Friday, August 31st, 2018 #MEAAMedia Featured News
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MEAA has formed a new partnership with Australian Community Managers (ACM), the country’s largest network for Australian community management professionals.

Under the partnership, ACM members will be able to apply for a special MEAA membership.

Founded in 2008, ACM exists to support and advance the working lives of community management professionals in Australia, and help grow the industry locally in conjunction with international peers.

Its growing 4000 + members fill diverse roles across online communities in both private and public organisations and businesses across Australia.

The ACM annual survey examines working realities of community management professionals, including challenges around compensation, hours worked, workload and online harassment.

To help address these issues and offer additional support and resources for Australian community management professionals, ACM has teamed up with MEAA to create an affordable, custom membership for community managers.

The partnership was officially unveiled today in at the annual Swarm Conference, organised by ACM and held this year in Melbourne.

“MEAA recognises that the media industry is changing rapidly and the growth of community management is evidence of this,” said MEAA Chief Executive Paul Murphy.

“But in many ways, the needs of workers in the media industry remain the same. We are excited about working with ACM to build an industry where its members can have a job with fair conditions, where their skills are respected and they have the tools to excel.”

“As community management work encompasses skill-sets and subject matter expertise from numerous other disciplines (such as sociology, communications, marketing, journalism and community relations), it can be difficult to align it with existing professional bodies and communities,” said Venessa Paech, ACM co-founder.

For $5 a week, ACM members will gain access to many of MEAA’s services, including professional indemnity and public liability insurance, regular bulletins with industry news and special offers and preferred access to professional development and networking events. MEAA will also lend its long experience of industry campaigning and advocacy to the ACM membership.

“We’re delighted to be working with the MEAA to help ensure community managers have access to working protections other occupations enjoy as we often fall through the gaps – in practice and understanding. ACM is excited to see how this partnership can further raise the profile of this growing profession and offer additional support to the community management profession in our region,” said Alison Michalk, ACM co-founder.

What do you want to say?

Here are some suggestions about the kinds of things you might want to include in your submission:
  • What is the media like where you live? How much diversity/concentration of media is there in your area? How important to you is media diversity and having a wide range of voices and opinions? Will the takeover reduce competition/diversity in the Australian media sector?
  • What Fairfax and Nine publications and programs do you consume? What attracted you to them in the first place, and what do they mean to you/your family/household? What will be the impact of the takeover on the choice and range of media you consume?
  • How distinct is Fairfax journalism – what makes it different?  Describe a story or stories published by Fairfax over the years which have made a difference to you/had an impact on you/changed the way you think? What would your life/community be like without the journalism that Fairfax produces?
  • Who are the Fairfax journalists you always read/trust?
  • How important is fearless, independent journalism? What will be the impact of the takeover on investigative journalism and does it increase the risk of that independence being compromised by the commercial interests of the proprietor or its advertisers?
  • What else do you think the ACCC should consider when ruling on this takeover, and what would you like the ACCC to do?