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Learning to work with the media can be tricky. Take a look at our collection of guides, information and places to get started in science media.

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Media advice

Media guides for scientists and engineers

Media guides for scientists and engineers

 

What are journalists looking for from researchers?

 

Advice for future science journalists

 

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Media contacts and networking

Register as an expert
Sense about Science are an independent charitable trust that equip people to make sense of scientific and medical claims in public discussion. They have a database of over 5,000 scientists and work in partnership with scientific bodies, research publishers, policy makers, the public and the media, to change public discussions about science and evidence and were instrumental in the recent libel reform campaign.

Register as an expert
Sense about Science are an independent charitable trust that equip people to make sense of scientific and medical claims in public discussion. They have a database of over 5,000 scientists and work in partnership with scientific bodies, research publishers, policy makers, the public and the media, to change public discussions about science and evidence and were instrumental in the recent libel reform campaign.

They have international Voice of Young Science network, run events, debates and media training and produce publications. Registering as an expert is free, quick and simple on their EvidenceBase

Science Media Centre
The Science Media Centre is an independent organisation based in London who work across the UK to promote the voices, stories and views of the scientific community to the national news media. 

The SMC have a database of scientific experts and arrange press briefings on up and coming science news so contact them if you have a story.

They also have a series of free media tip sheets and specialise in risk communication and coverage of controversial research.

Finding an expert

National co-ordinator for Science Journalism
Frank Swain is the national co-ordinator for science journalism, who can put you in touch with your local journalism school or give you further information about the media. 

Journalisted
Journalisted.com is an independent, not-for-profit website built to make it easier for people to find out more about journalists and what they write about. It is run by the Media Standards Trust and searches the UK national newspaper websites, BBC News and Sky News to tell you who the journalists are and what they write.

Association of British Science Writer's (ABSW) members
You can see profiles of many ABSW members here

 

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Media training

Below is a list of other media and communication training courses for scientists.

Media training open to researchers from any discipline
Voice of Young Science (VoYS) media workshops
Free media training for early-career scientists

Science Media Centre media training for scientists

Below is a list of other media and communication training courses for scientists.

Media training open to researchers from any discipline
Voice of Young Science (VoYS) media workshops
Free media training for early-career scientists

Science Media Centre media training for scientists
The Science Media Centre run formal media training for scientists (contact them directly)

Royal Society Media Training Courses for Scientists
Media and Communication training for scientists from all disciplines 

World Federation of Science Journalists online course in science journalism
Each course consist of an e-lecture with examples, self-teaching questions, and assignments.

 
MRC internship - Naked Scientists
Open to UK-based students (including Masters and PhD students and recent graduates) who hold or are registered for a science or engineering-based University degree.
 
Research Councils and other funders media training courses
AHRC New Generation Thinkers
Participants develop their programme-making ideas with experienced BBC radio 3 producers.
 

BBSRC Media Training
Free media training for researchers in the biotechnology and biological sciences

ESRC Media Training
Media training for social scientists

NERC media training
Free media training for Natural Environment Research Council-funded scientists

STFC media training
The Science and Technologies Facilities Council will pay for their researchers to take part in media training

Wellcome Trust Narrative Skills workshops
Free communication training for Wellcome Trust grant holders

Wellcome Trust BBC placement scheme
Scheme for Wellcome Trust funded post-docs to spend 4 weeks at the BBC

Wellcome Trust biomedical science media studentships
Scheme for 2 biomedical scientists to undertake a postgraduate qualification in science media production at Imperial College followed by a 6 month placement in the broadcast industry

Media training offered by universities
Most universities also now offer media and communication training as part of CPD. Contact your institution for information or NCCPE.

International media schemes
European Guide to Science Journalism Training (pdf 577KB)
Issued by the European Commission's Directorate General for Research, this 2010 guide contains details of all the science journalism training courses across the member states of the European Union, as well as exchange programmes, scholarships and other initiatives supporting science journalism.

AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows Program
American scheme similar to the British Science Association Media Fellowships

Other

Find a TV expert offers free online media training.

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Latest in science journalism

Below are articles that highlight current trends and issues in science journalism.

Global Science Journalism Report, SciDev, January 2013

Review of impartiality and accuracy of the BBC's coverage of science BBC Trust

Submission to the Leverson enquiry The Science Media Centre

Questions scientists and journalists still need to answer Guardian, March 2012

Should science journalists read the papers on which their stories are based?, March 2012

In January 2010 The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Science and Media group  published Science and the Media: Securing the Future.

These articles discuss the relationship of science and the media:

Why I spoofed science journalism and how to fix it (Guardian, Oct 2010)

Working with the media (Sciencewise, 2009) 

Science and the Media (American Academy of Arts & Sciences, pdf 567kb, 2010)

Science journalism in developing countries (scidev.net, 2009)

The rise of blogs (NatureNews, 2009)

Live Liverpool Daily Post editorial meeting (journalism.co.uk, 2008)

Ethics of science journalism (Journal of ethics and environmental politics, 2008)

How journalism can hide the truth about science (Scidev.net, 2007)

Journalism and controversial issues (paper to the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, 2006)

 

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