AAP Medianet - 1 June 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

Erin Molan is expanding her work with the Nine network partnering with Dave Thornton for the new series of 20 to One. Erin made her name at Channel Nine as the co-host of the NRL Footy Show while Dave is currently the co-host of Fox FM's Hit 101.9’s breakfast program. The new duo are replacing popular radio personalities, Fitzy and Wippa. The star pairing will debut next Tuesday.

Hit 100.9
 has announced that Nicole Mitchell will join the on-air team in Hobart. She can be heard weekdays between 12 and 3pm from mid-June. Nicole is replacing Rosie Panetta who has moved to Nova 919 in her hometown of Adelaide.

Leon Sjogren
 is moving on from producing Triple M's drive program, Merrickville, to work as the new Executive Producer for Fox FM’s breakfast program, Fifi, Dave, Fev & Byron. He will also continue to host the podcast Am I Funny.

Abigail Benaud
has been appointed as the new Executive Producer for Hit 105 breakfast program. She makes the move from a PR role with the Australian Zoo. Abigail's last radio gig was as a Senior Producer at KIIS 106.5’s Kyle and Jackie O show.

Sohan Judge
 has left her role as a Digital Content Lead to take up a new challenge as Social Media Editor at Buzzfeed OZ.

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

Aussies on Mount Everest as part of #SHERPAFIT campaign 
Image: SKINS | Nothing But Short International Information Booklet  

A unique Australian collaboration between Australian filmmaker Anthony Gordon and Executive Chairman of SKINS Jamie Fuller to help increase awareness and improve the basic health and hygiene of Nepalese Sherpa people. 

The #SherpaFit campaign includes practical tools to help Sherpas and their families, and complements the activities of local and international organisations in improving access to clean water.

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Media Spotlight

Sofia Levin, Food Editor at The Weekly Review
Sofia was born in Melbourne and raised on market visits, overseas travel and Friday family dinners, and has always been an eater. But it wasn’t until backpacking inspired her to share her experiences that she decided to become a writer. Sofia’s freelance career began during her journalism and psychology studies at Monash University. Today she also writes for a number of publications, including Good Food, Delicious Magazine, Jetstar Magazine and Lonely Planet. She also founded social media and copywriting business, Word Salad, in 2012. After her dog, @lifeofjinkee, went viral on Instagram, she launched PinstaPals, a side business selling enamel fashion with a charitable slant. Her Twitter handle is @sofiaklevin.

How did your love for food begin?
I have my family to thank; for the privilege of travelling overseas and being exposed to foreign food and cultures, for market visits with mum, Friday night dinners slurping grandma's chicken soup and our weekly Sunday brunch routine. 

As the Food Editor for The Weekly Review, what does a typical day look like for you? 
I'm at the gym at 6am almost every morning to counter all the eating. Before lunch, I'll do admin, emails, phone interviews and write short articles. After lunch, I like to sit down and write without interruptions. Often, I'll pop out for a meeting, face-to-face interview, or check out a new restaurant or cafe. I'm self-employed, so I still write for other publications - pitching is my preferred form of procrastination. I'm out for dinner five nights a week. 

The world of food is beautiful but hectic, how do you stay up-to-date with the latest news, and do press releases help you in your newsgathering process? 
I subscribe to food publications and newsletters from Australia and beyond. I'm also attached to social media, which means I notice when something goes from interesting to trending. Sifting through press releases can be a punish, but they are definitely helpful when the sender takes the time to Google what you write about and where.

What are some surprising things you’ve learnt about food through your work?
It's not food that's surprising; it's the people and places behind it. A plate is a peephole into another world. Next time you're eating, consider the cuisine, plating and seasonality. You will learn a lot.

You have visited many restaurants and places as a food and travel journalist. What is your most memorable experience?
This is a really tough question so I'm going to give a bit of a cop-out answer. I just returned from 10 days in Tokyo. I was disappointed we just missed cherry blossom season, but the petals made repeat appearances on our plates. We ate sakura everywhere, from world-class restaurants like DEN and Narisawa, through to traditional kaiseki dinners and in wagashi sweets.

Upcoming Media Events

Queensland Cabaret Festival (pictured right) 
Thursday 1st June to Thursday 15th June - Brisbane, QLD 
In its fourth year at the Brisbane Powerhouse, the Queensland Cabaret Festival returns with an exciting program of international and local performers.

Skate Slide Chill 
Thursday 1st June to Thursday 31st August - Melbourne, VIC 
Over three months the Common Man Lawn will be turned into an ice rink, as one of the first winter attractions in Melbourne.

75th Anniversary of Bomber Command Operations 
Saturday 3rd June to Sunday 4th June - Canberra, ACT
Commemorations for the multi-national force which trained in Australia, Rhodesia and Canada during WWII, before being sent on missions from the UK to bomb enemy positions in Europe. 

World Environment Fair Adelaide
Saturday 3rd June to Sunday 4th June 
- Adelaide, SA 
The Horticultural Society of SA is hosting the inaugural World Environment Fair - Australia's largest environment fair which is expected to attract more than 15,000 attendees 

Mabo Festival 
Saturday 3rd June - Townsville, QLD 
Mabo Day will be celebrated in Townsville, recognising the 25th anniversary of the day that changed native title across Australia. 

Official launch of the fourth Invictus Games
Wednesday 7th June - Sydney, NSW
Prince Harry will take part in a program of events and activities for the official launch and to mark 500 days until the opening ceremony of the Sydney event to be held in October 2018. 

Queens Birthday
Monday 12th June - National except QLD and WA
Got any events coming up during the Queen's Birthday long weekend? Add your event below and get it placed in front of virtually all Australian newsrooms and publications. 

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