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AAP Medianet - 1 September 2016

Welcome to this week's AAP Medianet brief 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

Chief Executive Officer of Huffington Post Australia, Chris Janz, has left to join Fairfax Media as Director, Publishing Innovation. JJ Eastwood, current Managing Director of Rocket Fuel will replace Chris as CEO.

Sacha Barbour has joined ARN at KIIS 1065 FM as a Journalist and Weekend News Presenter. Sacha most recently worked as a Breakfast Journalist and Newsreader on the Central Coast and in Port Macquarie. 

Laura Smith is Executive Producer of NZME Auckland's Afternoon program. Laura has been a Producer at NZME since December 2014 and replaces Laura Heathcote who is on maternity leave.

SBS2 will be rebranded later this year as Viceland and will feature shows from Vice's TV channel including Gaycation, Huang’s World, Noisey, Weediquette, and Balls Deep.

Michael Wade has joined Australian Associated Press as Deputy Visual Media Editor. Michael has previously worked with the Seven Network and Yahoo.

Jamie Freed has joined Thomson Reuters in Sydney as Senior Correspondent, Company News. Jamie was most recently Senior Companies Reporter for Fairfax Media, based in Sydney. 

Matt Akersten’s last day as Editor of Same Same is tomorrow, September 2. Matt has been Editor of the website for six years and will join Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras as Digital and Social Media Manager.  

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

Next Generation $5 Banknote Enters Circulation

 Image: Reserve Bank of Australia 

Australia’s new $5 banknote enters circulation today. Issuance is being supported by an information campaign to ensure that the Australian public is able to identify the new banknote and its security features.

The Governor, Glenn Stevens, said: "The new $5 banknote has a range of security features that have not previously been used on an Australian banknote and that will help to keep our banknotes secure against counterfeiting into the future. New features include a world-first clear top-to-bottom window and a number of dynamic features that change as the banknote is tilted."

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Media Spotlight

Jerico Mandybur - Mashable Australia Editor
Jerico Mandybur was recently appointed Australia Editor at Mashable. Jerico joined the online publication from NITV where she was Managing Digital Producer. Other previous roles include Online Editor of Oyster Magazine and Editor of MTV Australia.

What changes or trends have had the biggest impacts on the way you work as a journalist? 
Things have definitely become more data-driven. Creativity and editorial judgement is just as important as ever, but predictive data that charts the growth of trends online has become a big consideration.

What was the biggest challenge about moving to Mashable?
Mashable's editorial team utilise a lot of online tools in their daily processes that I hadn't used before coming here, but it's been fun finding my way around them!

When you're working on a story is it common to factor in press releases as a source of information or other uses, like building your contacts? 
It depends on the context, really. But on average, we find story sources online more than in press releases. However I read/store all releases I receive, for reference and especially for contact details.

What story has been your favourite to work on so far this year?
I liked taking a quick look at 'Graham'.

In your opinion, what makes a news item interesting?
I find news the most interesting when it's unexpected or offers an alternative view of something. Illuminating the interesting/quirky aspects of the everyday is always interesting. Anytime culture and personal habits meet with technology.

Upcoming Media Events

Media Training 
21st September - Canberra
Enhance your skills and review best practices in submitting press releases at an interactive and personalised day course with an accredited media trainer. More information and additional locations available here.

National Asthma Week
1st - 7th September 
The patient advocacy group are calling for national pollen standards to reduce the risk of a serious attack for the 1.8 million Australians living with asthma, with a range of events and news stories across the country.

Dementia Awareness Month  
1st - 30th September 
Alzheimer's Australia's national Dementia Awareness Month campaign runs each year in September to coincide with World Alzheimer's Day on 21 September. The theme for 2016 is "You are not alone".

Sounds of September
1st - 30th September, North Sydney
A month-long program of free and ticketed music events held in venues across the North Sydney area including classical, jazz, opera, indie-pop rock, reggae and soul music.

Festival of Dangerous Ideas
3rd - 4th September, Sydney Opera House
The 2016 festival is a chance to explore and interrogate the issues that otherwise ignite and divide us, from generational inequality to politics as usual, from the quality of mercy to the sources of suicide.

Korean Film Festival
3rd - 4th September, Palace Electric Cinema, Canberra
Presented by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea and Korean Cultural Centre, four exclusive Korean movies will be open to the public. 

Brisbane Festival
3rd - 24th September
Annual program of theatre, music, dance, circus, opera and major public events such as Sunsuper Riverfire. Brisbane Festival attracts an audience of around one million people every year.

All Aussie Father’s Day
4th September - Lakeside Park, Kurwongbah, QLD
A family-friendly event aimed at celebrating all things Australian. The day includes car displays, track challenges, trade stands and Aussie food.

R U OK? Day (Pictured above)
8th September
National awareness day of suicide prevention, inspiring and empowering Australians to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life.


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