May 30, 2017
Melbourne-based Public Relations and Communications agency Think HQ is preparing to launch its tech start-up this year with the appointment of Project Director Jesse Northfield.
Northfield has held advisory roles to Federal Ministers, a former Attorney-General and the South Australian Premier. Past experience includes Account Management at Melbourne PR agency Haystac.
As Project Director, Northfield will lead the development of a new business venture with entrepreneur and Think HQ founder Jen Sharpe.
Sharpe said in a statement: “Jesse brings years of project management and stakeholder engagement experience to Think HQ and I’m excited to entrust with him our exciting start-up venture, to be announced in coming months.”
“This is our seventh year at Think HQ and as the business matures into a mid-size firm with notable new business and hires, I’m now able to turn my attention to complementary business ventures. This project leverages the unique knowledge and expertise of Think HQ...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
May 24, 2017
At Think HQ we’re passionate about creating high quality content for our clients, telling their stories across varied mediums.
We love making videos that allow us to approach subjects from a different angle. Here’s a few we’ve put together recently:
A Taste of Harmony
We captured a cook off between AFL footballers Majak Daw and Jason Johannisen to help promote the Scanlon Foundation’s A Taste of Harmony campaign.
Stay Smart Online
This cute animation encourages people to protect their important files and data by backing them up. It was developed for Stay Smart Online for World Backup Day.
We helped Australians with disabilities fight for fair pay in this video produced for Wage Justice Australia.
Celebrate Australia Day
We produced two videos for the National Australia Day Council (NADC) to encourage discussion of Australian identity and values in the lead up to our national day.Read More
May 22, 2017
Billionaire mining magnate Andrew Forrest gave $400 million to charity today, the single largest philanthropic donation by a living person in Australian history. Anna Spraggett, Think HQ Account Director, hopes it’s a sign of times to come.
There was a lot of attention on Andrew ‘ Twiggy’ Forrest today when he announced he was giving away $400 million to tackle cancer research, Indigenous disadvantage, the elimination of modern slavery and education. He was, after all, flanked by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who applauded his donation as a “gift to humanity”, and Opposition leader Bill Shorten. It’s harder to get higher company.
It’s a positive sign that Forrest’s gift has been treated so positively, and his message, that everyone should “give what you can, if it isn’t money then time is just as valuable,” is bang on.
It shows that Australia is moving in the right direction. This gift is important and people are talking about it. The more open we are about this, the better....Read More
May 10, 2017
With last night’s Federal Budget, the Government has signalled a willingness to spend on Australia, including a centrepiece increase in the Medicare levy of 0.5 per cent to fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The measure ensures full funding for the scheme (set to cost about $12 billion when fully up and running in 2020) to provide care for Australians with severe disabilities.
This, as well as a levy imposed on the big banks, may finally free the government from the damaging legacy of 2014’s budget, decried by many as an unfair whack to the most needy in the name of ‘ending the age of entitlement’.
But while this budget is a centrist move towards a fair go, there are winners and losers, with changes and stressors that operators in the community development space need to be across. And for all it’s steps forward, it’s unlikely to put any of the big issues to bed.
Education funding gets a shake-up, with a ‘gonskiesque’ model of needs-based school funding expected...Read More