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Science Journalism Fund – round 3 applications now open

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on June 13th, 2018.

Applications are open and eligibility criteria have been updated for the third round of the Aotearoa New Zealand Science Journalism Fund. Grants ranging in value from $500 to $5000 are available to fund reporting on new topics including Māori perspectives on predator control and diversity in science, with preference given to projects that would otherwise be […]

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Introducing our new Media Advisor

Dacia Herbulock posted in on May 24th, 2018.

The Science Media Centre welcomes a new staff member this week — Rachel Thomas. Rachel joins us from Stuff and the Dominion Post where was senior health reporter and an acting news director. Prior to this, she reported for the Waikato Times, the Piako Post and the Franklin County News, scooping several awards over the […]

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Science video workshops in Auckland and Hamilton

Tessa Evans posted in on April 3rd, 2018.

Next month, the Science Media Centre will take its popular science video making workshops to Auckland and Hamilton, offering more researchers the chance to get science video savvy.   These video workshops (produced in collaboration with Baz Caitcheon) focus on giving scientists the tools and skills to communicate their research in short videos aimed at […]

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SMC is hiring — come work where science meets the headlines

Dacia Herbulock posted in on March 7th, 2018.

The Science Media Centre is looking for a media advisor to join our dynamic Wellington-based team of four See the job ad and position description here Media Advisor role We are looking for an experienced journalist or science communicator to join a team working to improve and expand coverage of science-related issues across all types […]

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New round of science journalism projects awarded

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on March 6th, 2018.

Journalists around the country are getting underway on important stories this week, thanks to grants issued in the second round of the Aotearoa New Zealand Science Journalism Fund. Their projects range from the ethical implications of big data to efforts to reduce agricultural greenhouse gases to the impact of climate change on Antarctica. Five projects will […]

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Introducing the SMC’s new director – Dacia Herbulock

Peter Griffin posted in on February 23rd, 2018.

As the Science Media Centre gears up to mark a decade of working at the heart of science and media, it also looks to the future with new leadership. Dacia Herbulock will take over as the new director of the Centre on March 26. A former documentary maker and radio journalist for RNZ, Dacia is […]

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Science Journalism Fund – round 2 applications now open

Peter Griffin posted in on December 21st, 2017.

Applications are now open in the second round of funding of the Aotearoa New Zealand Science Journalism Fund. Grants ranging in value from $500 to $5,000 are available to journalists employed at New Zealand media outlets as well as freelance journalists, with preference given to projects that would otherwise be unlikely to attract resourcing in newsrooms. […]

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From synthetic meat to climate change – funded science journalism projects shine

Peter Griffin posted in on December 21st, 2017.

As we round out 2017, a wide range of science-related stories have been published, viewed and listened to as part of the first round of funded projects of the Aotearoa New Zealand Science Journalism Fund. The Fund, established by Prime Minister’s Science Communicator’s Prize winner Dr Rebecca Priestley in association with the Science Media Centre, […]

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SMC seeking new director

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on December 15th, 2017.

After nearly a decade, founding director Peter Griffin is moving on and we are on the hunt for a new leader. This is a fantastic opportunity and a good time for potential candidates to reflect over the holidays on what they would bring to the role. See an excerpt from the job description below… Playing […]

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Science video workshops head to Christchurch and Dunedin

Peter Griffin posted in on October 26th, 2017.

The Science Media Centre will next month take its popular science video making workshops to Christchurch and Dunedin, offering more researchers the chance to get science video savvy.   These Science Media SAVVY workshops focus on giving scientists the tools and skills to communicate their research in 90 second videos aimed at an online audience […]

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