What can press officers learn from unconscious bias?

On a mild night approaching the end of October, Stempra members gathered in The Crown Tavern in Farringdon to discuss unconscious bias. Omar Jamshed, Stempra committee member and chair of the event, started the proceedings by asking panel members if STEM has a diversity problem… On the panel were Lenna Cumberbatch Equality, Diversity and Inclusion …More

Stempra goes North

The second northern Stempra event was held in September at the University of Manchester, in response to the clear appetite for additional events held outside of London. Stempra Chair, Claire Hastings, welcomed some forty press & comms officers to the event and introduced a packed programme. First up was Jamie Brown, News and Media Relations …More

Why sharing embargoed material is an absolute must

Stempra members might have seen the recent discussions of a case where an organisation was approached to comment on an embargoed report by a journalist, only to be told that said report couldn’t be shared with them at that point. It turned out that the organisation’s experts never got sight of the report before it …More

Science and health journalists meet STEM press officers

In mid-August, we hosted our first ever joint social with the ABSW and MJA. This event encouraged press officers and journalists to together over some drinks and nibbles to see how we can better collaborate as well as have some fun! The Chairs talk more about why our three networks are such good pals: [caption …More

How to create a PR buzz for events

By Trish Regis At the start of August, Stempra ran an event…on events. On the panel were Elaine Parr, Head of PR and Communications at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, and our very own committee member Omar Jamshed, Press Officer at The Royal Society. The focus of the event was to talk about how …More

Mental health and the media – is there still stigma?

By Alice Kay  Last month, Stempra ran a fascinating event on mental health in the media, which featured a broad panel of experts including mental health press officers, scientists, and journalists. The focus of the event was whether there was still stigma in mental health coverage and this led to a lively and in-depth discussion …More

The March for Science: advocacy masterstroke or PR misfire?

By Fiona Lethbridge On Wednesday 19 April, Stempra members gathered in the upstairs room of the Castle pub in Farringdon for a lively discussion about the March for Science - advocacy masterstroke or PR misfire?. The event was chaired by Alyssa Gilbert, Head of Policy at the Grantham Institute, Imperial College London. The speakers were author and …More

Pitching to non-science journalists

By Fiona Lethbridge  On a Wednesday evening in November a group of Stempra members gathered in the Betsey Trotwood pub in Farringdon to hear from three journalists that work for outlets or on beats that we might not often think of for our science, technology, engineering or mathematics stories. We heard from James Waterhouse, a …More

AGM minutes – 28 March 2017

Agenda  1. Approve minutes from 2016 AGM Minutes were approved by the general aye. 2. Update from Chair HD said that Stempra delivered a fantastic programme of events, including the excellent press officers training day. Feedback received to date has been very positive. The Stempra guide to being a media officer was also successfully updated, …More

Press Officers Training Day 2017: A huge success!

Earlier this year, the annual Stempra Press Officer Training Day took place with over 200 eager attendees from Universities, research councils, and agencies, 19 experts featuring in 8 sessions, and eventually culminating in one big social at a nearby pub (of course). This year we were really delighted with the range of attendees, from fresh-faced …More

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