Thought I’d contribute some advice if you’re keen to register for Media Talks in Melbourne on August 30th.
It’ll not only help you but myself, our panelists and everyone that’s attending the event so it can be the best it can be.
How Media Talks Will Work
Media Talks opens at 6pm for 6.30 start and a 9pm finish. The location is Rokeby Studios on Rokeby Street in Collingwood.
Seating is limited. 210 seats max. The event will be filmed.
The night will run as two one hour sessions. 3 panelists will speak in each hour.
I’ll be interviewing each panelist for 10 minutes then opening up the floor for the audience to ask questions for another 10 minutes.
Between the two hour long sessions there will be time to refresh and enjoy some catering.
I know what you’re thinking, “you had me at catering!”
How to make the most of your registration
To give you a context, details for Media Talks has been sent out to over 300 high schools within an hour’s travel from the event location targeting their VCE students. In addition it will be sent to student lists via email to major Universities in Melbourne who study Arts, Media and Communications and Journalism. Event posters will also be put up in relevant areas of University campuses and cafes. This event is also being promoted on blogs, event websites, sent to many community groups and mentioned on local radio stations. All this on top of our panelists highlighting the event on their blogs and to their social media followings.
Although this event is in Melbourne and will be filmed for everyone to watch at a later date there is already interest from people traveling interstate for this.
With this in mind and knowing the potential of how many people will register, here are some pointers to make the most out of your application.
Research Research Research...
- Please read the bios of all the panelists, this is so you can get to know all panelists who will be talking on the night.
- Go that one step further. If you’re interested in a panelist’s line of work then research them. This will allow you to enter better questions in the “What questions do you have for our panelists?” section of the registration form and will show that you have given this more thought.
If you’re interested in Megan Miller, Features Writer at the Herald Sun, then read her feature articles online and pick up a copy of The Weekend lift out (the part of the paper that she writes for) this weekend. Go that one step further, go to your local library or the State Library where they usually keep back issues of the paper.
If you took up the first point of reading her bio you’ll notice she worked in a different role before being a Features Writer. Demands a different style of writing right? You’ll also notice in her bio that she wrote for two different papers before her current job. Research the papers. Research the content and style. She’ll obviously not only give you a healthy dose of what it’s like to have a job like hers but she’ll also be valuable in giving you knowledge about the newspaper industry.
If you’re interested in Television Executive Producer, Rachel Moor you’ll notice when you research her that she doesn’t have a Facebook page, or engage in other forms of social media like Sarah Wilson, Darren Rowse, Auskar Surbakti or me. That doesn’t make it harder for you to research her. She was the Executive Producer of Video Hits for 10 years. Video Hits is your resource, so too is everything that was affiliated with it.
Think about how much the show changed while you were growing up. A clip based show to a hosted show, then you started seeing more Australian artists on the show. Then the show hosted its own live events, brought out CD and DVD compilations, aligned itself with touring artists then some of the biggest music festivals in the country.
Your questions may be about evolving a TV show to keep it relevant to its changing audience. Your questions may be about having a vision and planning the trajectory of a show as it grows over 5 years, 10 years. How did Video Hits gain more viewers and followers in other ways, such as with the advent of digital media? Think about it. 10 years. A lot has changed in that time, the Internet started to boom and became more accessible and affordable for us to access, it became faster, we could stream - hello YouTube. How did Rachel embrace online for a music show?
Your questions could be about producing live television events, about managing budgets, overseas shoots in Europe, Asia, North America, dealing with record labels, PR, TV executives, managing staff, working for a commercial television Network, about getting a show aligned with another powerful brand to make better content for a show.
Again, back to the bios, if you notice in her early days she went to Fashion School, then worked on set design. Quite the outlier huh? Rachel is also flying herself down from her home in Sydney to attend this event - that could lead to more questions for you Melbourne based applicants that would offer up a good discussion and perhaps sound advice for your future if wanting to work on more TV productions. But I won’t give it all away.
500 words on you
The part of the application where we ask you to tell us about yourself means - tell us as much as you can. If you think about the context of this again, about how many people will be applying - we want you to tell us about your life, what you’re passionate about don’t hold back. Be honest and just be you.
Did you find this helpful? Some pretty self explanatory I know. Any other pointers you need? Yes? Please comment below. If not, check out the registration page.