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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 […]


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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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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