COMMUNICATING IN A CONFUSING AND UNCERTAIN WORLD

THE MEDIA SPHERE IS MORE COMPLEX THAN EVER

How do communicators orient themselves in an increasingly uncertain and confusing world? How do we research events and changes as they happen? How may we rely on existing scholarship when faced with unprecedented events, such as COVID-19 in a highly networked world? What are strategies for crafting impactful messages and reaching audiences when most what we know is no longer valid or reliable?

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KIWIS, COVID AND COMICS

Matt Halliday, November 2020

How has the collaboration between Dr Siouxsie Wiles, University of Auckland microbiologist and science communicator, and Toby Morris, cartoonist for The Spinoff, set a new direction in crisis communication?

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LOCKED DOWN BUT NOT OUT: HOW TELEVISION NEWS RESPONDED DURING COVID-19

Danni Mulrennan, November 2020

During the 2020 COVID lockdowns, television journalists were required to self-isolate or socially distance, limiting their ability to gather and produce news stories.

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SEACHANGE: NAVIGATING UNCERTAIN CURRENTS

Zak Waipara, November 2020

Metaphors are powerful ways to frame ideas, and are present throughout mythology, storytelling and visual design. How can we use metaphor, particularly indigenous ways of seeing, that might offer solutions for communicating in uncertain situations?

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ADVERTISING IN A CHANGING WORLD

Dan Fastnedge, November, 2020

Contrary to the traditional ‘inward’ looking approach, concerned with their services, products and customers, we are beginning to observe brands taking an outward look at larger world events. Recently, we have seen brands using environmental issues, gender equality, diversity and political debates for redefining their role in society.

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UPCOMING: SPECIAL ISSUE ON VUCA COMMUNICATION

June 2023

Gudrun Frommherz and Helen Sissons are working on a special issue  on VUCA Communication for The Journal of Applied Journalism & Media Studies.