Communities in the spotlight at PRINZ conference

Communities in the spotlight at PRINZ conference

It's a big bad dynamic media world out there, in which it's harder than ever to make a splash and those who put a step wrong are instantly pulled up. To that end, PRINZ is hosting Our Space Our Place – reshaping communities, a conference that's all about communicating with shifting audiences on-the-ground and online.

International speaking stars include Professor Jim Macnamara talking about ‘the social organisation’, Professor Pradip Thomas of the University of Queensland on ‘communicating for social change’ and Dr Andy Ruddock of Monash University in Melbourne looking at ‘fandom’ and the creation of authentic experiences for sports fans online.

From New Zealand, delegates will hear from the communicators at the forefront and in the crisis room for Rena in the Bay of Plenty and from the communicators responding to the Christchurch earthquakes.

Day one plays host to Jared Julian from the Department of Internal Affairs, leading the government’s social media guidance project; Nat Torkington of Kiwi Foo Camp and the NZ Open Government project; and John Buckley, aka Gadget Guy, speaking on the rise of the 'digital Kiwi'.

Day two ends with a focus on the future, with the conference closing with Professor David McKie of Waikato Management School looking ahead locally and globally.

Earlybird prices are available until April 23. And the good folk at PRINZ are extending a special offer Idealog readers can take advantage of: tickets at PRINZ member rates even for non-members. Email and mention this story to get in on the discount.

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