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SAVVY arrives in Dunedin

Dacia Herbulock posted in on April 10th, 2014.

See photos from our latest Science Media SAVVY media skills workshop, held in Dunedin 27-28 March. It was a jam-packed two days of practice interviews, discussion, hands-on exercises and exposure to a range of fascinating research projects and new ideas. We had a fantastic group of motivated scientists with us, and they had excellent things […]


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Meet Pippa Grierson: our Science Journalism Fellow

Peter Griffin posted in on March 14th, 2014.

The SMC is spearheading an effort to assist people with a science background pursue a career in journalism offering a Science Journalism Fellowship worth up to $5,000. The inaugural SMC Fellow is Pippa Grierson, who completed a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Anatomy in 2012 and went on to research and help develop new […]

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No chilling out in Antarctica for TVNZ reporter

Peter Griffin posted in on February 25th, 2014.

Every summer, a handful of journalists descend on Scott Base in Antarctica joining the scientists, military and civilian personnel travelling down there to keep New Zealand’s operations running and to carry out important scientific research. The media trips, sponsored by Antarctica New Zealand, have produced some great journalism over the years. But this year’s seasonal […]

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Naked Science: Why scientists need to communicate

Peter Griffin posted in on February 20th, 2014.

At a conference in Hamilton this week I heard the most articulate argument yet as to why scientists should actively communicate their science via the media and directly to the public. One of the keynote speakers at the International Symposium on Transforming Public Engagement on Science & Technology was Professor Shaun Hendy, the University of […]

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Firstline’s science commentators on the year in science

Peter Griffin posted in on December 18th, 2013.

TV3′s morning current affairs show Firstline did a very progressive thing when it set up a regular science slot in its line-up this year – the only one on New Zealand mainstream television, as far as we know. The slot involves scientists including Massey University’s Dr. Heather Hendrickson and the University of Auckland’s Dr. Michelle […]

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SMC seeking summer intern

John Kerr posted in on December 13th, 2013.

The Science Media Centre is looking for a summer intern / volunteer to lend a hand with day-to-day operations of the centre.  The successful candidate will work alongside our team, learning more about the breadth and depth of the New Zealand science system and gaining insight into how the media works. We have a number of projects […]

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Support for scientists working with the media

Peter Griffin posted in on December 12th, 2013.

Scientists keen to work with the media now have an online resource to help prepare for interviews, handle contentious issues effectively and delve into the world of social media. Our colleagues at the Australian Science Media Centre have developed, a website featuring short videos, tip sheets and backgrounders aimed at scientists attempting to communicate their […]

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No holding back science journalism intern

Peter Griffin posted in on October 25th, 2013.

A broken collarbone couldn’t keep Holly Ryan out of the New Zealand Herald newsroom last week, as the SMC science and innovation intern returned to her keyboard to help the paper assemble coverage of the TIN100 – the annual snapshot of the country’s high-tech sector. Currently completing a postgraduate diploma in communication studies at Auckland University […]

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Partnership to bring science data to life

Peter Griffin posted in on October 22nd, 2013.

The Science Media Centre is teaming up with Wiki New Zealand in a partnership aimed at improving understanding of the role science plays in everything from agriculture and the environment to healthcare and high-tech innovation. The SMC has become the science category sponsor of Wiki New Zealand, a registered charity which has generated hundreds of […]

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SMC moves to new base at Royal Society HQ

Peter Griffin posted in on August 30th, 2013.

The Science Media Centre has relocated from its tiny base on Wellington’s Manners St to the Royal Society of New Zealand’s recently renovated headquarters in Thorndon. The move sees the SMC, an independent unit administered by the RSNZ and funded by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment, now operating out of the nation’s key […]

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