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01.12.20 - 02.12.20
Start time
01.12.20 10:00
Video conferencing via Zoom

*** This course contributes to the Royal Society of Biology's Industry Skills Certificate

An introduction to media


This online course aims to demystify the journalism process and give participants confidence in dealing with the media. The training will be tailored to individuals, with as much personal attention and feedback as possible. You will come to understand what journalists want for different media, how to give good radio/podcast, TV and Zoom interviews as well as provide print/online quotes.

All participants will take part in a 1.5 hour group session on zoom. This will be followed (at scheduled times) by 45-minute individual sessions for 1:1 interview practice and feedback.

As much as possible, the course will be practical, based around exercises and recorded interviews.

Content to include:

  •         Preparation, content and research
  •         Examples of good and bad audio and TV interviews
  •         How to give a good sound bite/quote/statement
  •         Common mistakes and how to avoid them
  •         Coping with difficult questions under pressure
  •         Body language, appearance and presentation
  •         Zoom set up, framing, sound and lighting
  •         Individual constructive feedback and advice on how to improve further

We will provide handouts on interview techniques, remote filming/recording as well as recordings of the zoom interviews.

Who is the course for?

This training course is for anyone who would like to gain skills in media and how to communicate through different platforms.

Course tutor

Richard Hollingham is a multi-award-winning science journalist, broadcaster and BBC producer. He is a feature writer for BBC Future and a reporter and launch commentator for the European Space Agency. Richard is a former senior producer for BBC's flagship news programme, Today, and its first science producer. He has reported from around the world for the BBC, including Antarctica (twice), Libya, Vietnam, Russia and the top of a missile silo in Kazakhstan. Richard is author of Blood and Guts: a history of surgery, which continues to inform, entertain and induce mild nausea for readers around the world.

Certification and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

A certificate of attendance will be provided after the event.
We evaluate all of our training events, to make sure that we maintain a high quality of training.

This event has been approved by the Royal Society of Biology for purposes of CPD and can be counted as 9 CPD points.

Professional Registers

This course supports registers competencies and has been identified as supporting competency development for: Registered Scientist (RSci).
Competency area:
  • Interpersonal skills


Members - £120 + VAT
Members of Member Organisations, SCAS members - £160 + VAT
Non-members - £240 + VAT

Non-members who have completed a membership application and made payment can also benefit from the discounted member rate.


For further information about the course please contact Cara Froggatt, training and development officer, at or on 020 3925 3453.


Unfortunately, the Royal Society of Biology is unable to offer refunds on training courses that have been attended. We do, of course, welcome and encourage any feedback from a course and will continue to improve the service we offer.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation with over 10 working days' notice = 100% refund, less 25% admin fee
Cancellation with 5-10 working days' notice = 50% refund, less 25% admin fee
Cancellation with less than 5 working days' notice = 0% refund.

The Royal Society of Biology reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a training event up to 10 working days before the event is due to take place. A full refund will be issued.

If the Royal Society of Biology is required to cancel or reschedule a training event with under 10 working days' notice due to unforeseen circumstances, a full refund will be issued and 50% of attendee prepaid travel will be compensated.