The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-03-16T19:58:14Z 2019 IT Journalism Awards Finalists 2019-03-16T19:58:14Z 2019-it-journalism-awards-finalists Samsung and MediaConnect are delighted to be able to announce our shortlist of finalists for this year’s 2019 Samsung IT Journalism Awards. Shortlisted finalists are announced only for all individual/journalist categories (in alphabetical order). Media categories include all nominees as listed below. Shaneez Johnston, Samsung’s Head of Corporate Affairs and Social Media said that Samsung is happy to offer its support to Australia’s IT media and journalism community via the Awards. “Samsung is proud to help support excellence in technology media and journalism. We value the role that technology media play and we look forward to sharing this fabulous night of recognition with them,” Johnston said. This year's Lizzies are also sponsored by Watterson Marketing Communications and NEC. The presentation night will take place on Friday March 22 at Luna Park Sydney’s Crystal Ballroom. If any entrants or judges have not received or misplaced their invite, please contact MediaConnect as soon as possible. Ticket sales are currently open, and those intending to purchase either individual tickets or tables should do so ASAP at The Lizzies website. Lastly, congratulations and good luck to all of this year’s finalists. And for those who did not receive a finalist berth, we hope you will still join us to support your IT journalism colleagues. — Coverage Awards Best News Coverage ARN Online, Australian Financial Review, CNET, Communications Day, Computerworld Australia, CRN, EFTM.com, Finder, Gizmodo Australia, iTnews.com.au, Junkee, The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, Which-50 Best Business Coverage ARN Online, Australian Financial Review, BIT, CIO, Computerworld Australia, CRN.com.au, IOT Hub, Junkee, Lifehacker Australia, The Australian, Which-50, Women Love Tech Best Consumer Technology Coverage APC Magazine, Australian Financial Review, CNET, Film Video & Virtual Reality, EFTM.com, Finder, Gizmodo Australia, Junkee, Lawson Media (Moonshot), Lifehacker Australia, PC World Australia, Pickr, Swipe (Your Money), The Australian, The Gadget Grill, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Today Show, Nine Network, Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News, WhistleOut, WomenLoveTech.com Best Gaming Coverage Checkpoint Gaming, CNET, Finder, Game Informer, GameSpot, GOAT, Good Game Spawn Point, AusGamers, IGN Australia, Junkee, Kotaku Australia, Lifehacker Australia, PC World, Player2.net.au, Press Start Australia, Progress Bar, Stevivor, Super Jump, The Sydney Morning Herald, Vooks, Which-50 Best Independent Media Ausdroid Media, EFTM.com, Lawson Media (Moonshot), Pickr, Progress Bar, Reckoner, Richard Armitt, Stevivor, Tech Guide, The Wrap, Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News, Vooks — Beat Awards Best Consumer Technology Journalist Adam Turner Alex Kidman Alison Banney Chris Griffith Claire Reilly David Braue George Nott Mark Serrels Matt Sayer Seamus Byrne Best Technology Industry Journalist Brad Howarth Brendon Foye David Swan Eleanor Dickinson George Nott Julia Talevski Rae Johnston Samira Sarraf Seamus Byrne Yolanda Redrup Best Business Journalist Andrew Birmingham Ariel Bogle Chris Pash David Braue Elizabeth Barry George Nott Paul Smith Ry Crozier Tess Bennett Vanessa Mitchell Yolanda Redrup Best Gaming Journalist Amanda Yeo Angharad Yeo David Milner Donald Duong Jackson Ryan James O'Connor Jeremy Ray Jessica McDonell Lucy O'Brien Mark Serrels Richard Moss Tim Colwill Best Telecommunications Journalist Alex Kidman Corinne Reichert David Braue Jennifer Duke Krishan Sharma Leon Spencer Max Mason Rohan Pearce Ry Crozier Tegan Jones Best Security Journalist Anthony Caruana Ariel Bogle David Braue Jeremy Kirk Juha Saarinen Rohan Pearce Roma Christian Ry Crozier Samira Sarraf Best Technology Issues Journalist Anthony Caruana Ariel Bogle Chris Griffith Claire Reilly David Swan Joseph Brookes Krishan Sharma Lynne Minion Mark Serrels — Journalism Awards Best News Journalist Ariel Bogle Claire Reilly David Swan