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Public Affairs Convention

I know it has been ages since I last blogged but all will be revealed shortly 😉

Here is an interesting conference, with a cool tagline, that I am speaking at in May which on the surface could sound a bit dull, “The 8th National Public Affairs Convention” but in fact has a very progressive line up of topics and speakers, so hats off to the organisers. A taster of the ‘social network’ emphasis on day one which certainly points at the acceptance now that much public activity is taking place in digital spaces, of course my area here is the 3D virtual space:

10:10am Case study: Windows Vista Launching with a bang, but the buck doesn’t stop here The Windows Vista media launch attracted 140 journalists and 50-million media mentions. How did Microsoft manage to attract so much interest in another Windows sequel? Cathy Jamieson, PR manager, Microsoft Australia

11:30am What makes a story headline the news?
A run-through of some of the year’s biggest stories, showing what attracted the media’s eye.
Patricia Kavanagh, client relations manager, Media Monitors

New media update: virtual worlds, blogs and beyond
11:50am Panel. PR opportunities knocking in virtual worlds
More than 850,000 users are spending real time and money in virtual worlds such as Second Life. But will the craze last, and how valuable will it become for PR?
Abigail Thomas, Head, Strategic Innovation & Development, new media and digital services, ABC
Gary Hayes, The Project Factory. Director, LAMP and architect of Telstra, ABC and AFTRS Second Life projects
Mark Jones, IT editor, The Australian Financial Review

1:40pm What makes Australians click? Online consumer trends
• Media habits of generations Y and X, boomers and seniors
• How widely visited are blogs and ‘virtual world’ sites?
• Where do Australians consume their news and current affairs?
Lee Hopkins, co-author, Social Media white paper

2:20pm Case study with Q&A
Now we’ve been talking a year – the corporate blog
Telstra’s “Now We Are Talking” blog has set PR tongues wagging, and the man behind Australia’s first major corporate blog will answer questions on everything from censorship to strategy.
Rod Bruem, chief editor, www.nowwearetalking.com.au, Telstra

3:30pm New media panel
DIY social media: taking your message direct to the public
• MySpace and other social networking sites – PR’s forbidden fruit?
• A spinner’s guide to YouTube: who’s using it well and how?
• The ‘lessons now learnt’ rules to blogging
• Search engine optimisation PR: pulling the world to your news
Mark Helvadjian, acting head of communications, community and front doors, Yahoo!7
Nick Moraitis, online and outreach director, GetUp!
Anthony McClellan, media commentator, ABC Radio and The Australian
Darren Burden, online editorial development manager, Fairfax

To download a PDF programme click here

Posted by Gary Hayes ©2007