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The challenge for government departments to be heard
Finding cut through in the media noise

Many government departments and agencies suffer challenges with their communications, especially when getting the message out about initiatives, news and successes. There is often a sense of the frustrations and difficulties in getting cut through and being heard by the media, and the public.

This month, The Mandarin’s Chris Johnson and Melissa Coade, are joined by award-winning television journalist, writer and commentator Virginia Haussegger AM, to discuss communication challenges from a media perspective.

Many in the public sector do not understand the media and 2021, and have many assumptions about how a story comes about, and assumptions about decisions in sharing news.

Join the discussion and submit your question, as we shed light on what makes a story, what gets traction and why.

Apr 20, 2021 01:00 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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Speakers

Chris Johnson
Managing Editor @The Mandarin
Chris is the Managing Editor of The Mandarin, and is based in Canberra. A longtime member of the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery, Chris was the Canberra Bureau Chief for Fairfax Media and has covered federal politics and foreign affairs for the SMH, Age, Canberra Times, and West Australian newspapers.
Virginia Haussegger AM
Journalist, Author, Contributor
Virginia is the founding Director of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation, at the University of Canberra’s Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA), and Chief Editor of BroadAgenda, Australia’s leading research based Gender Equality media platform. She is also the 2019 ACT Australian of the Year.
Melissa Coade
Senior Journalist @The Mandarin
Melissa is a senior journalist with The Mandarin. She has a background in legal affairs reporting and experience with the Victorian Public Service.