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Russell Brown

why pr matters to me

At the heart of much of my work is my ability to get to grips with complex, often technical, information and convey it clearly and accessibly for a mainstream audience. It's a skill honed through years as a technology journalist and I enjoy being able to bring this in a PR context.

best pr moment

Over the past decade I have hosted a number of media TV shows – Media7, Media3 and Media Take – using the insight and contacts I developed as the founding host of Radio NZ's Mediawatch and author of The Listener's media column 'Wide Area News'. Hosting your own television show is a pretty great PR moment.

awards

  • Seven Canon/Qantas Media Awards
  • Three New Zealand Magazine Awards
  • New Zealand Radio Award

strengths

Through years of writing about IT, business and drug policy, I have honed the ability to present complex topics for both mainstream and expert audiences.

core competencies

  • Writing and editing
  • Research
  • Blogging (two-time national award-winner)
  • TV and radio production
  • Creative strategising
  • Event presentation and moderation

people describe me as…

  • A great communicator
  • A very good event moderator
  • Excellent at Twitter (60,000 followers)

before Cadence

I have been a journalist, broadcaster, media commentator and pioneering blogger.

I own and publish the award-winning website Public Address, which is home to my own blog, Hard News. Hard News began as a radio commentary in the early 90s, has been published online since 1993 and I won the first Qantas Media Award for blogging in 2007. In 2016, Public Address itself was named Best Blog Site in the Canon Media Awards.

extracurricular

I’m often found in front of a live audience and am a regular host for Auckland Museum's Late at the Museum series.  Every summer curate and present The Listening Lounge for the Splore Festival. I have run my own event series, The Great Blend and IRL at The Golden Dawn, where I have worked with commercial sponsors to create innovative "conscious parties" where audiences learn a few things in the course of a good night out.