South Australian Association for Media Education Inc.
ABN 15 378 408 705
P.O. Box 300, Ingle Farm, South Australia, 5098
2019 Executive Meeting Minutes
Tuesday 30 July 2019, 4:30 – 6:15 pm
Held at Education Support Hub, Hindmarsh
Present: Grant, Tim, Steve, Alex, Harry, Karen, Jayne
Apologies: Hal, Laura, Guy, Zora
- Acceptance of minutes of last meeting (15 July 2019)
Moved: Alex, Seconded: Harry. Carried
Corrections: A date needed correcting, the minutes had typed today's
proposed meeting with yesterday's date (Hal).
Media Matters conference:
- Grant brought in an interactive funding spreadsheet from
CEASA (a sample printed version was provided), to evaluate costs
and to work out what to charge for attendance fees. (Could
link to it, here, if it's available on-line.)
- We've missed the CEASA
funding deadline (was in January). So no financial support
from them, but can offer in-kind help (e.g. posting
information for the conference)
- Catering costs still a concern. UniSA has its own cafe
(Aroma, private, needs booking)
- Is SAAME prepared to take a financial hit to fund the
conference? The consensus was yes.
- Networking: Market the conference to other related
faculties: English, Drama, Creative Arts, Technology.
Alex had a technology-related subject he could refer it to.
Also mentioned: Ed Tech SA, English Teacher's association.
- This Friday (2 August) 1 pm Jayne has meeting with Magill
UniSA regarding the venue. Need to ask about internet
access, do we need to pay for their IT support staff, catering
Sophie Hyde has agreed. SBS has given permission to
screen an episode of The Hunting. They asked if there's a
speaker's fee, Harry wonders if we should see what they say
about offering $200.
Who will host the Q & A? Grant suggested Sonia
(BTN?). Harry put forward Rebecca
Sparrow (motivational speaker). There was a
suggestion to see if any UniSA lecturers would be
interested. Harry mentioned Collette
Snowden (from facebook, Jayne(?) said she was in
Brisbane). Grant suggested BTN hosts: Sarah
Mosely, or Nathan
Bazley (Grant's seeing Amelia on Thursday).
- Day 1:
Sophie Hyde intro screening of episode 1. Brett
Lamb to appear for drinks & intro, but only working on
- Day 2:
Morning: Two 45 minute presentations. After lunch:
workshops. See the Google Doc for fine details (via the
same link as was previously emailed to exec members).
(NB: The google doc link isn't being provided here, as the
document isn't access-restricted. Our website has two
access-restricted areas, one for exec and
another for general members, we can put
links and resources in there that we don't want public, such as
- Considering notion that not all the workshops are to be
repeated, to be able to fit in more different workshops.
Ask on MEET for feedback on our offered workshops, and
suggestions for others.
- Seems to be a big concentration on secondary, not much on
primary school (Karen has some workshops to address this).
- Should we have an indigenous perspective? Are we doing
a welcome to country? (Which would be expensive to do.)
- Expo: What vendors having displays?
- Concern about the end of conference event being important
enough that everyone will stay for it. See if any industry
sponsor would offer a prize that might encourage people to stay
Jayne wanted a commitment from SAAME supporting the festival.
Sponsorship would be monetary (e.g. an amount per person, or
funding a prize for the winner). Harry supported the motion,
saying we need to build the SAAME brand. Consensus was that we
should fund a prize (e.g. a podcasting USB microphone).
Tim asked if that kind of prize (podcasting) would be fitting for a
film festival entry, Jayne said yes. Exec majority agreed to
funding a prize. $200 prize value was offered, Harry moved,
- SAAME website: Jayne has expressed
misgivings about the website being too old-fashioned. Grant
expressed the point of view that minimalism works, and we should be
able to see through flashy presentations, past the tricks used by the
media, to the real content (one of the core teachings in media
studies). And that we also save ourselves money by not paying
for web-designers. Tim argued the point that the website has to
be useful and useable. That as a starting point the
material from the old wikispace website has been used to create the
new one, that content is needed first before we can create a website,
and that there'd been minimal input from others beyond we want a
website, and wanting something whizzy. There's still little
feedback about what we want on the website, or even why we
want one. And if we don't want clipart constructions, we need
to generate some of our own graphics. We need to be cautious
about creating fancy websites, as a large proportion of people use
smartphones, where fancy sites don't work well (the browsers are
simplified, the screens are tiny). Alex brought up the point
that could entail a secondary, mobile version. Tim asked if the
old wikispace website was collaboratively maintained, or just one
person. Grant said it was managed by one person, and the
suggestion was to continue in that fashion (having a webmaster manage
one for them), though with a bit more collaboration (i.e. a
small team). A professional web-designer would be expensive
(and on-goingly so), Karen says that Ed Web Solutions isn't in that
league (but still around $600).
- Media Matters webpage: Tim
brought up that we need to add content to the media matters
webpage. At the moment it's barren, with only a small amount of
information of what's confirmed, a bit more about what might be, and
little else. He needs more info that is okay to publish (can't
tell from the google doc what bits are ready to publish, and which
parts are still in flux). The webpage is most likely to be the
“for more information see the webpage” type of resource for people
who've found out about the conference, through some other means, and
want to find out more information than will be on the advert
- Logo: Some members not
happy with the old logo (it's actually not clipart, it was designed
for us), others are happy to keep using it. Tim brought up that
we're not being given many submissions of alternatives, some of which
have a fascist 1984 or Fahrenheit 451 feel to them (they have the
look of a “you've been caught doing something wrong on the internet”
vibe to them). The stylised logo Harry showed on his mobile
(submitted by Jayne?) has less of that vibe. The butterfly from
the existing logo could be said to be representative of the
effect” meaning (quite appropriate to studying the potential
effects of the mass media). There was discussion of, in some
situations, just using the word SAAME using an attractive font.
Alex showed some examples of unencumbered Google fonts that we could
use, or we could hand-edit a graphic that was created from one of
Moves: The next show will be 8 pm Wednesday 14th of
The facebook group now has 89 followers.
- Next meeting: Proposed Tuesday 13 August (need to check
with Laura), at the Education Hub, again.
- Meeting closed 6:15 pm.
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