15 Feb 2018 February 15, 2018 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 Laura Tingle has been named a new Chief Political Correspondent at ABC’s 7.30 program. Laura leaves her role as a Political Editor at The Australian Financial Review, and makes a transition to television after 35 years in print. The Walkley-award winning journalist has worked across different Fairfax publications including The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, as well as working as a National Affairs Correspondent, Chief Political Correspondent and Economics Correspondent at The Australian. Liana Kelly has added marketing to her role at RTRFM 92.1 and is now a Marketing and Development Manager at the station. Liana has been with RTRFM 92.1 since November operating as a Development Manager but brings forth her marketing experience from previous roles. She was a Marketing Events and Sponsorship Coordinator at People Who Care and a Marketing and Communications Coordinator at Yoswan Enterprises. Valentina Todorska has been promoted to the role of a Managing Editor at Mamamia. Valentina has held many roles at the publication since 2014, including Deputy Editor, Deputy Head of News, Morning Editor and Evening Editor. Valentina replaces Kylie Rogers in the role. Paul Holmes will replace Frank Vincent as Host of 2CA’s Breakfast show from 26th February. Paul has been an actor, writer, host and broadcaster for more than 30 years, and has worked at stations including 3CV, 3XY, 2SM, 3MMM, SEA FM (Gold Coast), Fox FM and 2DAY FM. Madura McCormack has been appointed as a Journalist at the Daily Mercury. She was most recently a Cadet Journalist at the Courier-Mail, and an Editor at Metior Magazine and Journalism Intern at News Corp before that. Editor's Pick: Press Release of the Week... Dreamworld's new tiger cubs named Melati and Mya Melati and Mya during post-natal care at Dreamworld Image: Dreamworld Dreamworld’s two adorable tiger cubs now have names - Melati and Mya. Their names were selected by Tiger Island staff and chosen from over 2,000 suggestions received online. From today, Melati and Mya will relocate from post-natal care to Tiger Island’s ‘up-close’ nursery den. Dreamworld guests will be able to get a first-hand look at the beautiful baby tigers through the ‘up-close’ den’s viewing windows. Read full story Media Spotlight Ben Groundwater, Travel Columnist at Fairfax Award-winning travel writer and columnist, Ben Groundwater is a regular contributor to Fairfax newspapers and websites, writes features for numerous travel and inflight magazines and Lonely Planet publications. Ben is also the host of the travel podcast “Flight of Fancy”, available now on iTunes. His Twitter handle is @bengroundwater. How did you get into travel writing? By quitting my job, and having my heart broken. I studied journalism at the University of Queensland, then started working for a small magazine called Brisbane News, as a feature writer and food reviewer. I eventually quit that job with the idea of travelling for a year, though those travels were cut short when I met a girl and fell in love and moved back to Sydney. That beautiful romance lasted all of about two weeks. However, it did allow me to land a job as a casual sub at The Sydney Morning Herald, which allowed me to meet people on the travel desk, pitch an idea for a travel blog called “The Backpacker”, and the rest took care of itself. What is your favourite travel hack of all time? I actually don’t think I’m very good with travel hacks. I still over-pack. I buy useless souvenirs. My tips for sleeping on a plane, though, would be eye mask, earplugs, and melatonin (a natural-ish sleeping aid available over the counter in the US and Canada). My tips for avoiding jet-lag are to exercise before and after the flight, drink plenty of water on the flight, and if you’re feeling droopy-eyed when you arrive in your destination, find some friends to go out drinking with and just power on through until 10pm or so. Then make use of your melatonin again. From your travels, do you have a secret hideaway spot you would rather not share with your readers, and if so, what is it? Ha, I actually have a few secret hideaway spots that I annoyingly keep telling readers about over and over again, I guess because I love them so much. It needs to stop. Anyway, my absolute favourite place in the world is San Sebastian in northern Spain, which is pretty much like Foodie Disneyland, with added beaches – don’t bother going there. There’s also a restaurant in Rome called Da Cesare al Casaletto, just a normal old trattoria in the suburbs, that people should definitely not visit. And there’s a yakitori place in Tokyo called Fuku that I would avoid. What is the most surprising thing you’ve learnt on a work trip? That some people are able to find a way to complain about pretty much anything. I’ve travelled with a lot of fun, interesting people, but I’ve also travelled with people who seem determined to have a terrible time while they’re away from home. That sort of mindset always surprises me. When a press release travels to your inbox, what determines whether you open it or not? If it’s addressed to me personally (“Hi Ben,” etc, rather than, “Hi there…”), I’ll know there’s more chance it will relate directly to the sort of things I work on. Also if I recognise the name of the sender I’m more likely to read and respond. Upcoming Media Events Lunar New Year Celebrations (pictured right) Friday 16th February - Sunday 4th March, Sydney The City of Sydney will be ushering in the Year of The Dog by putting on 20 traditional lion dances, martial arts performances and modern dance. The celebrations will also include entertainment by hosts Kevin Kim and Andy Trieu as well as PopAsia Friday Fan Forum Live. Sydney Mardi Gras Friday 16th February to Sunday 4th March, Sydney Attracting over 20,000 visitors each year, this vibrant and vivacious parade celebrates LGBTQI pride through the streets of Sydney. Tropfest 2018 Saturday 17th February, Sydney An annual outdoor cinema event featuring films by new and emerging filmmakers and other talent. This year will be held at Parramatta Park and guests can bring their own picnic food or enjoy an array of food trucks onsite. White Night Melbourne (pictured left) Saturday 17th February, Melbourne Melbourne city is immersed in a visual delectation of colour and projections in an all-night event which includes artistic performances scattered throughout the city. Harp in the Gardens: Nature’s Inspirations Continues until Wednesday 28 February, Melbourne Harpist Michael Johnson plays music based on the theme of water, inspired by the Botanic Gardens over the last seven years. The show features stories of surrounding flora and fauna and their interconnections with water, which has been the source of inspiration for Michael’s music. 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