Melbourne EVENT: Communicator of the Year

I’m off to Melbourne – anyone wanna catch up? Thursday 24th April – I’m on the “Communicator of the Year” panel. At first I thought the invite said “Talker of the Year”. Heh :

RMIT Communicator of the Year 2008

This year’s RMIT Communicator of the Year Breakfast will be held on Thursday 24 April at the Windsor Hotel, Melbourne.

For more information about the award:
To nominate someone for the award (deadline 4 April 2008):
Registration form to attend the breakfast (deadline 18 April) :

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At last year’s Breakfast Professor Tim Flannery was named inaugural RMIT Communicator of the Year (see video: Tim Flannery’s acceptance speechOpens in a new tab.). At the same event Professor Flannery also participated in a panel discussion entitled Politics, Principle and PR.

The theme for this year’s Breakfast will be Facing up to the Brave New WWWorld, and panelists will discuss trends in social media, particularly as they relate to the public relations and professional communication industry.

The panelists include:

Hugh Evans – founder and executive director of the Oaktree Foundation, former Young Australian of the Year and driving force behind the Make Poverty History campaign

Gerry McCusker – author of Talespin: PR Disasters and outspoken commentator on public communication issues in the online environment

Laurel Papworth – online media strategist, lecturer in social media at the University of Sydney, and adviser to media and telecommunication companies

Jenny Weight – artist and researcher in media trends, lecturer in networking and programmed media at RMIT University

The award for RMIT Communicator of the Year 2008 will also be announced at the Breakfast. This award recognises a person whose communication skills have helped achieve an outstanding social or community-wide outcome during the previous year. They might be an organisation leader, an activist or a professional communicator – they do not have to be a public figure.


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Anyway, I don’t make it down to Victoria very often, so please, email, Twitter, Facebook, comment or whatever way you usually contact people, and let me know if you want a coffee etc.

Who would you pick as ‘social media’ Communicator of the Year by the way? *puzzled* our industry is a bit new (in the sense of online community relations, in a corporate way). Do we have a social network version of Professor Tim Flannery? I guess someone who inflicts books and whitepapers on us? 😛

EDIT: changed the date of this blog post so it comes up the top (it’s this Thursday). I’m too lazy to blog it twice. So sue me. 😛

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). 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.

2 thoughts on “Melbourne EVENT: Communicator of the Year

  1. Thanks for the info about the event. I’m in Melbourne, have registered for it, and will see you there.

    It’d be great to meet up otherwise as well…except that I have a class that day from 9:45am to 1pm (last class of the term, too). If you have a meet-up planned for the afternoon or for any other day (depending on how long you’re here for, of course) please let us know.

  2. Excellent I’m flying in the day before, probably meet up with Mr Spechtaculous as well (Michael Specht emailed me). I’ll update dates and times – email me at lpapworth at gmail.com? Or sms later 0432 684992 🙂

    I was (coincidentally) looking at your blog earlier btw, very nice:)

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