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Farewelling a seasoned science journo

Peter Griffin posted in on December 9th, 2016.

Reporter Paul Gorman departs The Press after 14 years, including a stint spent getting to grips with earthquake science. Paul takes up a position as senior communications advisor at the University of Otago at the end of January, moving south to Dunedin to immerse himself in research – and assist scientists communicate it. Over the […]

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How is the SMC measuring up?

Dacia Herbulock posted in on November 28th, 2016.

We love evidence, here at the SMC. So when the chance came up to put our own work under the microscope, we jumped at the opportunity. Earlier this year, we set out to evaluate the impact of the work we are doing with scientists, journalists and editors, with a particular focus on our Science Media SAVVY […]

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New SMC team member – Tessa Evans

Peter Griffin posted in on October 14th, 2016.

Tessa Evans this week joins the Science Media Centre team from Australia, where she has been presenting forensic science workshops in high schools around Australia from Cairns to Perth. Our new media coordinator will help take key services like Scimex.org and SMC Picks to the next level. A Kiwi by birth, Tessa did her undergraduate science […]

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Five tips for time-poor science communicators

Peter Griffin posted in on August 12th, 2016.

Researchers are stretched for time and science communication efforts are often not seen as a priority. But savvy science communicators quickly learn to make the most of the time they do have to communicate and here are some of their tricks for having impact while they maintain a busy research career.  1. Plan, plan, plan: […]

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SMC is hiring – work at the heart of science media!

Peter Griffin posted in on August 10th, 2016.

The Science Media Centre is looking for a new team member to join our busy Wellington-based team of four. See the job ad on Seek and contact us below for a full job description. Media coordinator role Are you an excellent writer, able to translate complex science papers into crisp, readable summaries? Can you demonstrate strong news […]

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Paying tribute to a science reporting star

Peter Griffin posted in on July 29th, 2016.

RNZ’s Veronika Meduna, one of the country’s most experienced and respected science journalists, finished up co-hosting the popular Our Changing World show last week. After 17 years at the broadcaster, most spent producing and fronting science and environment stories for Our Changing World, it wasn’t her choice to go. Frozen budgets at RNZ and restructuring […]

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New media advisor for SMC

Peter Griffin posted in on July 7th, 2016.

The Science Media Centre welcomes a new staff member, Dr Sarah-Jane O’Connor, as our new media advisor. Sarah-Jane takes over from John Kerr, who finishes on July 8 after five years in the role. John is heading to Victoria University in Wellington to study toward a PhD on the psychology of science communication and we wish him well […]

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Where is the media going? Prime time for some discussion

Peter Griffin posted in on June 24th, 2016.

by Peter Griffin With the proposed mega mergers between both NZME and Fairfax New Zealand and Sky TV and Vodafone New Zealand currently before the Commerce Commission, it is only too clear that the mainstream media could look a bit different this time next year. In addition to that we have insights into the extent […]

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Science writers shine in Canon Media Awards

Peter Griffin posted in on May 23rd, 2016.

Hundreds braved the wind and swirling rain on Friday night to gather at Te Papa for the Canon Media Awards, the print media’s shindig to celebrate the best journalist from the past year. Given the monumental change facing the industry, with a merger between NZME and Fairfax New Zealand on the cards, it was an […]

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Seeking a science savvy media advisor

Peter Griffin posted in on May 16th, 2016.

Are you a journalist, media-savvy scientist or experienced science press officer looking for a place at the heart of science communication in New Zealand? We need someone to join our small, dedicated team as a media advisor, working with the science and media sectors to improve coverage across all types of media when science is […]

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