Media Releases

Generations in Jazz – Mount Gambier

Mount Gambier in SA’s Limestone Coast is Australia’s jazz hot spot largely thanks to Generations in Jazz, and it’s my job to help spread the word. This spectacular annual event on the outskirts of the city made famous for its Blue Lake not only attracts the jazz legends of today, but the bright stars of tomorrow, bringing together up to 4400 of Australia’s most talented musicians, along with a growing list of global artists.

High school students from more than 100 schools around the nation compete in the Stage Band Awards, while highly coveted Jazz and Vocal Scholarships help to secure the musical destiny of individuals with enormous promise. And then there are the daily concerts – the sound inside the James Morrison big top pavilion, seating up to 6100 people in the middle of a paddock, is simply incredible!

The big top-style James Morrison Pavilion is the largest tent to have been erected in Australia for a seated audience, with more than 6100 chairs!

The James Morrison Pavilion is the largest tent ever to have been erected in Australia for a seated audience.

Australian music icon Kate Ceberano was a special guest at the 2016 event, and I interviewed her about her visit to Australia’s “jazz capital”. What a glowing endorsement!

 

Best Friends: Pets and their People

Mount Gambier photographer Tanya Ewen is compiling a limited edition book ‘Best Friends: People and their Pets’ celebrating the relationship between animals and humans. She plans to donate all participation fees to Friends of Native Wildlife SE, and enlisted my help to spread the word. We distributed a selection of gorgeous images to local media…

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No sign of the Sneaths, as our cows, chooks and sheep aren’t exactly huggable, but I did take advantage of my visit to Tanya’s studio to update my profile shots for my website as the previous ones were six years old, and I’m definitely six years older!

My week – A Freelance Journalist

People often ask me what sort of work I do. Here’s what happened one week in April:

1. Distributed a media release promoting a regional event.

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2. Wrote about the weddings of three AFL footballers and nine other gorgeous couples for a high profile magazine.

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Image by Kristen Cook

3. Told the story of a farmer with an amazing attraction on his property (besides sheep) for another national mag.

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4. Proofed the final layouts of two previously written articles which are about to go to print for another national mag.

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5. Wrote a 1000-word article for a Local Government publication on behalf of a local council.

6. Scripted a new documentary for the rock lobster industry using previously recorded interviews.

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7. Lined up a series of homes and businesses to be photographed by an interstate magazine photographer and stylist visiting the region…

8. And was on standby to cover a court case for a newspaper. (Case fell through, but that’s ok.)

Always loving the variety.

 

 

Kingston Triathlon Publicity

The organisers of the Kingston Triathlon needed some assistance with publicity in the lead-up to their February event. Our key aim was to attract more entrants and encourage newcomers to the sport.

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Photography by Ace Coote

I interviewed a range of participants of varying skill level, including 2014 winner Chris Wigell.

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Photography by Ace Coote

Their stories became mini features rather than standard media releases, and were well received by media. You can click here to read an article that appeared in Kingston’s Coastal Leader.