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It’s hard to catch every article, but here’s some of our latest media coverage.

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MPAN on Campaign Brief - 20th June 2018

whiteGREY wins Bronze in Mobile for Missing Persons Advocacy Network ‘Invisible Friends’

Campaign Brief, 20th June 2018
whiteGREY is the only Australian agency to pick up metal in the Cannes Mobile Lions category, scoring a Bronze Lion for Missing Persons Advocacy Network ‘Invisible Friends’.

 

MPAN on SBS - 31st May 2018

What no one talks about when a loved one goes missing

SBS, 31 May 2018
It has been two years since Matthew Roberts vanished after his commercial fishing trawler capsized near Fraser Island from an unknown cause.

 

MPAN on Herald Sun - 7th May 2018

Fresh Hope to Find Tej

Herald Sun, 7 May 2018
Becoming friends with missing person Tej Chitnis on Facebook could be the key to finding him.Two years have passed since the then 21-year-old was last seen leaving his Burwood East family home on Bonview Crescent just before 10.30am on April 27, 2016.
 

MPAN on BBC - 2nd May 2018

Facial recognition to be used at Singapore airport

BBC, 2 May 2018
Facial recognition technology is also being used in Australia in a new campaign to identify missing persons.

 
 

MPAN on Mashable- 1st May 2018

Missing persons organisation looks to Facebook’s facial recognition feature

Mashable, 1 May 2018
Facebook’s new facial recognition features makes some people uneasy, but the tool could help find missing people.

 
 

MPAN on Goodinwindi Argus - 1st May 2018

Invisible Friends campaign features missing Goondiwindi man Terry Lloyd

Goodiwindi Argus, 1 May 2018
A new campaign to find missing people using Facebook’s facial recognition technology features Goondiwindi man Terry Lloyd, who disappeared in 2015.

 

MPAN on ABC Sydney - 30th April 2018

Facebook facial recognition could unlock clues in search for missing persons

ABC Sydney, 30 April 2018
Sending a Facebook friend request to a missing person seems strange, but it may be the key to finding them. Launched by the Missing Persons Advocacy Network (MPAN), the Invisible Friends campaign calls for Facebook users around the world to befriend the profiles of missing persons.

 

MPAN on The Age - 29th April 2018

The facial recognition technology on Facebook being used to find missing people

The Age, 29 April 2018
A powerful new facial-recognition technology used by Facebook has families hopeful that their lost loved ones can be found in photos posted on social media.

 

MPAN on Broadsheet - 10th April 2018

The Coffee Cup Raising Awareness of Missing Persons

Broadsheet, 10 April 2018
Loren O’Keefe has created a Melbourne take – with artists and writers – on the milk-carton imagery that has come to be associated with the disappeared.

 

MPAN on ABC Article - 28th Feb 2018

Tasmanian rapper releases tribute to all missing persons, as the search continues for his brother

ABC, 28 Feb 2018
A Tasmanian rap artist whose younger brother disappeared more than a year ago is hoping his latest song will raise awareness about missing persons and the pain felt by those left behind.

 

MPAN on ABC Article - 10th December 2017

Missing persons: The agony of losing a loved one, when they’re not officially gone

ABC, 10 Dec 2017
Families of missing persons, particularly the long-term missing, face administrative and bureaucratic hurdles that exacerbate their grief.

 

Loren O'Keeffe

Personnes disparues : à Melbourne, Loren O’Keefe réinvente le soutien aux familles

Le Courrier Australien, 11 September 2017
Dans le contexte opaque et inquiétant de la disparition de la petite Maëlys en France, Le Courrier Australien s’est interrogé sur le traitement de ce type d’affaire en Australie.

 

Donny Govan muralFamily continues to believe Donny Govan will be found

Riverine Herald, 2 September 2017
FIVE years ago today, 16-year-old Donny Govan vanished from an Echuca campsite. Never to be seen again. Yet his Ballarat family is still holding out hope that their beloved son and brother is alive.

 

Little girl standing in front of Donny Govan muralMissing Donny Govan’s family vows: ‘We won’t give up looking’

Western Advocate, 31 August 2017
September 1 marks five long years for the Ballarat family of Donny Govan, as they face the anniversary of his disappearance. Donny was 16 when he was last seen at a campsite in Echuca on September 1, 2012.

 

Mural of missing teen Siriyakorn ‘Bung’ Siriboon created in Hosier Lane

Herald Sun, 6 August 2017
FOR six years, the family of Boronia teenager Siriyakorn “Bung” Siriboon has lived with her disappearance and the anguish of not knowing what happened.

 

Female stick figure outlined with dotted line between lots of men

Welcome home: Here’s why we need to hear from missing persons who return

SBS, 3 August 2017
The first week of August marks National Missing Persons Week. For the majority of the week two issues will be prominent – images of those still lost and stories shared by those left behind. But is another story not being told?

 

Tej Chitnis muralLife for family of missing Melbourne man Tej Chitnis a ‘constant nightmare’

SBS, 30 July 2017
More than a year after Tej Chitnis disappeared without a trace, his family say they continue to hold hope that he’s still out there.

 

Charles Wooley with Loren60 Minutes Update: The Missing

60 Minutes, April 2017
It’s an alarming and surprising statistic: every hour four Australians go missing. That equals 100 people a day, or 38,000 a year, who vanish. Thankfully most are found relatively quickly, but for the families of those who aren’t the torment of not knowing what has happened to their loved one is devastating.

 

Photo of missing Nazrawi WoldemichaelThe Unmissables: Bringing back the human stories of missed loved ones

ABC, 28 April 2017
A Hobart family is using art to show the real people behind missing person statistics through the national project The Unmissables. Nazrawi (Naz) Samson Woldemichael is a talented artist, the youngest of his family, and a shy and passionate young man. He has not been seen since October 9.