Justin Hendry Mark Serrels Ry Crozier Simon Sharwood Tegan Jones Yolanda Redrup Best Reviewer Alex Choros Alex Kidman Djuro Sen Fergus Halliday Jacqui Dent John Davidson Joseph Hanlon Leigh :) Stark Nick Broughall Roma Christian Simon Sharwood Sneha Khale Best Technical Journalist Adam Turner Alex Choros Alex Kidman David Braue Hayley Williams Jeremy Kirk Krishan Sharma Leigh :) Stark Best New Journalist Alana Mitchelson Amanda Yeo Angharad Yeo Eleanor Dickinson Hayley Williams Jackson Ryan Jacqui Dent Jennifer Bisset Joseph Brookes Matt Johnston Matt Sayer Suzan Delibasic Tegan Jones Best Columnist Alice Clarke Chris Griffith Claire Reilly Daniel Van Boom David Milner David Swan Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson John McDuling Mark Pesce Mark Serrels Paul Smith Simon Sharwood — Content & Media Relations Awards Best Corporate Content Alison Lowe Anthony Caruana Darren Pauli EFTM.com Kosta Andreadis Lilia Guan Matt Hopkins Next Custom Nick Ross Stuart Corner Best Media Relations Andy Scales, Campaign Lab Carla Dovgan, Samsung Australia David Wolf, Closer Communications Doug Johns, Power Up Erin Victor, Kaspersky Lab Jordan Cameron, Blizzard Entertainment Matthew Wu, Telstra Salvatore Di Muccio, Well Above Samii Avdic, CampaignLab Susan Moore, Gartner 2019 IT Journalism Awards now open! 2018-12-18T23:26:26Z 2019-it-journalism-awards-now-open MediaConnect is delighted to announce that entries for the 2019 IT Journalism Awards are now open. All categories, judging criteria and entry forms can be found at www.thelizzies.com. Entries must be submitted before midnight on January 25th, with the gala awards presentation being held on Friday March 22nd, 2019 at Luna Park in Sydney. Now in its 17th year, the IT Journalism Awards is supported by long-time sponsors Watterson Marketing Communications. The awards will recognise work published in the 2018 calendar year, with 21 awards for both individuals and mastheads. “These awards are about recognising and promoting high-quality journalism, and the facts are that has never been more necessary or relevant, so we’re delighted to announce that the 2019 Lizzies are open for submissions and encourage everyone in the technology journalism community to get behind this year’s awards,” MediaConnect CEO Phil Sim said. As always, every journalist who submits an entry will be afforded one free ticket to attend the awards ceremony courtesy of our sponsors. Tickets for friends and guests are available for purchase at http://www.thelizzies.com/attend-the-awards/. If you would like to help us with judging the awards, please get in touch — all judges receive one free ticket to the event. Sponsorships are still available. Please contact Phil Sim on 02 9894 6277 or philip@mediaconnect.com.au to secure one of the final sponsorship opportunities. If you have any queries regarding entries please contact Craig Daveson on 02 9894 6277 or craigd@mediaconnect.com.au. The Australian Computer Society sponsors the 15th annual IT Journalism Awards 2017-05-03T04:22:34Z the-australian-computer-society-sponsors-the-15th-annual-it-journalism-awards MediaConnect is delighted to announce the ACS, the professional association for Australia’s ICT sector, as the official 2017 naming rights sponsor of the 15th Annual IT Journalism Awards. The Awards, which will be held at Luna Park on May 12 2017, have attracted a record number of entries, with more than 400 entries from over 100 journalists and publications. MediaConnect CEO Phil Sim said, “We’re delighted to partner with the ACS to recognise the best of Australia’s technology journalism published in 2016.” “The ACS is such a wonderful fit with the awards given they represent Australia’s ICT community, which all of our technology media write for, or write about.” ACS CEO Andrew Johnson said, “The ACS is pleased to partner with MediaConnect to recognise the tremendous work of ICT journalists throughout the year.” “Their work helps ICT to be seen as a driver of innovation and contributes to the understanding and promotion of the fast-paced ICT sector in Australia.” Tickets to next Friday’s event are currently available to be purchased from our