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Five lessons from the SMC experience

Dacia Herbulock posted in on September 5th, 2014.

When it comes to communicating science, what works? What doesn’t? As part of World Science Week in Auckland last week, Peter Griffin, Founder and Manager of the New Zealand Science Media Centre, and Fiona Fox, Founding Director of the UK Science Media Centre, shared their views and thoughts on the SMC model and the science […]

A decade on the leading edge of science media

Peter Griffin posted in on October 5th, 2012.

Our colleagues at the UK Science Media Centre in London have had a big week, celebrating 10 years in business with a big party and lots of high-level meetings. It really has been an impressive run for the SMC and its passionate founder Fiona Fox who has been there from day one and whose energy […]

Veteran science journalist joins the SMC

Peter Griffin posted in on September 2nd, 2011.

Journalists covering science-related stories now have an extra resource to draw on with former NZPA reporter Kent Atkinson joining the team at the Science Media Centre. Atkinson ranks among the country’s most experienced reporters having spent 27 years at the New Zealand Press Association which shut its doors this week after 132 years of operation. […]

Vincent Heeringa talks SMC on Radio NZ

John Kerr posted in on August 15th, 2011.

This weekend, Radio New Zealand’s Kim Hill caught up with Vincent Heeringa – Director of Tangible Media Ltd, co-founder of Idealog, director of AUT Media, and a member of the advisory board of the Science Media Centre. Kim spoke with Vincent on a section of her show called Playing Favourites, in which she quizzes public […]

Science media discussions from Doha

John Kerr posted in on July 20th, 2011.

Science Media Centres now exist in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and  Japan, with more on the horizon. But what are the challenges this growing network of centres face and how should they be tackling them? At the World Conference of Science Journalists in Doha, Qatar, the representatives from Science Media Centres met to […]

Peter Griffin at WCSJ, Qatar

John Kerr posted in on June 30th, 2011.

I’m at the World Conference of Science Journalists in Doha, Qatar where scientists, journalists and science press officers from around the world have been gathering to discuss the future of science journalism. I’ll be writing up posts over the next few days on the more interesting sessions I’ve been to (of those, there are many) […]

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New face at SMC

Dacia Herbulock posted in on March 25th, 2011.

The Science Media Centre is pleased to welcome their newest media advisor, John Kerr, to the organisation. John comes fresh from Otago University where he recently finished his Master of Science Communication Degree, specialising in non-fiction writing. Calling on his background in neuroscience (his first degree), John’s thesis focused on a very kiwi phenomenon, BZP party pills. In addition researching […]

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SMC network featured in The Lancet

Peter Griffin posted in on January 26th, 2011.

British medical science journal The Lancet has done a write-up on the rapidly expanding Science Media Centre network, detailing the increasingly international nature of the SMC, which began in Britain almost a decade ago. SMCs opened in Japan and Canada last year and a centre is scheduled to launch in Denmark in 2011. Collaboration between […]

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Newsletter Digest: Canadian SMC, diabetes drug suspended, whooping cough

Peter Griffin posted in on September 27th, 2010.

SMC network expands to Canada Monday sees the launch of the Canadian Science Media Centre, representing the SMC network’s first beachhead in North America. Former Discovery Channel TV producer Penny Park will run the centre which will be nationally focused and feature content in both English and French and operate 24 hours a day, 7 […]

SMC Briefing: Biosecurity – heading off the threats

Peter Griffin posted in on March 6th, 2009.

LISTEN ONLINE: MEDIA BRIEFING: Tuesday, 10 March 10.30am As an isolated, island nation, New Zealand has managed to keep at bay many of the pests and diseases found in other countries. A serious biosecurity incursion has the potential to cost billions of dollars in lost agricultural revenue, or to cause irreparable environmental damage. Cutting-edge research […]

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