How a journalism course helped my science PR

Matt Chorley, communications lead at the National Institute for Health Research UCLH/UCL Biomedical Research Centre, reflects on how a journalism course has benefited his medical and science PR. I used to think dealing with the media was easy. In my first job which involved media relations, my press releases were widely picked up, letters to editors …More

STEMPRA’s Summer Social with leading UK health and science journalist

by Ed Pinches  This year’s STEMPRA social with the Association of British Science Writers (ABSW) and the Medical Journalists’ Association (MJA) saw like-minded folks gather at The Castle in Farringdon. John von Radowitz, a leading science and health journalist whose career spanned over 30 years at the Press Association, was interviewed by Fiona Fox of …More

Cautious headlines, claims and explicit limitations in press releases: the evidence so far.

This is a guest blog from Prof Petroc Sumner, Professor of Neuroscience at Cardiff University, and member of InSciOut, a group of scientists and journalism academics studying how science gets reported in the press and the processes that create misunderstandings and exaggerations. Since we started on the daunting task of analysing hundreds of press releases …More

Going Global: Securing international media coverage

by Rob Dawson Our international media event was full of top tips to help you go global. Louisa Sampson from United For Global Mental Health gave insights into their global media campaign led by people with lived experience of mental health. Stories and experiences of mental health vary dramatically from country to country and culture …More

STEMPRA Purdah (Pre-Election) period write-up

by Fiona Lethbridge  On Thursday 6 June 2019 Stemprans gathered for drinks, nibbles, networking – and most importantly to discuss purdah (or the pre-election period) and what it does and doesn’t mean for press officers working on STEM stories in the weeks running up to an election.  Robin Bisson, Stempra committee member and Senior Press …More

Longing to tell science stories

“It’s greed that makes you fat,” wrote Amanda Platell in the Daily Mail back in 2017. “Fatties lack the willpower to stop eating.” I realise that the sole purpose of Mail columnists is to raise the nation’s blood pressure, but this piece so incensed me, I was determined to challenge in somehow. The opportunity came …More

Stempra Press Officer Training Day 2019

By Emily Head This year’s Press Officer Training Day was a mammoth undertaking with 120 attendees joining us to learn about creating hype-free coverage, working with social influencers, honing the perfect pitch, and more. We kicked off with a welcome from our Chair, Claire Hastings, before getting into the statistics session where Robert Cuffe, from the BBC, …More

Stempra AGM 2019: Out with old, in with the new! (Committee that is)

By Alice Kay The 2019 Stempra AGM was recently held on Monday 25 March at The Castle, Farringdon. It was great to see so many people there – around 30 members attended this year – and it was lovely to catch up with everyone over a drink and plateful of delicious pub food. It was …More

Stempra AGM minutes 2019

Date and time: 7pm, Monday 25 March 2019 Venue: The Castle Farringdon, 34-35 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6DB Update from the Chair CH gave an overview of the last year and a brief summary of her time as Chair. She reported a substantial increase in members – from 274 (paid-up) to 500 from Feb 2018 to Feb …More

Flexible working in communications: creating a culture of good work-life balance

By Claire Hastings Photo by Jeremy Thomas on Unsplash This February Stempra examined work-life balance for people working in communications through a lunchtime panel discussion hosted by the Academy of Medical Sciences. Melanie Etherton, Communications Officer at the Academy, was on the panel and here shares key tips and advice for improving work-life balance in the science communication …More

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