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Where is the media going? Prime time for some discussion

Peter Griffin posted in on June 24th, 2016.

by Peter Griffin With the proposed mega mergers between both NZME and Fairfax New Zealand and Sky TV and Vodafone New Zealand currently before the Commerce Commission, it is only too clear that the mainstream media could look a bit different this time next year. In addition to that we have insights into the extent […]

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 […]

Where is the media going?

Peter Griffin posted in on October 16th, 2015.

How do we ensure a well-informed, civically engaged New Zealand in 2030? That’s the question the Civics and Media Project is setting out to answer as a series of national workshops considers the factors that will underpin the health of the media and of civic engagement in the coming decades. Pressures on the business models underpinning the […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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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 […]

Volcanoes to polluted beaches – science and environment stories shine at Canon Awards

Peter Griffin posted in on May 14th, 2013.

On Friday night the print industry celebrated some of the best journalism of the last year at the Canon Media Awards in Auckland. There was a buoyant mood in the ballroom at the Pullman where the awards drew a record crowd. “What was great this year is that the awards were really opened up to […]

Prof Richard Easther on homeopathy press council decision

John Kerr posted in on April 26th, 2013.

Richard Easther, Professor of Physics (and Head of Department) at the University of Auckland, weighs in on the current debate over a Press Council decision against North & South Magazine regarding an article on homeopathy (also covered by Siouxsie Wiles and Michael Edmonds on An excerpt from the post on his blog, (read […]

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