website at http://www.thelizzies.com/attend-the-awards/. This year’s Lizzies are also sponsored by Watterson Marketing Communications and NEC. For further information please visit http://thelizzies.com/ Finalists announced for 14th annual MasterCard IT Journalism Awards 2016-05-06T05:18:34Z finalists-announced-for-14th-annual-mastercard-it-journalism-awards-1 MediaConnect is delighted to announce the individual finalists for the 14th annual MasterCard IT Journalism Awards, recognising outstanding work produced in the year of 2015. All those who entered or judged this year’s awards are invited to attend the awards as guest of our principal sponsor, MasterCard. The awards will be held at the Crystal Ballroom in Luna Park, Sydney on Friday May 13th, with doors opening for pre-dinner drinks at 6:30PM. The Awards commence from 7:00PM. In addition to MasterCard, this year’s awards are sponsored by Watterson Marketing Communications, NEC and the Australian Computer Society - and we thank them greatly for making this event possible. Linksys is also supporting the awards. The IT journalism community has once again enthusiastically participated in this years awards, bringing in a record amount of over 300 entries across a number of categories. The most popular category was Best Gaming journalist with 38 submissions, just in front of Best Columnist and Best Consumer Technology journalist. So congratulations if you're a finalist, and best of luck next Friday. And if you didn’t get a finalist berth, we hope you can still join us to support your IT Journo peers and brethren. If you require additional tickets tickets to the event, please visit our Lizzies site to purchase a ticket. Shortlisted finalists are announced only for all individual/journalist categories (in alphabetical order). Media categories include all nominees as listed below. If any entrants or judges have not received or misplaced their invite, please contact Craig Daveson on craigd@mediaconnect.com.au. JOURNALIST FINALISTS Best News Journalist Allie Coyne David Swan Hannah Francis Krishan Sharma Marc Fennell Mark Serrels Paris Cowan Paul Smith Renai LeMay Ry Crozier Best Business Tech Journalist Aimee Chanthadavong Allie Coyne Chris Pash Krishan Sharma Paris Cowan Paul Smith Ry Crozier Ry Crozier Spandas Lui Yolanda Redrup Best Tech Industry Journalist Caitlin Fitzsimmons Claire Connelly David Swan Gina Baldassarre James Pinnell Krishan Sharma Luke Hopewell Paul Smith Simon Sharwood Tony Yoo Best Consumer Tech Journalist Alex Choros Angus Kidman Asha Barbaschow Beau Donelly and Nick Toscano Chris Griffith Claire Reilly Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson Krishan Sharma Michelle Starr Seamus Byrne Best Telecommunications Journalist Allie Coyne Chris Pash Claire Reilly Corinne Reichert David Ramli Geoff Long Hannah Francis Josh Taylor Petroc Wilton Best Gaming Journalist Alex Walker David Milner James Cottee Jeremy Ray Krishan Sharma Lucy O'Brien Luke Reilly Mark Serrels Patrick Stafford Richard Moss Best Columnist Adam Turner Alex Kidman Angus Kidman Chris Duckett David Milner Josh Taylor Nick Ross Patrick Avenell Paul Smith Renai LeMay Simon Sharwood Best Reviewer Adam Turner Alex Kidman Alex Walker Bennett Ring Campbell Simpson Chris Southcott Krishan Sharma Nic Healey Nick Broughall Stephen Lambrechts Best New Journalist Alex Choros Ariel Bogle Asha Barbaschow Brendon Foye Chris Southcott Harry Tucker Hayley Williams Joel Burgess Lachlan Harman Peter Gutierrez Best Technical Journalist Adam Turner Alex Kidman Angus Kidman Chris Duckett Darren Pauli Geoff Long Jeremy Kirk Leigh D. Stark Peter Zaluzny Petroc Wilton BEST MEDIA RELATIONS Ayla Fitzgibbon, Red Agency Angela Coombes, NEC Dan Chiappini, Blizzard David Bass, Bass PR Matthew Wu, Media & Capital Partners Rudolf Wagenaar, Ogilvy MEDIA NOMINATIONS Best Magazine APC, CHOICE, CRN, Game Informer, Hyper, Official Xbox Magazine Australia, PC PowerPlay, PC & Tech Authority, T3 Australia, TechLife Best Website ABC Tech and Games, CIO NZ, CNET, CRN, CyberShack, Delimiter, Gizmodo Australia, IGN, iTnews, iTWire, Kotaku Australia, Lifehacker Australia, Mashable, PC Gamer, PC World, Startup Daily, Tech