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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 […]

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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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 […]

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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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 […]

Bad media releases to blame for media’s exaggerated reporting of health findings – experts respond

Peter Griffin posted in on December 10th, 2014.

A study by UK and Australian scientists published today in the BMJ has found that, in many cases, badly composed university media releases may be at the root of exaggerated health claims made in the mainstream media. They found* that 40 per cent of university press releases contained exaggerated advice, 33 per cent contained exaggerated […]

SMC teams with Canon Media Awards

Peter Griffin posted in on November 7th, 2014.

The Science Media Centre has agreed a three-year deal with the Canon Media Awards to sponsor three new science and technology journalism categories in the print and online media industry’s premiere awards showcase. The new categories, which replace previous science and environment awards, will kick off in 2015 and recognise the best science and technology […]

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Science Media Centres featured in Nature

Peter Griffin posted in on July 11th, 2013.

Fiona Fox, the chief executive and founder of the UK Science Media Centre, recently spent a day with Nature reporter Ewen Callaway recently and the resulting feature is a good insight into the SMC that kicked off a global collective of likeminded organisations that collaborate extensively. The piece follows a series that ran in Columbia […]

A decade on the leading edge of science media

Peter Griffin posted in on October 5th, 2012.

Our colleagues at the UK Science Media Centre in London have had a big week, celebrating 10 years in business with a big party and lots of high-level meetings. It really has been an impressive run for the SMC and its passionate founder Fiona Fox who has been there from day one and whose energy […]

NZ Skepticism alive and kicking

John Kerr posted in on August 29th, 2011.

Ahead of the New Zealand Skeptics’ annual conference, the Otago Daily Times‘ Shane Gilchrist interviewed media spokeswoman Vicki Hyde about the society’s take on Ken Ring, Chinese medicine and science journalism. An excerpt (read in full here): Taking aim at the inane It is particularly fitting the New Zealand Skeptics’ annual conference this weekend is […]

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