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Quality agricultural journalism rewarded

Peter Griffin posted in on October 22nd, 2014.

I recently had the pleasure of judging the broadcast category of the New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists & Communicators’ media awards, which were announced in Wellington on Friday night. Radio New Zealand rural reporter Benedict Collins not only won the broadcast category but was the supreme winner on the night taking out the Ospri New […]


Five lessons from the SMC experience

Dacia Herbulock posted in on September 5th, 2014.

When it comes to communicating science, what works? What doesn’t? As part of World Science Week in Auckland last week, Peter Griffin, Founder and Manager of the New Zealand Science Media Centre, and Fiona Fox, Founding Director of the UK Science Media Centre, shared their views and thoughts on the SMC model and the science […]

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Science blogging – taking your blogging to the next level

Peter Griffin posted in on August 7th, 2014.

Workshop: Auckland, August 25, 2 – 5pm, Auckland waterfront Writing a blog is a great way to spread the word about your science, network with like-minded researchers and even flesh out ideas for your research. It can also lead to career opportunities – conference invitations, funding opportunities, even book deals. But blogging can also be […]

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Get ready for World Science Week

John Kerr posted in on August 7th, 2014.

Clear your news diary for the last week of August, with an unprecedented number of high-level meetings taking place in Auckland that will attract visitors from all over the world. A number of events and public talks are taking place in Auckland this month under the banner of World Science Week New Zealand, supported by […]

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SMC team expands

John Kerr posted in on August 6th, 2014.

The Science Media Centre welcomes the newest member of the team, Laura Goodall, as Science Media Information Officer. Laura has recently arrived from the UK where for the last few years she worked as a freelance science writer and editor. She was first critically appraised as a writer in 2007 – winning the runner-up prize at the […]

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Science podcasting workshop with The Naked Scientists

Peter Griffin posted in on July 18th, 2014.

The Science Media Centre is introducing a series of workshops that will offer scientists the opportunity to pick up tips and skills to help them communicate their science via blogging, podcasting, online video and animation. The series kicks off next month with Dr Chris Smith of the top-rating science podcast The Naked Scientists hosting science […]

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The SMC is hiring!

Peter Griffin posted in on June 17th, 2014.

Make your mark where science and media meet 12 month contract Science Media Information Officer The Science Media Centre is looking for a new, supporting team member to join our busy Wellington-based team of three. We are seeking a highly-organised self-starter who can thrive in a fast-paced environment and work well independently. You’ll help take […]

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Strength to strength with Media SAVVY

Peter Griffin posted in on May 30th, 2014.

Twelve talented scientists honed their media skills in Wellington last week in the seventh round of the Science Media Centre’s national series of training workshops. The first day features intensive on-camera interviews and exercises designed to get researchers thinking about the language, tone and concepts they use to talk about their science.   “Tips you can […]

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Boost for sci-comms, data journalism

Peter Griffin posted in on May 30th, 2014.

Victoria University is taking applications for its new science communications course as AUT gears up to offer the country’s first data journalism course to trainee journalists. The University of Otago’s Centre for Science Communication will also see an influx of new talent with experience science communications expert Professor Nancy Longnecker joining the centre. Prof. Longnecker currently […]

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Science & environment stories stand out at Canon Awards

Peter Griffin posted in on May 16th, 2014.

Last Friday saw the Canon Media Awards held in Auckland, with several reporters recognised for their work in the science and environment category. John McCrone, senior feature writer at The Press won the science and environment newspaper feature category for a portfolio including a piece on the politics of climate change, a profile on Einstein Medal winner Roy Kerr and […]

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