“Working with MCERA has been a real
eye-opener for me. It’s amazing what a difference it makes to the readership of
research by letting media know about it. That might sound obvious, but for me
(as perhaps for many academics), this was big news. Scott from MCERA was a huge
help, first in crafting a media release, and then in distributing it to media
outlets. As a result of the exposure from MCERA my research has been discussed
on radio, in print, and led to requests for follow-up opinion pieces. Aside
from all of those tangible outcomes, I really value the fact that it has been
my first real taste of “media training” – where in the past I’ve turned down
requests to appear on radio, Scott’s helpful advice made me feel comfortable
with the medium. I would now know how to write a media release and distribute
it on my own if I ever needed to, so many thanks for this excellent service.”
–Dr Nick Kelly, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
"MCERA developed my thinking about and approach to public intellectualism through the media. Through writing a media release together, I learned to hone in on and communicate simply and effectively about the most important takeaways from my research. This included advice on how to navigate important questions about the role of banks in financial literacy education and gently challenge ways of thinking that are potentially marginalising for communities experiencing disadvantage and financial hardship. I am now recognised as a unique and leading voice in my field, and am regularly contacted for expert comment. I cannot thank MCERA enough for their mentoring and support – they are so important to the modern academy."
–Dr Carly Sawatzki, University of Canberra
"In a very short period of time MCERA have established themselves as the go to organisation for fast, informed responses to education matters in Australia. When [a major STEM issue arose] in NSW last week MCERA were on the phone to me. A media release was drafted, they sent it to me promptly for further refinement, and the next day I did three interviews and one television appearance across four different media outlets. Australians want reliable information sources – especially where education is concerned – and MCERA through their outreach are providing that knowledgeable service."
–Dr Jane Hunter, University of Technology Sydney
2017, MCERA worked with me on a press release to respond to a major
industry initiative. The press release was picked up and run by major
newspapers, regional newspapers, industry publications, and resulted in
radio and television interviews over a four month period. The release
was commented and re-circulated by social media nationally and
internationally. MCERA proved to be a great resource for getting the
ideas I wished to communicate into the public domain."
–Associate Professor Shane Pill, Flinders University
"I cannot state too much how important MCERA is for academics. It may sometimes be just the initial opening of a door that leads to a hallway full of doors but that support and the profile is always there for the media to pick up on."
–Mr David Roy, University of Newcastle
"MCERA’s thorough interview about my findings helped me frame them in ways that appeal to the general public. Several media outlets have now contacted me for more information. To me, this is proof that MCERA provides an invaluable service in disseminating current research, knowledgeably, quickly and effectively."
–Dr Madalena Cruz-Ferreira, Independent Scholar
“I have to say it was a very positive experience, albeit a busy couple of days! I think that what you are doing there to get research into the public arena is crucial. Many thanks for your help and guidance :)”
–Dr Angelique Howell, University of Queensland
“Following the media release the phone has been ringing off the hook... I can certainly attest to their (MCERA’s) value.”
–Dr Philip Roberts, University of Canberra
"The team at MCERA have been very helpful in finding
important research and education experts from across the country. As well as
identifying timely studies and papers, they're always able to put me in touch
with academics to discuss various issues, often at very short notice. And it's
always a pleasure working with them!"
–Pallavi Singhal, Education reporter, The Sydney Morning Herald
''Thank you very much for your help. This is extremely thorough, helpful and insightful.''
–Stefanie Balogh, Education Writer, The Australian