Guide, TechRadar, The Australian, ZDNet Best Audio Program Download This Show, Gadget Grill, Geeks Interrupted, Girt by CNET, Life & Technology, Lifehacker, Gizmodo and Kotaku Australia - Static, Daily Tech News Show, Risky Business, Tech Daily, Tech Guide, Two Blokes Talking Tech Best Video Program ABC TV, CNET, CyberShack TV, Daniel Elias, Djuro Sen - Technology Editor 7 News, Dominic Sharoo / NitroWare.net, Gizmodo Australia, Good Game - ABC TV, Kotaku Australia, Lifehacker, Gizmodo and Kotaku Australia - Static, PoliTech (by Startup Daily) Best News Coverage Communications Day, Download This Show, Fairfax Media, Gizmodo Australia, iTnews, Kotaku Australia, Stevivor, Techly, The Australian, The Australian Financial Review, ZDNet Best Business Tech Coverage Business Insider, CIO NZ, Communications Day, iTnews, Lifehacker Australia, Startup Daily, The Australian, The Australian Financial Review, ZDNet Best Personal Technology Coverage CNET, CyberShack, Fairfax Media, Gizmodo Australia, iTWire.com, Lifehacker Australia, Tech Guide, Techradar, The Australian Best Gaming Coverage Digitally Downloaded, Fairfax Media, Game Informer, Good Game - ABC TV, IGN, Kotaku Australia, Lifehacker Australia, Official Xbox Magazine Australia, PC Gamer AU, Progress Bar Best Independent Media Ausdroid, EFTM, Live Tech AU, NitroWare, Rocket Chainsaw, Stevivor, Tech Guide, Vooks, Women Love Tech MediaConnect adds to team 2014-10-15T14:27:16Z mediaconnect-adds-to-team MediaConnect has announced two additions to its Influencing team with Briana Healey joining as journalist and Craig Daveson coming on board as community manager. Healey is responsible for producing the majority of Influencing’s editorial coverage, writing news and profiles about Australian media and public relations professionals and organisations. Having previously worked as a freelance journalist and also interning at a number of public relations agencies in Sydney, Healey has practical experience across Influencing’s media and marketing communications communities. She is the primary contact for editorial enquiries, pitches and press releases (which should be sent to editorial@mediaconnect.com.au). Daveson joins MediaConnect this week as Influencing’s new community manager. As community manager, Daveson will be the primary point of contact for Influencing subscribers both in regard to technical and contact support and enquiries. Daveson’s background and skill-base extends across media and communications, information technology and customer service and he will lead Influencing’s support initiatives. Additionally Daveson will contribute to our ITJourno coverage as Epitome editor and a reporter. His journalism experience includes regular contributions to gaming blog Attack of the Fanboy. “We’re delighted to welcome both Briana and Craig to the team,” said MediaConnect Chief Executive Officer, Phil Sim. “Both are extremely talented, young media professionals and I’m sure both will make their mark within our communities very quickly,” he said. Both can be reached on (02) 9894 6277 with Healey contactable via email at briana@mediaconnect.com.au and on Twitter at twitter.com/BrianaHealey Daveson’s email address is craigd@mediaconnect.com.au and his Twitter can be found at twitter.com/CraigDaveson Support emails should continue to be sent to support@mediaconnect.com.au and contact data correspondence to contacts@mediaconnect.com.au. Optus IT Journalism Awards now open 2014-03-05T10:52:23Z optus-it-journalism-awards-now-open Optus is the new naming rights sponsor of the IT Journalism Awards, with entries now open for the 13th annual awards. The Optus IT Journalism Awards evening will be held on May 9 at the Crystal Palace, Luna Park in Sydney. Nominations for the awards, affectionately also known as ‘The Lizzies’, are open now and close on March 21, 2014. Entries can be submitted at the Lizzies website under Enter the Awards: http://www.thelizzies.com/enter-the-awards/ David Epstein, VP corporate and regulatory affairs at Optus said that the telecommunications company is “proud to be associated with recognising the valuable work of Australia’s ICT journalist community, and