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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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SMC welcomes new advisory board chair – Tarek Bazley

Peter Griffin posted in on October 26th, 2017.

The Science Media Centre is excited to have TVNZ producer and reporter Tarek Bazley on board as the new chair of its seven-member advisory board. Tarek is a veteran reporter who recently returned to New Zealand after serving as Al Jazeera’s science and technology editor based in Doha, where he covered everything from climate change […]

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$20,000 in grants awarded to science journalism projects

Peter Griffin posted in on August 21st, 2017.

Journalists around the country are getting underway on important stories ranging from driverless cars to gene editing to sea level rise this week, thanks to grants issued in the first round of the Aotearoa-New Zealand Science Journalism Fund. Twenty applications were received for the $20,000 of funding available, with most major New Zealand media outlets […]

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This is the start of a quality conversation

Peter Griffin posted in on June 21st, 2017.

There’s a new media movement run out of Australia that has been gathering momentum in recent years and which now has a foothold in New Zealand. The Conversation is a series of websites featuring commentary from academics on big issues facing society. It is headquartered in Melbourne, but now also has websites in Australia, the […]

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Get your science journalism projects funded

Peter Griffin posted in on June 12th, 2017.

A new fund to support science-related journalism projects is now taking applications. The Aotearoa New Zealand Science Journalism Fund is offering grants of between $500 and $10,000 for projects exploring science-related issues of importance to New Zealand. The independent fund is the first of its kind in New Zealand, the brainchild of Dr Rebecca Priestley, […]

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Science and Technology journalism shines at Canon Media Awards

Peter Griffin posted in on May 22nd, 2017.

Friday night’s Canon Media Awards could have been a glum affair, preoccupied with recriminations over the failed media mega merger that would have affected so many in the room. The audience response to hilarious emcee James McOnie’s digs at the media, showed that journalists are still able to laugh at themselves. The Canons did exactly what […]

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