And I got an email whilst en route from the project dissemination event at Keele University to Oxford on Wednesday asking if I’d be prepared to give them an interview. Gah.
I did give an interview (following a very nerve-ridden train ride home) and it was okay (according to the other researchers on the project). If you really want to, you can hear it at this link:
— Siân Jones (@SianOxBrookes) May 2, 2013
I also followed it up with an interview with the Communications Officer at Brookes, and they published a piece on their news pages.
Several things I learnt that day:
- Don’t take a day of annual leave following a project event. Or if you do take a day of annual leave, do note that it won’t be a day of annual leave: it will be a day of emailing.
- Always stay on email: the opportunity would have passed by, had I not kept checking my email.
- Communications Officers are wonderful people. They do the negotiating with the press, and make sure that the story that you want to tell isn’t adversely distorted.
- Do take the opportunity to be pre-recorded. This, at least, reduced my nerves a little, as I knew it could be re-done if necessary.
- Do grab the opportunity, because it’s worth it in the end.