Pitching Your Archaeology News to the Press: Archaeology and the Press- Part 5

August 22, 2014

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This week I have talked about crafting a ‘newsworthy’ story and about how to get it published via a press release. But, the process is not exactly as simple as uploading a press release into an email and clicking the ‘send’ button. I am going to spend this last post in the series discussing how […]

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How to Write an Archaeology Press Release: Archaeology and the Press-Part 4

August 21, 2014

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The first post in this series gave us a glimpse into the worker patterns of journalists, or close enough to it. You may have gone away from that post wondering how reporters handle writing 5 articles a day (approx 350 words x5 = 1750 perfectly spelled and grammar-checked words), usually about topics they are not […]

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What Makes a Good News Story and Why Can’t Archaeologists Make Them- Archaeology and the Press Part 3

August 20, 2014

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‘The Oldest Mummy’, ¬†‘Revolutionizing What We Though About the History of Toothpicks’, ‘The Largest Mesolithic House Found in Scotland- next to a street – between two houses – in the last 3 months’. We have all seen those news stories. In some cases they peaked out interest. In others, we kind of think, ‘….um, why […]

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Interviewing with a reporter i.e. Fact First Aid: archaeology and the press part 2

August 19, 2014

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It has happened! After years of slaving away, you get a call from a reporter interested in interviewing you about your work. What do you do? In this post I will take you through the dos and don’ts of interviewing with the press. Or, as I like to call it, Fact First Aid. Context Context […]

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Archaeology and the Press: Part 1- Why does the news get it so, so, so, wrong?

August 18, 2014

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Bad “news” articles are everywhere, but sometimes it seems like they are especially bad in archaeology. Bad articles can range from something as simple as the misspelling of a name to articles about how archaeologists recently discovered dinosaur bones in which the “archaeologists” interviewed are¬†actually an “experts” on UFO sightings. Even the best news sources […]

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Disabilities in Public Archaeology

August 16, 2014

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To finish out this week of posts on disabilities and Archaeology I took a look at disabilities in Public Archaeology and found some interesting trends that anyone involved in public archaeology should be aware of. (other posts in the series: disabilities in professional archaeology, dyslexia and archaeology, disabilities helping or hurting, disclosing disabilities to your […]

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Disclosing Disability: Employment in Archaeology

August 14, 2014

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So you are an archaeologist with a disability or an employer who might employ someone with a disability what do you do? Luckily, there is guidance available, the wonderful guide ‘Employing People with Disabilities: Good Practice Guidance for Archaeologists‘. Thank you to David at These Bones of Mine for alerting me to this great resource. […]

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