens of thousands of followers, helping them to stay engaged with […]

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Queen’s Birthday Honour’s list recognises scientists

John Kerr posted in on June 1st, 2015.

The contribution of individual New Zealanders to science and society has been recognised in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday New Zealand Royal Honours. Formally announced today, the list acknowledges a wide range of people who serve their communities and recognises those who have achieved something special. Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, one of New Zealand’s leading, internationally […]

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A lesson for science communicators in Campbell Live demise

Peter Griffin posted in on May 22nd, 2015.

He made it to ten years, and on reflection, he was bloody lucky to get there. The axing of John Campbell’s show and his departure from Mediaworks is a real loss for journalism. But it points to a larger shift in viewing habits and tastes of TV viewers who, we are told, are getting their […]

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Your science in 90 seconds

Peter Griffin posted in on May 11th, 2015.

A lot of science can be communicated in 90 seconds, which is why the SMC is helping researchers sum up their work quickly and clearly – on video. Around 60 scientists throughout the country have so far participated in Science Media SAVVY Express, which sees the SMC video crew descend on science conferences, recording short […]

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