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Nailing your virtual media interview

There was once a time when media interviews conducted on the phone for radio or on webcam for TV were more the exception than the norm. Now, thanks to social distancing and snap lockdowns, journalists and commentators alike have embraced the new era of virtual communication.

While technology certainly has benefits, in the case of a virtual media interview, there are also drawbacks. Media interviews can be daunting for many people, no matter how highly positioned someone is within a company. Adding those nerves to the complexities of video technology can impact a strong performance.

It’s important for company spokespeople to be as comfortable in a virtual news environment as they may already be in the real one.

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High Court decision on Facebook comments liability – what you need to consider

Read through the comments section of any news story shared on social media and you’ll most likely come across a host of public opinion, speculation and occasional outrage.

Now, a High Court of Australia decision has paved the way for media outlets to be held liable for third-party statements made in these sections, with potential ramifications for any person or business with a social media page.

Specifically, the decision related to alleged defamatory comments made about Dylan Voller – a former detainee at the Don Dale Correctional Center in Darwin – across the Facebook pages of multiple media outlets.

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Internal communications in the COVID era

As we plan, adapt and behave accordingly in this new Covid era, our internal communications and engagement needs to follow suit. But internal culture and communication goes beyond pandemics, even though right now it’s proving most powerful.

Lockdowns and other Covid-related economic effects shook the foundations of businesses around the world, with BDO’s recent Global Risk Landscape 2021 report investigating the differences between those businesses who survived – even thrived – during the pandemic, in comparison to those who suffered “disaster paralysis”.

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Five things to bring to your first meeting with your PR team

So, you’ve received the proposal, signed the contract and now, it’s time to get stuck into work with your new public relations team; but what do you bring to your first meeting together?

Whether you’re new to all things PR or you’ve never worked with an external consultancy before, the idea of your first meeting with the new team might seem a little daunting.

Will they really understand my business and what I’m trying to achieve? What if I don’t understand their lingo? Will I be able to trust them with my business? How much control will I have to hand over?

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Facebook news ban

As you may have heard this morning, Facebook has implemented a news ban overnight that is restricting Australians and Australian businesses from sharing or viewing news content through its platform.

This news ban is in response to proposed laws that would force companies like Facebook and Google to pay for content from news organisations. You may also have seen the announcement about Google’s deal with Nine Entertainment, the owner of the Nine Network but also online news sites and print media including The Sydney Morning Herald and Australian Financial Review. Media reports have also pointed to discussions occurring with other news businesses including Seven West Media News Corporation, GuardianDaily Mail and others.

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