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New SMC team member – Tessa Evans

Peter Griffin posted in on October 14th, 2016.

Tessa Evans this week joins the Science Media Centre team from Australia, where she has been presenting forensic science workshops in high schools around Australia from Cairns to Perth. Our new media coordinator will help take key services like and SMC Picks to the next level. A Kiwi by birth, Tessa did her undergraduate science […]

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Five tips for time-poor science communicators

Peter Griffin posted in on August 12th, 2016.

Researchers are stretched for time and science communication efforts are often not seen as a priority. But savvy science communicators quickly learn to make the most of the time they do have to communicate and here are some of their tricks for having impact while they maintain a busy research career.  1. Plan, plan, plan: […]

SMC is hiring – work at the heart of science media!

Peter Griffin posted in on August 10th, 2016.

The Science Media Centre is looking for a new team member to join our busy Wellington-based team of four. See the job ad on Seek and contact us below for a full job description. Media coordinator role Are you an excellent writer, able to translate complex science papers into crisp, readable summaries? Can you demonstrate strong news […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

False balance in science reporting – The Conversation

John Kerr posted in on July 21st, 2014.

The following article is republished from The Conversation under Creative Commons license. Read the original here. The problem of false balance when reporting on science By Peter Ellerton How do you know the people billed as science experts that you see, hear and read about in the media are really all that credible? Or have […]

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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Scientists and Science Communication – Prof Shaun Hendy

John Kerr posted in on March 26th, 2014.

Scientists need to step up and share their expertise in a crisis, writes Prof Shaun Hendy, University of Auckland physics professor and winner of the Prime Minister’s Science Media Communication Prize, in an Unlimited opinion piece. An excerpt (read in full here): The science of communication At 4.35am on 4 September 2010, Dr Mark Quigley, […]

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