welcomes the opportunity as naming rights sponsor of these very important awards”. “Technology touches every aspect of our lives and The Australian ICT media are recognised thought leaders in this area – providing valuable commentary, analysis and reporting on how and where it will impact consumers and business alike.” This year’s awards, which recognise journalism and media created and published in the calendar year of 2013, will include all 20 journalism and media categories awarded last year, plus the popular Best Media Relations award. Additionally, Optus will present an ICT Analyst of the Year award for the first time at this year’s awards, at a special pre-dinner cocktail event. “For the past 12 years, the IT Journo awards have been the industry’s most prominent, but this year we’re also recognising the important contribution of industry analysts. They play a crucial role providing in-depth commentary and analysis on technology trends and industry direction." "We’re pleased to announce the inaugural Optus ICT Analyst of the Year award,” Mr Epstein said. Tickets for the event will go on sale shortly, with nearly 350 journalists, PR professionals and IT industry executives attending last year’s awards. This year’s awards will nominate journalists and media in the following categories: Best Title Best Journalist Best Magazine Best Website Best Audio Program Best Video Program Best News Coverage Best News Journalist Best Business Tech Coverage Best Business Tech Journalist Best Tech Industry Journalist Best Personal Tech Coverage Best Consumer Tech Journalist Best Telco Journalist Best Gaming Coverage Best Gaming Journalist Best Columnist Best Reviewer Best New Journalist Best Technical Journalist Best Independent Coverage Best Media Relations (For PR professionals) MediaConnect launches Activity Stream PR workflow tool 2010-11-15T00:23:00Z mediaconnect-launches-activity-stream-pr-workflow-tool MediaConnect has achieved a leap forward in helping PR professionals track their media interactions and manage their workflows, with the launch of its Activity Stream and Tasks modules.“PR workflow processes that are rooted in spreadsheets and email folders, prevent PR professionals from achieving the productivity gains that free their time to venture into new activities like social media and content creation,” said MediaConnect Chief Executive Officer, Phil Sim.“However, traditional CRM-style solutions, even if they are tailored for the PR community, are too difficult to use and have not been embraced by the PR community.”MediaConnect’s Activity Stream is a free new module available to all MediaConnect subscribers, that is modelled on popular social networking tools like Facebook and Twitter, which are highly familiar to almost all PR professionals.“Most PR pros have never, and will never master CRM-style tools. Now they don’t have to. If you can update your Facebook status, you’ve already mastered the MediaConnect Activity Stream,” Sim said.MediaConnect will progressively integrate any component of a PR professional’s workflow into the Activity Stream, giving them real-time visibility of what their peers are doing, what the media is doing, what coverage they are receiving and what success their campaigns and press releases are having.The Activity Stream is tightly integrated with another new MediaConnect module, Tasks, allowing teams to have full awareness and accountability of the tasks they have been assigned.Email and Twitter have also been tightly integrated into the Activity Stream, making it simple to share emails and tweets with just the click of a button.“Too many PR teams either do a really bad job of sharing information or they flood every body’s inbox with carbon copied emails. With the MediaConnect Activity Stream, PR professionals can at the same time reduce the load on their inboxes, while increasing the amount of information shared and collaborated on.”The launch of MediaConnect Activity Stream comes as MediaConnect prepares to launch its first general media product to the Australian market. Traditionally, serving the PR professionals and journalists in the technology sector, MediaConnect’s general media offering will be targeted at all PR professionals in Australia.