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At the SMC’s popular Introduction to the News Media sessions, media-experienced scientists, news journalists, science correspondents and press officers give presentations about the realities of the news media, all with an eye to science in the headlines. 

What are the sessions?

The sessions last half a day and offer a beginner’s guide to the media, giving an insight into the way the news media works. You will get a tour of some of the key issues, hearing about topics including:

• how and why scientists and journalists should engage with each other
• top tips for dealing with the media
• how journalists find stories
• the role of the press office
• the role of the news editor

All sessions are free of charge.

It isn’t: Skills-based media training. This session will not prepare you for a confrontation with Paxman or Humphries, and it is not practical media training; but it will give a flavour of the news media to help you understand its demands and make it easier for you to work with journalists. The SMC, however, does offer individual support to scientists when collaborating with them on frontline media work, and the Introduction to the New Media sessions are one way in which we develop relationships with scientists.

Is it for you? We welcome scientists, social scientists, engineers and clinicians from any discipline and at any stage of their career in academia or industry (excluding those at undergraduate level), who have little or no media experience but would like to find out more. If you would like to register your interest in attending a session in the future, please contact us at the email address below.

Upcoming sessions

Are you a data scientist or researcher who works with big data, patient data, genomics or AI?

Are you interested in how the media works – and how to help journalists report your subject better?

Come to our next Introduction to the News Media event on Thursday 31stJanuary at the Wellcome Trust, 215 Euston Road, NW1 2BE from 1pm to 5pm.

You will hear from national news science journalists about what makes a story, what drives the news agenda and what they need from you – and you will get a chance to interrogate them on what drives you mad about the media.

You will also hear from press officers working at the coal face of science communication, and from scientists who have worked with the media and lived to tell the tale.

To reserve your place please send your full name, job title, institution, institutional e-mail address and phone number to  Places are limited and we anticipate that the demand for places will be higher than we can accommodate. Senior scientists are especially welcome!  We are really looking for scientists at least part way into their careers – so it’s not really aimed at students.


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