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AAP Medianet - 12 October 2017


October 12, 2017

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

Dave Hughes and Kate Langbroek will join Hit 104.1 in 2018 after being announced as the station's new drive time show replacing Hamish and Andy. Both Dave and Kate have extensive media careers and currently host the national drivetime program for KISS 106.5 FM.

Osher Gunsberg is focusing on his television career after announcing his departure from the Hit105's Stav, Abby & Matt Breakfast Show. Osher is the current host of the Bachelorette Australia.

Josh Martin has been announced as the new Commissioning Editor of Entertainment and Food for the SBS network. Josh brings a wealth of experience having worked for major networks for over 20 years. Most recently Josh was the Executive Producer at Essential Media.

1116 SEN has announced former Australian cricketer and commentator Simon O’Donnell as the new host. Simon will have regular guest spots across all programs and will co-host the Summer Crunchtime on Saturday Breakfast. Simon has previous hosting experience working for Fox Sports.

Jay Mueller has announced he will join The Pacific Star Network as the Group Content Director of Broadcast and Digital from February 2018. Jay has worked for the last 8 years as the Executive Producer of Triple M Melbourne's The Hot Breakfast radio program. He is also currently the Director of Bad Producer Production.

Adam Spencer has launched his new podcast The Big Questions in conjunction with PodcastOne. Adam is an Author, Broadcaster and Comedian. Adam has previously presented other podcasts such as the Sleek Geeks and hosted radio programs including Triple J and ABC Sydney breakfast. He has also presented for television programs including The Drum, The Back Page and Good News Week. He has previously delivered a TED Talk and is the Author of World of Numbers and Time Machine.

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

Wetland gets a taste of spring 
Image: Murray Irrigation Australia 

The Boomanoomana wetland will get a taste of spring water this month with the delivery of up to 400 megalitres through the Murray Irrigation network.

The delivery will inundate 72 hectares of wetland to maintain important native wetland flora including river red gum, milfoil and water ribbons – all important habitat for wildlife. These watering initiatives are part of a formal agreement between Murray Irrigation and OEH signed last year to deliver water for the environment through local irrigation infrastructure.

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Media Spotlight

Sharnee Rawson, Editor of The Upsider 
Sharnee Rawson is a Sydney-based lifestyle journalist with almost a decade of media experience, spanning digital, print and television. Sharnee was most recently Contributing Editor at The Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food, and previously held roles as Digital News Editor for delicious. magazine and Food Editor and restaurant critic for The Courier Mail and News Corp’s Queensland titles. Her Twitter handle is @SharneeRawson.

How important are press releases to keep track of what's happening in Australian cities?
The Upsider is a national title with customised home pages for Australia’s five major states, so press releases are an essential tool in my arsenal - even better if they include a link to high resolution imagery. 

When did you first decide that you wanted to be a journalist and why?
I studied law and politics then entered MasterChef as a contestant in 2009. Matt Preston persuaded me to give writing a go; I managed to score a cadetship covering general features and opinion at first, and then the coveted food critic position at 24. 

If there has been one big lesson in getting to the stage you're at now, what would that be?
Being able to take constructive criticism is essential as a writer. Journalists tend to be very personally invested in their work, but the right editor can help you grow exponentially.

How are you enjoying your new role as editor at The Upsider?
I absolutely love it. The Upsider is still in its infancy (we’re less than two months old), but I really do believe we are breaking new ground by combining traditional long-form journalism and short-form digital out of home publishing. And our content - food, travel, arts, style - covers all the best things in life. 

What is the most enjoyable story you've worked on this year?
I loved interviewing Fenella Kernborne, the curator of TEDxSydney. Her passion for fresh ideas and the city of Sydney is so infectious. There was also a really fun piece about matching drinks with yum cha that I did with Jade Temple - anything to do with wine or whisky is an easy sell for me.

Upcoming Media Events

National Carers Week (pictured right)
Sunday 15th to Saturday 21st October
A week to recognise and celebrate the 2.7 million Australians who contribute 36 million hours of care and support every week.

National Nutrition Week
Sunday 15th to Saturday 21st October
The theme for this year’s National Nutrition Week is ‘Try For 5’, to encourage Australians to increase their vegetable consumption to the recommended five serves per day.

AAP Masterclass: Health Edition
Tuesday 17th October, Melbourne
Chat openly with key journalists, reporters and editors from Channel 9, The Age, Herald Sun and more. Learn valuable insights into what they look for in a press release and get the opportunity to ensure your story gets the run it deserves. Tickets are selling out fast, only 5 tickets left. 

Alzheimer's Australia Biennial National Dementia Conference
Tuesday 17th to Friday 20th October, Melbourne
The conference will provide an opportunity for health professionals, people living with dementia, families and carers to explore how they can ‘be the change’ and improve the lives of people living with dementia.

National Ride2Work Day (pictured left)
Wednesday 18th October  
Local commuters are being urged to join thousands of other Australians in ditching the car, train or bus and jumping on their bikes for National Ride2Work Day.



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