CHEW MEATIER: The world of New Media was very engaging and interesting seminar. Maddy was a great host, she consistently made jokes and created friendly environment. The interview was very conversational and casual, which kept our attention all the way through seminar.
Catering was excellent! As an audience, I appreciated their effort preparing extra finger foods for all – I especially enjoyed mini hot dogs and cocktail prawns..They were so delicious! This definitely raised the quality of seminar and satisfied most of audiences’ need.
I was surprised by their stage setup – having a couch on the stage for guests. It was interesting concept and grabbed my attention at the first place. However, I wasn’t able to see the guests’ face properly at the back of room as the couch was too low. Also, when all guests were invited to stage for Q&A session at the end of seminar, the couch seemed a bit small for all four guests to sit down. Yet, I still liked the idea of couch, it gave comforting and inviting look overall.
Background screen – I liked how they created showreel videos of stalking(?) each guests’ online profiles. It was very simple and reflected well on their theme, ‘new media’.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to see much promotion of this seminar in public. I didn’t even realise that they have created a private website of this seminar until Friday. It would’ve been better if there was more posters around RMIT buildings, and even spreading the word about seminar consistently, using different social media platforms such as facebook and twitter. I saw few posts made by steering committee and shelley but not so much from actual group members.
Content & Guests
The seminar covered diverse contents. It was good that they had guests from all different areas of media industries – they gave good insight into a wide range of media markets (from advertising, sports and education..etc). I really enjoyed what’s been shared by the guests.
Brodie Lancaster presented realistic personal stories about her career path as a past RMIT graduate. She spoke to us how she started her media career as a part-time job and transferred to full-time job after all training. She suggested to start to search for internship and more work experiences from first year and get ‘hands on experiences’ as much as we can, because that is what distinguishes us from everyone in the job interview. She then emphasised the importance of online portfolio that it is worth to invest in self-promotion, even if it is a small thing such as buying tumblr blog templates. Online is a perfect place for the employers to find more about talents. Don’t think it is a waste…
Tom Nickson gave us good tips from his professional point of view about our next step after graduation. He said, ‘As a graduate, you don’t know which door will open for you’. He advised us that we should keep try knocking different doors, be ambitious and put ourselves out in the world.
He also mentioned that there is no better time like being an university student to build experience, credibility and to show the world what I can do. ‘Take opportunities when you have a chance and don’t be afraid to take challenges’. I have been saying excuses to myself that ‘I’m busy with uni work’ and postponing other additional challenges such as entering filmmaking competitions or an opportunity to publish my work on catalyst (RMIT magazine)..etc. I now regret that I made silly choices. Even from now on, I should be proactive and face more challenges. It is never enough to learn more!
Jim Antonopolous mentioned about the importance of coming across as 3 dimensional person – utilise social media/online contents to show all my different interests and sides to who I am, rather than just presenting the work/career side of myself.
Lastly, I liked how Richard Leigh has demonstrated the audience – ““Audience is king and content is the banquet.” He discussed the fact that content doesn’t play the main part when it comes to a successful production – we ultimately need the audience first in order to get the content recognised.
I thought guests were excellent. I was able to get valuable advises from them
Maddy played significant role in this criteria. She managed to keep the audiences’ interest throughout interview by creating friendly and bubbly conversation with the guests. The interview didn’t feel dried – I think it was short and efficient. I was able to consistently engage with content. Q&A session at the end of seminar after BREAK also worked really well. It provided the audiences a chance to ask questions personally.
Overall, this seminar turned out pretty good! Well done to NEW MEDIA GROUP!