What a cracking evening it was last night, celebrating all the achievements of a number of young-guns from a plethora of different areas of our industry.
Kate Gamble, business director at Resolution Media took out the Grand Prix last night, telling B&T afterwards how encouraging it was to see so many people supporting young talent in the industry.
“It’s a good night out, but it’s also the chance to be appreciated, which is nice,” she said.
“It means a lot more than that, because what I wrote in my entry, it’s about what we can do as an industry to make the whole industry better. And to be nominated on the merit of that really feels quite amazing.”
Chairman of The Newspaper Works, principal sponsor of 30 Under 30, and CEO of APN News & Media, Michael Miller, gave the opening address to the jam-packed room at the Art Gallery of NSW last night.
Explaining how influence doesn’t depend on popularity, social media followers, but it’s about providing engagement with an audience, Miller exemplified how events such as 30 Under 30 help shape the future industry influencers.
“Events like the 30 under 30 are important in identifying, developing and inspiring Australia’s future media, marketing and communications influencers and I applaud David and his team at B&T for driving this initiative,” he said. “An investment in these awards is an investment in the future of our industry, which The Newspaper Works is proud to sponsor.
“News media has a long history in influencing, and like news media, you here this evening have the opportunity to shape the industry’s future ‐ to influence positive outcomes, to better consumer behaviour, to shape our identity and to drive industry issues.
“Our industry today needs more influencers and I am urging you today to be the change that will define our industry’s future. Use your influence, your credibility and your personal brand to impact quality outcomes, change and progress – just as news media has done since they began rolling off the presses.
“ On behalf of everyone at The Newspaper Works, I’d like to congratulate you on your recognition as finalists for B&T’s 30 under 30 and wish you all the best tonight, and for your careers ahead.”
Thank you to all our sponsors and judges who made the night possible.