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AAP Medianet - 11 April 2019


April 11, 2019

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. To keep with movements as they happen, follow @aapmedianet.

This Week's Media Movements


Vogue Australia has appointed Jessica Montague as deputy editor. Jessica moves over from her role at News Corp as deputy editor at Stellar and Sunday Style. Prior to joining News Corp, Jessica worked as senior editor at Marie Claire and as a freelance journalist and editor.

Also at Vogue Australia, Alice Birrell has been promoted to the role of fashion features director. Alice has been with the title since 2013 in a number of roles, starting as a fashion and beauty writer. Before working at the publication, Alice worked at Harper’s BAZAAR Australia and GRAZIA Australia.

Olympic gold medallist and sports commentator Leisel Jones will co-host Grandstand Saturday on ABC Radio Brisbane with Zane Bojack. Leisel has previously hosted the coverage of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2014 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships.    

Long-time Sydney Morning Herald staffer Kathryn Wicks is now managing editor at the publication. Kathryn has been with the paper since 1987 where she has worked as a reporter, subeditor, communities editor, state editor and most recently, deputy editor and digital editor.

Gary Roberts has come out of retirement to take up a role at ARN’s 96FM as managing director. Gary was a program director when the station was launched and worked as general manager for 12 years. His most recent role in radio was as managing director at NOVA Entertainment.

Sky News has promoted David Sharaz from his senior producer role to executive producer for NewsDay. Before joining Sky News, David worked as breakfast newsreader at Canberra FM Radio, a political reporter for SBS World News Australia and was a broadcast journalist for WIN Canberra.

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

Could this be The Perfect Candidate to challenge politicians in the election?

PRoftheWeek - The Perfect Candidate

Image: The Perfect Candidate

In a first for Australian politics, a digital candidate powered by data insights from real Australians has entered the Federal election race, to shift our national conversation from short-term problems to long-term solutions.

Read full story

Media Spotlight

Bill Bainbridge, Journalist/Producer at ABC 
Bill Bainbridge has been an ABC producer, reporter and presenter with the Asia Pacific Newsroom in Melbourne since 2007. He’s reported internationally from half a dozen Asian countries and lived and worked in Southeast Asia for six years. There he worked for the Phnom Penh Post in Cambodia and Deutsche Presse-Agentur in Hanoi and freelanced for The Economist, International Herald Tribune, The Guardian and many others. His Twitter handle is @BillBainb.
What attracted you to journalism/ writing initially?  
I was never curious about just one thing. I grew up in Melbourne in the days when The Age was a really great paper, full of great writing across the breadth of public life; politics, economics, music, films, books and football. I saw journalism as a way of staying engaged in all those things. It’s a great job for a generalist.
You worked as a newspaper journalist in Asia, how was it different from working in Australia? 
In some ways, it was much easier. In Cambodia, you could get the mobile number of a minister, or just wander into their ministry and knock on the door. They didn’t have minders or media spinners and they weren’t trained to evade the questions. Vietnam though was the complete opposite. They had no culture of speaking to the media and every story was an exercise in pure frustration.
You recently spent some time teaching journalism - how have journalism courses changed since you were at university? 
I studied sociology, partly because there weren’t that many journalism courses around in the late 1980s. Now every uni has a journalism degree. When I was studying, I was very much alone in the library writing essays. My students, on the other hand, spent most of their degree working on group projects producing their own TV programs, or writing and publishing online magazines. It much better reflects the kind of workplace experience they’ll have when they get out into the workforce.
How do you use press releases as part of your newsgathering process?  
Sometimes they point you in the direction of a great story. Usually, I try to go beyond the press release to find my own talent and bring another perspective to the story. My pet peeve though is when the organisation issuing the release can’t put up any talent for a radio or TV interview. If you’re sending out a press release that should be the start of your job, not the end.

Upcoming Media Events

Alternative House Ideas Challenge briefing session 
Thursday 11th April, Sydney 
Sydney Mayor Clover Moore and a panel of designers and architects will launch this competition to find new ideas to boost the diversity of housing across the city.

Island Welcome 
Thursday 11th April to Wednesday 12th June, Sydney 
A group exhibition at the Australian Design Centre that explores contemporary jewellery as a gesture of welcome, inspired by the welcome garlands of many traditional island cultures. 

Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival (above)
Friday 12th April to Sunday 14th April, Queensland 
Horse races, bull rides and a junior and senior triathlon feature at this outback festival, along with a concert and food in the dusty western Queensland town of Julia Creek.  

Sydney Royal Easter Show (below)
Friday 12th to Tuesday 23rd April, Sydney
Over 12 days, the Sydney Royal Easter Show will entertain kids and families with live entertainment, rides and games, animal experiences, agricultural competitions and novelty showbags. 

Sydney Royal Easter Show Adelaide Pregnancy Babies & Children’s Expo 
Saturday 13th to Sunday 14th April, Adelaide 
From the big brands to local boutiques, this expo has the latest products for babies and children, as well as speakers providing expert advice on parenting.  

Super Bloom Festival 
Saturday 13th to Sunday 14th April, Melbourne 
This two-day wellness festival, held in the grounds of historic Abbotsford Convent, will hold over 110 sessions and workshops including yoga, meditation and nutrition. 

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