AAP Medianet - 24 August 2017

August 24, 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

Fergus Halliday is the new Editor of PC World Australia and PC World New Zealand. He joins from 4Square Media, where he worked as a Journalist. Fergus takes over the role from Nick Ross.

Executive Media will launch a new quarterly magazine called Traces. It will focus on Australian history, covering various topics such as family history and genealogy, artefacts and antiques, and Australian destinations. It will be edited by Eden Cox

Shona Martyn is the new Editor of Spectrum. It will be a return to Fairfax Media for her, having formerly been the Editor of Good Weekend. She joins from HarperCollins Publishers, where she worked as a Publishing Director for over 17 years.

Damon Adams is the new Breakfast Co-Host at Power FM Murray Bridge, sharing hosting duties with Kristel Dally. He has previously worked at 5MU as its Afternoon Presenter and was also a primary school teacher before that.

Sharnee Rawson is the Editor of a new online content platform called The Upsider. She has previously worked as a Food Journalist, Reporter and Contributing Editor for various publications, including The Sydney Morning Herald and The Courier-Mail.

Roma Christian has recently joined 4Square Media as a Senior Executive Journalist. She was previously a Conference Producer for Akolade. Her role will focus on stories related to consumer electronics.

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

Australia's first quantum computing hardware company
Image: University of New South Wales, Sydney
Australia’s first hardware quantum computing company, Silicon Quantum Computing Pty Ltd, has been launched to advance the development and commercialisation of the University of New South Wales's world-leading quantum computing technology.

The $83 million venture will drive the development of a 10-qubit quantum integrated circuit prototype in silicon by 2022 as the forerunner to a silicon based quantum computer.

Read full story

Media Spotlight

Bernard Zuel, Panelist on The Right Note
Bernard Zuel has been writing on music and the arts since 1985, firstly for magazines such as RAM and Rolling Stone, before spending 25 years at The Sydney Morning Herald where he was the paper's senior music critic and writer. He is an arts commentator, critic, panelist on The Right Note and now a freelance writer. His Twitter handle is @BernardZuel

Did you always want to be a music journalist? 
I have wanted to be a journalist since I was about 10 or 12 but I didn’t seriously think that being a music journalist in Australia was an option for a long time. The only people doing it were in the music magazines and none of them made enough to call it a career, instead they were doing it for the same reason I did: fun and passion. Even when I started working full time in newspapers it didn’t really exist as a job: music was what someone did on the side, generally because they were “the young ones” in the office. By the time I’d carved out a role for a full-time music writer it was not far from what would be the beginning of the end of arts journalism in newspapers. Timing!
How useful are press releases for keeping up to date with what's happening in the music industry?
It’s not a universally held view on this side of the fence but I think press releases are useful and even valuable. A good one, packaged well from headline to contact details, is great for keeping me in touch with parts of an industry that is spread out and certainly distant from my home office.

Which band or artist has been the most enjoyable to interview?
This will not be a short answer, sorry. I’ve had the most laughs with Kirin J Callinan, and Justin Hawkins from The Darkness, with Joss Whedon just behind. The most stimulation, partly bred of fear, from Brian Eno, Martin Scorsese and PJ Harvey, the most consistent explorations with Laura Marling, and while Nick Lowe was probably the nicest chap to interview and Elvis Costello the most often challenging, Kate Bush was one of my personal career/life highlights.
The music industry has had to adapt rapidly to technological changes. When you first started as a music journalist did you ever envisage such a transformation?
When I started writing I typed my reviews on a red portable typewriter and handed them in on a sheet of paper. It seemed as old as papyrus and I thought would be my future. So no, I can’t claim any genius vision of the changes I’ve witnessed. In my final years at The Sydney Morning Herald it was startling to be writing the story, essentially subbing it, putting a headline on it, finding a photo and posting it online – and coming back later to fix up errors or add material.
That said, it did prepare me for running my own site, somewhat. But even that’s not likely to be the future.
What advice would you give to anyone wanting to start working in music journalism?
I would ask them “are you mad? Have you not read anything about the death of journalism and the even more imminent death of arts writing?” Then I’d tell them that the only way to do it is to be passionate and committed, firstly to learning (a habit they must establish early or otherwise it will end in tears), then to experiencing and finally to sharing. And then write and write and write, whether it’s published or not. Rip it to shreds if you can’t find someone who will. Then write some more.

Upcoming Media Events

Daffodil Day (pictured right)
Friday 25th August, National
One of the biggest dates in Cancer Council’s calendar. Every year, communities across Australia come together to help fund cancer research, education and support. 

Melbourne Writers Festival
Friday 25th August to Sunday 3rd September, Melbourne 
Victoria's winter celebration for readers, writers and thinkers. Melbourne Writers Festival brings together writers from around the world to celebrate literature, explore ideas, and inspire readers. 

Sydney Jewish Writers Festival 2017
Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th August, Sydney
The festival celebrates the richness and diversity of contemporary Jewish writing from around the world, featuring authors who are Jewish or whose books are of Jewish interest. It is a festival of ideas, where books are just the beginning.

National Op Shop Week
Sunday 27th August to Saturday 2nd September, National 
A week that seeks to raise awareness of the important role of charity op shops in our community, boost donations of quality clothing and household goods, and recognise the tremendous work of the op shop staff and volunteers.

Legacy Week (pictured left)
Sunday 27th August to Saturday 2nd September, National
The annual national appeal to raise awareness and funds for the families of our incapacitated and deceased Veterans. The funds raised from Legacy Week help Legacy continue to assist approximately 70,000 widows and 1,900 children and people with disabilities Australia-wide.

International Day against Nuclear Tests
Tuesday 29th August, International  
A day used to remind UN member states of the dangers of nuclear weapons, and the hope that nuclear disarmament is possible.

Writing and Pitching to Journalists Workshop
Wednesday 13th September, Rhodes NSW
Discover insider knowledge into what makes your press releases stand out to gain. Learn tips and tricks from an accredited media trainer with 16 years of practical journalism experience. For more information, click here.

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