“We’ve deliberately rolled this out to our existing customer base initially, so as to get the benefit of their feedback and advice, but this is exactly why we think we’re going to have a very compelling offering to all Australian PR professionals because our software and tools functionality is streets ahead of any competitive service sold from this country,” Sim said.MediaConnect operates a dual-community model, offering versions of its service and software to both the PR and journalist communities. The Activity Stream module will also be integrated into the journalist portal over the next 3 months.About MediaConnect AustraliaMediaConnect Australia aims to be the world’s most innovative provider of solutions to the Public Relations and Journalist communities. It’s dual-community model has enabled it to successfully link the workflows of both the journalist and PR communities, making members of both communities more successful and productive. It’s Influencing suite of tools and service leads the world for ease-of-use, usability and value-for-money. Top tech journalists honoured at annual Lizzies awards 2010-04-19T07:18:00Z top-tech-journalists-honoured-at-annual-lizzies-awards Sydney, 19 April 2010 - Last Friday night, close to 300 people attended the prestigious eighth annual Red Rock Consulting IT Journalism Awards held at Star City Casino. Guests included Australia's most respected technology media, IT executives, PR and communications professionals. The event is organised by MediaConnect Australia and supported by naming rights sponsor Red Rock Consulting as well as Watterson Communications, Sony and Symantec. The 'Gold Lizzies' for Best Journalist and Best Title were won by BRW's Jeanne-Vida Douglas and IT security podcast Risky Business respectively. "Jeanne-Vida Douglas from BRW polled the highest individual score of the night and she polled strongly as winner of Best Business Technology Journalist and was also a finalist for Best Technology Industry Journalist," said MediaConnect CEO Phil Sim. "Risky Business is a great example of excellence in niche media. Patrick Gray's podcast is regarded as one of the world's most authoritative IT security podcasts and it's been a roaring success in terms of attracting listeners and on a commercial basis." Other winners included CHOICE Computer for Best Magazine, The Australian for Best News Coverage, The Australian Financial Review for Best Technology Industry Coverage and Best Business Technology Coverage and CNET for Best Website. The ABC's Good Game won Best Video Program while Best Gaming Coverage went to Australian 360. Over 200 entries were submitted for judging in 21 categories. The Awards are judged by current IT journalists, former journalists or columnists. Twitter hashtag for the event was #lizzies which became a trending topic on http://trendsmap.com/local/au/sydney. The event was a triumph for female journalists. Jeanne-Vida Douglas was the first female to win the Best Journalist award, while Gamespot's Laura Parker was the first female Gaming Journalist of the Year. Alexandra Savvides was also the joint winner of the Best Reviewer category. Boyd PR's Shuna Boyd won the Best Media Relations category, a category for tech PRs judged by the IT media. Please see below for a full list of the winners. * Photos from the event http://tinyurl.com/y5yjo94 ITJournalism Awards for 2009 Winners: Best Title Risky Business Best Journalist Jeanne-Vida Douglas Best Magazine CHOICE Computer HC - PC Authority Best Website CNET Australia HC - CHOICE Best Audio Program Risky Business Best Video Program Good Game Best News Coverage The Australian HC - The Australian Financial Review Best Technology Industry Coverage The Australian Financial Review Best Business Technology Coverage The Australian Financial Review HC - BRW Best Personal Technology Coverage PC Authority HC - Lifehacker Best Gaming Coverage Australian 360 Best Technology Industry Journalist Ben Woodhead HC - Petroc Wilton John Costello Best Business Technology Journalist Jeanne-Vida Douglas HC - David Braue Helen Dancer Best Consumer Technology Journalist