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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,, 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.


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