Top tips

Here are some top tips, short articles, and snippets from our workshop booklets.

Editing your own writing

Are there words that don’t add any value (‘centre around’, ‘committed to’, ‘in terms of’, ‘such as these’)?

Communicating uncertainty – 7 tips

Risk and uncertainty is inherent in most research projects. Much of the information generated by research is not absolute and may change as new information emerges.

Quoting people in your story

Before you start writing the story, look at the quotes you’ve got from your sources and ask yourself the following questions…

Facilitating a meeting

Try these tips for facilitating a meeting that offers a comfortable and accessible ‘speaking space’ for everyone.


Aim for a large number of ideas – focus on quantity, not quality.

Writing a media release

Often it’s not the quality of the science, but the way you ‘package’ your story that gains media coverage.

What makes a good news story?

It’s the ‘so what’ factor. The media is interested in how a scientist’s work will change the lives of their readers and viewers. They are much less interested in the clever science that went into the work.