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Science Media Centre - Introduction to the News Media

(15 February 2019)

The Science Media Centre (SMC) is running a free event designed specifically for scientists and engineers (PhD level or professional equivalent and above; senior scientists very welcome) with little or no media experience. The Introduction to the News Media event will take place on Wednesday 27 March 2019 at the University of Strathclyde (16 Richmond Street, Glasgow, G1 1XQ), from 1pm - 5pm. If you are interested in attending please send your full name, job title, institution, institutional email address and phone number to introduction@sciencemediacentre.org and they will send you confirmation, the programme and more information.

This event is a beginner’s guide to the media, giving an insight into the way the news media works. You will hear from media-experienced scientists, news journalists, science correspondents and press officers about the realities of the news media. 

Topics include:

  • how and why scientists and journalists should engage with each other
  • how journalists find stories
  • top tips for dealing with the media
  • the role of the press officer
  • the role of the news editor

The event will be divided up into two sessions with a tea break, and we’ll finish off over a glass of wine and the opportunity to network informally with your peers. Lunch will not be provided.

The session is especially relevant for scientists working in areas that are controversial and receive a lot of media coverage.

Have something to include?

Please liaise with the designated contact for your department or college. For further guidance, email dialogue@durham.ac.uk

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