YESTERDAY AFTERNOON ON TWITTER we announced the visit of Ben Jackson to Port Moresby – and this morning it’s already clear that his first visit to Papua New Guinea will be crowded with gutpela bung, liklik dring, pusit blo niusman, toktok gris and other fashionable Melanostralian activities.
Ben’s 8-day mission in PNG is fourfold: to meet PNG Attitude’s Papua New Guinean friends face to face; to discuss the Crocodile Prize with Society of Writers’ (SWEP) committee members; to talk with potential clients about our Jackson PR Associates company; and to attend the annual general meeting of Bougainville Copper Ltd, which is a client of ours.
Oh yes, and fifthly, to sit down with journalists and talk about what journalists talk about – pay, stories, lack of good pay, lack of good stories.…
Ben’s a director of Jackson PR, which he and I established last year to advise on and implement effective communications for clients in Australia, PNG and the South Pacific.
The firm has 15 associates throughout the region, including Martyn Namorong (pictured above with Ben), Emmanuel Narokobi and Bernard Yegiora in PNG.
It’s still in its early days but we’re already doing some good work for some very good people. You’ll hear more about our projects as things unfold in the future.
Ben graduated from Sydney University in 2010 with majors in digital cultures, human resources and other stuff and joined the Jackson firm.
Since then, he’s worked with clients including the Insurance Council, Dell Inc, Rotary, the Plymouth Brethren, Transparency International, Bougainville Copper, the Owners Corporation Network of Australia and others.
In 2012 he organised Martyn Namorong’s two-week Taking the Truth to Australia tour, which included a number of high level media and political encounters in Canberra and State capitals, and backed up again this year when Martyn’s recent anti-corruption study tour developed the wobbles.
If you’d like to meet Ben while he’s in Moresby from 6-14 April, you can email him here.