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Media hosts

Media hosts can be press, broadcast or online media

Bristol

Placement: five to six weeks working with Investigations Producer Matthew Gull and his team, working in broadcast TV and interviewing.

Suits: someone with an environmental background, a team player with a clear idea of what s/he wanted to achieve, adaptable to the different ways of treating information and research.

 

BBC Radio 4 Science Unit  and BBC News Online, BBC Broadcasting House, London.

Placement: six week placement split working with Science Radio Editor Deborah Cohen and with Science Editor Paul Rincon and their teams.

Suits: someone with a particular interest in learning about radio, the format of news stories and writing about a range of science and environment stories.


Guardian, Kings Cross, London

Placement:  three to four weeks with  Assistant News Editor James Randerson (who has special responsibility for science and environment news)  and Science Correspondents Ian Sample and Alok Jha, working in print and online news.

Suits: someone who is particularly interested in online news and in social media including blogs, podcasts and Twitter. It would also suit someone interested in comment as well as news.

 

Financial Times (FT), London Bridge
Placement:three weeks with Science Editor Clive Cookson.
Suits: someone who is interested in business and politics as well as science.

 

Nature News, Kings Cross, London

Placement: four to five weeks with Chief News Editor David Reay and Online News Editor Davide Castelvecchi, working in online news.

Suits: someone who is particularly interested in writing to an audience of scientists in  an accessible, rather than specialised, language.

 

New Scientist, London

Placement: four weeks with News Editor Rowan Hooper, working on online and print news.


Suits: someone keen to write about new ideas, big discoveries, fascinating implications and social consequences of science.

 

 
Dublin

Placement: three weeks with Science Editor Dick Ahlstrom, working in print and online media, including Twitter.

Suits:  someone who is interested in print media.


Scotsman
, Edinburgh

Placement: three weeks with Deputy News Editor Gillian Harris, working in print and online media.

Suits: someone based in Scotland or with particular links to Scotland with an environmental background.


The Times
, Tower Hill, London.

Placement: three to five weeks with Feature Writer Tom Whipple, working in print and online media.

Suits: someone with some previous writing experience and is able to get all relevant information in a 600 word news story. 

The Conversation, London

Placement: four weeks, between mid-July and September. Host will be Akshat Rathi, science editor. Work will involve online news writing and editing. This media outlet focuses on using academic expertise to shape public debate.

  

This is the list of confirmed media hosts. More will be added and might include past media hosts.

Learn more about previous Fellows' media experience in their placements' report.

To know more about the journalists involved in the scheme have a look at Journalisted. You can also follow many of them on Twitter. 


We thank our media hosts for their generous time and energy to make the scheme possible.

 

What the hosts say about the Media Fellows:

"We'd be delighted to host a Media Fellow again this summer"

"My Media Fellows have always been energetic and enthusiastic and have dived straight into the work so they're great to have around"

"Hosting Media Fellows has given me access to scientific expertise and brought in new story ideas"


If you would like to become a media host for this scheme, please contact us.

 

More on Media Fellowships:

Media Fellowships | The Fellows |Applications | Impacts | Supporters

 

Past media hosts

 

 

Broadcasting Centre, Newcastle.

This is the leading speech based radio station in the North East of England, with the popular “Alfie and Charlie at Breakfast” setting the agenda for the day. 

Placement: three to five weeks with Assistant Editor Doug Morris and the production teams, working across a range of output. This placement may also give an opportunity to work with regional TV and online outlets.

Suits:  someone with a burning desire to communicate science to a general audience; a knowledge of the region and its science heritage would be an advantage.

BBC Wales, Cardiff for six weeks. This would particularly suit someone based in Wales or a welsh speaker who is interested in a broad range of media from print, radio and broadcast news. The main contact is Head of Broadcast Development, Cathryn Allen.

Naked Scientists, Cambridge for six weeks. This placement would suit someone relatively new to science writing based in the Cambridge area or with links to Cambridge and with an interest in podcasts and radio. The main contact is Naked Scientists Producer, Dr Chris Smith.

