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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 […]

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 […]

Farewelling a seasoned science journo

Peter Griffin posted in on December 9th, 2016.

Reporter Paul Gorman departs The Press after 14 years, including a stint spent getting to grips with earthquake science. Paul takes up a position as senior communications advisor at the University of Otago at the end of January, moving south to Dunedin to immerse himself in research – and assist scientists communicate it. Over the […]

Where is the media going? Prime time for some discussion

Peter Griffin posted in on June 24th, 2016.

by Peter Griffin With the proposed mega mergers between both NZME and Fairfax New Zealand and Sky TV and Vodafone New Zealand currently before the Commerce Commission, it is only too clear that the mainstream media could look a bit different this time next year. In addition to that we have insights into the extent […]

2016 Science Journalism Fellow – Meena Amso

Peter Griffin posted in on March 11th, 2016.

A practicing pharmacist and self-confessed “public health fanatic” has been awarded the 2016 New Zealand Science Journalism Fellowship. Meena Amso, who emigrated with her family to New Zealand from Iraq aged 14, is already into her third week of study in the Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism programme at the University of Canterbury. After several […]

Where is the media going?

Peter Griffin posted in on October 16th, 2015.

How do we ensure a well-informed, civically engaged New Zealand in 2030? That’s the question the Civics and Media Project is setting out to answer as a series of national workshops considers the factors that will underpin the health of the media and of civic engagement in the coming decades. Pressures on the business models underpinning the […]

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Our 2015 Science Journalism Fellow – Steven Trask

Peter Griffin posted in on March 6th, 2015.

A science policy analyst with a first class Honors degree in genetics from the University of Otago is the Science Media Centre’s Science Journalism Fellow for 2015. Wellingtonian Steven Trask will receive up to $5,000 from the SMC towards funding his studies as well as support and mentoring through the year as he undertakes a […]

Scientists – our newsrooms need you!

Peter Griffin posted in on January 12th, 2015.

Back in 2008 when we set up the Science Media Centre, there were hardly any journalists with a science background in newsrooms and the science round in general was in decline. Nearly seven years on, the situation has changed for the better. The Dominion Post and The Press both have weekly science pages and the […]

Quality agricultural journalism rewarded

Peter Griffin posted in on October 22nd, 2014.

I recently had the pleasure of judging the broadcast category of the New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists & Communicators’ media awards, which were announced in Wellington on Friday night. Radio New Zealand rural reporter Benedict Collins not only won the broadcast category but was the supreme winner on the night taking out the Ospri New […]

The SMC is hiring!

Peter Griffin posted in on June 17th, 2014.

Make your mark where science and media meet 12 month contract Science Media Information Officer The Science Media Centre is looking for a new, supporting team member to join our busy Wellington-based team of three. We are seeking a highly-organised self-starter who can thrive in a fast-paced environment and work well independently. You’ll help take […]

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