CONTACT might be covering Invictus Games after all


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CONTACTthe Australian military magazine was informed it would not be allowed to cover the Invictus Games in Sydney – because it is not an appropriate media outlet.

Invictus Games Media Team wrote to CONTACT several weeks ago saying that because of the very high number of media-accreditation applications received, and to ensure that only appropriate media outlets have access to cover the games, CONTACT’s application was rejected.

Naturally, we appealed that decision.

But our appeal was formally rejected without elaboration.

With nothing left to lose, we started a fan-based campaign to draw attention to our plight. Politicians and Royalty were contacted (not just by me) – and (the earlier version of) this post stirred a lot of reader interest, feedback and even action.

And it may have worked. We were informed late on 9 October that our application would now be accepted, subject to security and background checks.

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FILE PHOTO (2010): Then Governor General Quentin Bryce chats with members of the ADF Paralympic Sports Program, including Private Liam Haven, blinded by an IED in Iraq.
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Brian Hartigan

Managing Editor Contact Publishing Pty Ltd PO Box 3091 Minnamurra NSW 2533 AUSTRALIA

23 thoughts on “CONTACT might be covering Invictus Games after all

  • 10/10/2018 at 5:25 pm
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    What of the ill informed pillock that made the initial finding? How do I get their job? Obviously never have never served and as such should be ineligible for the position. Any idea why Invictus admin don’t have as a criteria to hire people who.have served?

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  • 07/10/2018 at 10:39 pm
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    Contact! based on their website, Army is running the inaugural Military International Drone Race Tournament (MIDRT) at Victoria Barracks Sydney, 18-20 October 2018, just before Invictus Games. Give them the coverage instead?

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  • 07/10/2018 at 11:11 am
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    Hey, it’s hard to believe that an organisation that is in a position to approve a media outlet for accreditation has no capacity to use language correctly. You should proof-read their reply and send it back, chastising them for the ignorance they display.
    There are many of us who support your point, keep moving forward.

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    • 07/10/2018 at 11:16 am
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      Thanks Chris. While I’d love to chastise them for their ignorant response, and their denial of accreditation, I have to be diplomatic for now – right up to the point when it’s too late to change their minds. After that, anything goes 😉
      Thanks for being cross on my behalf.

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  • 07/10/2018 at 9:34 am
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    Hi Brian,

    Would love to send a gripe to the Invictus Games Media Mongrels on your behalf.

    Folks, here are the two email addresses you need so that you may open fire 🔥 also!

    mediaaccreditation@invictusgames2018.org
    media@invictusgames2018.org

    My initial question (about their Media Team) was: “Who Made you god”!

    Regards,
    Hodgey
    Arte et Marte.

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    • 07/10/2018 at 9:40 am
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      Thank you Hodgey. Your support is much appreciated.

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  • 07/10/2018 at 9:17 am
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    I am posting it on the Peninsula Veterans’HUB Facebook page today

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    • 07/10/2018 at 9:31 am
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      Thanks Tony – much appreciated.

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  • 07/10/2018 at 8:22 am
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    Are you certain the reply was constructed by an authorised person? It looks to me like it was sent from a Chinese source. If I was you I’d make personal contact with the head of that organisation otherwise it’s too easy for them to be negative in an email format or whatever. Best wishes.

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  • 04/10/2018 at 8:36 am
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    This is NOT fair. I am a War Widow and I thought that Defence papers would be the FIRST to be allowed to cover the INVICTUS GAMES especially when it concern the DEFENCE members. CONTACT would report better about the competitors because they know what the competitors have been through and how committed they are!!**

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    • 04/10/2018 at 8:55 am
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      Hi Lorraine. I’m pretty sure the Defence Newspaper will be there (and CONTACT is not an official Defence publication, even though I am still (technically) in the Army Reserve).
      But everything else you said is spot on. CONTACT (and the Defence papers) are best well suited to covering this event from the competitors perspective, because we are uniform wearers too. The difference being, the official Defence papers will have to toe ‘the party line’ and report to an agenda – whereas CONTACT is independent.
      And maybe CONTACT’s independence and focus on the athletes is actually what makes it ‘unsuitable media’ – because it was my intention to cover the games from the participants’ point of view, not the organisers!

