For You

The AusSMC is always available to bounce around ideas, offer advice or be a second opinion if and when you need it. Feel free to get in touch 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) produced the “Guide to being a press officer“ (Published: 2009).

For your Scientist:

Introduction to the news media – A series of half day events for early to mid career scientists.

These events are a beginner’s guide to the media, giving an insight into the way the news media works. They tour of some of the key issues, hearing from journalists, press officers and other scientists about:

  • the deadlines that journalists work to
  • the role of the editor
  • how journalists find stories
  • top tips for dealing with the media
  • the role of the media manager
  • what scientists can get out of working with the media

Contact us to find our about the next ‘Introduction to the news media’ event

Science Media Savvy

One of the goals of the AusSMC is to facilitate more scientists to engage with the news media.

An online media guide was launched in late 2012 with generous support from CSIRO. provides scientists with helpful hints on communicating more effectively with the news media.

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.

Similarly, Sense about Science, an independent UK charitable trust promoting good science and evidence in public debates has produced an informal guide to the inner workings of the media with practical tips about how early career scientists can get involved. The publication, called Standing up for Science is available online.