Helping bridge the communication gap between journalists and scientists
The British Science Association Media Fellowships provide a unique opportunity for practising scientists, clinicians and engineers to spend three to six weeks working at the heart of a media outlet such as the Guardian, the BBC or Nature News.
The Media Fellowships in a nutshell
Every year up to ten Media Fellows are mentored by professional journalists and learn how the media operates and reports on science, how to communicate with the media and to engage the wider public with science through the media.
After their media placement Fellows attend the British Science Festival in September, which provides an opportunity to gain valuable experience working alongside a range of media organisations from all over the UK in our dedicated Press Centre. The Festival also offers opportunities to learn from a wide range of public engagement activities and network with academics, journalists and science communicators.
Have a look at the scheme's impacts on Fellows, media hosts and scientific institutions.
The Media Fellowships aim
The Media Fellowships aim to give scientists, engineers and their colleagues, the confidence and willingness to engage with the media and tackle issues of mistrust and misrepresentation and to give journalists access to new scientific expertise.
The scheme has been running since 1987 and reflects the British Science Association's commitment to increasing the accessibility of the sciences and providing opportunities for discussion and debate.
The Media Fellowship scheme is the only one of its kind in the UK.
The fine print
- Media hosts can be national or regional press, broadcast or online media. Have a look at our media hosts.
- Media Fellows come from different scientific backgrounds and stages of their career. Have a look at our 2013 Media Fellows and at the Fellows's experience, shared on their reports and yearbook.
- Eligibility criteria, timeline, online application form and other practicalities are available on the Media Fellows applications page.
- Applications will close on 16 March 2014.
More on Media Fellowships
For tips on how to engage with the media, have a look at our media resources page.
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