Got a media release on some hot new research? Do you want to make sure the media don't miss it? Upload your story to our online news portal Scimex. Scimex is a unique science news service used by more than 1,600 journalists across 30 countries. Over 200 leading research institutions and science journals use Scimex to get their research noticed. Register as a media officer to get started.
Does your institution have a big or controversial paper about to be published? It might be suitable for an online Media Briefing, allowing your researchers to present their work to journalists without leaving their desks. Contact us to chat about a briefing.
We help experts inform breaking news
When a story breaks, our Expert Reaction service delivers experts' comments straight to journalists to inform stories as they are being written. These reactions are used in news stories across major news outlets in Australia and internationally. They are also shared through the global network of Science Media Centres.
Encourage your media-savvy researchers to create a profile on our Find an Expert module on Scimex. They can specify what types of media they're comfortable with and showcase their communication skills directly to journalists. Your contact details can be included there too.
We can help with training and professional development
If your scientists aren’t quite media ready or you yourself want some professional development, we can provide a number of training activities and workshops for researchers and media teams looking to improve their communication skills. Media training workshops cover:
- Science in the mainstream media - Video for scientists - Social media for scientists
Does you institution have any indigenous researchers? The AusSMC has developed a program to train and mentor Indigenous researchers, with the aim of increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representation in media coverage of science. Contact us for more information.
Scientist in residence
The AusSMC's Scientist in Residence program organises tailored placements for experts in newsrooms at major media outlets. The program has already placed more than 25 scientists in newsrooms including The Age, Herald Sun, Australian Financial Review, The Daily Telegraph, The Courier-Mail, Mamamia, SBS, NITV, The Sydney Morning Herald, ABC, The Adelaide Advertiser and the West Australian. Contact us for more information.
Women in STEM
Women are underrepresented in science and also in the media. The AusSMC is a partner on several programs to support women in STEM, providing mainstream media, social media and video training for program participants.
The AusSMC is a strong supporter of specialist science journalism. The Science Journalism Fellowship is a pilot program seeding talented specialist science reporters into mainstream media outlets.
The program developed with The Australian National University, gives upcoming science journalists valuable experience and helps media outlets see the value of science to their audience. The first science journalism fellowship recipient was Elfy Scott at BuzzFeed - read her stories here.
WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT US
Science Communications officer at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology
“Scimex offers our Centre a convenient and easy-to-use means to make our science stories visible to the Australian media – and it comes with the additional, valued support of the AusSMC team.”