Applications are now being sought for Skills for Media Engagement, a one-day intensive interactive media training workshop designed to offer a selected cohort of 20 ECRs specialist skills which will enable them to communicate effectively with, and for the media - radio, television, film and online media. The workshop relies on intense discussion and collaborative activity and will bring early career researchers (ECRs) together with media professionals, including Chris Jameson and Tony Prideaux (Inside Edge Media Training), Samira Ahmed (freelance journalist), Jodi Thompson (Huffington Post) and Lisa Horton (Media Relations Manager, UEA). ECRs research profiles will be published via the project website before the workshop and made available to the media professionals to encourage dialogue with contributors. Training will take at a workshop held at the Open University's Camden site on 16 June 2014.
Key learning outcomes are:
To gain awareness of how the media works
To understand the challenges of collaborating with the media
To learn about strategies for tailoring messages for specific media outputs and audiences
To learn how to prepare for media interviews
To develop the confidence and skills required to deliver research ideas and contribute to debates through the media
Early career researcher applicants must be within eight years of the award of their PhD or equivalent professional training, or within six years of their first academic appointment. ECR applicants must also have a contractual arrangement with a UK research organisation.
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