Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Journalist?

Dr Siobhan O'Dwyer

I was recently invited to take part in a workshop, hosted by the AAG, entitled ‚Navigating the Media Jungle‘. It’s a dreadful title, but it reflects the level of trepidation most researchers feel about having to engage with the media. In preparation for the workshop I’ve put together my top tips for postgraduate students, early career researchers, and academics seeking to engage the media. I hope these will reduce your fear and make your next encounter with a journalist a more rewarding one (for you and them!).

Stalk Your Prey
How much do you know about the media? How much (and what type of) media do you consume? If you want to navigate the media jungle, you need to stalk your prey (that’s the only jungle reference in the whole post, I promise!). By consuming plenty and varied media, you’ll have a better understanding of where and how to pitch your work for…

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