AAP Medianet - 02 August 2018


August 2, 2018

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

Network Ten is ending its joint venture with Multi-Channel Network and has re-established its own advertising sales department. Rod Prosser will be looking after this department as chief sales officer. He is currently the network’s executive general manager of revenue and client partnerships. 

Thomas Woodgate has been appointed the editor of Bauer Media's newly launched monthly magazine called TV Week Close Up. The launch issue will feature an in-depth interview with Logie-winning actress Jessica Marais. 

Dee McTaggart is now the Sydney general manager of The Radio Sales Network (TRSN). She takes over the role from Leanne Wotherspoon, who is leaving the radio industry to work in interior design. Dee was previously a senior account manager at TRSN.

Jade Tonta has returned to Wave FM Wollongong as a breakfast presenter and will be joining Travis Winks and Chris Lee. Jade had previously spent over 10 years at the station as a breakfast presenter, leaving in 2014 to spend time with her daughter.

Jennifer Bechwati is now a political reporter at Channel Seven. She was previously a political reporter at Sky News Australia for more than a year. 

Sarah Dowling has joined SBS as a cross-platform journalist and will be working on Small Business Secrets, a program that features entrepreneurial stories. Prior to joining SBS, she was at Sky News Australia as the business news producer and creative editor.  

Jason ‘Bodge’ Bodger will welcome a new co-host in Cassandra Catsoulis on the Hit Mid North Coast Breakfast show. Cassandra was previously a panel operator at Nova 106.9 Brisbane and prior to that, she had interned at several places including the Seven Network and the Nine Network.  

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

Top UNSW academic to head national endometriosis action plan  

UNSW Professor Jason Abbot and Health Minister Greg Hunt pictured above       
Image: UNSW

UNSW Sydney’s Professor of Gynaecological Surgery Jason Abbott will lead a major clinical trial program as part of Australia’s first national action plan on a condition that affects 1 in 10 women. 

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Media Spotlight

Freya Noble, senior producer at nine.com.au 
Freya Noble is a senior producer at nine.com.au. Prior to her current appointment, Freya had worked at Daily Mail Australia for four years in the roles of assistant news editor and news reporter. In 2013, she graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney, with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.  

How did the Daily Mail prepare you for future work in the media?
I started as a graduate reporter, straight out of university, before the official launch of the local arm of the website. It was a great training ground as a young journalist, being incredibly fast-paced and intense. I had the opportunity to report on huge and important stories, such as the Sydney siege in 2015. After being promoted to assistant news editor, I got the chance to see how a newsroom operated from a different perspective.

What does your role as Senior Producer at Nine.com.au involve?
My role at nine.com.au is a mixed production role. My primary focus is producing the homepage, but I also cover day-to-day news and working on long-form pieces for the website as part of the team.

How important is social media mastery for a journalist?
Essential. So many people live their lives on social media that it would be irresponsible to ignore the role it plays in what we do. Knowing what the audience is passionate about is at the heart of reporting and social media helps give insight into this.

How do you use press releases as part of your newsgathering process?
In many cases, they alert journalists to research or events that they may not be aware of and can be an extremely helpful tool when there's so much to keep across day-to-day. A good press release needs to do more than advertise a product or event.


Upcoming Media Events


Sydney International Boat Show melbourneartfair.com.au/
Thursday 2nd to Monday 6th August, Sydney
The Sydney International Boat Show is a comprehensive recreational marine exhibition, with activities for all boat lovers, including cruising, sailing, wakeboarding, kayaking and more.

Melbourne Art Fair (pictured right)
Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th August, Melbourne
The fair will showcase 40 leading galleries with new works, solo and group exhibitions from contemporary artists around Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia. 

The Other Art Fair
Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th August, Melbourne
The Other Art Fair provides an immersive visitor experience, giving art lovers the opportunity to discover and buy art directly from artists. 

Garma Festival (pictured left)
Friday 3rd to Monday 6th August, Darwin
The Yothu Yindi Foundation will host the 20th Garma Festival at Gulkula. It is a celebration of the Yolngu culture, which is one of the oldest living cultures on earth, dating back more than 40,000 years. 

Byron Bay Writers Festival
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th August, Byron Bay
Held over two days, the Byron Bay Writers Festival will showcase a line-up of 140 writers and thinkers helping to shape national conversations with their stories and ideas. 

Perth Hair and Makeup Artist Awards
Sunday 5th August, Perth
The Perth Hair and Makeup Artist Awards celebrates the talents of Perth’s Hair Stylists, Makeup Artists and Body Painters. The event will be hosted by Mack Reid, a former contestant on Channel 10’s The Bachelorette, and will feature live demonstrations of body painting.

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