Asher Moses HC - Adam Turner Best Gaming Journalist Laura Parker HC - Cam Shea/Jeremy Ray Alicia Camphuisen Best New Journalist David Ramli HC - Laura Parker Cass Warneminde Best News Journalist Ry Crozier HC - Ben Woodhead/Asher Moses Best Columnist Alex Kidman HC - David Braue Best Reviewer John Davidson and Alexandra Savvides HC - Darren Yates Best Technical Journalist Darren Yates HC - Simon Sharwood/Angus Kidman David Hellaby Best Media Relations Shuna Boyd About Red Rock Consulting IT Journalism Awards The IT Journalism Awards are the pinnacle of achievement in technology journalism and enjoys outstanding support from the media, PR and IT industry communities. The event recognises excellence in IT media and journalism. The Awards are affectionately known as The Lizzies, in reference to the 'Lizards' nickname that has been adopted by the Australian IT media community. Red Rock Consulting took over as the naming rights sponsor this year. About MediaConnect MediaConnect's online tools and information services help to bridge the gap between journalists and PR professionals. Whether it be via PR and media portals or conferences, MediaConnect is helping companies to build more effective, meaningful media relations. Media Contact: Tamara Jawad MediaConnect Australia +61 2 9894 6277 tamara@mediaconnect.com.au t: @tamarajawad MediaConnect announces upgrade of media relations platform 2009-04-26T14:00:00Z mediaconnect-announces-upgrade-of-media-relations-platform MediaConnect has launched a tightly-integrated Twitter client on its media and PR platform, as part of a raft of enhancements which collectively make up its Autumn software release. Twitter users can now receive their own Twitter messages and post to their Twitter account directly from the 'Updates portlet' which also streams though industry-specific messages about new updates and database changes. "MediaConnect's platform has long had support for allowing people to feed their own Twitter updates into the platform, but we're extending that support with full Twitter client functionality," said MediaConnect CEO Phil Sim. "MediaConnect continues to work towards our vision of allowing users to do as much as possible from a single, tightly-integrated interface and we'll continue to extend our support for new social media platforms like Twitter," Sim said. Another key Autumn upgrade has been dramatically improved performance, via support for Gears caching technology. When enabled, Gears will load the site's Javascript libraries from the user's PC resulting in the site loading in a matter of a seconds. Performance has also been improved across the site via extensive database optimisation and support for Microsoft's new IE8 browser will deliver faster page rendering for Explorer users. Another focus with recent upgrades that make up the Autumn release has been usability. Start pages on every module now present information in a simpler, easier to understand fashion with more obvious links to key functions. Numerous pages like the press release submit form have been re-designed for greater ease-of-use. "Speed and useability enhancements have been a major focus for us over the last quarter and we'll continue to use user feedback to refine the platform to ensure it is as simple and usable as we can make it," said Sim. The final major element of the Autumn release is MediaConnect's media monitoring module, which was released in BETA earlier this year and is due for an official launch next month. "Our focus with our media monitoring module is to reduce and even totally eliminate our client's administrative burden of producing media coverage reports. We've been beta testing our media monitoring service and module with a small number of clients and will be announcing our commercial launch next month," said Sim. More than a dozen minor new features and enhancements have also been rolled out over the past three months. MediaConnect's Winter release roadmap, which provides guidance for enhancements to be released over the second quarter will include: - The launch of client portals which will allow agencies to extend visibility of their activities and coverage to clients - The launch