Tagged: Science journalism

Improving health news through press releases - Lately, In Science

Sarah-Jane O'Connor May 18, 2019

In 2014 a study was published that challenged an oft-cited criticism that journalists are to blame for hyped-up health stories. Sensational headlines, breathless reporting, caveats buried so far down the story that most readers never find them. We hear these complaints all the time about the media. But this study, published in The BMJ, turned the claims on their … Read More

Cults, leaky houses and a belated obituary – great journalism from July and August - Lately, In Science

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Aug 31, 2018

Spring is just around the corner which means the Science Media Centre team have been enjoying late winter vacations. Here’s a double-issue instalment of the great science journalism we’ve enjoyed during July and August. Seen, read or listened to anything you think we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments below. High Hopes: Who Will Benefit From NZ’s Legal … Read More

Funding science journalism in Aotearoa - Lately, In Science

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Jul 23, 2018

The Aotearoa New Zealand Science Journalism Fund is now in its third round, with applications closing this week, which seems like a good time to celebrate some of the great journalism that’s been enabled by the fund. It’s the first independent journalism fund dedicated to furthering coverage of the science-related issues that impact New Zealanders. Dr Rebecca Priestley, winner … Read More

Flat Earthers, data breaches and the human cost of meth testing – June journalism - Lately, In Science

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Jun 29, 2018

From human stories about the impacts of meth testing, to whether or not to debate scientific facts, here are some of the stories that caught our eye at the Science Media Centre this month. Seen, read, listened to anything great? Let us know in the comments. NZ’s natural born killer: Inside our war on stoats Jamie Morton, NZ Herald … Read More

The science of journalism - Guest Work

Guest Author Jun 21, 2018

Zahra Shahtahmasebi This year’s Centre of Investigative Journalism conference hosted several inspiring speakers; the likes of Alison Mau, Melanie Reid and Louise Nicholas. While the #metoo movement was a topic of focus, another issue was discussed among some of the delegates; the role of science within investigative journalism. Newsroom’s science and environment editor Eloise Gibson says the tools used … Read More

Kea catching, moose hunting and Juuling – some of May’s great stories - Lately, In Science

Sarah-Jane O'Connor May 31, 2018

It may come as no surprise that at the Science Media Centre we consume a lot of media; it’s very much our job to keep abreast of what’s happening in New Zealand particularly in the science scene. But we also know that for those of you who aren’t eyes-deep in media on a daily basis, it can be hard to … Read More