When science hits the news agenda, it’s our job to pass as much information to journalists as quickly as possible. In order to do this we send out quotes from experts, statistical analyses of scientific studies and factsheets, in addition to running regular press briefings on the latest hot topic. Find our most recent Roundups and Rapid Reactions, Briefings, Factsheets and Before the Headlines analyses below, or use the icons on the right.
As well as working with experienced specialist reporters, we also provide support to new reporters, editors and generalists through a series of publications, including Briefing Notes on controversial topics, and guidelines on science and health reporting, and by working with the National Coordinator for Science Training for Journalists.
Need an expert to interview? The SMC’s database is not quite like any other. Those on it are selected not just for their proven expertise, but also for their willingness and ability to engage with the media when their area of work hits the headlines. Given the Centre’s focus on controversial stories breaking in the news, experts joining the database know they are signing up to get stuck into the debate rather than shouting from the sidelines. The quality of our experts is important to us. The SMC recruits scientists, engineers and others who work for respected institutions, publish in peer-reviewed journals and have a track record of quality research in their specialist field.
The SMC also works with journalists pursuing original and exclusive science stories, and long-form features and news or current affairs documentaries on topical controversies. We can advise on the best experts to approach and help set up interviews and visits to institutions.
If you work for a UK national news media outlet and would like an expert to interview, please contact us on:
t: +44 (0)20 7611 8300