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Event: Media08 Question: Who should I speak to?


s’not often you see ‘cocktails’ in a header image


I managed to wrangle a VIB pass to Media08. VIB stands for Very Important Blogger. Media08 don’t call me that – I’ve given myself that title – let’s call is a ‘user generated title‘? heh.

The organisers of Media08 have been nice enough to treat me like a real journalist. Which means I should probably take up smoking cigarettes and drinking whisky, getting into fights and accepting cash for… oh ok, lets play nicely. Here’s an email from the organisers, God bless their little cotton socks:

Hi Laurel, a quick note regarding MEDIA’08 – can you please let me know if you would like to speak with any of the presenting (see list below) on during the day on Friday and I will arrange.

Key note speakers:

  • David Kirk, CEO, Fairfax Media
  • Jack Matthews, CEO, Fairfax Digital
  • Vicky Taylor, Editor of Interactivity, BBC News (London)
  • Jonathan Haagen, Social Media Analyst, The Economist
  • Assia Grazioli-Venier, Head of Ministry of Sound TV
  • Kevin Anderson, Head of Blogging and Interaction, The Guardian (London)
  • Kay Gruenwoldt, Head of Marketing, Nokia (Helsinki, Vancouver)
  • Alan Noble, Engineering Site Director, Google Australia and NZ (Sydney)
  • Kaiser Kuo, Director of Digital, Ogilvy China (Beijing)
  • Lee Stephens, CEO, Aegis Media (Sydney)
  • Neeraj Roy, MD and CEO, Hungama Mobile; Vice Chairman, Mobile Entertainment Forum โ€“ Asia (Mumbai)
  • Kevin Swanepoel, The One Club (New York)
  • Jean K. Min, Director, International Division, OhMyNews (Seoul)
  • Mohamed Nanyhay, Head of New Media, Al Jazeera (Doha)
  • Richard MacManus, Founder and Editor, Read Write Web (Wellington)
  • Benjamin Joffe, Founder and CEO, +8*|Plus Eight Star (Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing)
  • Niall Kennedy, Producer, Widget Summit (San Francisco

Because I’m the generous type (and very lazy) I thought I’d offer it up here – who do you want to speak to and what questions? I’ll try and hijack ’em, ask and then hat tip back to you.

Actually it’s funny I’m putting this out there- Bruce Belsham (ABC) and David Higgins (News.com) asked at this morning’s conference if any bloggers had ever asked ‘journalistic’ questions. As in ‘done interviews’. I didn’t understand what they were getting at – that we bloggers don’t do due diligence research? But what about podcasts – we interview people whenever we can get to them. And ask questions on their blog (if they have one) and then comment back on our blog if we can get a response. But I wouldn’t be waving around the “real journalists get access, fake citizen journalists don’t” argument if I were them. Cos it’s all changing…

… we are starting to get VIB passes! One day soon, ratbag journalists might share a press conference briefing with ratbag bloggers. And then the world will end.
I’m prepared to take a toilet roll of questions if you ‘ave ’em. So, if you could ask any of these guys anything, what would you say and to whom? Let it rip… (if you are going to be at Media08, come over and say hi!) . Don’t say, my darlings, that I never do anything for you.


EDIT: Jye Smith created this VIB badge for me. It even has that reflective Web 2.0 goin’ on. Though it should be blue, no? ๐Ÿ˜› *happy happy*

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbesโ„ข Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazineโ„ข) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAgeโ„ข). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

9 thoughts on “Event: Media08 Question: Who should I speak to?

  1. As the aimia events manager the more I think about VIB passes. The more I like it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ll have to do a sign up page somewhere and get the list of bloggers interested. you in? ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Abso-flippin’-lutely. We get shinier passes than the press though – with stickers and little user generated spangles on it.

    Don’t tell the others though, I want it to be just me ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. boredom crept on me.
    http://www.sonixtrip.com/jyesmith/jyesmith_wib.jpg

    But seriously.. i’m gonna get that list together for the aimia kids. will be in touch ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Hey there Laurel,

    I’m coming across the ditch to attend (think I first heard about the event on your blog). Want to get together for a cup of tea or something stronger?

  5. @niall in the fine tradition of in depth blogging that goes right to the heart of pertinent issues, my question is this: tightie whities or boxers? Heh.

    @jye is your band, sonixtrip, any good? I’m a bit more jazz/soul, do you rap and yell at people? *tells people she has diverse musical tastes, but doesn’t really* ๐Ÿ™‚

    @kaila sounds lovely, give me a call or email me. 0432 684992 or lpapworth at gmail.com. Or I guess we could organise things here on the bloggy… ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. The colour is the aimia purple ๐Ÿ˜‰ hehe, but yes, a nice cyan is very 2.0

    We pulled the site down just before I left for overseas, still due to put it up.

    No rapping, and moderate yelling. If you’ve heard of the aussie band “The Butterfly Effect” from Brisbane, or Linkin Park (with out the rapping) it’s about on ๐Ÿ˜‰ We’re about to start recording shortly. I’ll send you a demo ๐Ÿ˜‰ Pics on my facebook though.

  7. Hey Laurel – come say hi if you’re still around.

    Btw, my name there is a typo in my name (it should be “Nanabhay”)

  8. Hi Mohamed, it was great meeting you and Kevin and the others last night. It’s a shame Media08 spelt your name wrong – I copied and pasted – but I will put a correction in the main post.

    By the way, guys, Niall answered the ‘undies’ question by quoting Barack Obama – something about ‘there are more important questions to ask, but I look good in both!’. heh funny guy(s).

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