I’m literally shaking, and I’m not sure if its excitement or fear

So I got made redundant today, and I don’t know how I feel about it. 

As I sit here trying to process all the information, trying to dispel the intrusive thoughts that can plague anyone’s mind in this situation, I can’t tell if I am happy, excited or dissapointed.  

Part of me is elated. Like many media companies, ours is significantly troubled. Things have not been good. 

There have been round after round of redundancies over the years, with some periods of normalcy. 

Five years later and now I find myself on the other side of the fence. 

I was well looked after so with some time on my side I can think again. Forget the day to day stresses of a business under immense pressure, and work out what the next few months will hold.

That’s not to say that work hasn’t been good to me. I have learned a lot about media, technology and business. I have grown immensely as a person and with my trade. 

I got to live my dream. I made digital media products. I made existing ones better. 

But I am also sad. I know that many things have been left unfinished.

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Projects that were just a twinkle in our eye over two years ago were finally coming to fruition. We were finally building the single CMS system, we were finally moving our websites from an SEO model to embracing the user, we were finally understanding the power of social. 

I believed we could do it. I knew we could do it.

I never got that chance.

Sometimes I think I fought too hard. I took it too personally. I let it consume too much of me.

It wasn’t the days where I worked the hardest, it was the nights. The nights spent pacing next to my computer, using the time alone really digest the problem at hand and sift through it in my head. Those were some of my favourite times. The times when the poetry happened. 

And although it was poetry, it was by no means all Shakespeare. There is nothing like thinking you have come up with the most amazing solution only to be brought down to earth the next day, week, month or year as you learn of another deeper layer to the problem. Realization is sometimes better than poetry.

All I can say is I am immensely happy and proud of what I achieved.

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  • I got to be an online news editor
  • I got to tell stories online
  • I got to train writers to tell stories online
  • I got to introduce countless journalists to the chaotic world of social media. We built thriving thriving audiences. 
  • I got to run projects across a wide and varied business
  • I got to build social networks
  • I got to work with amazing people 
  • I got to build digital products

I was overwhelmed by the reaction of those around me as they found the news. Despite the sadness, it was nice to know that you were truly valued, a look that can only come from true shock. It was hard to fight back tears at points. 

I really hope that my co-workers can take the baton and run. I hope that they can make it through. I hope they can turn it around and defy the trend that is kicking old media in the teeth, even though it was inevitable.

Surviving in media is bloody tough.For businesses with a print legacy,  it’s going to be an incredibly hard slog.

The hardest slog. 

Where I go from here I do not know, I just hope the next phase is as challenging and rewarding as this one has been.

Next stop Fiji for some rest and recuperation, then to test the waters of the Sydney Job market in September.



As an employee, your willingness to get fired is what will set you apart — and if you are truly skilled — elevate your career and your company to the next level.
Scott Case - Founding CEO at Startup America Partnership; Founding CTO Priceline.com


20 Million People LinkedIn Just Tricked Into Tweeting About LinkedIn

buzzfeed.com

Sneaky sneaky



NPR CEO Gary Knell: We need to “smash together the digital and so-called audio journalists” » Nieman Journalism Lab



J-scribe: Journalists, Twitter Gaffes and Freedom of Expression



AdNews: Alan Jones hit with fact-checking ruling

Fact checking… but.. but…thats like 80% of his show.. gone!



Australian marketers have a huge gap in digital knowledge, according to a new report by Responsys.
The Big Australia Report, apart from giving a great snapshot of where we are as a nation, shows a massive skills gap between what they know is possible, and what can actually be executed.
Too much data, and not enough time, expertise or resources to deal with it. 
Maybe its time for a new kind of marketing to evolve. But then again, given its the senior people who tend to lack the skills, you never know. 

Australian marketers have a huge gap in digital knowledge, according to a new report by Responsys.

