May 10, 2018
Welcome to this week's AAP Medianet, 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
Sports presenter Matt White is now the head of sport at Network Ten. In addition to his new role, he will continue with his current on-air duties. Matt has spent most of his career with the network, working in news and sport presenting roles.
Adam Cush has become the director of sport production at Network Ten and he will be working closely with Matt White. Adam has been a part of the network's sports department for almost 10 years.
Simone Fox Koob has joined The Age as a breaking news reporter. Prior to joining the paper, she was a journalist at The Australian in its Sydney and Melbourne bureaus, where she worked since 2015.
Lez Sanders is now part of the 2EC afternoons team as a presenter. Before joining the team, he was a newsreader at Shoalhaven FM. Lez has also worked as a producer on the John Laws Morning Show, a breakfast presenter at Triple U, and a news presenter at 2WEB Outback Radio.
ABC reporter Adriane Reardon is filling in at the ABC's Central Victoria newsroom, taking over the role from Stephanie Corsetti, who has taken the next six months off to pursue personal and professional development.
Ophelia Standley-Thompson is the new promotions manager at Southern Cross Austereo in Rockhampton. Previously, she was a program director at Midwest Radio Network, an announcer and sound production manager at 2BH and Hill FM, and the program director at Boom Radio.
Kath Sullivan has joined ABC Radio Adelaide as a presenter. She joins the station from The Weekly Times, where she worked as a state politics reporter. Kath worked at the ABC in 2007 as a reporter, broadcaster and producer in Melbourne.
Erin Pearson is now working at The Age as a crime reporter. Prior to joining the paper, she was a journalist at the Geelong Advertiser. Erin has also worked at The Standard, Pulse FM 94.7, and The Geelong Times.
Editor's Pick: Press Release of the Week...
Dame Edna archive published online
The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) is celebrating the one and only Dame Edna Everage with a new online collection featuring rare video clips of Edna through the ages. The collection is available permanently on the NFSA website.
The online collection celebrates Everage's contribution to the world, with her gimlet eye view of Australia and Australians being preserved for posterity. From appearances on radio and the stage to the big and small screens, many of these haven't been seen/heard since they first aired.
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Jac Bowie, breakfast presenter at Pulse FM 94.7
Jac Bowie is an Australian radio presenter and self-made businesswoman. After Sir Richard Branson gave her some career advice in the early 2000s, Jac changed direction from her life as a flight attendant, and spent the next 10 years producing world class burlesque shows. In 2013, she created the fastest growing network of businesswomen in Australia, Business in Heels. What started as a small monthly event went on to franchise into 45 locations worldwide within 18 months. In late 2014, Jac decided to chase her childhood dream of working in radio and joined the team at MIX 104.9. She’s now hosting Friday breakfasts on 94.7 The Pulse and running two of her own businesses.
What are the keys to being a good presenter on air?
Listen back to your show and be critical, constantly look for opportunities to improve. In my first on-air role, the program director had zero time or interest to do air-checks, so I found it difficult to progress. Eventually I sent them elsewhere, to a mentor at another network. It wasn't until I got some solid feedback I was actually able to learn and improve. Now I am constantly listening back to shows and looking for ways to improve.
What aspects of working in broadcast media do you enjoy the most?
?As mentioned, I am a news hound naturally, so researching and creating content is a serious passion for me - but with my digital media/online marketing background, I also love finding new ways to share content, whether it's live streaming my on-air show on Periscope, podcasting, blogging and social media. I do miss that part of my last job at Grant Broadcasters, when I was the online content manager for Victoria/South Australia. I loved training announcers in blogging, social media, podcasting - my dream role would probably be that - a national role training announcers in digital.
For a press release to stand out to you, what does it need?
?Find the angle most relevant to our audience!
What is the most memorable story you've reported on this year?
I've only been back on air a few weeks now, so have to go back to my drive show last year. While trawling Twitter, I was the first in our network to pick up David Bowie's death, and subsequently announced it on air. ?I quickly turned my drive show into a series of Bowie hits and dedicated breaks, which were really well received. Mind you, being on air in Darwin you do get some memorable crocodile and UFO stories most weeks.
Upcoming Media Events
World Lupus Day
Thursday 10th May
This year marks the 15th annual observance of World Lupus Day. It is a global call to action on behalf of the millions of people affected by lupus.
World Fairtrade Challenge (pictured right)
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th May
Millions of farmers who produce the food we eat don’t earn enough to feed their own families. People are encouraged to participate in the World Fairtrade Challenge by hosting events at home, work or school.
International Nurses Day
Saturday 12th May
The day is recognition of the role nurses play in their communities. It is celebrated on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth.
World Migratory Bird Day (pictured left)
Sunday 13th May
World Migratory Bird Day is an annual campaign to raise awareness and highlight the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats.
Sunday 13th May
Mother’s Day is the annual celebration of mothers, motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society.
Food Allergy Week
Sunday 13th to Saturday 19th May
Food Allergy Week aims to raise awareness of food allergies to help support treatment and research. Australians are called upon to ‘Be Aware and Show You Care’.