AAP Medianet - 24 January 2019

Welcome to this week's AAP Medianet featuring notable career moves and publication changes in the media industry, our Editor's pick for news release of the week and upcoming events. To keep with movements as they happen, follow our Twitter @aapmedianet

This Week's Media Movements


Shane Lowe is joining 96FM in Perth as its new breakfast anchor and will be heard on the Paul & Lise for Breakfast show. Previously, he was at Nova 919 hosting its breakfast show. Shane has 20 years’ experience in radio and television.

Chris Harrison has been promoted to the position of editor at 10 Daily. Chris was formerly deputy editor, a position he held since the site launched in May 2018. He was previously at Allure Media where he was the publisher of Gizmodo, Lifehacker and Kotaku. 

Chris Kenny will host two new programs on Sky News, including Kenny on Media, similar
to the ABC’s Media Watch, which starts next Monday. He will also host a Monday to Thursday lunchtime program for the channel. Chris is also associate editor at The Australian

Macquarie Sports Radio has made a change to their breakfast show extending the Sydney duo of Mark Levy and Mark Riddell across Australia. Levy and Riddell already syndicate into Brisbane but will now also reach Melbourne at the expense of current hosts Matt Thompson and Tony Shaw. Present Melbourne co-host Jimmy Bartel will join Levy and Riddell for the final hour. 

Laura Bouchet has left WS-FM breakfast show Jonesy & Amanda where she had been executive producer for 10 years. Laura has joined Triple M Sydney as executive producer of their new breakfast show Moonman in the Morning. Laura is a two-time Commercial Radio Award winner for ‘Best Show Producer’. 

Melbourne Herald Sun columnist Rita Panahi has joined Sky News political commentary show Outsiders. As a result, Rita has left 3AW, co-hosting her final Sunday Morning show for the Melbourne talk station.

Chris Kearns has joined Sydney’s 2CH for a new nights show Sydney’s Tonight Live to air weeknights 8pm to 1am. Chris has an extensive resume in radio going back decades at stations such as 2UE, 2UW and 2GO. 

Ingrid Kesa has joined Melbourne based lifestyle website Broadsheet as its director of branded content. Ingrid moves from Vice where she had been head of branded content since 2016. 

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Editor's Pick: Press Release of the Week...

From toilet to brickyard: Recycling biosolids to make sustainable bricks

RMIT University’s Associate Professor Abbas Mohajerani, with a biosolids brick                 Image: RMIT University 

A team at RMIT University, led by Associate Professor Abbas Mohajerani, has demonstrated that fired-clay bricks incorporating biosolids could be a sustainable solution for both the wastewater treatment and brickmaking industries

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Media Spotlight

Natasha Christian, Senior Digital Producer at News Corp Australia
Natasha Christian has been the senior digital producer at News Corp since August 2018. At the completion of her Bachelor's degree in Journalism at the University of Queensland, Natasha joined the Sunshine Coast Daily as a journalist. After five years with the paper, she moved to Yahoo7 as a news producer and was promoted to news editor after a few months in the role. In 2017, Natasha took up a new role at SBS as its evening news editor. Her Twitter handle is @oimisschristian

What does a typical day look like for you as a content producer at News Corp?
No day is the same, which is something I love about my job as it's never boring. It’s certainly taught me to be flexible as it involves a constant mix of reporting and producing news stories. One minute I’ll be reporting on the national or world issue of the hour, and the next I’ll be focused on making our print stories sing online.

As someone who has worked as a digital producer for several years, how would you like to see this industry grow?
It might be an unpopular opinion, but I’d like to see a change in attitudes in terms of readers’ reluctance to pay for quality journalism online. There are plenty of fantastic Australian journalists working hard to bring issues to the surface, and many put their reputations on the line to do so. I think it’s sad that the attitude now is that news should always be free. 

What are some ways to effectively target a press release to a journalist?
If you’re sending one make sure it’s to a reporter who can use it. Be aware of the round they cover, or reach out in advance and see if they’re interested in your pitch first. Short, sweet and to the point is always best – ignoring this it’s just going to end up in the trash.

For an online news story to capture people’s attention, what must it contain?
A great story must be easy to read and without error from start to finish, have the strongest possible headline and photo to sell it, and spot-on SEO and social sell. If you’ve worked hard on a story and want to make sure it’s read, think smart and spend time building it properly for online. If you spend hours on a story then rush the last step, you’re wasting your time as no one will see it. Timing in terms of when you’re publishing is also important to think about too.

Upcoming Media Events

Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th January, Melbourne and Geelong
Three days of races including elite races and a People’s Ride. 

Brisbane Day-Night Test: Australia versus Sri Lanka 
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th January, Brisbane
For the first time, Brisbane’s “Gabba” ground will host a day-night international cricket test match. The match between Australia and Sri Lanka will commence at 1pm (QLD time) each day.

Australia Day Concert at The Sydney Opera House (pictured above)
Saturday 26th January, Sydney
Continuing the Australia Day festivities at Sydney Harbour, the live and televised concert will feature great Australian artists like Kate Ceberano, John Foreman and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. The night will be accompanied by fireworks and lighting displays.

Ferrython on Sydney Harbour
Saturday 26th January, Sydney
Ferries will race from Circular Quay to Shark Island and then back to finish at the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Tall Ships Race
Saturday 26th January, Sydney
As part of the Sydney Harbour program on Australia Day, tall ships will battle on Sydney Harbour to win the coveted Tall Ships Trophy.

Festival of Sails (pictured left)
Saturday 26th to Monday 28th January, Geelong
The largest keelboat regatta in the Southern Hemisphere returns to Geelong’s foreshore with world-class sailing action combined with free waterfront entertainment including the Australia Day fireworks display.


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