I made a quick trip to Canberra to meet Australia’s new Deputy Chief of Army Major General Tony Rawlins and some of his staff yesterday.
I felt it was a very productive meeting – mostly discussing how we can help each other to get more Army stories out into the word.
I was delighted with the level of recognition and respect CONTACT received – Major General Rawlins said he was a fan, reading the magazine regularly and keeping across our news items on the Internet too.
He also said that he knew his soldiers got most of their news and views on line, especially on Facebook, but also on platforms such as CONTACT – and he knew very few of them ever picked up a Sydney Morning Herald or other mainstream newspaper.
So, his idea in reaching out to CONTACT to nurture better relations for the future, was based on his desire to communicate more through the media he knew his soldiers were reading.
The meeting was full of promise and potential – so, I hope and I think we can anticipate much more and much better Army content in CONTACT magazine and on CONTACT web site in the near future.
UPDATE (31 May 2019): Five months after the above meetings, I must report considerable disappointment. Aside from two ‘people’ stories that I wouldn’t normally choose to publish, but did (on this web site) to prove my willingness to publish anything that was offered – I have received zero content from Army HQ for CONTACT magazine. There was one particular story promised for the March issue of CONTACT magazine, which was delayed because of NQ floods, but still didn’t materialise for the June mag.
True, I didn’t follow up – I’m still catching my breath after heart surgery.
I didn’t ask what their excuse was 😉
FOOTNOTE: After our discussions, I asked if the General would mind if I took a quick video grab for this vlog, and he was very happy to do a cheesy selfie with me. Unfortunately, I pressed the wrong button on the GoPro and messed up the shot – instead recording 20 minutes-worth of grey carpet, upside down, in slow motion! 🙁
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