 

3 women and a man standing by a brick wall.Rye Hunt’s legacy supports Tasmanian missing persons

The Mercury, 22 April 2017
The legacy of Rye Hunt, who died in Brazil last year, will touch more Tasmanians in a new campaign connecting artists with missing persons. Mr Hunt’s sister, Romany Brodribb, is part of The Unmissables, a project launched this month by Missing Persons Advocacy Network (MPAN).

 

Benjamin LawMPAN partners families with artists and journalists to help make the missing ‘unmissable’

Mumbrella, 21 April 2017
The families of long-term missing people have been partnered with artists and journalists, such as Benjamin Law the creator of SBS’ The Family Law, in an effort to help tell their stories and make them ‘unmissable’ as part of the Missing Persons Advocacy Network’s latest campaign.

 

Artists impression of man's faceUsing Art to Humanise Missing Persons Cases

Vice, April 2017
A new art project is reimagining the way we think about missing persons cases. ‘The Unmissables’ pairs illustrators and writers with people who have been reported missing, asking them to tell personal stories that make each case far more compelling than a profile on the back of a milk carton.


Loren Jayant Heesco RevaOne year on, “there are too many questions, but no answers at all” – Jayant Chitnis

SBS, 12 April 2017
Tej Chitnis went missing from Melbourne on April 27, 2016. Now, a mural – as part of MPAN’s The Unmissables – near Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne aims to help reignite the memories of the public.

 

Man stands in front of muralUnmissable artworks to help find lost loved ones

The Age, 9 April 2017
What do you miss when someone isn’t there, what makes them unmissable? Is it their smell? Their touch? The sound of their voice? Or maybe it’s the way they laugh? For Tej Chitnis’ loved ones, they miss everything about him.

 

mural of Tej ChitnisWe reimagined missing persons posters with help from the world’s best artists and writers to make them the ‘Unmissables’

Funny Acorn, April 2017
The search for the long term missing fades over time. In Australia, 100 people go missing every day. Many remain missing and their cases go cold when the police and media move on. So we replaced the vital statistics on boring missing persons posters with stunning works of art and a story about them as individuals, to reignite the search.

Hack for Humanity participantsHacking for humanity to help women grow and connect with technology

Generosity Mag, 23 March 2017
MPAN provides support to family and loved ones of a missing person in their darkest time. The team wanted to make the process of creating a search campaign as easy as possible.

 

judgeGlobal non-profit Girls in Tech teams up with REA Group to host its first Hacking for Humanity event in Melbourne

Smart Company, 28 February 2017
“Making a tool like these guys have done … means the world to people who find themselves in an absolute nightmare,” O’Keeffe said during the event.

 

Vodafone shop front

Vodafone introduces new ‘missing persons’ bill policy

Vodafone has introduced a new dedicated “missing persons” policy so family and friends of customers listed as missing can better manage their account. Its believed to be the first policy of its kind by an Australian telco.

 


Nicola SalleseMoney from ‘Find Rye’ campaign to help search for another missing Tasmanian

Funds donated by the family of Rye Hunt will help the search for another Tasmanian man, Missing Persons Advocacy Network says.

 

Rye HuntDonations to GoFundMe campaign for Rye to benefit MPAN

The incredible generosity shown to a Tasmanian family who flew to Brazil to search for their missing loved one will also benefit others now his ashes have been brought back home.

 

Rye Hunt

#FindRye campaign donates massive amount to charities

“Rye was a keen and vocal supporter of this charity, and as such, we would like to show our support in his honour,” the post said.

 

Loren and MiaLoren O’Keeffe: “I still forget that Dan’s not missing any more.”

This is an extraordinary story, from an extraordinary woman…

 

 

Loren and LoriDaniel O’Keeffe: A mysterious disappearance that turned to tragedy

Five years is a long time, an eternity really when someone you love deeply has gone missing.

 

 

Loren at Richmond PlazaMore than 100: That’s how many Australians are reported missing every day

Generosity Magazine asks why such a prevalent issue is stifled by stigma and stereotypes.

 

 

LorenMissing person advocates push to expand search into online ‘blank space’

“This initiative is innovative, direct, effective — the exact type of thing our charity gets excited about.”

 

 

RichmondPlaza

How do we get Australia talking about missing persons?

This, from Emma Beckett, leads on from a Junkee Junket session she ran about how to raise public awareness about missing persons.

 

AusOfTheDayThis Aussie created the 1st Missing Persons Guide after her bro vanished

CommBank created the Australian of the Day series and sent PedestrianTV to get to know the woman behind MPAN.

 

 

Video

Most of what we’ve been able to capture is available on our YouTube channel here.

WIN TV: Public Service Announcements

Seven News Melbourne

 

CommBank Australian of the Day – Loren O’Keeffe

‘Extra Minutes’ interview with 60 Minutes the month MPAN began

One Year On – A look inside MPAN’s Missing Persons Guide

A Public Service Announcement from ambassador Deborah Mailman

The grant that helped create MPAN: Vodafone’s World of Difference

Promise: Missing You – Featuring Soli Tesema [Music Video]

The Project – Invisible Friends

Sky News – Facebook facial recognition aids missing persons search

Sky News - 1st May 2018

Audio

Whilst most radio interviews are not online, please find some of the latest below.

ABC Conversations

ABC Hobart – Nazrawi Woldemichael’s Unmissable image unveiled

ABC Hobart Radio - 28th Feb 18

Triple J Hack – What it’s like when your sibling goes missing

ABC Hobart Radio - 28th Feb 18