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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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Media mega-merger was never a sustainable option anyway

Peter Griffin posted in on May 3rd, 2017.

The Commerce Commission’s rejection of a plan for our two biggest media companies to merge is one of the most significant determinations from the regulator in years. Many journalists in NZME and Fairfax New Zealand newsrooms around the country will be disappointed. The merger was pitched to them as the last hope for sustainability in […]

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Canon Media Awards – science and tech finalists announced

Peter Griffin posted in on April 4th, 2017.

Around 350 finalists have been named in the 70 categories of the Canon Media Awards, the New Zealand media’s premier journalism awards. The Science and Technology Award, which is sponsored by the Science Media Centre, has four finalists including: Alison Ballance RNZ Kate Evans, New Zealand Geographic Rebecca Macfie, New Zealand Listener Rebekah White, New […]

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Science meets comedy in new podcast series

Peter Griffin posted in on March 24th, 2017.

If you think science and comedy don’t mix you are missing a trick. The last decade has seen a blossoming of science-related comedy, from stand-up comedian and physics Dara O’Briain to the Brian Cox and Robin Ince-hosted Infinite Monkey Cage BBC programme to Australian comic Tim Minchin, who considers himself a “gateway drug” to science, […]

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Get Science Media SAVVY with our video workshops and webinar

Peter Griffin posted in on February 16th, 2017.

The Science Media Centre will in March offer workshops in Auckland and Wellington and an open-access webinar on making short videos to communicate research. 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 and leveraging platforms like Youtube […]

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Science in crises – some communications dos and don’ts

Peter Griffin posted in on February 10th, 2017.

This week I had the pleasure of attending part of a University of Otago symposium on infectious diseases and gave a short talk on the role the media can play in communicating risk and uncertainty in times of crisis. It was a fascinating afternoon, capped off with an excellent public lecture by visiting expert Professor […]

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Journalism Fellow lands Queenstown TV job

Peter Griffin posted in on January 10th, 2017.

Our 2016 Science Journalism Fellow, Meena Amso, has landed on her feet following journalism school picking up a reporting role with Channel 39 TV station based in Queenstown. Amso was the Science Media Centre’s 2016 Fellow, which saw the Centre offer financial support to assist her in undertaking a post graduate diploma in journalism at the […]

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