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AAP Medianet - 3 August 2017

August 3, 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

David Sharaz is the newest voice on MIX 106.3FM Canberra joining the Kristen & Wilko Breakfast Show as a Newsreader. David is a former Journalist for various organisations including WIN News Canberra, SBS, 2UE, and Sky News

Alison Clarke will present ABC Radio Adelaide breakfast radio. She has most recently worked as a Presenter in the mornings for ABC Adelaide as well as nine years working as a Presenter for FM commercial radio. She will start in her new role from the 7th August.

Nikki Rooke is the new National Head of Radio Sales for Southern Cross Austereo. Nikki's most recent role was with Seven West Media where she was the Sydney Sales Director. Nikki previously worked for Southern Cross Austereo in 2011 across a variety of roles.

CHILLI FM has announced Shannon Dale as the Music Director and Afternoon Announcer. Shannon has moved up the rankings starting as the Receptionist before moving into a role in Traffic and finally a role as a Presenter.

Kristie Sullivan is the new Breakfast Journalist for Ballarat 3BA and Power FM. Kristie previously was the News & Sport Journalist and Newsreader for 2EC radio. She will begin her new role on 14th August.

PodcastOne has a new program with Jenny Cooney presenting Aussies In Hollywood. Jenny is currently a Freelance Reporter for numerous entertainment outlets including TV Week, Sydney Morning Herald and Channel 9. Her first episode is available on PodcastOne website now.

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

R U OK? convoy launches in the heart of Australia 
Image: R U OK? Australia

This week, R U OK? has launched its Conversation Convoy in Uluru. The convoy will spend six weeks travelling round Australia, aiming to give more people the confidence to support those who are struggling, while raising awareness of support services across the country.

The tour started on 1st August and will cover 14,000 km visiting over 20 communities in regional, remote and metropolitan locations, finishing in Cairns on R U OK? Day, 14th September

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Media Spotlight

Kate de Brito, Editor-in-Chief of
Kate de Brito is the Editor-in-Chief at She has worked as a news, feature and opinion writer across print, newspapers and magazines. Previously she was Editor-in-Chief at Mamamia, and Head of Digital for the News Corp editorial network. Her Twitter handle is @AskBossy

From your experience in the digital sphere, what important lessons have you learnt about it? 
It changes constantly; what was important six months ago is not always important now. You have to be flexible. You can’t be egotistical and think you can tell readers what to think or like. And if you write the best story in the world and no one clicks on it – did you ever really write it? You may as well just email it to your mum.

What does a typical day look like for you as Editor-in-Chief of 
It’s a mixture of strategy and being hands-on with content. The mornings tend to be more focused on the news of the day, with more time for planning in the afternoon. 

How have press releases helped you in your work over the years? 
I can’t remember the last time I found a story in a press release. They used to be bread and butter for print news reporters (maybe they still are?) to find out what was coming up, but now there are alerts, tweets, Facebook posts, Instagram posts, blogs and etc.

A few years ago, you worked as an advice columnist for Do people still come to you for advice today? 
Yes, a friend asked me for advice yesterday. I gave him some, but it probably wasn’t very good. It was actually very humbling giving people advice when I did the column because they were inviting me into something very personal to them. The trick to good advice is it’s usually just common sense.

Which recent stories have had an impact on you? 
I think like a lot of people I was affected by the explosion at the Ariana Grande concert in May. People ask why attacks in London or Paris have more gravity for our readers than bomb blasts in Syria or Iraq. It’s simply that our readers can imagine themselves at a pop concert in Manchester far more easily than a war ravaged town in Syria; they see themselves. It was impossible to read the stories about desperate parents searching for their children and not be moved.

Upcoming Media Events

50th Sydney International Boat Show (pictured right)
Thursday 3rd to Monday 7th August, Sydney
The show returns to Darling Harbour this year and will be the biggest event held so far at the new International Convention Centre. More than 200 big boats are expected in Cockle Bay, with a further 800 on display inside the centre.

Melbourne International Film Festival 
Thursday 3rd to Sunday 20th August, Melbourne
Venues across Melbourne play host to the world’s largest showcase of exceptional Australian filmmaking and one of the world’s oldest film festivals.

Jeans for Genes Day
Friday 4th August, National
A national event aimed at supporting the work of Children's Medical Research Institute who tirelessly research into genetic defects and childhood diseases in order to give kids around the world a better chance of a healthy, happy future.

Garma Festival
Friday 4th to Monday 7th August, Nhulunbuy, NT
The festival is an Indigenous cultural, political and business forum bringing together business leaders, international political members, journalists and more. In it's nineteenth year, the event will be held in North-East Arnhem Land. 

Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races
Friday 4th to Tuesday 8th August, Toowoomba
A family friendly weekend of camping, watching camel races, yabbie races and cultural entertainment on stage shows and roaming entertainers.

Homelessness Week
Monday 7th to Sunday 13th August, National
An annual week coordinated by Homelessness Australia to help raise awareness of people experiencing homelessness and the issues these people face.

Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Fashion Show
Wednesday 9th August, Darwin
In its eleventh year this August, the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Australia’s premier Indigenous art, film and cultural event, presents "From Country to Couture. The show celebrates the marriage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contemporary fine art and high-end fashion.

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