Event Reports

Summaries and highlights from our events and other industry events. To view a list of our past events, click here.


Press Officer Training Day – feedback wanted!!

Feedback Thank you to all those who attended to POTD, we hope you enjoyed the day and found it interesting and enjoyable, in order for us to assess the day it would be extremely helpful if you could complete our short evaluation form: http://goo.gl/forms/d1JjGRo4VU Of the responses we receive one will be drawn from at

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Animal research: what does openness look like?

By Rob Dawson Animal research remains a contentious subject and some scientists are still concerned about openly discussing their research for fear of attack from campaign groups. This packed event at the Academy of Medical Sciences highlighted how these concerns are unjustified today and asked science PRs to do all that they can to encourage

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Social media toolkit

By Jess Devonport So you've got Facebook and Twitter, and you're posting posting updates and stories, but maybe you're not sure you're getting the most out of it. Well never fear, here are some apps and tools that you can use to understand your audience and create content that they will want to engage with.

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Stempra AGM 2015

Below are the minutes from our 2015 AGM: Date and time: 7.00pm Tuesday 21st April Venue: The Yorkshire Grey, 2 Theobalds Rd, London, WC1X 8PN Agenda Approve minutes from 2014 AGM Update from the Chair Ed Sykes updated AGM of the events throughout the year and the work of the Committee, including: Our 10 general

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Going global – working with international press

By Rebecca Nesbit The global media landscape is a confusing place: American press releases are like features, West African journalists require stipends, and most countries don’t use embargoes. At January’s working with international press event we heard from four speakers about how to secure coverage around the world. Stempra member and freelancer,  Indi Ghangrekar, has

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The press release isn’t dead, it just needs to work a lot harder

By Jess Devonport Digital PR continues to rise, and the poor press release has been declared officially dead several times over. However, we still hear from journalists that a good press release is all they're really looking for. So, which is it? Is a release the best way to get your story into the media,

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The science of press releases – can we have our cake and eat it?

by Emma Knott, Kaizo PR When it comes to drafting a cracking press release, a key challenge is the balancing act between accuracy and interest. As press officers, we all want to ensure we stay true to the science, yet at the same time we need to pique the interest of journalists, ensuring our release

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11 things I learned at the MRC Wellcome Press Officers conference 2014

By Anna Perman 1. Lists should never have ten things in them Tom Phillips told us that 10 things is too obvious for a Buzzfeed list. They like weird numbers like 43, 19 or 23 2. The press release isn’t dead Almost the final word of the day came from ITV’s retiring Science Correspondent Lawrence

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Embracing digital in a new era of science journalism

by Emma Knott Last week I attended the UK Conference of Science Journalists, organised by the Association of British Science Writers, to hear from the pros what it really takes to make it in the world of science journalism. As always, there was a fantastic line up of speakers – from national and international journalists

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Stempra Freelancing Event: Going Solo

By Ed Sykes I went along to Stempra’s most recent event out of complete curiosity; to me the idea of becoming a freelancer and working on my own is terrifying – no guaranteed income, no sick days, having to set up an independent company and, most importantly, there’s no-one to rant with, no one to

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