For journalists

We’re here to make science more accessible to the New Zealand media.

We offer resources and contacts to journalists covering science, health, environment, agriculture, innovation and any other areas where research is relevant. Many of these are covered in our Desk Guide for Covering Science, which is available as a PDF or online.

We act as the first port of call for media on breaking news with a science angle. We have the largest database of media savvy researchers in the country and can offer advice on who to contact — call or email us anytime for expert suggestions and information.

Through our Experts Respond and Q&A alert emails, we provide timely quotes, commentary and insightful analysis from across the research sector on new developments and emerging issues facing society.

We operate an online portal for embargoed science research news — — in conjunction with the Australian Science Media Centre. With a Scimex account, journalists can access a range of materials to make reporting on upcoming stories easier, including media releases, full research papers, images, video and contact details for researchers. Register here.

Twice weekly (Tue / Fri), we round-up potential research stories in our SMC Picks email. With a Scimex account, journalists can click through directly to quickly access supporting materials on the website.

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Need some advice on how to develop a science-related article, or looking for some story ideas? Give us a call: we’ll be happy to chat.