We launched our new science news portal for journalists (Scimex.org) this week and I wanted to make sure you’re all aware of it. So here’s a bit of info to help you get your head around this new resource.
What is The Science Media Exchange - Scimex?
Scimex is a breaking science news hub for Australia and NZ that has been designed especially for news reporters. It contains a constant stream of embargoed research news (mostly from scientists in the region) that can be accessed by vetted journalists with a login. It is also a place where journalists can go to find media savvy scientists, background info and expert reaction to contentious issues and breaking news. Experts who are keen to engage with the media are encouraged to apply for a profile on Scimex (nominations are accepted on the basis of peer reviewed publications in their area of expertise). Through their profile page they can pitch stories directly to the media, leave notes for journalists and upload video, animations, images and links to previous media work. Ultimately we want Scimex to become an engagement tool that brings the two communities closer together.
Institutions can upload research stories to the newsfeed for a small fee and soon they will be able to upload science events and contribute visuals to the multimedia library for free. There’s also free tips for media officers and scientists looking for support to engage with the media.
To find out more about Scimex and register please visit: https://www.scimex.org/about/scimex
Here’s a very short video that explains what it is - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDpe5OlHV08
and here’s a brochure with more info - https://www.scimex.org/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/19859/ScimexBroch2PagesEmail.pdf
The creation of the portal was funded with grants from Inspiring Australia and the Myer Foundation and with pro bono support from web development company, Squiz. It is being developed in collaboration with the New Zealand Science Media Centre.
Happy to answer any questions if you have any.
Dr Susannah Eliott
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC)
Street address: The Science Exchange, 55 Exchange Place, ADELAIDE SA 5000
Postal address: PO Box 237, RUNDLE MALL SA 5000
The Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC) is an independent, not-for-profit service for journalists, working to improve links between the news media and the scientific community. We aim for a better informed society with greater access to evidence-based science. The national centre is supported by a wide variety of sectors with each contribution capped at 10% of total running costs. For a full list of current supporters visit our website.