ABOUT ME
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I'm a passionate content creator and broadcaster with over 15 years' experience engaging with audiences around Australia.

 

From radio broadcasting to producing news bulletins; filming corporate videos to writing website copy, I have a broad range of skills that are a requirement in the digital and social content age.

SKILLS
  • Journalism

  • Broadcasting

  • Radio programming

  • Music scheduling

  • Video filming & editing

  • Social media management

  • Website & social media copywriting

  • Audio editing

  • Microsoft Office

  • Adobe Creative Cloud

  • RCS & NexGen

  • MusicMaster & PowerGold

EDUCATION

Griffith University

2003 - 2005

Bachelor of Communications (Journalism & Public Relations majors)

In this course, I gained a thorough understanding of journalism practices, media law & ethics, fundamental skills to broadcast journalism, and best practices for public relations and publicity across a variety of industries.

 

Australian Film, Television
& Radio School (AFTRS)

2009

Music Director Short Course

In this 2 day short course, I learned how to schedule music with the RCS Selector (DOS at the time). This included creating clocks, rotations, coding and setting up rules correctly. 

University of Southern Queensland

2016 - 2017

Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours)

I returned to university to gain hands-on experience in television and digital production. I worked on a number of programs including Connected and After The 80. My main project was a hyperlocal video news bulletin in conjunction with the Queensland Times.

 
VIDEO DEMOS
EXPERIENCE
 

7NEWS.com.au

February 2019 - present

Senior Content Producer

In this varied role, I edit and curate videos for 7NEWS.com.au, 7NEWS social media platforms including YouTube, Facebook. Instagram and Twitter; produce bespoke videos and live streams; create graphics and assist with digital shows like The Latest on Facebook Watch.

7NEWS Queensland

May 2018 - February 2019

Weather script writer/social media producer

Starting as a casual weather script writer, I later moved into the role of social media producer for all 7NEWS markets in regional Queensland, including Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba​, Wide Bay, Central Queensland, Mackay, Townsville & Cairns.

Bolton Clarke

June 2018 - July 2018

Content Analyst

In this contract role, I reviewed and fixed Bolton Clarke's website content during a major rebrand, ensuring dead links were removed, branding and content was up to date and advising on social strategy.

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation

March 2018 - April 2018

Content Officer

In this contract role during the key Games period, I curated news articles from Games News Service, curated photo galleries and social media content from Getty photographers, interviewed athletes, and wrote feature articles for gc2018.com.

96five Family Radio

May 2016 - present

Drive Producer/Casual Panel Operator

As the Drive Producer, I ensured the pre-recorded Drive show was delivered and carted into NexGen, segued and timed-out for every hour. In addition to this, I ensured 'live reads' were recorded and carted and panelled the 7 News nightly simulcast and breakfast outside broadcasts.  

Infocus

Apr 2017 - Dec 2017

Digital Content Producer/Public Relations

This role was created to develop digital content for Infocus' internal and external audiences. This included writing blog articles for the refreshed Infocus website, creating social media posts and graphics, filming and editing videos for newsletters and internal training. I also created graphics and collateral for the annual adviser conference iCON17.

Key achievements: 157% increase in engagement on LinkedIn, 1120% increase in Facebook likes in five months. 

Luke & Susie

Sep 2016 - Oct 2017

Producer
 

In this role, I booked guests and provided content for the Luke & Susie radio show, syndicated to 18 community stations around Australia. In addition to this, I edited and uploaded their podcasts, refreshed their brand graphics and issued press releases to drum up support for the show.

Australian Institute of Personal Trainers/ Foundation Education

Mar 2015 - Mar 2016

Social Media Officer/Digital Content Producer

In this role, I managed the social media accounts for both AIPT and Foundation Education, while writing blog content to engage with potential students and working with our videographer to edit long-form videos into social media bites. 

 

Key achievements: 276% increase in likes for Foundation Education Facebook page; 111% increase in likes for AIPT Facebook page.

Careers Australia

Apr 2014 - Mar 2015

Digital Marketing Officer

This role was created to engage with a variety of internal and external stakeholders through social media, eDM's and newsletters. I was also charged with updated the company intranet and updating copy and graphics on the refreshed website.

Key achievements: 1013% increase in Facebook likes and 1370% increase in Twitter followers in under 12 months. 

Eagle FM & 2GN Goulburn

May 2013 - Mar 2014

Program Director/Breakfast Announcer

In this role, I was responsible for the overall sound and day-to-day operations of Eagle FM and 

2GN. This included staff rostering, ensuring logs and commercials were loaded, meeting with the station manager and group program director to ensure each station's objectives were being met. I also hosted breakfast, music shifts and outside broadcasts on Eagle FM and recorded breaks for X Digital in Perth.

