Judge at the Golden Target Awards

June 29, 2015

News update:  I have been confirmed as a judge at this year’s (2015) “Golden Target Awards”, the “Oscars” of the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA), with judging commencing in mid-July.

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A Companion to Australian Media now in print

December 30, 2014

The long-awaited book, A Companion to Australian Media, is now in print and available.  Edited by Professor Bridget Griffen-Foley, it is published by Australian Scholarly Publishing (North Melbourne).  I am one of more than 300 contributors to the “Companion“, and wrote the entries on film reviewing and educational media.  I joined an august group in this massive project, which is the result of many years of work by Professor Griffen-Foley, as the result of an Australian Research Council Discovery grant.

The book retails for $88.00 (Aust):  with about 415,000 words and 543 closely packed pages (including an impressive 37 page index), it’s great value.  First entry:  “A Current Affair”; second entry is “Phillip Adams”; and the last entry is “Zines”.

You can listen to Bridget Griffen-Foley discussing the Companion, on the podcast of ABC Radio National’s “Media Report” program, broadcast on 9 October 2014.

A photo of the book cover is below.

Companion to Aust Media cover


New post on the moment of inequality

July 11, 2014

I have just put a new blog post on Open Forum, about “the moment of inequality”, a topic that I have been frequently writing about in recent weeks.

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Companion to the Australian Media coming soon

June 4, 2014

I am proud to be a contributing author to the upcoming “A Companion to the Australian Media”, to be published by Australian Scholarly Publishing and released in September 2014.  It’s edited by Professor Bridget Griffin-Foley (Macquarie University), and has an eminent editorial board.

It also has a whopping 479 entries totalling more than 415,000 words written by 300 contributors, including Quentin Dempster, David Salter, Eric Beecher, Tim Bowden, Mark Day, Gerald Stone, John Faulkner, Graham Freudenberg, Ross Gittins, Gideon Haigh, Sandra Hall, Jacqueline Kent, Valerie Lawson, Sylvia Lawson, Peter Manning, Bill Peach, Nicolas Rothwell, Julianne Schultz, Margaret Simons, Graeme Turner and Richard Walsh.  I wrote the entries on “film reviewing in Australia” and “educational media in Australia”.

An article by Peter Coleman about the “Companion” appeared in the May 31, 2014 edition of The Spectator.

Here are extracts from the official first “blurb”:

At this time of rapid and revolutionary change in modes of communication, A Companion to the Australian Media provides the first comprehensive, up-to-date historical account of Australia’s press, broadcasting and new media sectors.

Arranged in an accessible A–Z format are nearly 500 articles focussing on both the history and contemporary practice of media corporations, individuals, industries, audiences, policy and regulation since the launch of Australia’s first newspaper in 1803.


The word is in: my top ten blog posts of 2013

January 2, 2014
Books that changed the world
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas film review
The best public art in Sydney you may have missed
Bruce Springsteen down under – Sydney 20 March 2013
The Internship – A movie parable on work in the digital age
The Great Gatsby down under – part 1
Harvard, Yale and the Making of American Presidents
Female Agents film review
Designed by Apple in California – the new campaign
How Australians View America

 


Who’s reading Don Perlgut’s Blog?

November 11, 2013

I started this blog in March 2009 and have posted more than 300 articles since then, with many tens of thousands of hits.

I have now begun to analyse my readers by location.

Below is a table – data supplied by WordPress and analysed by me – of the location of my readers by country for the period late February 2012 through the end of October 2013: just over twenty months.  As my readers know, I was born in the USA (a la Bruce Springsteen), but have lived in Australia – primarily in Sydney – for a very long time.  Thus my interests are “mid-Pacific”, spanning both countries.

And, ironically, as a migrant to Australia, in some ways I will always be an “inside outsider” – someone who understands what is going on, but sees it with objective eyes.  And for the USA, I have now probably achieved the status of an “outside insider” – I live outside the country but take a keen daily, personal and political interest in what is going on there.  I understand it like an insider but I sit outside, bringing – I hope – the same objectivity.

With luck, these perceptions accurately inform my writing.

So who are you, my readers?  See below.

All percentages are of “unique visitors”, although the “total hits” closely follows the “uniques”.  Not surprisingly, the USA comes in at number one with 29%, edging out Australia at 27%.  The second ranks belong to the United Kingdom (5%), and France, Germany and Canada – all at 4%.  The third ranks are India, Israel, the Netherlands, Italy and the Philippines – all at about 1%, with well others below that.  A total of 128 countries.

