– Mumbrella gifts and hospitality – 2015

Mumbrella’s editorial team occasionally receives hospitality or gifts.

In the interests of transparency, our policy is to declare the sources of both. Our policy is not to accept gifts to the value of more than $100.

In the interest of source confidentiality we do not disclose occasions when we have meals with contacts.


  • Two iPad minis to trial Presto (donated to charity)
  • Two tickets to APIA tennis from RaboDirect
  • Two tickets to day three of the fourth cricket test from Nine Entertainment Co.


  • 2 x gift hamper including mini bottle of champagne from ARN
  • 2 x tickets to Twilight at Taronga courtesy of Pandora
  • 3 x selfie sticks – from In the Mix


  • 2 x tickets to Game of Thrones premiere


  • Large basket of fruit and nuts from APN Outdoor
  • 2 x tickets to Opera House concert from APN Outdoor
  • Box of toffee apples, smoothfm
  • Speaker set and tea from APN News & Media. May have been over the $100 limit (would have donated to charity but left on the bus…)


  • Bottle Ardberg – thanks for speaking at event – iSentia
  • Tickets to NSW Waratahs match – APN News & Media
  • Copies of ESPN 30 for 30 DVD box set
  • Cupcakes from Fairfax celebrating 20 years online


  • Cakes from social media agency – S2m
  • Dog cuddly toy and dog bowl – Blackmores
  • Sparkly donuts – WSFM/ Jonesey & Amanda breakfast show
  • 12x Nando’s Meat & 2 Veg sauce
  • 3x Global Goggles – QUT
  • Bottle of Apple juice – Adshel
  • 2x tickets to Bledisloe Cup match – Samsung Australia


  • A giant box of chocolate – Smooth FM
  • Tour de France poster – hardtofind.com.au
  • Zinke stick – Adshel


  • 2 x Budget Direct Captain Risky bobbleheads
  • Bottle – Bishop by Ben Glaetzer Brossa Shiraz – Thanks for speaking at Newspaper Works conference
  • Chocolate & caramel & macadamia fudge – APN News & Media
  • Several tubs of Play-Doh – OMD, to mark International Play-Doh day


  • 3x small bottle (picolo?) of champagne – Adshel for launch of Adshel Live network
  • Telstra TV box – Telstra
  • Restaurant voucher for moderating session at National Radio Conference – Commercial Radio Australia
  • Pregnancy Test – Presto
  • Chocolates – Nespresso
  • Two cases of V Zero energy drink from V
  • Bottle St Hugo 2012 cabernet sauvignon – Thanks for speaking at Entrepreneurs Organisation event
  • 4 x phone battery chargers – APN Outdoor


  • A basket of We Bare Bears themed things from Cartoon Network (including toe towels, a selfie stick, wasabi nuts and a USB stick.)


  • 3 x bottles of Bollinger Champagne – Fairfax Media
  • 2 x Christmas gift hampers – Videology
  • Cufflinks and chocolates – Red Balloon
  • Box of cherries and Champagne – Endemol Shine
  • 4 mobile phone fans – Tag PR
  • 3 bottles of Veuve Cliquot – GroupM Australia
  • 1 bottle of Veuve Cliquot – Carat Australia
  • 1 chocolate and orange pudding – Eckfactor
  • 1 bottle of champagne, thanks for moderating IAB event
  • Tickets to the Moonlight Cinema at Centennial Park – Commercial Radio Australia
  • 3 bottles Veuve Cliquot champagne – Omnicom Media Group
  • A bottle of Dom Perignon champagne (mysteriously there was no label to say who it was from, but delivered from Dan Murphys…)
  • Gingerbread house – Analog Folk
  • Case of pale ale – Bold Media
  • A pair of Budgie Smugglers – AdRoll
  • A Filofax – CNN

Paid and unpaid media contributions

Mumbrella journalists regularly appear as industry commentators on TV and radio and sometimes in public speaking roles. On occasion, there are contributor fees offered and accepted. Where this occurs, the relevant organisations are invoiced by Focal Attractions rather than by the journalist individually, in the same way that we invoice our advertisers. The purpose of this is so that a journalist does not have a personal financial interest in continuing to make appearances, so feels free to write about these organisations in whatever way they see fit.

Mumbrella journalists make regular or occasional contributions on ABC Radio National, ABC Hobart, ABC Gold Coast, ABC Ballarat, ABC Canberra, ABC Triple J, ABC702, Seven’s Sunrise, Morning Show and Today Tonight, Ten’s Breakfast and Nine’s A Curent Affair as well as Ten Eyewitness News. Where journalists write columns for media organisations that we might later cover our policy is to bill through the company if payment is offered.

Mumbrella deputy editor Nic Christense had an ongoing relationship with Radio 2GB which pre-dated his joining Mumbrella.  This employment concluded in February of 2015, ahead of its merger with Fairfax Radio.

On rare occasions our journalists offer media training – but only to organisations we would be unlikely to write about.


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