Hitz939 Bundaberg

Dec 2010 - May 2013

Music Director/Breakfast Announcer/Digital & Social Media Content Producer

In this multifaceted role, I co-hosted and produced the breakfast show on Hitz939, added and scheduled music, created web and social media content, produced show and station imaging, hosted outside broadcasts and station events (including theme nights and movie premieres). In addition to this, I regularly filled-in as the local news journalist, assisted in promotions and sales, and won 2 Australian Commercial Radio Awards.

Key achievements: 2011 ACRA Winner for Best Music Director (Country), 2011 ACRA Award Winner for Best Multimedia Execution; first Australian radio station to play One Direction and secured one of the first Australian interviews with the band.

97.7 Snow FM 
Snowy Mountains

Dec 2009 - Nov 2010

Program Director/Music Director/Breakfast Announcer/Digital & Social Media Content Producer

Originally hired as the breakfast announcer and music director for Snow FM, I was soon elevated to program director, tasked with staff rostering and ensuring the smooth day to day running of Snow FM. In addition to this, I scheduled music logs, produced station imaging, produced podcasts, created web and social media content, and made promotional material for the local cinema and ski resort.

Key achievement: 2010 ACRA nomination for Best Music Director (Country).

105.9 Star FM
Orange

Apr 2008 - Dec 2009

Breakfast Announcer/Digital & Social Media Content Producer

My primary role was to produce and present the breakfast show for 105.9 Star FM, and host outside broadcasts and station events. I also managed the station social media channels and updated the station website via their bespoke CMS.

ZZZ-FM & 2LM
Lismore

May 2007 - Mar 2008

Production Manager/On-Air Floater

In my first position out of university, I was tasked with producing on-air commercials for ZZZ-FM & 2LM. This included coordinating in-house and external voice talent to record, working with the sales teams and clients to achieve their goals, and downloading and carting national ads. I also floated in various on-air positions across both stations.

AUDIO DEMOS
 
VOLUNTEER/OTHER EXPERIENCE
 

Switch 1197AM Brisbane

May 2004 - Nov 2005

i20 Countdown Host/floating newsreader

In addition to being the host and producer of the weekly i20 Countdown, I produced the imaging for the show, and read news bulletins on a casual basis.

Seven News Brisbane

2005

Ten News Brisbane

2005

Internship

As part of my university coursework, I spent a week working in the ​Seven Newsroom at Mt Coot-Tha, shadowing reporters, editors and camera operators.

Internship

As part of my university coursework, I spent a week working in the Ten Newsroom at Mt Coot-Tha, shadowing reporters, editors and camera operators.

'Sunrise'/

Seven News Sydney

2005

Internship

During my university studies, I setup a week of work experience with the 'Sunrise' program in Sydney, working on set and with producers.

PRESS & APPEARANCES

gc2018.com

April 13, 2018

Chemistry key to England's synchro success

Team England’s synchronised 10m platform duo Tom Daley and Daniel Goodfellow have been a formidable force since they started competing together in 2015.

gc2018.com

April 8, 2018

Tallent’s heartbreaking disqualification

In a scene reminiscent of Australia’s Jane Saville in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Australian race walker Claire Tallent has suffered a gut-wrenching disqualification in the Women's 20km Race Walk Final with just one lap to go.

gc2018.com

April 4, 2018

Meet the Opening Ceremony flagbearers

Leading your country into the arena of an international sporting event is one of the greatest honours that can be bestowed upon an athlete.

gc2018.com

March 28, 2018

Australian lawn bowlers roll up for a good cause

Australia’s lawn bowls team took to the green at the Windsor Bowls Club, not to play, but to participate in a working bee.

NewsMail, Bundaberg

May 1, 2013

NewsMail, Bundaberg

February 24, 2013

Hitz939's Damo signing off the airwaves

He is one of the people Bundaberg has been waking up to for almost three years, but the sound of Damien 'Damo' Haffenden's voice will no longer be coming through the air waves as the spritely radio host sets out on his next adventure.

Beaches evacuated after water spouts hit Bargara

TILES have been ripped from the roof of the Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club after eight water spouts swept in off the coast of Bargara this morning. Damien Haffenden took this picture of twin waterspouts along the coastline of Bargara.

Radio Today

January 2, 2013

MD’s tell us their faves : Damien Haffenden

Radio Today have been asking MD's to give us their personal Top 5 songs of 2012. Today it's Damien Haffenden, Music Director at Hitz939 in Bundaberg…

news.com.au

March 18, 2009

NewsMail, Bundaberg

October 12, 2012

NewsMail, Bundaberg

September 15, 2012

Radio nudies ready to broadcast bare flesh

RADIO announcers don't often get their faces shown, but four Bundaberg broadcasters are about to show a lot more flesh than that.

Write a song for Alana

A SONG penned by a Bundaberg musician will be the first thing little Alana Reid hears after she receives expensive life-changing surgery to help her hear.

Channel Ten newsreader Ron Wilson's our man on Facebook site

Orange StarFM breakfast hosts Emily Mills and Damien Haffenden set up the Save Ron Wilson group as Ten's 5pm bulletin is most popular among rural folk.