of a products module which will help journalists and agencies manage workflow related tasks to product reviews - Beta launch of a workflow module including tasks, timesheet and project management capabilities About MediaConnect Australia MediaConnect Australia is the most innovative provider of media intelligence solutions to the media and PR communities in Australia and New Zealand. The company's unique media and PR portals, which seek to help journalists and PR professionals work more effectively and productively, is the only end-to-end online media relations platform built for the Australian and New Zealand markets. On top of its world-leading platform, MediaConnect Australia provides media intelligence services including a media contacts database, editorial opportunities, media news and pitch tips, media monitoring services and news release distribution. MediaConnect Australia also operates its famous Forums, the Sun Microsystems IT Journalism Awards, MediaSavvy educational seminars and the PRWire.com.au website. Contact For more information please contact: Philip Sim, CEO MediaConnect Australia (02) 9894 6277 philip@mediaconnect.com.au Tamara Jawad, Sales & Marketing Manager (02) 9894 6277 tamara@mediaconnect.com.au MediaConnect launches PRWire on Twitter 2009-03-12T18:40:00Z mediaconnect-launches-prwire-on-twitter MediaConnect has announced the first Australian twitter press release wire, allowing Australian tech journalists and readers to consume press releases via their Twitter stream.The new Twitter stream is an extension of MediaConnect's PRWire service and can be followed at @prwiretech. MediaConnect's PRWire is currently in beta and open only to subscribers of MediaConnect's PR portal but will next month be opened up as a free service to all PR agencies and businesses who wish to use it to help distribute their press releases. MediaConnect will add additional Twitter streams under the PRWire banner in the coming months."I think Twitter is a great way to keep on top of the latest announcements," said MediaConnect CEO Phil Sim. "Instead of clogging up your inbox, regular Twitter users can receive press release headlines flowing through their Twitter stream and then click through to the PRWire website to view those that are of interest."MediaConnect's PRWire is focused on enabling journalists and other interested readers to receive press release updates in the manner that best suits their individual workflows. For example, MediaConnect's PRWire can be received via:1. Web - Users can visit www.prwire.com.au and see which press releases are "hot" based on a Digg-style interface that ranks releases on how often they are viewed;2. Email - Users can subscribe to a daily digest of press release headlines based on their precise interests;3. RSS feeds - Users can receive a customised PRWire feed in their RSS readers or any RSS-enabled widget or gadget;4. Twitter - Users can subscribe to PRWire's new Twitter streams;5. ITJourno portal - All PRWire press releases flow through the Update and Media Release portlets on MediaConnect's journalist portal;6. Search Engines - PRWire is indexed by Google News ensuring announcements can be tracked down by users hunting for relevant keywords."The way people consume information is fragmenting. Some people like email, some people like RSS readers, some people live on Twitter. We have a mission to make PRWire accessible by whatever medium the user prefers," said Sim.PR agencies and users wishing to be alerted when PRWire opens up beyond the MediaConnect subscriber base, can email prwire@mediaconnect.com.au to receive an invitation. The basic service will be free.Media ContactPhil SimCEO, MediaConnect Australiaphilip@mediaconnect.com.au(02) 9894 6277About MediaConnect AustraliaMediaConnect Australia is the most innovative provider of media intelligence services and tools to the Australian and New Zealand PR and media communities. The MediaConnect portals represent the world's only social network connecting journalists and PR professionals, integrated with an end-to-end suite of integrated tools. MediaConnect also hosts its famous MediaConnect Forums and media training seminars.