Researcher Development Programme
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This one-day course is aimed at Plymouth University research students and research staff.

Interactive and practical, the course aims to instil confidence in interaction with the media so trainees are taken through guidelines, techniques and mnemonics before engaging in practical exercises.

These include understanding the elements of a good news story, techniques for taking control of the interview, and for handling difficult or aggressive questioning. The final exercise is the most exciting and challenging, a filmed TV interview, which is then analysed in playback. The trainers prepare individual interview scenarios, so it is vital they have the names and study interests of each participant before the training. Detailed handouts are provided to reinforce the lessons after the workshop has ended.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the workshop the participants will:

  • know how to identify newsworthy, 'media-friendly' elements in their research
  • know how to 'pitch' their research to the media
  • gain confidence in giving expert comments to the media
  • gain confidence in giving interviews to print media, radio and TV.

Facilitator: Tim Grout-Smith and Lily Poberezhska, Media Players International.

Applications: This session requires a £10 deposit from participants which will be refunded on completion of the event. 

Contact researchskills@plymouth.ac.uk for course information and other enquiries.

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