AAP Medianet - 6 July 2017

July 6, 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

Nicole Byers has been named the new Editor-in-Chief at The Australian Women’s Weekly. Nicole has a media career spanning over 20 years most recently was the Editor-in-Chief for OK!. Her previous publications include Editor of Woman’s Day, TV Week and New Weekly.

Triple M Brisbane's Paul ‘Browny’ Brown, has launched a new heavy rock podcast Up Against The Wall. Paul brings a wealth of hosting experience dating back to 2007 with Sea Fm and culminating with Triple M Brisbane.  He will continue to work with Triple M Brisbane as a Casual Presenter.

Peter Barr has announced he is leaving RTRFM to take on a new challenge with ABC’s South West Mornings. Peter has previously worked as a Breakfast Presenter, Talk Producer and a Program Director during his time with RTRFM.

Alan Hickey is returning with Fiveaa’s afternoon show after he left the program in late 2016 due to health issues. Alan is replacing Jade Robran who has been the presenter for the last six months.

Hit 92.9 FM Assistant Content Director and Announcer, James Speed, is moving to K Rock 95.9.James brings with him over 14 years radio experience both on-air and in operations across various cities in Australia.

Hit 93.5 Dubbo have announced a brand new Breakfast Show with Pippa Moore set to co-host. Pippa has previously worked for SCA Brisbane in the sales department before leaving radio.

Jimi Love will join Pippa Moore as the co-host of Hit 93.5's new Dubbo Breakfast Show. Jimi left LightFM in Melbourne in 2015 to travel. The program will begin on Monday 10th July at 6am

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

Bee Brains Open Way For Better Cameras 
Image: RMIT University  

Identifying colour in complex outdoor environments is extremely difficult because the colour of light is continuously changing. Researchers in Melbourne, Australia, looked to see how honeybees solve this problem and discovered a totally new mechanism for processing colour information.

This new research, conducted by academics at RMIT University, Monash University, University of Melbourne and Daekin University, could pave the way for more accurate cameras in phones, drones and robots. 

Read full story

Media Spotlight

Jason Whittaker, Story Editor at Media Watch 
Jason Whittaker has worked in print and digital media across three states, as a Producer, Reporter, Editor and Publisher. Before joining ABC TV’s Media Watch this year, he was Publisher and former Editor of Crikey. His Twitter handle is @thetowncrier.

According to the Wheeler Weekly, you started The Whittaker Post when you were 10 years old. What inspired you to start this publication at such a young age?
I honestly have no idea why I wanted to be a journalist since I knew what one was. But I did, and I ran with it from an early age. Hard.
You have spent several years writing about the media industry. What draws you to the industry?
Self-interest, you might say. And we’re all drawn to what we know. But generationally, I think I’ve landed in the perfect storm of media revolution which makes it a pretty ripe topic.
What are some surprising things you’ve learnt about the industry through your work?
I am surprised every day, quite literally, by the evolution in technology, and consumer behaviour and the daily impact that’s having on producing journalism. It’s dizzying.
What is your view on press releases? How can they be better used to address the media?
There are good and bad press releases. More attention, I’d argue, needs to be on the strategic targeting and tailoring to journalists/outlets. Journalists receive too much material that is entirely irrelevant to what they do.
In your opinion, what makes a news item interesting?
Each to their own. But understand your audience, intimately, and you’ll understand what’s interesting to them.

Upcoming Media Events

Queensland Music Festival 
Friday 7th to Sunday 30th July - Brisbane, QLD 
A statewide celebration of music with events in 15 locations, spreading from Far North Queensland to the New South Wales border. 

Le Festival - Brisbane French Festival (pictured right)
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th July -Brisbane, QLD 
A celebration of Bastille Day in Brisbane, Le Festival is an authentic taste of French culture, with food, wine and entertainment on offer for guests.

Newcastle Brickfest
Sunday 9th July - Newcastle, NSW
Rainbow Bricks fourth annual LEGO exhibition will raise funds for Newcastle schools and charities and will be held at the Newcastle racecourse.
National Diabetes Week
Sunday 9th to Saturday 15th July - Nationwide
A week that aims to raise awareness of Australia’s fastest growing chronic condition. This year’s campaign theme is Invisible Coalition.

Writing and Pitching to Journalist Workshop
Wednesday 9th August - Melbourne, VIC
Tailored media training 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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