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  • 03/10/2018 at 12:25 pm
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    Some ex members of the forces are in situations where they can’t easily access information distributed by Defence PR. Too often the “officially accredited” outlets prune content to fit into time slots or paper space. I’m emailing the Prime Minister and the Defence Minister. Hang in there Brian.

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    • 03/10/2018 at 12:55 pm
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      Thank you Ray – your support is much appreciated. And every offer of help is very much welcomed, especially if you have the means to reach that ‘high’.

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  • 02/10/2018 at 9:35 pm
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    What sh!ts me is their anachronistic view of what “appropriate media” is.
    Reminds me of the praetorian guard of the mainstream media who smugly and arrogantly deride any media outlet who isn’t one of them (CNN, ABC, Fairfax, et al), then scratch their heads in genuine confusion when they look at their numbers and see an inexorable [and deserved] decline in their viewership because people are flocking to alternative outlets.

    I’m certain an outlet like Contact would garner as much- if not greater- readership on a niche event like Invictus than any one of the dying mainstream media dinosaurs like the metro newspapers.

    Judging from the appalling quality of the letter you received, my guess is Invictus’ media relations is staffed with interns or recent J-school graduates who know very little of the defence and military enthusiast community. And if I’m wrong about that, then God help them, and they should be asking for a refund on their Uni fees.

    Bah. I’m grumpy on your behalf now 🙂

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    • 03/10/2018 at 1:00 pm
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      Thanks Mike. I feel my own grumpiness lifting a little just knowing that you (and others) a carrying some of it for me.

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  • 02/10/2018 at 9:14 pm
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    I cant think of a single rational reason why CONTACT would be denied accreditation. You have covered practically every aspect of life in the armed forces in the past, and have done so professionally and respectfully. I would love to read their definition of what constitutes an “appropriate media outlet”. There cannot be many more appropriate organizations than yours. This is an indefensible decision in my humble opinion

    A breathtaking error of judgment by those concerned.

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    • 03/10/2018 at 1:05 pm
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      I very much appreciate your view Richard – and, of course, I agree with you.
      From a few other comments I’ve received – including from some insiders who contacted me privately – it could be that ‘appropriate media’ is judged on reader numbers and dollar value rather than audience fit or subject-matter appropriateness. Pretty sad if true.

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  • 02/10/2018 at 2:48 pm
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    Sorry for the typos.
    Typo 1. That covers the gives if = that covers the LIVES OF
    Typo 2. Invites = INVICTUS
    Typo 3. Get together to celebrate sorts = CELEBRATES SPORT

    Again, am so angry, the fingers got ahead of the brain, and I hit send without double checking. Sorry about that. But the point remains the same, CONTACT SHOULD BE COVERING THE INVICTUS GAMES!! No ands, ifs, buts or maybes about that fact!!

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    • 02/10/2018 at 3:32 pm
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      My brain forgave you 😉

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  • 02/10/2018 at 2:38 pm
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    For a Military magazine, that covers the gives if all serving and non serving military to be denied access to cover the Invites Games, in my opinion, is ludicrous.!! You tell the stories of the ones who made it home.
    They get together to celebrate sort and bring more awareness to the needs of ex service personal. Be it for Artificial limbs or Mental Health issues.
    This is wrong on so many levels, I can’t think straight to type down what needs to be said.
    But this one thing for sure needs to be said, You’ve allowed coverage of every other aspect of their lives. From training to competing. This media coverage by CONTACT should be allowed!!

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    • 02/10/2018 at 2:40 pm
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      Thank you very much Jennifer. Your support is very much appreciated.
      Brian Hartigan
      CONTACT Editor

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