AAP Medianet - 27 July 2017

July 27, 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.

Eddie McGuire has confirmed he is returning to The AFL Footy Show, a Channel Nine program that he presented between 1994 and 2005. Eddie is also currently the Presenter of Channel Nine's Millionaire Hot Seat, Triple M Melbourne's The Hot Breakfast and Commentator of Foxtel's AFL coverage.

Michael Wilkins has been announced as the new Managing Director for NSW at News Corp. Michael has held several senior roles at News Corp including Chief-of-Staff of the SundayTelegraph, General Manager of Community News and most recently General Manager of the Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph

John McGourty has been appointed News Local’s first Publisher, Commercial and Operations. John has worked for News Corp for 17 years having been appointed the Night Editor at the Daily Telegraph back in 2000. John has since worked as a Deputy Editor of The Daily Telegraph, Editor of Network Features and most recently Executive Editor of the Editorial Network

Kathy Lipari has been named as the new Executive Editor for News 360. Kathy has been with News Corp since 2002 working as the News Editor for the Daily Telegraph. Kathy has since held various senior positions within News Corp including Editor of Manly Daily, Head of Digital for News Ltd and most recently Editor-in-Chief for News Local

The Project has announced former ABC Northern Tasmania News Journalist, Sallese Gibson, will be joining the team. Sallese has been with the ABC since 2012 where she started as a News Journalist with ABC Riverland in South Australia. 

Libby Price has been announced as the new Presenter for Ace Networks rural program Country Today where she will start in September. The former ABC radio Presenter has spent the last three years working for the Benalla Ensign paper as the Editor.

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

Australia's robot soccer kings off to world playoffs in Japan 
Image: University of New South Wales  

Runswift, the five-time world RoboCup soccer champion team, are in Japan this week for a showdown against their main rivals – robot teams from Germany and the United States.

The University of New South Wales team, who recorded consecutive victories in 2014 and 2015 – but went down ignominiously at the 2016 tournament in Germany – are now convinced they have their mojo back and will be strong contenders to retake the world trophy at the Nagoya International Exhibition Hall.

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Media Spotlight

Sarah Lawrence, Senior Journalist for Nine News Central Victoria
From a young age, Sarah has had an interest in journalism. This interest never went away, and led to her pursuing journalism in university. She has worked for Prime7 in Bendigo and Wagga Wagga, and also WIN News Bendigo, where she covered court cases. Sarah currently works for Nine News Central Victoria, and is loving the regional lifestyle. Her Twitter handle is @sarahtlawrence9

You were the editor of your school magazine in both primary and high school.  Did you know at such an early age that journalism was something you wanted to pursue, and what attracted you to the industry?
I definitely did! I remember being 9 years old, being a curious child and trying to think of jobs where you can travel and do something different every day. Throughout my career, I've enjoyed being able to connect with communities, and to bring a voice to people who need help or are deserving of praise. 

Before working in TV, you spent some time at the Surf Coast Times Newspaper. How did this experience shape your work today?
In terms of writing, it taught me how to make a story interesting by giving it a personal angle. The biggest compliment my editor gave me, at the time, was that I had the 'ability to look into someone's soul', and it's a line I often remember when I'm struggling with an interview. It also taught me that something that is perceived as a small issue in a regional town is actually important to someone.  

How do you use press releases as part of your newsgathering process?
I use press releases to help with ideas when searching for news stories. There might be a common theme with several, or it might help to spark an angle for a local news story. It's also helpful in noting down dates if there is a national day for something coming up. 

What pressing issues currently in Central Victoria are not getting enough media coverage?
Like most regional areas, the drug ice scourge in Central Victoria, and it's impact on smaller country towns, is not getting enough media coverage. I think it will become more and more apparent that there is a shortage of rehab beds. On a lighter note, there isn't enough attention on how great the lifestyle is in regional areas. For a quarter of the price of a city house, you can move to a regional city, have most services on your doorstop, and plenty of job opportunities. 

You are very active on Twitter. How does social media complement your work as a journalist?
It is extremely helpful throughout the day. From the moment I wake, just before 7 in the morning, I check Twitter to see what is happening. I also get Twitter alerts when there is a potentially serious accident or fire in the region, and use it to listen to the scanner. This is particularly helpful after hours because it helps me to coordinate with the camera operators if it turns into a big event that needs to be filmed.

Upcoming Media Events

World Hepatitis Day
Friday 28th July, Worldwide
One of only a handful of ‘World Health Days’ that are officially recognised by the World Health Organization. It is an opportunity to raise awareness and help countries eliminate hepatitis.

Australian Festival of Chamber Music 2017 (pictured right)
Friday 28th July to Saturday 5th August, Townsville, QLD
This internationally acclaimed festival will present a program of concerts, collaborations, conversations and masterclasses to be performed in churches, theatres, gardens and on Orpheus Island.

Broadbeach Country Music Festival, Gold Coast
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th July,  Broadbeach, QLD
The Broadbeach Country Music Festival on the Gold Coast is a free event boasting the likes of Kasey Chambers and Troy Cassar-Daley.

Open House Melbourne
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th July, Melbourne 
The tenth anniversary of the event will see more than 200 buildings that are normally closed off, opened to the public. 

Planet Ark National Tree Day
Sunday 30th July, Nationwide
Over 300,000 people are expected to take part and plant trees at over 3,500 sites around the country. Since the event began in 1996, more than 23 million trees have been planted by 3.8 million people. 

DonateLife Week 
Sunday 30th July to Sunday 6th August, Nationwide 
The week-long event highlights the need for more organ donations in Australia. The Organ and Tissue Authority is urging Australians to make their "donation decision count" by either registering or discussing their wishes with loved ones.

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