Category Archives: media training

Just say “no”

Jeepers, Radio New Zealand’s ‘Morning Report’ was a tough listen on Monday this week! It was the first week-day after Labour had polled so badly in the New Zealand 2014 General Election and ‘Morning Report’ presenters Guyon Espiner and Susie … Continue reading

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Jilted at dawn

Aah – the trials and tribulations of a flashy media lifestyle. There I was. All set up and ready to chat with Mike Hosking on Newstalk ZB this morning about the Len Brown train-smash. They’d called me from out of … Continue reading

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Firm masters cup cake

Kudos to Core Builders Composites, the Kiwi firm that built Oracle Team USA’s America’s Cup-winning boat, for textbook issues management. Instead of retreating behind locked doors when the NZ media came calling they embraced the communication challenge and… well, what … Continue reading

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Using tablets to give good head

I hate Powerpoint. Actually, I hate Powerpoint presentations. You know – those dry, soulless experiences where presenters drag themselves up onto their hind legs and read to you – verbatim – the words that appear on the screens behind them. … Continue reading

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The Hot Seat; now a harder sell

Last night New Zealand television current affairs programme host John Campbell told viewers that increasing numbers of organisational spokesmen were declining to be interviewed on his programme (from 7’10” in this clip). This was the second time I’d heard that … Continue reading

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From ‘villain’ to victim – Campbell shows the way

Back in the 80s, when press releases were sent by telex and ‘cc’ literally meant ‘carbon copy’ I was a wet-behind-the-ears junior account assistant at Spectrum, at that time a leading southern African PR consultancy headed by industry doyen George Foot. … Continue reading

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Podium people

I’ve taken part in, and eavesdropped on, several wonderful discussions recently about whether Aussie PM Julia Gillard is a nasty person because she didn’t show much emotion about the Queensland floods in front of the cameras, and whether Queensland premier … Continue reading

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Oh crumbs! ‘Cookie Monster’ gets the sack

This was just too good not to stick up here. News.com.au reports that: The former head of the Brotherhood of St Laurence in Australia has been sacked as chief executive of a Canadian health service after refusing to stop eating … Continue reading

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Collins and Co need a fresh approach

NZ Police and their Minister Judith Collins have now had a peek of the international press pack in action and they don’t like it. They won’t be able to change it, though. Unless of course they want to go the way of … Continue reading

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Global scrutiny – can you hack it?

Cries of surprise and outrage about the “disrespectful” questions being asked by international journalists in the wake of the Pike River mining tragedy and the [shock, horror, gasp] “aggressive” questioning of those in charge of the rescue operation indicate some … Continue reading

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