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Science & tech journalism award finalists named

Peter Griffin posted in on April 9th, 2015.

The Canon Media Awards, New Zealand’s top awards for print and online journalism, has just announced the finalists for the 2015 awards, which will be presented in Auckland next month. Of particular interest to us at the SMC are the finalists in the three science and technology categories, which the SMC sponsors. Congratulations to all […]

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Science animation and video workshops – apply now!

Peter Griffin posted in on March 13th, 2015.

The SMC is bringing its science animation workshop to Auckland and will also head to Christchurch to explore how scientists can harness short videos to communicate their science. These free one-day workshops aim to give scientists and science communicators skills to harness off the shelf tools to create short animations and videos showcasing science concepts in innovative, […]

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Our 2015 Science Journalism Fellow – Steven Trask

Peter Griffin posted in on March 6th, 2015.

A science policy analyst with a first class Honors degree in genetics from the University of Otago is the Science Media Centre’s Science Journalism Fellow for 2015. Wellingtonian Steven Trask will receive up to $5,000 from the SMC towards funding his studies as well as support and mentoring through the year as he undertakes a […]

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Scimex – your go-to science news resource

Peter Griffin posted in on February 18th, 2015.

Today we started inviting journalists who work with the Science Media Centre to register on Scimex.org, a new portal we have been developing with our colleagues at the Australian Science Media Centre. Scimex replaces our Resource Library, a place where journalists could download embargoed research papers and press releases that we flag in our twice-weekly mail […]

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Science Media SAVVY – science animation workshop + competition

Peter Griffin posted in on January 30th, 2015.

A one-day workshop that gives you the skills to harness off the shelf tools to create short animated videos showcasing science concepts in innovative, entertaining and informative ways. WHERE: CQ Hotel Conference Venue, Wellington (Note – a second animation research is scheduled for Auckland in April – date and venue TBC) WHEN: 9am – 5pm, […]

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Scientists – our newsrooms need you!

Peter Griffin posted in on January 12th, 2015.

Back in 2008 when we set up the Science Media Centre, there were hardly any journalists with a science background in newsrooms and the science round in general was in decline. Nearly seven years on, the situation has changed for the better. The Dominion Post and The Press both have weekly science pages and the […]

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A celebration of science communication

Peter Griffin posted in on December 12th, 2014.

The Science Media Centre and the Science Communicator’s Association (SCANZ) on Tuesday celebrated a year which saw some major developments in science communication efforts in New Zealand. The Government’s Science in Society Strategy has for the first time put a comprehensive focus on science communication and engagement efforts, from science education, to citizen science to upskilling […]

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Public attitudes to science and technology – key takeaways

Peter Griffin posted in on December 4th, 2014.

The latest Nielsen survey to gauge New Zealanders’ attitudes towards science and technology is the largest and most thorough one yet and reveals much to be positive about but also several areas of concern. Nielsen surveyed a representative sample of 3,004 New Zealanders over the age of 15, (2,504 online and 500 by phone), asking them […]

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Saluting a science communication star – Dr Michelle Dickinson

Peter Griffin posted in on December 2nd, 2014.

by Peter Griffin, SMC Manager University of Auckland nanotechnologist Dr Michelle Dickinson is the latest winner of the Prime Minister’s Science Media Communications Prize, a prestigious award that comes with $100,000 in prize money, making it one of the most lucrative science communication accolades in Australasia – if not the world. It is fantastic that the Prime Minister, year after […]

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Experts shine in fight against junk science

Peter Griffin posted in on November 7th, 2014.

It was a week when climate change denial, a “miracle” ebola cure and homeopathy grabbed headlines. But by and large it was also a week where the media laid out the evidence and featured expert commentary putting the science behind the claims in perspective. Shaun Holt The pending arrival in New Zealand of Genesis II […]

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