The Prime Minister is opening AAP’s new offices in the Sydney suburb of Rhodes today – and they’re implementing some interesting security measures ahead of his visit:
Please be advised as part of the security review for the Prime Minister’s visit a squad of sniffer dogs will be scanning the office tomorrow morning prior to his arrival.
Senior Human Resources Advisor
Australian Associated Press
And AAP Editor-in-Chief Tony Gillies sent out this pep talk to his staff:
To Editorial Staff
Tomorrow’s official opening will be a disruption to most in the newsroom … and it starts this afternoon as we move PCs, bring in equipment and run sound checks in preparation.
I know you’ll understand it’s important to us. It’s not AAP’s way to shine the light on ourselves but just this once shareholders and subscribers will be here to pay tribute.
For your information, the running order of the day is listed below. All of you are invited to watch the proceedings but as you would expect it must be business as usual with regard to the file. It won’t stop.
We’ll do what we can to ensure all who want to watch the Prime Minister officially open our operation can do so but you’ll need to first clear this with your desk editor.
Naturally, we’ll want to show off AAP in the best possible light tomorrow so there’ll be a clean-up this afternoon and first thing in the morning. Anything you can do to assist in your immediate work area will be greatly appreciated.
Dress code will also be important to the image of AAP tomorrow given our biggest customers will be here.
- Guests arrive from 11am.
- Function area in Level 6 breakout area and conference room
- Guests move into the newsroom 11.25am
- Speeches 11.30-12.15pm
- Guests return to the function area
- Guest leave at 1pm.
Media may be here because there’s indication the PM may drop a decent story so that in itself may provide further disruption.
For tomorrow morning only the command desk will operate from the national correspondents’ workstations beneath the ticker.