AAP Medianet - 1 August 2019

1 August 2019

Welcome to this week's AAP Medianet newsletter featuring notable career moves and publication changes in the media industry, the Editor's pick for news release of the week and upcoming events. To keep with movements as they happen, follow @aapmedianet.

This Week's Media Movements


Neil Bennett has joined the Australian Associated Press (AAP) as head of photography. Neil had been News Corp’s national photographic manager since July 2017, and before that worked as head of vision and picture editor at The Daily and The Sunday Telegraph. 

Also at AAP, Kaitlyn Offer is now chief of staff at the Melbourne bureau, moving from her position as state political reporter. Before joining AAP, Kaitlyn worked at The Sunday Times as a social media editor and court, crime and emergency reporter.

The West Australian has appointed Jade Jurewicz as a lifestyle and special features deputy editor. Jade moves from Seven West Creative Studio MINT where she has been a content producer since April 2018. Jade has also worked as a freelance lifestyle writer, and as a journalist at The Sunday Times.

The Daily Telegraph journalist Clare Armstrong has moved from her role in Sydney to a role as a federal politics reporter in Canberra. Before joining The Daily Telegraph, Clare worked as a political reporter at The Townsville Bulletin, as a journalist at The Courier Mail and news coordinator at 4ZZZ.  

Adam Carey is replacing Henrietta Cook as education editor at The Age while she goes on maternity leave. Adam has been a journalist at The Age since 2007, where he has worked as a state political correspondent and transport reporter. 

Former Australian cricketer and test captain Ian Chappell >is co-hosting The Cricket Show: Ashes Edition with Julian King for Macquarie Sports Radio. The program will feature the latest Ashes news and analysis and will be be broadcast on Saturday mornings and available on podcast.

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

Knowledge as currency: LinkedIn, ACMI and a shifting future of work

Image: RMIT 

More than 500 staff, students, alumni and industry partners gathered at the SHIFT event this week to hear the latest views from LinkedIn, ACMI and RMIT on the budding trends and disruptions shaping the future world of work.

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Media Spotlight

Ana Narvaez, Editor at The Urban Developer 

Ana is the editorial director of property and cities publication The Urban Developer. She left law to pursue a career in digital publishing and has worked as a writer and editor in Australia and internationally.

When did you first decide you wanted to be a journalist?  
I didn’t really — I just knew I didn’t want to be a lawyer! I studied English literature and always wanted to be a “writer” but wasn’t quite sure how that would come to pass. When the opportunity at The Urban Developer transpired I jumped at it, although my understanding about property was scant at best. The website had substantial reach and audience numbers and I was excited about its prospects for growth. 

How do you operate and filter stories in an industry where everyone pitching to you has got a strong agenda? 
It’s not easy. Originally I just removed the “opinion” column — aspiring op-ed writers for The Urban Developer tend to be PR firms spruiking their newest client. Now our small team (three of us) have increasing conversations on the “quality” of the news. There’s a fine balance when reporting on development for example — more often than not it’s just a marketing ploy. For that reason, we try and cover project news as early as possible. For market-based stories and research, we preference certain economists, official data sources and university research.

What story has been the most interesting story to work on so far this year?  
We write and publish so quickly we tend not to do “long-tail” or long-form editorial — but there have been a few ongoing stories that have been quite interesting. The ebb and flow of the housing market is most interesting to me! It’s quite dramatic. I also love writing about architecture. 

What makes a good press release? 
Exclusivity and newsworthiness.

Upcoming Media Events

Jeans For Genes Day Jeans for Genes 
Friday 2nd August, Nationwide (right)
This Children’s Medical Research Institute event has been running since 1994, and asks participants to wear denim for a day and fundraise for research into medical conditions affecting children. 

Byron Bay Writers Festival
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th August, Byron Bay
Australian and international authors converge on the beautiful surrounds of the northern NSW town of Byron Bay to launch books, run workshops and give talks to an audience of book lovers. 

Garma Festival of Traditional Cultures 
Friday 2nd to Monday 5th August, Nhulunbuy (left) 
Political and business leaders, academics and journalists meet to talk about issues affecting Indigenous Australians. The event also incorporates dance and cultural workshops and events. 

Homelessness Week 2019
Sunday 4th to Saturday 10th August, Nationwide
This year the campaign focusses on asking the Australian government to take action to ensure everybody in Australia has a home, with activities including letter-writing campaigns, lectures and seminars.

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