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Romano Beck introduces PR program

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Romano Beck logoSt Kilda marketing communications agency Romano Beck has opened its own PR training course, called RBU Education, reported Mumbrella.

A joint undertaking with SpotED, RBU Education will offer online lessons to people seeking to enter the PR profession but do not have ample credentials to break in. Subjects will include media relations, sponsorship, social media marketing, and workplace culture and knowledge. The course will be available for $1,495. 

Agency co-founder Gareth Beck said the course was conceptualised based on studies indicating that graduates of PR or communications degrees and entry-level employees - even interns - were usually in for a shock as they are fielded into more serious duties they don’t have the proper training for.  

“RBU Education bridges the gap between university and the workplace, cushioning their fall and increasing chances of turning internships into full-time work or entry-level roles into careers. The information in the course is practical, usable and written in their language, with the aim of making RBU Education students stand out from the crowd. It’s the mentor we would have wanted growing up in PR,” he added.

 “As a high school dropout, I have learnt everything I know on the job. I’ve fought tooth and nail to climb the corporate ladder, use every opportunity to learn and grow, build industry relationships and create a legacy. With three decades of experience under the belt, it’s rewarding to pass on my knowledge to the future PRs of Australia. I just wish something like RBU Education was around when I was a junior burger,” added co-founder Judy Romano.

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“The world of entertainment has seen huge change in those ten years, and we’re honoured that one of the most exciting companies we’ve ever met has entrusted us with their storytelling,” said Sling & Stone PR founder/CEO Vuki Vujasinovic.

“It’s a huge privilege for our team to be able to work with the global Quibi team, and also the incredible talent creating content on the platform, including the likes of Kiefer Sutherland, Liam Hemsworth, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Sasha Velour, and producers like Steven Spielberg.”

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The AMPR Group communications agency has started the week with a raft of new clients, reported Mumbrella. 

For the consumer products space, the new clients are Frankie 4 Footwear, PUMA Australia, and Mambo. 

The Open Markets Group stock brokerage is also a new signing.

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Thrive PR+Communications has earned ANZ market representation for the Samoa Tourism Authority (STA).

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“Lockdown this year has been bleak for many consumer categories but thankfully the extra “at‐home” time brought with it an appetite for a little self-indulgence. We’re very happy to be partnering with a business like Peters, home to a raft of household favourites, to help support their many iconic and well‐loved brands,” said Magnum & Co managing partner Katie Barclay.

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