News & Commentary Straight from Think HQ

  • Commentary May 24, 2017

    Meet Stefan

    Stefan is a recent addition to Think HQ, joining the team from the SES. Experienced in crisis communications and a savvy ex-journalist and editor, Stefan brings years of knowledge to the team.

    You began your career in journalism, and worked your way up to the role of Editor. What was the most challenging story in your journalism career?

    Well, for most of my career I was working on a daily paper, which is about having a blank slate each morning, and getting your stories from idea to finished product all in one day. It’s full on - especially when news breaks late in the day - but in a really fun way. One thing I liked about that is, no matter how challenging the story, or upsetting the topic, you lived in it for the day, gave it your full attention and effort, and then you could leave it when you left for the night.

    So one of my most challenging yarns, I think, was the longest. I covered a NSW Government inquiry into the local council that went through a series of public hearings and...

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  • Commentary May 24, 2017

    Media Relations 101

    We recently hosted a media relations workshop for current clients, in-house communications practitioners, students and entrepreneurs.

    For those who missed it, we’ve detailed some of the key questions and take-outs below.

    What’s the difference between proactive and reactive media relations?

    Proactive media relations refers to when you’re actively seeking to engage with the media, like when you’re promoting an event, or sharing an announcement. It usually involves sending out materials, such as a media release or alert, to target publications. Reactive media relations, on the other hand, refers to a situation where the media comes to you (for example, if you’re a spokesperson for an organisation or an industry expert, and a journalist calls for you to comment on a relevant story or issue that’s already in the news).

    What should I include in a media release?

    Put the most important information at the top, and aim to cover the who, what, where, when and why in the first couple of...

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  • Commentary May 24, 2017

    Meet Lauren

    We sat down with Account Executive, Lauren Stanhope. Here she offers a few tips on securing your first job!

    Congratulations on your promotion to Account Executive! What have you enjoyed most about your experience at Think HQ so far?

    Thank you! I think the thing I like most is working with such a supportive and collaborative team. Beginning your first job straight out of uni is daunting and you never quite know what to expect, but the Think HQ team have made me feel so welcome! I’ve also really liked being able to work on such a variety of projects across the not for profit, government and social change spaces. It’s been a very busy year, but I'm looking forward to what lies ahead!

    What's been the greatest challenge you've found working in a PR and Communications agency?

    I found time management to be a challenge, particularly in my first few months on the job. Learning to prioritise when several projects are all due at once can be quite stressful. Uni equips you with all the...

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  • Commentary May 24, 2017

    PR's place in the digital age

    Fairfax Media recently announced it would cut 115 journalist jobs across its four major mastheads. As with previous cut backs, this ‘editorial restructure’ is a bid to help cut costs by $30m annually, following a decline in advertising and print circulations.

    As print numbers for major mastheads decline, digital readership continues to grow (in March, the Sydney Morning Herald’s online readership was more than triple than its print edition).

    (To view the most recent stats on digital readership: http://www.roymorgan.com/industries/media/readership/cross-platform-audiences-newspapers)

    This shift towards digital has changed the way traditional media outlets operate. It has also influenced how organisations/PR people are approaching media relations with many seeking out more targeted channels and outlets.

    While some organisations will struggle to see past a piece in print as the be-all and end-all of campaign coverage, there plenty of other ways to deliver a message to your target...

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