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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 […]

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, […]

Prime Minister’s Science Prizes awarded to top researchers

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on March 21st, 2017.

The Prime Minister’s Science Prizes have been presented in Wellington today, dishing out a total of $1 million across five categories. The University of Otago team behind the world-renown Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study has been awarded the top prize of $500,000. The Dunedin Study, led by Professor Richie Poulton, has been following the lives […]

Summer science at the NZ Herald – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on January 11th, 2017.

Over the summer break, New Zealand Herald science reporter Jamie Morton has kept readers informed with two summer science series. Five-part series ‘Our Blue Backyard’ explores Auckland University’s research in the region’s blue backyard, including innovations inspired by underwater creatures and the hardy critters living in rock pools. Under the heading of ‘summer science’, stories […]

Science writers shine in Canon Media Awards

Peter Griffin posted in on May 23rd, 2016.

Hundreds braved the wind and swirling rain on Friday night to gather at Te Papa for the Canon Media Awards, the print media’s shindig to celebrate the best journalist from the past year. Given the monumental change facing the industry, with a merger between NZME and Fairfax New Zealand on the cards, it was an […]

Seeking a science savvy media advisor

Peter Griffin posted in on May 16th, 2016.

Are you a journalist, media-savvy scientist or experienced science press officer looking for a place at the heart of science communication in New Zealand? We need someone to join our small, dedicated team as a media advisor, working with the science and media sectors to improve coverage across all types of media when science is […]

Amid media uncertainty, some great science-related stories emerge

Peter Griffin posted in on May 3rd, 2016.

by Peter Griffin, SMC Director I’m asked to give a lot of presentations to groups in the science sector about what is going on with the media. These days, that involves changing my presentation on a weekly basis. Last week’s update accounted for the review of feature programmes at RNZ, including the long-running Our Changing […]

Fairfax expands science coverage

Peter Griffin posted in on January 11th, 2016.

The weekly science page that runs in the Dominion Post and Press newspapers is now being syndicated across four additional Fairfax newspapers, increasing the page’s potential reach to nearly 560,000 readers each week. The Dominion Post has for several years now run a science page each week, anchored by veteran science columnist Bob Brockie and running […]

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Science Journalism Fellow bound for the Daily Mail

Peter Griffin posted in on November 17th, 2015.

It’s been a big year for the SMC’s Science Journalism Fellow Steven Trask, who not only finished his postgraduate journalism diploma at Massey University as the top student, but has picked up a job working for the UK’s Daily Mail. Steven spent the year putting his first class Honours science degree to good use as he worked […]

Bad media releases to blame for media’s exaggerated reporting of health findings – experts respond

Peter Griffin posted in on December 10th, 2014.

A study by UK and Australian scientists published today in the BMJ has found that, in many cases, badly composed university media releases may be at the root of exaggerated health claims made in the mainstream media. They found* that 40 per cent of university press releases contained exaggerated advice, 33 per cent contained exaggerated […]

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