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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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Science communication in the age of skimming

Peter Griffin posted in on May 11th, 2016.

If you think a well-written science article is still the key to communicating your research, think again. Despite promising news that the smartphone is actually conducive to consuming longform journalism, numerous studies into how we read stories online show most of us don’t finish the article. Many of us skip onto the next thing after a matter of seconds. […]

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Silencing Science: in the long run, openness is the better strategy

Peter Griffin posted in on May 10th, 2016.

The new book Silencing Science, by University of Auckland physicist Professor Shaun Hendy highlights some recent examples of where scientists have been missing in action when the public needed their knowledge and insights the most. I can personally relate to this. During the Fonterra botulism scare, the 2014 Yersinia outbreak and for periods in the […]

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Amid media uncertainty, some great science-related stories emerge

Peter Griffin posted in on May 3rd, 2016.

by Peter Griffin, SMC Director I’m asked to give a lot of presentations to groups in the science sector about what is going on with the media. These days, that involves changing my presentation on a weekly basis. Last week’s update accounted for the review of feature programmes at RNZ, including the long-running Our Changing […]

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2016 Science Journalism Fellow – Meena Amso

Peter Griffin posted in on March 11th, 2016.

A practicing pharmacist and self-confessed “public health fanatic” has been awarded the 2016 New Zealand Science Journalism Fellowship. Meena Amso, who emigrated with her family to New Zealand from Iraq aged 14, is already into her third week of study in the Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism programme at the University of Canterbury. After several […]

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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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