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Promoting your research in the media – Royal Society-led workshop 7-8 Feb 2019 – apply now

UC will be hosting the Science Media Centre’s first Science Media SAVVY workshop for 2019 over two days, 7-8 February, on UC’s Ilam campus.

Applications will close on 10 January 2019, so please get your application in before Christmas to avoid a rush after the holidays. It’s an excellent workshop, which Professors Tim Bell, Angus McIntosh, Jon Harding and other participants can attest to.

Entry to Science Media SAVVY workshops is by selection. There is usually high demand for the 12 available places in each SAVVY workshop.

What is it?
The Royal Society’s Science Media Centre leads a highly acclaimed series of media and communication skills workshops for researchers and scientists (including all those who use scientific methods in their research – not exclusively engineering and science disciplines) across New Zealand.

Participants gain practical techniques to improve communication, deal with nerves, adapt their message to their audience and respond effectively when an interview becomes challenging. The workshop offers strategies to successfully navigate a range of media encounters, with take-home lessons that also apply to improving stakeholder engagement, funding applications, public talks and outreach.

Evaluation survey results showed that most participants have ongoing, positive contacts with media following the workshop, feel more confident and effective as communicators and can identify impacts on their careers including new research collaborations.

Successful applicants for the workshop will be:

– Currently active researchers, in any field, employed in New Zealand
– Able to identify a research project or area of expertise of potential interest to media
– Experienced with media and/or likely to encounter media interest in future
– Highly motivated to strengthen their communication skills and confidence levels

Course fees for the two-day workshop are $595 +GST. (There may be additional needs-based funding support available – refer to the application form.)

Please contact Margaret Agnew if you have any questions about the Media SAVVY course (or you require media training or media advice).

Get your news published

Members of academic or research institutions can write for The Conversation – a new online source of news.

The Conversation supports the free flow of information, so stories are published under a Creative Commons Attribution/No derivatives license. This means they can be picked up by mainstream media, delivering additional attention for your topic.

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Two-day Media Savvy workshop at UC – 26-27 October

The Science Media SAVVY workshop is designed to increase confidence and enhance media skills in researchers so they can engage more effectively with the wider public through broadcast, print and social media.

This two-day workshop is specifically to help scientists, engineers and other academics (not limited to scientific disciplines, but needs to be evidence/research-based) learn how to more effectively describe their work to media.

UC academics from all disciplines are encouraged to apply/attend. Places cost $595 (excl. GST), which is a third of the actual cost (subsidised by MBIE).  (Needs-based funding support is available.)

Participants gain practical techniques to improve communication, deal with nerves, adapt their message to their audience and respond effectively when an interview becomes challenging. The workshop offers strategies to successfully navigate a range of media encounters, with take-home lessons that also apply to improving stakeholder engagement, funding applications, public talks and outreach.

Overview of full-length workshop programme

Created specifically to orient researchers to the realities of a rapidly changing media environment, Science Media SAVVY provides insights into the priorities and decision-making behind the news, and lays out strategies for researchers to contribute constructively when their areas of expertise become trending topics. This is open to researchers at any career stage.

Applications now open for 26-27 October event in Christchurch.

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New media – old hand…

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Margaret Agnew joined the Communications and Engagement team last month as Senior External Relations Advisor. Media is a key part of her role and something that’s firmly embedded in her family history. After studying journalism at UC, she started at The Press in 1999, and has since worked as Editor of Your Weekend magazine, the Go Guide and was the chief film reviewer for many years.

If you have research or stories that are interesting to the public, have real world impact or show UC people helping to make a difference, make sure you email her.