Media training options

Looking for media training? We offer highly-acclaimed workshops and talks created for scientists and researchers under the SAVVY banner.

Whether you’re ready to talk to the media, or wanting to upskill your science communications for the future, we can help!

See upcoming workshop dates or register your interest for future workshops.

Science Media SAVVY

  • Our flagship media and communication skills workshop for researchers actively preparing to speak to the media.
  • Two days. Limited to 12 people. Offered four times a year at locations across Aotearoa.

Media SAVVY for Māori researchers

  • Supporting kaupapa Māori and whakawhanaungatanga, this is our Science Media SAVVY programme with focus on both mainstream and Māori media.
  • Two days. Limited to 12 people. Fully funded.

SAVVY Express

  • An express, one-on-one media training opportunity offered at selected conferences. Tailor messages, practice on camera and create a 90-second video about your research.
  • 15 minutes each, for 15-25 conference participants.

Tips for busy researchers

  • Free monthly webinar on preparing to talk to the media, and communicating your research to the general public.
  • A great place to start for experts who are considering working with journalists, or as a refresher for those who already have some experience.

Tailored training

  • Create training to suit your needs, or the needs of your research group or institute.
  • From half-day, or full-day make-your-own-content workshops, to large-scale lectures or interactive talks.

Science communication resources

  • Desk Guides, how-to-videos, and resources freely available online.
  • For researchers looking to improve their communication skills in their own time.

Video workshops

  • Learn how to create content and make great videos on your research.
  • No longer available through the SMC, but can be arranged independently.

Upcoming workshops

Click the name of the workshop to see the form to apply.

2024 schedule

Date Workshop & location
April 18-19 Science Media SAVVY – Christchurch
July 4-5 Media SAVVY for Māori researchers – Auckland
May – July (Q2) Tailored training – We are accepting expressions of interest until 15 February
January 25-26 Media SAVVY for Pacific researchers – Auckland

2023 schedule

Date Workshop & location
Last Thurs of each month Tips for busy researchers – Online
December 7-8 Science Media SAVVY – Auckland
August 17-18 Media SAVVY for Māori researchers – Wellington
June 22-23 Science Media SAVVY – Wellington
April 20-21 Science Media SAVVYAuckland
March 16-17  Media SAVVY for Māori researchers – Auckland
February 2-3 Science Media SAVVYChristchurch

Why choose SAVVY?

We’ve been helping journalists covering science since our launch in 2008. Our experience shows that the best way to get quality media coverage, is to improve researchers’ skills in communicating their area of expertise. Researchers can apply these same skills to improve their research impact, raise the profile of important issues, attract funding and engage with peers and the public.

Our programme’s overarching goals are to:

  • broaden the pool of researchers willing and able to engage effectively with an increasingly time-poor media
  • encourage scientists to be more proactive and thoughtful about the way they communicate
  • improve researchers’ understanding of the media’s needs and motivations
  • build awareness and skills that have flow-on benefits for researchers’ careers
  • increase research impact by making it easier to engage with and more relevant for the public