***Announcement***

As you may know, we held our AGM on Monday night. A lot of exciting things happened that night. Firstly, we got to welcome a whole bunch of new students to the committee, which is so amazing. To think we went from a mere three students at the start of 2014, to having more than 20 to kick start 2015 is a major achievement.

On that note, I would like to announce that I resigned my post as President of the PURE Committee at the AGM as well. 2014 was a year full to the brim with amazing opportunities for me and I am incredibly proud of what the whole committee achieved last year… especially this blog. But it’s my third and final year now and after spending all of last year devoting my time to the wider student body, it’s time to be devoted to myself. I want to thank everyone who’s supported me throughout my time as President; I couldn’t have done it without any of you. It wasn’t an easy decision, but I know in the end it’s the right one for me. But alas, I’m not going too far. In fact, I’m just going to be the Vice President instead! I can’t wait to help the new President transition in to their role and support them the very best I can.

Which begs the question.. Who is going to be the President in 2015? Well, I’m so very excited to tell you all that our new Madam President is Lynsey Brady. You might know Lynsey, she has been our Secretary for almost a year now. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Lynsey a lot over the last two and a half years and I can safely say she is going to ROCK. Congratulations on your appointment, Lynsey! I know we all can’t wait to see what the year has in store for us with you leading the charge.

We hope you’ll continue checking in to see what we’re up to in 2015!

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/Kayla Webb

Social Media. Counter-terrorism. Youth Radicalisation.

Social Media. Counter-terrorism. Youth Radicalisation.

Just a few of the topics I could sit and listen to Dr Anne Aly talk about all day long! Her passion for all these things and more was nothing short of infectious at the Women In Media’s 1st event for 2015.

Although ‘Get Serious’ was founded on some horribly confronting issues such as terrorist and radical organisations use of social media and the tragic events of the Sydney Siege and Charlie Hedbo attacks the only thing this event was lacking in was time!
The wisdom of Australia’s pre-eminent female expert in counter-terrorism, plus the launch of a campaign in defense of free journalism meant it was definitely a jam-packed night.

Myself and PURE’s lovely Social Media Manager Jenny Ljunggren were fortunate enough to attend this event and soak up this fantastic opportunity. It was awe-inspiring hearing exactly what Anne has achieved throughout her life (at least this far anyway!) – internationally-recognised research, counter-terrorism expert (who just happened to have flew in from a White House counter-terrorism conference days prior to attending this event..No Biggy!) just to name a few.

But what was more inspiring was the fact she never for a minute gave up whenever obstacles were thrown at her. Whether it be both men and women questioning her credibility, gender inequality and yes even death threats! YOU GO GIRL!!

It was a fantastic night that saw Sky News Host Ashleigh Gillon barely get a word in edge ways! But that didn’t stop us from soaking up a wealth of knowledge while Anne discussed the power of social media in relation to reaching radicalised youth and countering violent extremism, not to mention the implications for journalistic freedom should new metadata legislation be imposed.

An eye-opening event that I thoroughly enjoyed! I’ll definitely be attending plenty more WIM events in the future!

Hopefully I’ll see you there!

/Lynsey Brady

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PURE AGM 2015

Another Coffee catch-up and another AGM done and dusted! And I must say that this years event made me a little sentimental… It was exactly one year ago I decided to join Pure, and I remember going to the AGM feeling excited but also a little freaked out. I had no idea what to expect or who would be there, or even what PURE was all about. The committee that came out from last years AGM became a tight-knit team of students who were happy to use their spare time to work hard on creating events, networking and expanding PURE’s social media presence. But we also worked a lot on reaching out to the Murdoch PR-students, letting them know what PURE actually is and what the committee does. I believe we saw our hard work paying of today, when more pr-students than ever before sat down together, keen to join the PURE committee and all that it stands for. If last year was an amazing year for PURE, I am positive that this year will be even better. photo 1-3 photo 2-3 /Jenny Ljunggren

Welcome semester One!

Alright so semester one has officially begun! Some of us have had a massive 3-month break from uni while others reading this might begin their first semester ever. If that is the case; Welcome! Welcome to the PURE blog but also – welcome to the journey that is university! It will make you cry in exhaustion, laugh so hard you have to hold on not to pee yourself, and occasionally it will also make you scream out loud, because that is what you do when you are immensely proud of yourself. All of this will happen. This is why I am so pumped at the moment, a new semester means new units, new books (so expensive that I have to eat noodles for about 2 weeks – but anyway), and new acquaintances who by the end of the semester will have become good friends.

Some of you reading this might not really know what PURE is, what we do and who we are. It doesn’t matter if it is your first semester or your last, sometimes things go unnoticed, PURE might be one of these things. Maybe you study PR but haven’t really felt the need to engage in your studies and the students around you. (If this is the case – you are wasting your uni years, get your sh**t together!)

I want to take this opportunity to tell you guys about what we are all about. PURE exists purely (see what I did there) for the PR students at Murdoch, run by a group of students happy to lend some of their valuable time to make things happen for the programme they love. The committee meets every second week and we plan great PR events for you, we make sure that you know about the new internship opportunities available, and we organize so you get a chance to get to know your classmates (and PR students from other universities) better outside the lecture theatres.

3 years pass quickly guys, take my advice and make this semester the one where you do something different. Where you take your uni-experience a step further. This semester we are looking for more motivated PR students to join our committee. Do it! And if you are lacking the time, make sure to come to the events we put on. To become successful you need to walk that extra mile, and as cheesy as it may sound, In PURE we walk that mile together. It is great fun and guarantees a bunch of life long friends by the end of it, so send us a PM if you are as keen as we are for an amazing PR-semester ahead!

/Jenny Ljunggren

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(some of the PURE members at last years Murdoch Open day)