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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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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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