Online trading is the next big thing says Rob Atkinson in a piece that first appeared in Encore.
Who is the most powerful person in Australian media and why?
Harold Mitchell because of his influence and the footprint he has left. He’s built a huge brand in Mitchells, offloaded it into Aegis, Aegis has obviously done extremely well to be then sold on to Dentsu. So if you think about it, he is very much a father figure of the industry.
Is the best way of being successful in Australia not be here at all? In a feature that first appeared in Encore, Lee Zachariah speaks to Aussies making it big abroad.
I always wanted to work in New York,” says Julian Cole. “I thought it was the number one place to work in advertising; a lot of the best campaigns were coming out of there. So I moved over and was lucky enough to have a couple of interviews in the first couple of weeks.”
Cole’s story is indicative of the somewhat contentious idea that the best way to be successful in Australia is to not be in Australia any more.
From journos to ad execs and PRs, these days everyone seems to have a book in them. But what does it take to get published and will you actually make any money? In a feature that first appeared in Encore, Brooke Hemphill finds out.
Attention wannabe authors. Forget big fat advance cheques and living off royalties. The reality of having a book published today is another story altogether. There are only two reasons you should even consider sitting down at your computer to bash out a manuscript – passion or profile.
In an article that first appeared in Encore, Chris Savage tackles your career and agency dilemmas in his weekly advice column.
My clients seem to be demanding more and more from us. At the same time, it seems many of the younger people in our industry simply don’t have the client servicing skills my generation grew up with. How do we instill in our executives some of the good old-fashioned behaviours that would keep a client happy and loyal?
From dressing the part to playing the gatekeeper, Leo Burnett Sydney’s Susie Henry tells us how to make it as the face of adland in a piece that first appeared in Encore.
What does a receptionist in an ad agency actually do?
Well, there’s the frantic every-day, all-day stuff of deliveries, courier bookings, doing expenses for directors – always challenging – plus arranging all the travel. But one of my main jobs is counselling the account service people. I also keep up with all sports information to discuss with our sports-loving clients – because who wants to be bored while they’re waiting? And I know how they like their coffee. You need to know everyone – from accounting to HR. I’m also the go-to for all catering and sending flowers.
Most journalists lean left-of-centre, says Folker Hanusch of the University of the Sunshine Coast, in a post first published on The Conversation.
Most Australian journalists describe themselves as left-wing, yet amongst those who wield the real power in the country’s newsrooms, the Coalition holds a winning lead.
But while the media’s political leanings will no doubt be debated in the lead-up to September’s federal election, our study has also found other largely unscrutinised biases remain – particularly whose views disproportionately shape the news.
Government funding bodies are lazy and decadent, says industry veteran Michael Thornhill but in a piece that first appeared in Encore, Ed Gibbs begs to differ.
I vividly remember the time I first saw Animal Kingdom, David Michod’s breathtaking labour-of-love feature debut. The press screening was half empty, despite the film winning the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance just months earlier, in 2010. Yet its superb performances, stylistic flourishes and overall polish left me speechless. Could this really be a feature debut, an Australian one at that, I wondered, almost out loud? It seemed too good to be true.
First there was the Grand Prix. Next came the reported $500m bid for cricket rights, then Ten secured the 2014 winter Olympics. So, can sport save the ailing network? In a feature that first appeared in Encore, Nic Christensen investigates.
The television sports rights bidding process is a bit like a game of poker.
Check, fold or bet. Those were the options for the Ten Network last week when it had to finalise its bid for the cricket rights.
It was immediately clear that Australia was about to meet an interesting marketer, one who blogged and tweeted and thanks to his time at Dell in the US was digitally savvy. Even two years ago, that was a big deal. The fact that he also had a stint in public relations gave him an absolutely intriguing background before he even arrived.
This week Mumbrella’s Nic Christensen, who began his career four years ago, gave the keynote address to would-be journalists at the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance’s Student Day. This is an edited version of his speech.
Good afternoon, I can remember distinctly the last time I was in this room.
It was 2009 and I was sitting where you are. I’d come to this event, a friend and myself — from memory we sat up the back — and I can remember at the time wondering if I’d ever get a job as a journalist.
