Opening panel: Media Interviews (Communicating your Research Day)

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La Trobe University

Bundoora, Victoria 3086

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Sharing your research in audio/visual media through interviews or video-casting can be incredibly effective. This panel features La Trobe researchers and external professionals who have experience in being interviewers as well as interviewees!

What have their experiences been like?

How would they advise others who are considering engaging with the media in this way?

What are common mistakes to avoid?

Confirmed panel members:

Dr Nasya Bahfen is a senior lecturer in the Department of Media and Communication at La Trobe University and an AFL Multicultural Community ambassador. She coordinates the Master of Communication (Journalism Innovation), teaches undergraduate journalism subjects, and supervises research students. Prior to teaching Nasya was a journalist and producer for ABC Radio Australia, ABC Radio National, and SBS in radio and online.

Luke Waters is an award-winning senior journalist and highly accomplished media trainer. His reporting experience is incredibly diverse – having worked in war zones, the aftermath of natural disasters, interviewed dictators while also covering medical breakthroughs and world leading higher education and research. Luke is the founding director of Saltwater Media Solutions, a communications consultancy dedicated to helping government, social and corporate sectors understand and leverage the power of the media. Luke’s vast experience and exposure to world leading communications management has enabled him to develop a simple yet highly successful strategy for communicating effectively in the media.

David Cann is a second-year PhD student in the Crop Agronomy Group at La Trobe. He spent 2018 breeding a series of winter wheat varieties designed to help farmers in low-rainfall southern Australia adapt to anthropogenic climate change. His second year, however, has resembled something out of Australian Idol, as he embarks on the search to find the ideal winter wheat candidate, ruthlessly culling lines that just don’t have what it takes to make it on the big stage. He can often be found pacing through the glasshouses at the AgriBio Centre, giving pep talks to his favourite plants and muttering about biomass partitioning. Passionate about evidence-based food choices, climate change adaptation and global food security, David enjoys communicating his research with other academics, agronomists, farmers, and random people he makes eye contact with on the tram.

Claire Bowers joined La Trobe at the end of September 2017, having worked for three years at Monash University as media manager and as senior media adviser in their science faculty. Claire’s 20+ year career in media relations started in London at Penguin Books in the days when press releases had to be faxed as email hadn’t yet been invented (!). She has worked in senior media roles for a number of high profile organisations including The Natural History Museum and the BBC.

Who should attend?

All La Trobe researchers, regardless of career stage, are welcome to attend!

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Room 115

La Trobe University

Bundoora, Victoria 3086

Australia

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