Media training and opportunities

Are you interested in communicating your science to the media? Take a look below at details of the communications training opportunities available.

Media training

The Royal Society

The Royal Society runs a one-day media skills training course that covers working with television, radio, newspapers and other media, and a one-day course – Writing about your research – which develops written communication skills.
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NERC

If you a NERC-funded student or NERC funds your scientific research, you are eligible for free training to develop your science communication and public engagement skills. NERC runs approximately nine of these courses a year at its office in Swindon, and courses cover the media, writing effectively, radio interviews and designing public engagement activities.
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BBSRC

This course provides an ideal introduction to the media and how to use it to promote your science. The course is tailor-made for scientists working on BBSRC science and follows a bespoke programme created by its media office. The course is aimed at scientists with limited, or no experience of working with the media, although it can be valuable practice for researchers who have already dealt extensively with the media.
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Science Media Centre

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. The half-day sessions are not skills-based media training, but instead offer a beginner’s guide to the media, giving an insight into the way the news media works.
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Fellowships and Internships

British Science Association Media Fellowships

The British Science Association Media Fellowships provide a unique opportunity for practising scientists, clinicians and engineers to spend three to six weeks working at the heart of a media outlet such as the Guardian, the BBC or Nature News.

Every year up to ten Media Fellows are mentored by professional journalists and learn how the media operates and report on science, how to communicate with the media and to engage the wider public with science through the media.
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Richard Casement Internship

A three-month internship at the Economist writing about science and technology. Applications usually close in the last week of February.
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Science writing & science communication awards

Royal Society of Biology Science Communication Awards

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