AAP Medianet - 13 February 2020

February 13, 2020
Welcome to this week's AAP Medianet newsletter featuring notable career moves and publication changes in the media industry, the 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

Alex Bernhardt is now the associate producer for Nine’s 60 Minutes
Alex formerly reported for the network’s A Current Affair and 9 News Queensland. 

Former Geelong AFL captain Cameron Ling has moved from 3AW to ABC Radio
Cameron will feature on Friday nights and Sundays during this year's AFL coverage.

Natasha Dean-Jones has left 4BC to join 9 News Queensland as a regional news producer
Natasha was previously with Nine’s Macquarie Media for four and a half years as a journalist and newsreader.

In Daily has launched a new digital title called ‘In Queensland’
The site was created by In Daily’s publisher Solstice Media, and will offer coverage on news, politics, business, arts and culture from the following journalists:

  • Politics: Sean Parnell and Dennis Atkins
  • Business: John McCarthy and Robert MacDonald
  • Arts: Daniel Johnson and Brett Debritz
  • Opinion: Christine Jackman
  • Regional news: Nicole Bond, Brad Cooper >and Michael Blucher 

Medium Rare Agency has made the following appointments for its Qantas magazine editorial team: 

  • Jessica Irvine is the new executive editor of Qantas magazine and Travel Insider 
  • Helen Martin is replacing Jessica as the editor of QantasLink’s Spirit magazine
  • Di Webster is returning to the business as the editor-at-large of Qantas magazine 

Momentum Media >acquires Australian Aviation and World of Aviation magazines
The B2B publisher attained the aviation titles from previous owner Aviator Media. 

Jacob McArthur is starting a new role as a producer with The Canberra Times
Jacob will wrap up his reporting role at The Northern Daily Leader on Friday, 14th February.

Lifehacker editor, Chris Jager, is moving to Finder as a senior editor
Chris will commence his new role on Monday, 2nd March.

The Brag Media is moving its print title The Brag online
The free street press music and entertainment magazine, previously called Revolver, will be published in print format for the last time on Wednesday, 4th March.

Seamus Byrne commences a new role as tech editor-at-large for Influencing
This is a part-time position, allowing Seamus to continue to produce for Byteside and work as a freelance journalist.

Editor's Pick: Press Release of the Week

UNSW Sydney students to represent Australia at $7m robotics comp

 Image: UNSW Sydney 

UNSW engineering students will compete in the Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Competition (MBZIRC) in Abu Dhabi for a share of over $7 million in sponsorship and prize money. The MBZIRC is the world’s richest robotics competition taking place from 23rd to 26th February, and will focus on the role of robotics and artificial intelligence in “smart city” solutions.

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Media Spotlight

Kate Ainsworth, Cadet at ABC Hobart

Kate Ainsworth is one of this year’s ABC news cadets based in Hobart. She has previously worked as the sole breakfast radio journalist for Grant Broadcasters in Ballarat and Bendigo, and researched media audiences for Southern Cross Austereo in Brisbane before that. Kate has a double degree in economics and media and communications from the Queensland University of Technology. She tweets at @katebrechin.

How does a day in the life of an ABC cadet look?
I’ve only just started in the ABC Hobart newsroom after spending an intensive six days in January training with the ABC in Ultimo. Currently, my day is all about finding my feet within the newsroom and doing the standard new job things - from learning roles and software, researching the city, shadowing reporters and asking plenty of questions. As I settle in, I’ll gradually be tasked with general reporting duties, initially for radio.

How does working as a cadet journalist differ from your previous media experience?
The cadetship is an on-the-job learning experience for 12 months. Now that I’m working in a state newsroom in a capital city, I’m being trained on reporting beyond my comfort zone of radio and expanding my skills to include more thorough online reporting and learning all things TV. Before joining the ABC, I worked in commercial radio and was solely responsible for writing, producing and presenting breakfast news bulletins for stations in Ballarat and Bendigo.

What are the most important new skills that your job requires?
As well as your standard journalism skills, having a willingness to learn and a positive mindset is crucial. Being open to any and every experience and story is essential. Openly communicating with producers and being realistic about what you can achieve throughout the day is also important, plus maintaining a sense of curiosity and being resilient when difficulties arise, whether that be an obstacle to a story or just a bad day.

For a press release to stand out to you, what should it contain?
I don’t have time to read every release that is sent to my inbox, but if it’s locally focused or relevant to where I am, timely and easy to understand, then it’s more likely to catch my attention. I’m also a big fan of data and appreciate releases that include a thorough explanation of how the statistics were captured or where figures were cited from.

How do you go about finding ideas and information for your stories?
Being new to Hobart I’m starting from scratch in a lot of ways. I’m talking to people I meet and consuming plenty of news to get an understanding of the city. I’m also researching everything I can, from courts to the local seafood industry, and compiling it into a reference document with a list of relevant contacts. Social media is a great way to see what people are talking about, as well as talking to friends, family and colleagues for ideas and local angles. Media releases can also be a good way to see what’s happening locally and help boost my list of contacts at the same time.

Upcoming Media Events

Seymour Alternative Farming Expo
Friday 14th to Sunday 16th February, Goulburn Valley
Small landholders, hobby farmers and curious locals explore the latest trends in small and backyard farming, and enjoy market-style shopping, food and entertainment.

Illawarra Caravan Camping Lifestyle Expo
Friday 14th to Sunday 16th February, Wollongong
This year’s expo showcases bushfire-affected areas with displays from more than 100 exhibitors featuring caravans, camping equipment and accessories. 

ACON at Mardi Gras Fair Day 2020 (above)
Sunday 16th February, Sydney
Health promotion agency ACON will provide information on HIV, sexuality and gender diverse health and inclusion in the ACON Zone, as well as showcasing their ongoing work.

Tomato Festival Sydney 2020 (left) 
Saturday 15th to Sunday 16th February, Sydney
Now in its seventh year, this year’s festival is themed around the kitchen, garden, and includes a still life art workshop, cooking masterclass, stalls and children’s activities.

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