|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
Bauer Media will be publishing a monthly edition of its Take 5 magazine, on top of its current weekly title. The monthly edition will be produced by the same team that works on the weekly edition. The magazine's editor, Paul Merrill, said that this move comes in response to strong consumer demand for more real-life stories and puzzles.
After 15 years, Donna Hay is ending her relationship with News Corp Australia to start her own publishing business. The business will launch with a new subscriber-only magazine, planned to be released later this year. Donna Hay magazine launched in 2001, and will celebrate its 100th issue in July.
Andrew Denton will return to television screens next week to host a new show on Channel 7 called Interview. He is best known for his role as host of Enough Rope. Interview will premiere on Tuesday 17th April at 9 pm.
Neroli Meadows will host two new shows on Fox Footy during the AFL season. She will join Sarah Jones and Kelli Underwood on Wednesday evenings to host 'On the Mark', and will also be seen on Saturday nights to host Saturday Stretch with Dermott Brereton and Brad Johnson. Neroli is a sports journalist who gained notoriety after joining Fox Footy for her quick wit and comprehensive knowledge of the game.
Ben Stevenson started in his role as co-host of Hit Coffs Coast's new breakfast show this week alongside A.B. Ben joins the station from Hot 100 Darwin, where he hosted its breakfast show for three years. Last month, Ben was named in Radio Today's annual rundown of the Top New Talent to Watch.
The ABC has announced the launch of a new multiplatform brand called ABC COMEDY that will be featured across its television and social media platforms. As part of this launch, there will be a new podcast called Troll Play, a podcast about online trolling, which will be hosted by Alice Fraser, Cal Wilson and Sami Shah.
Daniel Ziffer, a former radio producer, has moved to television to join ABC Melbourne. Working as a television reporter, he will be informing audiences about the Melbourne business community. Daniel has six years of experience as a senior producer for 774 ABC Radio's mornings program.
Editor's Pick: Press Release of the Week...
Smart socks help physiotherapists treat patients remotely
Image: Centre for SocialNUI
‘Smart socks’ are helping physiotherapists better assess and treat patients during video consultations, by providing information on weight distribution and range of movement during exercises like steps, squats or jumps.
The wearable technology, developed by PhD candidate Deepti Aggarwal (pictured above) at The University of Melbourne, was trialled with three patients and a physiotherapist at the Royal Children’s Hospital, from February to June 2017.
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Cameron Williams, writer and film/TV critic at The Popcorn Junkie
Cameron Williams is a writer and film/TV critic who got his start as editor of the website, The Popcorn Junkie, over a decade ago. Since then, his work has been featured locally in The Monthly, The Guardian Australia, VICE Australia, Junkee, ABC News Online, SBS Movies, The Brag and Buzzfeed Australia. Overseas, his work can be found in Birth. Movies. Death, Little White Lies and IndieWire. He can often be heard talking about film, television and pop culture on ABC Radio and has a slight addiction to Twitter using the handle, @MrCamW.
What draws you to be a film critic?
The films, of course, and the chance to be part of the conversation about what’s happening in cinema, which is always evolving and film critics play an important role in helping to shape the discussion.
What is the hardest aspect of getting your work published by various publications?
Pitching is always tricky, especially when outlets aren’t keen on traditional reviews. That’s if you can pitch because there’s miniscule space for arts coverage in Australia at the moment. Specific angles or opinion pieces are preferred now, which is fine, but it definitely changes the way you approach pop culture because you’re looking for a precise thing to write about instead of covering a film or television show broadly in a review. I’ve been lucky to work with fantastic editors who always assist in helping to bridge the gap between what I’m trying to achieve as a writer and what the outlet is aiming for when it comes to their editorial.
What is most useful information to you in a press release?
Who to contact. Most of the time, if the press release has done its job I’ll be calling or emailing the media representative without reading through the rest of the release and it’s crazy how many times I am scrambling for simple contact details.
Who would you consider as an influential person, organisation, or platform for your industry?
Garth Franklin over at Dark Horizons was influential for me because he was one of the first people to use the internet to publish film news, trailers and reviews back in 1997, and it’s still going strong today. As a teenager, I would check Dark Horizons daily and it helped shape my love of pop culture. Garth is a pioneer in the digital media space in Australia and internationally. A lot of new media owes a debt to Garth who was doing it long before it became a mainstay.
Upcoming Media Events
Melbourne Central Cactus Festival
Friday 13th and Saturday 14th April, Melbourne
The Cactus Festival will coincide with the opening weekend of Coachella. A long way from the Californian desert, Melbourne will host pop-up retailers and shoppers will be able to fully immerse themselves in all things cacti.
Classic & Wooden Boat Festival (pictured right)
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th April, Sydney
The Australian National Maritime Museum’s festival will see more than 100 vessels on display at the museum and at Cockle Bay Marina.
Tasting Australia (pictured below)
Friday 13th to Sunday 22nd April, Adelaide
Described as a journey of South Australia’s produce from paddock to plate, Tasting Australia is one of the country’s longest-running food and wine festivals.
March for Science
Saturday 14th April, International
A global event bringing people together from all walks of life who believe we need more evidence and reason in our political process. The march celebrates the public discovery, distribution, and understanding of scientific knowledge as crucial to the success, health, and safety of life on this planet.
Bring It On! Festival
Sunday 15th April, Sydney
A free music, sporting and arts festival, held at Fairfield Showground during Youth Week NSW. The festival showcases and promotes youth culture, provides opportunities for skills development and volunteering, and bridges the gap between youth, community and business.
National Advance Care Planning Week
Monday 16th to Sunday 22nd April, National
The week encourages all Australians to make their future health care preferences known. The initiative challenges people to start conversations with loved ones about what living well means to them and to consider who they would want to speak for them, if they were too sick to speak for themselves.