The Times Higher Education (THE) weekly magazine based in Holborn, London. This is usually a three to four week placement and would suit somebody particularly interested in writing about issues in higher education rather than science. Deadlines are not as tight as some of the other placements so this placement would suit someone interested in researching new stories. The placement offers the opportunity to work alongside News Editor, John Gill, Writer, Paul Jump, and Editor of the annual World University Rankings and Deputy Editor, Phil Baty.

The Science Media Centre, in Euston, London for two to four weeks. This placement is often combined with others and provides the opportunity to attend press conferences, contribute to briefing documents and gain insight into how journalists work with scientists and how science is covered in different publications. It would particularly suit somebody interested in communicating controversial science or risk.

 

Placements have been also offered at:

BBC External Services, BBC Look North, BBC News and Current Affairs,  BBC Pebble Mill, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio News, BBC Radio Woman’s Hour, BBC Science Interactive,  BBC Horizon, BBC Tomorrow’s World, BBC TV News, BBC TV Continuing Education, BBC TV Science and Features, BBC World Service, BBCi, Birmingham Post, Channel 4 News, Daily Telegraph, Einstein.tv, Farming Today,  Focus, Independent,ITN, Mirror, Observer, Press Association, Royal Society, The Daily Telegraph, The Express, Today, Yorkshire Television.

To know more about the journalists involved in the scheme have a look at Journalisted. You can also follow many of them on Twitter.

If you would like to become a Media Host for this scheme, please contact us.

 

More on Media Fellowships:

Media FellowshipsThe Fellows | Media hosts | Impacts | Supporters

 

 

Broadcasting Centre, Newcastle.

This is the leading speech based radio station in the North East of England, with the popular “Alfie and Charlie at Breakfast” setting the agenda for the day. 

Placement: three to five weeks with Assistant Editor Doug Morris and the production teams, working across a range of output. This placement may also give an opportunity to work with regional TV and online outlets.

Suits:  someone with a burning desire to communicate science to a general audience; a knowledge of the region and its science heritage would be an advantage.

BBC Wales, Cardiff for six weeks. This would particularly suit someone based in Wales or a welsh speaker who is interested in a broad range of media from print, radio and broadcast news. The main contact is Head of Broadcast Development, Cathryn Allen.

Naked Scientists, Cambridge for six weeks. This placement would suit someone relatively new to science writing based in the Cambridge area or with links to Cambridge and with an interest in podcasts and radio. The main contact is Naked Scientists Producer, Dr Chris Smith.

The Times Higher Education (THE) weekly magazine based in Holborn, London. This is usually a three to four week placement and would suit somebody particularly interested in writing about issues in higher education rather than science. Deadlines are not as tight as some of the other placements so this placement would suit someone interested in researching new stories. The placement offers the opportunity to work alongside News Editor, John Gill, Writer, Paul Jump, and Editor of the annual World University Rankings and Deputy Editor, Phil Baty.

The Science Media Centre, in Euston, London for two to four weeks. This placement is often combined with others and provides the opportunity to attend press conferences, contribute to briefing documents and gain insight into how journalists work with scientists and how science is covered in different publications. It would particularly suit somebody interested in communicating controversial science or risk.

 

Placements have been also offered at:

BBC External Services, BBC Look North, BBC News and Current Affairs,  BBC Pebble Mill, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio News, BBC Radio Woman’s Hour, BBC Science Interactive,  BBC Horizon, BBC Tomorrow’s World, BBC TV News, BBC TV Continuing Education, BBC TV Science and Features, BBC World Service, BBCi, Birmingham Post, Channel 4 News, Daily Telegraph, Einstein.tv, Farming Today,  Focus, Independent,ITN, Mirror, Observer, Press Association, Royal Society, The Daily Telegraph, The Express, Today, Yorkshire Television.

To know more about the journalists involved in the scheme have a look at Journalisted. You can also follow many of them on Twitter.

If you would like to become a Media Host for this scheme, please contact us.

 

More on Media Fellowships:

Media FellowshipsThe Fellows | Media hosts | Impacts | Supporters