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Think Differently Media Skills Workshop

March 26, 2015 all-day
St Thomas' Church, 101 High Street
New Zealand
Jacqui Irwin
03 546 7681

Think Differently Media Skills Workshop

When and where?

Thursday 26 March, from 9am to 4pm, in the Auditorium at St Thomas’ Church, 101 High Street, Motueka. The venue is wheelchair accessible.


We’re offering media training because the media is a powerful influencer and shaper of community attitudes. We would like the New Zealand media to improve the way it covers disability. One of the best ways to do this is to support disabled people – and people in the sector – to champion their own causes. This course will give you the practical skills to do this.

 What will the media training cover?

It will cover news values, how to get into the news, developing key messages and interview technique. It will be an interactive day, with lots of opportunities to practice in a small, supportive group.

 Who is it for?

The training is for people likely to do interviews to help change the way disability is covered in the media. Individuals are welcome to come, or up to two people from one organisation so you can support and encourage each other afterwards.

The course is aimed at people with little experience in working with the media. But it would also benefit people already active with the media.

 Who are the trainers?

Sally Wenley is a senior freelance journalist and has several governance roles. Sally began her journalism career at TVNZ and then moved to Radio New Zealand where she reported on daily news and events for hourly news bulletins as well as Morning Report, Midday Report and Checkpoint. Sally also completed radio documentaries, and during her time at Radio New Zealand won four Qantas media awards for radio news reporting. Sally is a media commentator and freelance writer who researches and writes articles for magazines and newspapers. She is also a member of the Serious Injury Advisory Group for Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) and is a director on the national board of NZ Riding for the Disabled. She has been a paraplegic since a bus crash as a teenager.

About me (Rosemarie): I am a member of the Think Differently team. I was a daily newspaper journalist and, during 10 years in communications, have placed news and feature stories in the New Zealand Herald, The Press, BBC online, CNN, Bangkok Post, Girlfriend magazine, New Zealand Woman’s Weekly, Radio New Zealand’s Checkpoint programme, One News etc. I love working with people to develop story ideas and key messages, and find the right place for their stories. I will be your point of contact after the day.

 Other information

The course is free.

The venue is wheelchair accessible.

Tea, coffee, morning tea and lunch will be provided.

Next steps

If you would like to attend, please get in touch and let me know what organisation you are with and why you’re interested in the training.

Please also tell me if you have any communication, mobility, dietary or other needs. We will give out a manual on the day but please tell me if you need it in advance. Email: Rosemarie.North001@msd.govt.nz

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries.