Cabot Press Gang

The Cabot Press Gang has been set up to help communicate the work of Cabot Institute researchers across a variety of platforms including the national and international press and the Cabot Institute blog.

The Gang consists of a group of postgraduates and post-docs who do environmental research across the faculties of the University of Bristol.  

Why join the Cabot Press Gang?

We can offer you:  

  • Advice on, or help you to write your own press releases (giving you maximum control of what gets lifted into tomorrow's newspapers), or work with the press office in putting together scientifically correct but punchy and appealing releases.
  • Training – whether it is how to write good press releases in UoB style or how to write a compelling blog. We can send you notifications of UoB and external training events and workshops
  • Constructive feedback on any press releases or blogs submitted to help you get your message just right
  • The opportunity to write for the Cabot blog which has had up to 6000 visitors a month
  • The opportunity to write press releases for the UoB Press team.
  • Possibilities to have your work published in specialist outlets and help you and the Press Office make the connections (Countryfile, New Scientist, Farming Weekly, etc).
  • Help on selecting select and organising accompanying images, and even come into your labs or offices to take some pictures.
  • Advice on giving interviews, talking to journalists and on de-jargoning your technical research.
  • Dissemination to the public, media, funders and end-users (policymakers, industry, etc.) to maximise the exposure to your research/writing. 

 If you would like to join the Cabot Press Gang, please contact amanda.woodman-hardy@bristol.ac.uk.

Several of our press gang members have gone on to jobs in science communication in design, media and publishing agencies.

Your Press Gang reps

If you have a paper which has been accepted, please contact your departmental rep so that we can work with the University of Bristol press office to get your work seen by the press.  Feel free to contact your rep with any news items or potential press releases.

We are always looking for more press gang reps, especially those in Engineering, Social Sciences and Law, and Med and Vet.  Contact amanda.woodman-hardy@bristol.ac.uk for more info or to join.

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