Public Communication Portfolio

Some examples of my planned, strategic communications. This portfolio of tactics will give you an idea of some of my skills in ethical public communication. The Task: Develop a series of conceptually integrated tactics in response to a client brief. PDF Download: portfolio-of-public-relations-tactics MEDIA RELEASE Tunstall Square Shopping Centre 18TH September 2018 Australian First Art Installation Opening at Tunstall Square A celebration of community goodwill through art is planned for at Tunstall Square to open the first … Read More

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Celebrity and Ideology in #Vanlife

The Wanderlust of #Vanlife (2015) examines the travelling and blogging movement established by Foster Huntington, who quit a Manhattan corporate job to travel full time in Volkswagen. Huntington says, “I felt like I was kind of pissing away my 20’s doing that” and changed to a more authentic way of making a living, documenting his travels on social media. The documentary examines the phenomenon of Huntington and others becoming social media blogging, and Instagram sensations with, … Read More

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Digital Divides and The Creative Commons

While rampant, unsustainable, growth-oriented capitalism has become the underlying code that is driving digital divides we can take hope in the open source, sharing community as a way forward. The colonial interests of capitalism are, using new extractive technologies and platforms, sabotaging community bonds, and increasing digital divides but I look to show here through narrative, argument, interviews, and digital media experts that there is an alternative way. We the users can reclaim cyberspace by raising … Read More

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CityGems: Unlock the hidden gems of the world

A travel companion to help unlock the hidden gems throughout the city of Melbourne and the rest of the world. Can you complete the quest, solve the puzzles and uncover the hidden gems?  Goal $50 000 to pay for stage one of the development of our app and paid advertising to launch the app. The pitch About this project The aim of this project is to encourage tourists and locals alike to visit the locations that a local would consider a … Read More

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Vanlife, Mindfulness, Minimalism, Serendipity and Finding Purpose

Question:  You make some interesting points, though I do find myself finding a great deal of beautiful serendipity in media-making too… Thanks also to Adam Brown for sharing these ideas on Serendipity: Answer:  Sure. A great insight you have presented to explore. Let’s think of serendipity as those happy accidents that seem to happen by chance.  And if there is a way we can enhance serendipity which will help us connect the dots across disciplines and … Read More

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Vanlife Podcast Episode 2

Ideology and the #Vanlife Movement   Episode 2 of the Vanlife Culture Series     The Wanderlust of #Vanlife (2015) examines the travelling and blogging movement established by Foster Huntington, who quit a Manhattan corporate job to travel full time in Volkswagen. Huntington says, “I felt like I was kind of pissing away my 20’s doing that” and changed to a more authentic way of making a living, documenting his travels on social media. The documentary … Read More

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Making a Podcast

This is Episode 1. in the Van life Culture series. Where we put the lens on the van life travelling and blogging movement established by Foster Huntington, who famously quit a Manhattan corporate job to travel, and blog full time in Volkswagen. 4 minutes 45 seconds + music. Reflecting on the Podcasting Process in 600 Words Topic: If you have followed my blog and social media channels, you know by now about my interest in van … Read More

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Gamifying Politics – 30 Minute Blog Challenge

The gamification of Indian politics is a popular topic now. This is largely due to the way many of the candidate’s supporters are getting really active in the digital space by spreading memes and gamified elements. Many of these gamified elements are blurring the lines between propaganda and reality. Like the app that gives you a chance to have a meeting with the Prime Minister if you can get enough credits by donating to the party.  … Read More

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Perform Your Online Identity with Mindful Attention

I’ve long been a fan of mindfulness but have only recently realised how mindful attention can actually change my brain and help mould my identity. The effectiveness of my social media use and the satisfaction I derive from it have been enhanced as a result. By mindfully paying attention to my breath, body, emotions, attitudes, and attention I have become more aware of the social media choices I make and have come to make better choices as … Read More

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The performed self – Why I have taken on the persona of the hipster

Have you encountered the idea that there is not really a true “authentic” self, and that we don’t really have a fixed identity?  We perform differently depending on the situations we encounter. The whole idea is a bit of a mind flip, but one that I have decided to throw myself into in the past month, in the interest of desperately trying to keep up with the times. If it all has gone a bit wrong, … Read More

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Global Timing – How time management and global warming are linked

This week I was set the task to write about time management in about 300 words. Taking the macro lens to the problem given the recent education I had been given on the topic by a couple of my favourite scholars I looked at the issue of the apparent lack of time we all seem to suffer from as one caused by inequality. And it is this same inequality derived from a neoliberal ideology which is … Read More

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Do Popularity Metrics Matter on Social Media?

Could you remove your popularity metrics? Today I discovered a browser extension which hides those like, and retweet numbers on Facebook and Twitter. Part of the purpose of the extension is to find out what happens when we judge others on Twitter and Facebook, not by the numbers but what we encounter through experiences we have with people. The concept is then pretty simple – People not numbers. Don’t let social media platforms keep you anxious to make new friends … Read More

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Youtube Thumbnails & Tags

This video is all about preparing your thumbnail image using a template. Your thumbnail image is the image that people see and click on in youtube. We will create a template in Canva and also fill out the tags and description.   Image adapted from CC0 by Elisa Riva (social) [clickToTweet tweet=”Now I can create a thumbnail on Youtube. Thanks #teamricky” quote=”Tell twitter you can make a thumbnail now.”]

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Using Free Software to Restore Photos

Here are a few of the tips and tricks I used to restore an old photograph that has deteriorated using a freely available, open source software. Most of us have used or heard of photoshop as the professional imaging program commonly used to manipulate and restore photographs. If you have ever looked into purchasing Adobe Photoshop you will notice that the cost is quite restrictive. A subscription can add up to hundreds of dollars annually, and it’s not … Read More

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Canva for image graphics

Today on tips and tricks we introduce Canva as a way to make infographics. I find myself using Canva lot’s these days for those simple quick image work, where we want to present professional looking design but can’t afford to fuss all day about the production of it. Image Adapted from CC0 by Stefan Keller (Fantasy) Consider: How you can use Canva to improve how your business is represented.

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