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AAP Medianet - 14 September 2017


September 7, 2017

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

Jay Mueller will focus on his role as Director of Bad Company announcing that he will leave Triple M's The Hot Breakfast at the end of the year. Jay has spent the last eight years working for Southern Cross Austereo.

Jonathan Uptin has been announced as the new Co-Host for Nine News in regional Queensland. Jonathan has extensive experience having worked in the television industry for the last 20 years.

Rachel Storer has secured work with Southern Cross Austereo’s Hit Network in Newcastle. Rachel is the inaugural winner of the Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) Brian White Scholarship. The award included an eight-week paid scholarship work attachment in Sydney, with two week spells at Macquarie Media, Southern Cross Austereo, Australian Radio Network and Nova Entertainment.

Hit 105 has announced Kazmir Simpson as the new producer for the Stav, Abby & Matt Breakfast Show. Kazmir has over four years experience in the radio industry. 

Power FM Presenter, Sam Blacker has launched a new podcast series From Shame to Success. Sam has worked in various radio positions since starting as a Music Director for 3SSR's Swinburne Student Radio while studying in 2010. Sam has since worked as a producer or an announcer for Power FM Ballarat, 96.5 Wave FM, Shut Up I’m Talking and most recently 94.9 Power FM.

Sky News Host Laura Jayes has returned from maternity leave to host The Morning Shift with Laura Jayes. Laura has worked for Sky News for the past nine years starting as a reporter in Brisbane. She has spent the last seven years as a Political Reporter for the organisation.

Rachel Corbett has joined Mamamia as the Director of Podcast. Rachel brings a wealth of experience having been a Journalist, Radio, Podcast and TV Presenter, as a writer and a Producer. Rachel is most noted for her work with Southern Cross Austereo, as a panellist for Studio 10, The Today Show and Weekend Sunrise. 

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

How flowers use colour to signal their scent 
A team from Australia, Greece, Denmark, and the USA identified the relationship among many insect-pollinated plant species growing in a scrubland habitat on the Greek island of Lesbos.

The study, the first to demonstrate colour-fragrance integration for an entire plant community, found that the link between colour and fragrance was strong enough to be regarded as a combined signal.

Read full story

Media Spotlight

Rebecca Gredley, Cadet Journalist at Australian Associated Press 
After growing up in Canberra, Rebecca moved to Wollongong for university to finally be close to the ocean, and to study Media and Law. After graduating she made her way up the coast to Sydney, working at the Daily Telegraph and Planet Ark before moving to the west coast as an AAP news intern. She's back in Sydney as a cadet. Her Twitter handle is @_gredley.

What inspired you to become a journalist?
I've narrowed it down to two:
1. Growing up learning about China and its lack of media and political freedom. 
2. Colors magazine, which was framed as a "magazine about the rest of the world", looking at the same issue country to country. It made something like what people eat for breakfast around the world fascinating as it had a huge graphic design focus and made everything intriguing. 

As part of AAP's cadet program, you move between news desks regularly. What is the biggest challenge of moving into a new round or topic area?
Facing a new topic and writing style just as you're really starting to find your feet and getting the hang of things from the previous round. 

What is the most memorable story you've reported on this year?
I tried to come up with something more high brow, but I can't really go past a story about a crocodile that was shot on a remote Western Australia property after it ate a horse, a dog and savaged a cow. 

How important are press releases for you in finding new story ideas or leads?
Very important, I'm a big fan of them for university research because there's a lot of amazing things that happen which would otherwise go unnoticed. It's definitely a skill going through them though as some press releases are sneaky adverts!

What are the aspects of being a journalist that motivate you the most?
At the moment it's digital platforms and new methods of storytelling. It's such a dynamic area and with these emerging platforms, it seems to be that if you can think it, you can make it!

Upcoming Media Events

R U OK? Day (pictured right)
Thursday 14th September
A day dedicated to reminding people to ask family, friends and colleagues the question, "R U OK?

Perth to Margaret River ProState Cycle
Friday 15th and Saturday 16th September, WA
For the sixth year running, a team of intrepid riders will embark on a gruelling two day journey, braving the elements and cycling over 300 km from Perth to Margaret River. The event aims to raise funds and increase the awareness of prostate cancer.

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers 2017 
Friday 15th to Sunday 24th September, Toowoomba, QLD
The 68th year of ‘the People’s Carnival’ sees a program of headliners across music, food, fun, wine, floral art and gardening. 

Blackmores Sydney Running Festival
Sunday 17th September, Sydney
The festival will return to its spectacular course taking over 33,000 entrants across the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Competitors will take part in either the Marathon, Half Marathon, Bridge Run or Family Fun Run.

Meat Free Week
Monday 18th to Sunday 24th September
Bowel Cancer Australia challenges participants to give up meat for seven days and raise funds for a great cause.
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