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 use straight away, and they help whether or not you’re engaging with media.”
“Practising in front of the camera was so valuable — learning how to improve clarity, tone, composure and deal with challenges.”
Going beyond theory, the second day offers a rare insight into how the news is made. Scientists on the course got the chance to tour the Radio New Zealand newsroom and observe from inside the production studio during Morning Report’s broadcast.
“A rigorous and very valuable experience for preparing for any media contact.”
“The course was very ‘real world”. I walked away with contacts and info I could use.”
Participants also had the chance to pitch their research stories to a panel of some on New Zealand’s top science journalists and receive invaluable feedback from experienced pros.
“The time flew by — I couldn’t believe how much we covered!”
“I recommend this workshop to anyone needing to speak about science to the public — i.e. all scientists!”
Science Media SAVVY will be heading to Hamilton (7-8 August) and Auckland (20-21 November) this year.
Applications are now open for both upcoming courses.
Looking for another location? – Register your interest here