And my most recent popular posts by topic? Film reviews leads, followed by books, Jewish film, films (general), education, California, personalities, public relations and San Francisco.

Country

% of total

United States

29

Australia

27

United Kingdom

5

France

4

Germany

4

Canada

4

India

2

Israel

1

Netherlands

1

Italy

1

Philippines

1

Republic of Korea

<1

Spain

<1

Switzerland

<1

New Zealand

<1

Turkey

<1

Hong Kong

<1

Sweden

<1

Japan

<1

Russian Federation

<1

Belgium

<1

Poland

<1

Singapore

<1

Indonesia

<1

Brazil

<.5

Greece

<.5

Pakistan

<.5

Malaysia

<.5

Chile

<.5

Ukraine

<.5

Thailand

<.5

Mexico

<.5

Portugal

<.5

Austria

<.5

Saudi Arabia

<.5

Ireland

<.5

Bangladesh

<.5

Romania

<.5

Taiwan

<.5

Norway

<.5

Czech Republic

<.5

Egypt

<.5

Serbia

<.5

South Africa

<.5

Denmark

<.5

Argentina

<.5

Hungary

<.5

Finland

<.5

Uruguay

<.5

Viet Nam

<.5

Bulgaria

<.5

Lithuania

<.5

Slovakia

<.5

Lebanon

<.5

United Arab Emirates

<.5

Nigeria

<.5

Croatia

<.5

Albania

<.1

Libya

<.1

Peru

<.1

Colombia

<.1

Georgia

<.1

Bosnia and Herzegovina

<.1

Algeria

<.1

Armenia

<.1

Morocco

<.1

Puerto Rico

<.1

Venezuela

<.1

Ecuador

<.1

Nepal

<.1

Latvia

<.1

Trinidad and Tobago

<.1

Montenegro

<.1

Kenya

<.1

Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic

<.1

Jordan

<.1

Qatar

<.1

Guatemala

<.1

Tunisia

<.1

Estonia

<.1

Costa Rica

<.1

Iraq

<.1

Palestinian Territory

<.1

Luxembourg

<.1

Bolivia

<.1

Panama

<.1

China

<.1

Kuwait

<.1

Ethiopia

<.1

Paraguay

<.1

Cyprus

<.1

Dominican Republic

<.1

Ghana

<.1

Moldova

<.1

Slovenia

<.1

Honduras

<.1

Oman

<.1

Bhutan

<.1

Belarus

<.1

Sri Lanka

<.1

Brunei Darussalam

<.1

Monaco

<.1

Azerbaijan

<.1

Afghanistan

<.1

Cambodia

<.1

Antigua and Barbuda

<.1

Malawi

<.1

Guam

<.1

Yemen

<.1

Mauritius

<.1

El Salvador

<.1

Maldives

<.1

Senegal

<.1

Uzbekistan

<.1

Réunion

<.1

Jamaica

<.1

Iceland

<.1

Myanmar

<.1

Fiji

<.1

Djibouti

<.1

Rwanda

<.1

Angola

<.1

Tajikistan

<.1

Mongolia

<.1

Botswana

<.1

Guadeloupe

<.1

New Caledonia

<.1

Bermuda

<.1


MoneySmart Rookie financial literacy resources for young people go live

June 9, 2013

For the past year, I have been the project manager for ASIC’s “MoneySmart Rookie – financial literacy for young people” project and educational initiative.  A few days ago, the first of these resources went live on ASIC’s MoneySmart website, including twenty different videos and coverage of seven different topics (credit and debt, mobile phones, moving out of home, first job, first car, shopping & banking online and study).

Have a look here and find the educator resources on the MoneySmart Teaching website.

MoneySmart Rookie banner

Postscript on 19 June:

– The project was launched yesterday (18 June 2013) here in Sydney at the UTS function centre.  You read the ASIC media release here, Deputy Chair Peter Kell’s launch speech here and a news.com.au article here.

And here are the poster images of the “rookie errors” campaign aimed at young people aged (16 to 25) that accompanies the MoneySmart Rookie education initiative:

Rookie errors phone Rookie errors car Rookie errors credit Rookie errors job Rookie errors moving out Rookie errors online