It was only four years ago and then as now getting a job was ultra competitive but I’m not sure there was quite as much media ‘doom and gloom’ as there is now…
In this guest post, News Limited’s group editorial director Campbell Reid responds to the views of ninemsn’s Hal Crawford that the company’s push into metered paywalls is about data rather than dollars.
Cosmo’s Kate Leaver tells us how to bluff it in her job in a feature that first appeared in Encore.
What do you do, as a features editor?
Really, play with words and ideas all day. At any one time, we’re working across three issues of the mag – getting one on its way to the printers, pooling all the words together for another, and planning the issue after that. It’s busy but it’s a pretty magnificent process.
I run a medium-sized agency that is doing pretty well. As the leader, I am finding my workload just seems to go up and up. I am struggling to stay motivated and particularly to tackle the bigger and tougher challenges I have to face every day. How do I keep up the energy when there just seems so much to do? How do you do it?
Productive, successful executives are those able to consistently tackle difficult and big challenges. It’s a constant struggle for me so I know how you feel. How do the successful leaders do it?
Brett Clegg, group director – business media, Fairfax Media, in a Q&A that first appeared in Encore, on the journo who refuses to work with him – his wife.
Who is the most powerful person in Australian media and why?
Hard to go past Rupert Murdoch. He controls the single largest and most diverse portfolio and is intent on leveraging its scale (and, of course, influence). He’s an innovator and his will to win is obvious to all.
LAFHA chaos as overseas staff excluded from transition period
Clarification on when workers will lose their entitlement to the Living Away From Home Allowance will be issued “relatively soon”, the Treasury has told Mumbrella. However it now appears certain that most overseas agency staff will lose out.
The move follows two days of confusion on the questions of whether overseas staff already receiving LAFHA will be entitled to a two year transition period.
The issue is a key one for the media and marketing industry, which employs a disproportionately large number of staff from overseas, particularly from the UK. LAFHA offers a tax perk towards living costs.
Tuesday’s budget announcement confirmed that LAFHA will end for most people. Guidance published on Tuesday appeared to suggest that anyone with LAFHA arrangements in place would be allowed a two year transition period.
However, this now appears to be incorrect. Commenters on Mumbrella say they have been told by Treasury sources that the guidance was misleading.
Although a full statement has not yet been issued by the Treasury, it has indicated to Mumbrella that people whose homes were overseas will not be allowed the transition period, and their entitlement to LAFHA will expire at the end of next month. A spokesperson for the Assistant Treasurer told Mumbrella:
“The reforms to the tax concession for living-away-from-home allowances and benefits announced in the 2011 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook in November 2011, will apply from 1 July 2012. The scheme will no longer include those currently on LAFHA with homes overseas.”
These reforms, which were announced as part of the government’s “Tax Measures in Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook” in November include:
access to the tax exemption for temporary residents will be limited to those who maintain a residence for their own use in Australia, which they are living away from for work purposes, such as ‘fly-in fly-out’ workers: i.e not temporary residents maintain a home overseas, and,
a requirement that claimants substantiate their expenses.
The confusion was created with the additional reforms to LAFHA announced in this week’s budget, in which a transitionary period was announced. The Assistant Treasurer’s spokesperson confirms that this transition period applies only to those elements announced in this week’s budget:
Limiting access to the tax concession to employees who are maintaining a home for their own use in Australia, that they are living away from for work; and
Imposing a 12 month time limit on how long an employee can receive the tax concession at a particular work location.
The first point, on first glance, appears to be identical to that listed in the November reforms, and the Treasury document -referred to as “budget paper two” does in fact say that all LAFHA reforms will be subject to a transitional period. Many commenters have expressed the view that the reforms have been communicated in a confusing manner.
Only Australian residents will be granted a two year transition period to re-arrange their financial affairs.
As a further complication, the question has now been raised as to whether the move breaches the UK/Australia Double Taxation Convention 2003 , in which Article 25 states: “Nationals of a Contracting State shall not be subjected in the other Contracting State to any taxation or any requirement connected therewith, which is other or more burdensome than the taxation and connected requirements to which nationals of that other State in the same circumstances, in particular with respect to residence, are or may be subjected”.
The Treasury declined to comment on whetehr it was to blame for the confusion. But it said an “exposure draft”, a document which will lay out the practical applications of the reforms, would be released shortly.
Mumbrella could not reach the UK Consulate in Canberra for comment at time of writing.
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