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Our writing and media skills courses are designed for individuals at late-stage PhD/post-doc level and above, who have experience in conducting independent research.
Forthcoming course dates:
13 February 2019
25 March 2019*
16 May 2019
10 October 2019
See below for course information and fees. This course is held at the Royal Society, London from 9.00am – 5.00pm.
*Please note, the 25 March 2019 course will be held in Cardiff City Hall, Wales, from 10.00am - 4.00pm. This is part of the Creating Connections event.
On this one-day course you will work with an experienced TV production team, a top voice coach, and a leading science communicator to prepare and practice media interviews.
Dealing with the media can be daunting. Will they understand your work? What if they get it wrong? Will you perform at your best?
During the course you will discover how the media works, and how to use that knowledge. You will be shown how to interrogate your work into a story the media will be interested in, and what to expect when the media calls. The tutors will work with you to prepare your story for interview, and you will learn techniques so that you, and your message, come across as well as possible.
Benefits for participants
- Hear what it’s like in the interview hot seat from space scientist and presenter of the BBC’s 'Sky at Night' Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE.
- Conquer nerves and find your voice with coach, Royal Shakespeare Company trained Victoria Pritchard.
- Learn communication techniques from award winning TV producers and journalists.
- Practice on-camera and radio interviews: you will do a friendly ‘soft’ interview, a remote interview from an unattended studio, and a hard interview on camera. Participants will receive their individual video and audio files following the course.
This course is designed by Screenhouse and is tutored by leading production and communications professionals. View a draft programme.
Course fee and bursaries
The course fee is £450 + VAT. Payment is required in full prior to the course to confirm your place.
The course fee is covered for Royal Society research fellowship holders, including the University Research Fellowship, Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship, Sir Henry Dale Fellowship, Newton International Fellowship, Wolfson Research Merit Award and Industry Fellowship. The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 provide bursaries to cover the cost of the course for scientists whom they fund.
If cancellation occurs more than 3 weeks in advance of the course date, but less than 4 weeks, a 50% refund will be given. However, if cancellation occurs with less than 3 weeks’ notice, unfortunately no refund will be possible.
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