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

The Dianne Stilwell Bursary

As a founding member of Stempra, Dianne Stilwell was an integral part of the network that we are today and was previously awarded honorary life membership for her contributions. Since her passing last year, we have been flooded with wonderful, warm stories of her from the membership, with many of those highlighting her commitment to …More

AGM minutes – 29th March 2016

 The 2016 Stempra AGM was held on Tuesday 29 March. Here are the minutes in full and a list of attendees. You can meet our new committee here.   Agenda 1. Approve minutes from 2015 AGM http://stempra.org.uk/archives/372 Minutes were approved by the general aye.   2. Update from Chair So we're here for another Stempra …More

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 …More

Press Officer Training Day – COMPETITION!

As part of our Press Officer Training Day (which is fast approaching!!!) we’re launching a brand new session to the mix: 99 problems but the pitch ain’t one. It's all very exciting.... So, what is this session all about? I hear you ask.... Well - this is YOUR chance to stand in front of our …More

Stempra Press Officer Training Day Bursaries

Although there is no fee to attend the Press Officer Training Day, Stempra is aware that the costs of travelling to the event and any necessary overnight accommodation may prevent certain individuals from attending. If you are a student, or are unemployed & seeking employment in the sector, or working for a smaller institution or …More

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 …More

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. …More

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