Training and advice
The Scimex team is always available to bounce around ideas, offer advice or be a second opinion if and when you need it. Feel free to contact us to discuss any ideas you might have.
For those who are new to the science beat, the UK's science, technology, engineering and medicine public relations association (Stempra) has produced a handy "Guide to being a media officer".
Affiliates of the Australian Science Media Centre have access to several online events on topics such as journal embargoes and data journalism here.
For your Scientist:
Science Media Savvy
Science Media Savvy.org is a media tips website for scientists preparing for media work. In specially-created videos, well-known journalists explain their jobs, and what scientists can do to get their message across quickly and succinctly. And, providing the view from the other side of the fence, researchers who have proved to be star media performers offer tips on how to get the most out of media work, and how to avoid some of the common pitfalls. An additional series of videos provides an idea of what it's like to be interviewed for TV, radio, print or online.
There is also a guide to using social media and a module dealing solely with contentious science.
Science Media Savvy is a resource you can turn to when that sudden phone call comes, or when your research project hits the news and you feel unprepared for the microphone or the camera.
Media guides for scientists
The UK Science Media Centre has produced a range of tip sheets for scientists that cover effective ways of talking about generic issues that span all of the sciences, within the context of a short interview.
Site visits /media training
The Science Media is constantly moving around the country and regularly visits research organisations. Customised media training is available in a range of topics including social media, mainstream media and using video and visuals. For further information contact us.