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
Luke James will return to KIIS 1065 Sydney as the Operations Producer for the Kyle & Jackie O Show in January 2017. He is currently the Executive Producer of the national Hit Network show, Ash London Live.
Matt Williams is now the Editor of Northern Territory News, taking over the role from Rachel Hancock who has been in the role for three years. Matt previously worked as Editor of theSunday Territorian and Deputy Editor for the Northern Territory News.
Frances Sheen is now Editor-in-Chief of New Idea. She takes over the role from Louisa Hatfield, who has been promoted to General Manager of Entertainment and Family. Frances has worked at New Idea for the past five years. Prior to that, she worked at Woman’s Day and NW.
Kerri Elstub has joined the 9Honey team as Network Editor, after spending over 15 years at Channel 9. Her most recent role was Supervising Producer at A Current Affair in Sydney.
Hannah Paine is now a Showbiz Reporter for the Daily Mail Australia. She moves to the Sydney office from Wagga Wagga, where she was working as a Journalist for The Daily Advertiser.
Sarah Burman has been appointed the new Editor-in-Chief of Home Beautiful, taking over the role from Wendy Moore, who is now General Manager of Homes and Food at Pacific Magazines.
Georgie Burgess is now working as a Political Journalist for the ABC in Hobart. Georgie was previously working at The Advocate and The Examiner as a Senior Political Journalist.
Editor's Pick: Press Release of the Week...
Commercial Radio Australia
This week the radio industry launched RadioApp, a new mobile app that allows consumers to live stream 250 Australian radio stations on the go and from "anywhere in the world".
Commercial Radio Australia Chief Executive Officer Joan Warner: "(RadioApp) puts commercial AM, FM and DAB+ digital radio stations as well as ABC and SBS stations all into one place... It’s about setting commercial rivalries aside and putting the consumer experience first".
GfK figures show Australians spend about six hours on average listening to Australian radio via a mobile phone or tablet each week.
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Amanda Bryan, Editor of Food & Drink Business Magazine
Amanda Bryan has been the editor of Food & Drink Business magazine for over three years, and has over 20 years experience reporting and editing across daily newspapers, mainstream magazines and online publications. Amanda has previously worked at the Australian Financial Review, theMedical Journal of Australia and Preventionmagazine.
What changes or trends have had the biggest impacts on the food and beverage industry, and how have they impacted on your work as a journalist?
The food and beverage industry has at times battled negative consumer sentiment, examples being the backlash against sugar and a few high profile product recalls. Although our magazine is published monthly, we must stay on the pulse, as these types of stories can break quickly, and we need to be on top of them for our readers. Thankfully this is made easier with the rise of social media and the web,
In your opinion, what makes a news item interesting?
Stories about food safety breaches or big companies in financial difficulty always traffic well. AtFood & Drink Business, however, we seek to emphasise innovation and business strategy in our coverage, with a view to inspiring our readers and enriching the broader industry. Although these articles take more time to create, they are also very popular and, I believe, provide more balanced coverage.
How do you use press releases as part of your newsgathering process?
Media releases are a useful information source in this industry, as they help us to identify trends, new food and beverage innovations, and products and services that could benefit our readers. We tend to rely more heavily on company announcements in our weekly web e-newsletter; while in the magazine, releases may trigger the idea for a broader feature, or form part of a larger wrap or company feature.
What has been your favourite story to work on so far this year?
My favourite stories always come from our regular Rising Star feature, where we profile smaller companies taking on the food and beverage giants. These are the companies that are moving out of their comfort zone and, as a result, reaping fast growth and financial returns. It's always a pleasure to share their inspiring journeys with our readership.
Upcoming Media Events
Sailing World Cup Final
4th - 11th December - St Kilda Sailing Precinct
The final event in the 2016 Sailing World Cup series, which began in December of 2015. The event, now in its seventh year, showcases the best in sailing talent from across the globe.
Variety Santa Fun Run
4th December - South Brisbane
The festive family friendly 5km fun run aims to raise funds for children who are sick, disadvantaged and have special needs from across Australia.
Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week
5th -11th December - Nationwide
The week is a celebration of what has been achieved around Australia over the last year thanks to strong partnerships between community groups and those that support and work with them. It is a chance for community groups and their philanthropic partners to showcase the great work they have been doing over the past year.
Dealing with Derelict Mines 2016
6th - 8th December - Singleton Diggers
The event will be a major forum highlighting the recent advancements in mine site rehabilitation and associated policy formation.
AACTA Awards (Pictured)
7th December - The Star Event Centre
The sixth annual AACTA awards, presented by Foxtel, celebrates the achievements of the best screen performers and practitioners in the business.