PhD candidate Gemma Carroll from the Department of Biological Sciences.
PhD candidate Gemma Carroll from the Department of Biological Sciences.

In the media – New Year’s resolutions

Is one of your 2015 New Year’s resolutions to increase your engagement with the media and share your Macquarie story? The media team is here to assist, with some easy steps to help us help you:

  • Keen to be contacted with expertise requests? Provide/confirm with us your area of expertise and current mobile number. We will not share your mobile number with media/others without your permission. This is for us to contact you swiftly as media opportunities arise in your area of expertise.
  • Do you use a work-associated Twitter handle (e.g. @yourname)? Let us know!
    Researchers’ tweets move science forward. Knowing your Twitter handle means we can ‘tag’ you in tweets from the popular Macquarie University account, so your work and media successes link back to you.
  • Register as an expert in Scimex (Science Media Exchange)
    New from the Australian Science Media Centre, Scimex is a website for journalists, scientists and research organisations. It offers upcoming news digests to science journalists, and profiles individuals in their field of expertise to encourage accurate reporting of science stories. More than 1300 journalists will be given access to this new resource shortly – register your profile now!
  • Just starting out or want to refresh your skills? Register for free media training with renowned broadcaster Richard Morecroft.

Got a story to share in 2015? Contact the media and communications team ahead of time on (02) 9850 6766, or

Summer stories

You can also sign up to our daily media report to get regular updates directly to your inbox. Below are two sample media pieces that went to air in early 2015, featuring Macquarie’s academics.

PhD candidate Gemma Carroll from the Department of Biological Sciences appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, in an article featuring her research into the impact of climate change on the penguins of Montague island.

Fairfax’s National Science Editor visited the island where Gemma has been conducting her research, and commissioned a video starring Gemma, to appear online alongside her written piece.

Although this story first broke in late 2014, Channel 7 took advantage of the quieter Christmas period to conduct an in-depth investigation around the recent work of Associate Professor Malcolm Choat from the Department of Ancient History.

Choat’s team has deciphered an ancient ‘spell book’ in the University’s Museum of Ancient Cultures. Television coverage appeared on Channel 7 News in Sydney, Perth, and Brisbane, alongside Tasmania’s Southern Cross Ten, and WIN Orange.

The video was also posted online at