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Bridget Hayman Bridget Hayman

Bachelor of Communication (Journalism Studies major, media studies minor)
Graduated 2013

Media and Communications Advisor, New Zealand Defence Forces

As the Junior Media and Communications Advisor at the New Zealand Defence Force I take media enquiries on our media phone, write and send media releases and advisories about our people and activities.

I post on the Air Force and NZDF Facebook pages which have more than 20 000 followers. I use social media measuring tools to track our social media statistics and Media Portal to monitor our media coverage.

I compile a Daily Media brief of everything that has gone on in the media that day, which is distributed to the key stakeholders of the NZDF (i.e. the senior leaders) and have written a story for the Navy Magazine read by the wider Defence Force.

I have had the opportunity to travel from Napier to Wellington on a Navy Ship, media wrangled at the arrival and departure of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and have sat in on a live CNN interview about the royal New Zealand Air Force's role in the search for MH370.

The opportunity for this job presented itself during my communication internship at Massey which was an invaluable experience. I have really enjoyed putting the skills and knowledge I learnt during my Bachelor of Communication at Massey to use in real life.


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