Since its inception in May 2003 The Professional Communicators Network has been bringing together like-minded communication professionals from across Newcastle, the Hunter and Central Coast to share knowledge and information. Members of the Professional Communicators Network enjoy a range of benefits including free bimonthly meetings, emailed industry updates, an online networking forum, news and articles of interest and position vacancies.
Join us for the next Professional Communicators' Network Session
Crisis Communications – lessons from the earthquake
The Professional Communicators’ Network invites members and guests to join us at our September event.
On the night, Stewart Osland and Bob Purser, locally renowned communicators who were on the ground during the 1989 earthquake, will share their experiences and discuss the importance and role of communication during a crisis and how techniques used then have informed communications today. We will also hear from Julie Baird, the Newcastle Museum Director, who brought together photos and stories from the earthquake into the simple, yet deeply moving exhibition Earthquake | Then and Now and Again – 30 Years. The exhibition will be open for attendees to view after the presentations. Our thanks to the Newcastle Museum for hosting the event.
• Stewart Osland: Stewart is a retired NBN News cameraman who was at the forefront of the action on the day a 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck Newcastle on December 28, 1989. He and journalist Ross Hampton were at the Hamilton bus depot filming an interview with a union official when it hit. The camera kept rolling as the pair hurried toward Beaumont Street to see the full extent of the damage. This archival footage is still widely used today and will be shown at the event.
• Bob Purser: Bob is a well-known Newcastle-based journalist who specialised in crisis and issues management and won national awards for the work he did in helping the city of Newcastle communicate during and after the earthquake.
The Professional Communicators’ Network brings together like-minded professionals to share knowledge and information, as well as a bit of fun.
Time: 6:00-7:30 pm
Place: Newcastle Museum, 6 Workshop Way Newcastle
Date: Thursday 12 September
This event is free of charge for PCN members and $10 for non-members. Light refreshments will be provided, and drinks can be purchased for a nominal charge.
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Non-members $10 booking here or sign up for membership below