AAP Medianet - 13 July 2017

July 13, 2017

Welcome to this week's AAP Medianet newsletter featuring notable career moves and publication changes in the media industry, our Editor's pick for news release of the week and upcoming events.

This Week's Media Movements

Lucy Walker is the new Editor of OK! magazine. Lucy was previously the Deputy Editor for the publication. Lucy started her career with OK! before working across various Bauer Media titles including TV Week and Woman’s Day.

Medium Rare Content Agency has announced Narelle Hooper as the new Editor-in-Chief for Company Director Magazine. Narelle has previously reported for ABC Radio National, The Australian Finance Review, BRW Magazine, SBS TV and is the co-author of New Women, New Men, New Economy.

Buzzfeed Australia continues to grow its newsroom with former Guardian Reporter, Paul Farrell, and Crikey Political Reporter, Josh Taylor, joining from Tuesday 8th August. Paul spent almost four years with The Guardian as a Journalist and before that spent three years as an Online and Radio Producer. Josh was with Crikey for two years working as a Journalist after joining from CBS Interactive.  

Ilija Dugandzic has taken up a new position as a Drive Announcer for River 94.9. Ilija brings a wealth of experience beginning his announcing career with 4ZR back in 1999. Most recently Ilija was the host of the Morning Show for Drive 96.5 FM.

Crocmedia have announced a brand new show for all motoring enthusiasts with Matt MacKelden and Steve Johnson swapping the race track for airwaves. Matt is a former high-performance driver trainer and touring car driver and Steve is a former V8 Supercar racer.

Southern Cross Austereo has announced Will Allen as Head of TV Sales. Will first joined the media company in 2007 running regional sales. He then rejoined Southern Cross Austereo in 2012 to head up sales in Brisbane.  

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

Australian trades people head to Abu Dhabi for WorldSkills International Competition


An elite team of 43 Australian trades people and their mentors has been announced as Team Australia, who will travel to Abu Dhabi in October to represent Australia at the 44th WorldSkills International competition.

Known as the 'Skillaroos', they will compete against the best from 77 countries, with the dream of becoming the World Champion in their trade. Trades include bricklaying, patisserie and confectionery, hairdressing, landscape gardening, refrigeration and more. 

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Media Spotlight

Patricia Karvelas, Presenter of RN Drive on ABC Radio National
Patricia Karvelas has been a prominent Senior Journalist in the Australian media for two decades. Patricia began her professional career in broadcast journalism at the ABC and SBS as both a Producer and Presenter. She currently presents Radio National's flagship current affairs program RN Drive. Patricia also anchors Karvelas on SKY NEWS LIVE, and co-hosts the ABC’s political podcast The Party Room with Fran Kelly (RN Breakfast). Previously Patricia worked for The Australian newspaper. Her Twitter handle is @PatsKarvelas.

Before stepping into your role at Radio National, you had spent many years as a print journalist. What were some of the rewards of returning to radio?
The rewards of radio are its immediacy and intimacy. Radio, more than any other media, is an incredibly authentic and powerful source of news and conversations that removes superficial barriers, and allows a very natural flow that is exhilarating to host. It feels like a very personal relationship between host and listener, and I often feel like I’m at the pub telling my friends a story about what’s happening in politics today.
 
In an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, you said that journalism was ‘all about the yarn’. How has this helped you adapt to the rapidly changing media landscape?
Focusing on the story I want to tell, rather than the platform I’ll use to tell it, has been my way of responding to the fast changing media landscape. Stories can be told best across multiple platforms, and it is this prism I think through. It’s the story that matters; the platform is just the vehicle.
 
How do you use press releases as part of your newsgathering process?
Press releases are a small part of my process. I still maintain good contacts, and try to get original interviews or stories. Having said that, press releases are a way for institutions and others to share their research and work with the media.
 
In your opinion, what makes a news item interesting?
News is interesting when it is in the public's interest and has a tangible impact on people’s lives. It needs to be explained and contextualised; it needs to be powerfully told.
 
What story has been your favourite to work on this year? 
The constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians has been the most interesting for me this year. Watching Indigenous delegates develop the Uluru statement has been the most powerful story to cover.

Upcoming Media Events

Bastille Festival (pictured right)
Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th July, Sydney 
A free street celebration will take place at Sydney’s Circular Quay to celebrate Bastille Day. Over four days and nights, there will be 100 performance artists, an open-air cinema, more than 100 specialty food offerings. 

Pop-up tram opera 
Thursday 13th July, Melbourne
Passengers on a Melbourne tram will be given a taste of a 400-year-old opera, The Coronation of Poppea, with performers dressed in drag singing parts of the opera as the tram travels down Swanston Street.

Boulia Camel Races
Friday 14th to Sunday 16th July, Boulia, QLD
It is known as the Melbourne Cup of Camel Races and, at 1500m, is the longest camel race in Australia. 

Australia-China Trade Expo
Friday 14th July, Melbourne
The Expo, sponsored by the Australian Chinese business community, will allow for trading opportunities between companies.

Miss World Australia National Final
Friday 14th July, Melbourne 
28 delegates will vie for the Miss World Australia title. The red carpet event will start at 5pm AEST, with the show starting at 7pm. The winner will be announced at 8:30pm.

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week launch
Wednesday 19th July, Melbourne
Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle will announce details of the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (MSFW) 2017 program, and will reveal the faces of this year’s MSFW.

Writing and Pitching to Journalist Workshop
Wednesday 9th August - Melbourne, VIC
Tailored media writing course aimed to strategically target your releases to the media and assist you with all aspects of getting your stories noticed. For more information, click here
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