The Big Australia Report, apart from giving a great snapshot of where we are as a nation, shows a massive skills gap between what they know is possible, and what can actually be executed.

Too much data, and not enough time, expertise or resources to deal with it. 

Maybe its time for a new kind of marketing to evolve. But then again, given its the senior people who tend to lack the skills, you never know. 



Digital first isn’t an option for media — it’s the only way forward — Tech News and Analysis

So if its not an option, why are people still so resistant?



The job of a journalist has changed. It’s no longer solely about reporting and writing or
doing a video stand-up. The entrepreneurial journalist seeks out an audience, then
understands it and engages with it.
The Forbes Model for Journalism


crisisflows:

Every Australian Journalist should know and understand this law.
One of my journos pointed to an article that said Journo’s tend to self censor due to an inadequate knowledge of copyright law and fair use. Article here.
Whilst the article focuses on the US experience, the same can be said for Australia and I have noted that Australian journalists are often extremely shy of lifting relevant images, quotes and copy for fear of the copyright cops.
But if you are reporting news, the rules are very different, despite what the Copyright Council might have you believe.
If you are a journo, read it, know it, understand it. 
Also Austlii is amazing.

crisisflows:

Every Australian Journalist should know and understand this law.

One of my journos pointed to an article that said Journo’s tend to self censor due to an inadequate knowledge of copyright law and fair use. Article here.

Whilst the article focuses on the US experience, the same can be said for Australia and I have noted that Australian journalists are often extremely shy of lifting relevant images, quotes and copy for fear of the copyright cops.

But if you are reporting news, the rules are very different, despite what the Copyright Council might have you believe.

If you are a journo, read it, know it, understand it. 

Also Austlii is amazing.



This One Thing Will Transform The Way You Advertise
Lars Albright, Session M, businessinsider.com
AdvertisingEvery­one has an opin­ion these days about how to make bet­ter for­mats for mobile ads.The prob­lem at hand seems clear enough: Mobile ad for­mats are bor­rowed from desk­top screens, and it turns out that “do the same thing, only…

Banners are dying, but what next? ESP in mobile

This One Thing Will Transform The Way You Advertise
Lars Albright, Session M, businessinsider.com

Advertising

Every­one has an opin­ion these days about how to make bet­ter for­mats for mobile ads.

The prob­lem at hand seems clear enough: Mobile ad for­mats are bor­rowed from desk­top screens, and it turns out that “do the same thing, only…

Banners are dying, but what next? ESP in mobile



Clarke and Dawe with an amazing take on the Olympics. Check out the nod to Australian newspapers ;) 



This is why this is the worst Olympics ever. Locking out expats, and people who happen to use radio apps with servers outside Australia.

Why should the olympics change ABC services? Its a bit rubbish, why did the ABC ever agree to such conditions. 

ABC radio blocked overseas due to the Olympics. (by willemrt)



Worst…Olympics…ever…

Worst Olympics ever.

Clearly the IOC and broadcast networks genuinely didn’t understand just how far we have moved.

ABC Newsradio (and all ABC radio from what I can tell) internet feeds are banned internationally because of “The Olympics broadcast agreement” Try using it from TuneIn radio app, and the droning voice repeating itself is enough to make me dirty on the Olympics in general.

Despicable from an event that is supposed to be about a community of nations coming together in peace, not a cartel of companies wringing every last dollar from an increasingly pissed off populace. Check out NBC’s fan page for a steady stream of disgruntled punters. https://www.facebook.com/nbc if you think we are alone.

The last gasps of a dying business model. One can only hope.

It’s ok to get sponsorship to do what you love doing. It’s another for the Olympics to be ABOUT sponsorship. For shame IOC. For shame.

In response to this http://mumbrella.com.au/nine-in-social-media-storm-over-olympics-coverage-106788#comment-166017



Is this just a company that doesn’t know it’s audience at all? 

Is this just a company that doesn’t know it’s audience at all? 




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