AAP Medianet - 15 June 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

Senior Channel 7 Producer, Frank Pangallo, has announced his resignation. Pangallo has worked for the network for over 22 years after starting his career with Newscorp over four decades ago. 

Alistair Wilkinson is joining TVNZ as an Executive Producer for Seven Sharp. In his 20 years of media experience, Wilkinson has worked as a Reporter, Producer, Newsreader and Newsroom Manager at TV3, 60 Minutes New Zealand and more.

Ken Burrowes has been appointed Editorial Director at News Corp Western Australia Business. The Community Newspaper Group includes 17 local publications including the Guardian Express, Eastern Reporter and the Weekend Courier.

Crystal Vas will join co-host Todd, as a the new Breakfast Announcer at Power 94.9 FM. Vas has previously worked as a Breakfast Announcer with 92.9 FM as well as working in promotions. 

2EC/Power FM have appointed Jess Sully >as the new Producer/Floater. Sully has previously worked for NOW FM Moree.

Wayne Wesson has joined Sunraysia Community Radio Association's HOT FM 106.7 in Mildura. Wesson was previously the Breakfast Announcer at Gold 92.5 (formerly known as Smith & Wesson in the 90s).

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

Young Athletes Star in the Caribbean's Queen's Baton Relay 

Image: Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC)   

The Queen’s Baton Caribbean odyssey is in full swing, having kicked off in the southern-most nation of Trinidad and Tobago before island hopping north to Grenada, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia and Barbados.

Encouraging young people to get involved in sports is important to the region. Thousands of children have taken part in the Queen's Baton Relay, sprinting with the baton across beaches and trekking through jungle-clad mountains.

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Media Spotlight

Bianca Hall, Deputy Editor of Federal Politics at Fairfax Media
Bianca Hall has worked as a Journalist for 13 years, beginning her career as a Cadet Journalist for Kyabram Free Press in Victoria. Most of Bianca's years as a Journalist were spent at Fairfax Media, where she has held different roles, including as an Education Correspondent, Immigration Correspondent and Legal Affairs Reporter. Her Twitter handle is @_Biancah.

You studied Political Science at La Trobe University. How did your interest in politics begin, and did it lead you to journalism? 
From as early as I can remember, news and politics were part of the background in our house. My late father was a journalist, and I used to watch him on the TV news a lot as a kid. My parents also constantly debated current affairs, politics and policies. For me, the two are indivisible. An interest in politics, like journalism, is fundamentally driven by an interest in people and what makes them tick, and an interest in bettering our society.

What changes or trends have had the biggest impacts on the way you work as a journalist?
I'm old enough to remember my university lecturer sternly warning us not to rely on material we found on the then-newfangled internet, back in the days of AltaVista. Technology, and its rapidly-changing demands on us, has made for an exciting 13 years in journalism, but we're all more than aware of the challenges technological disruptions have caused in our industry.

In the fast-paced world of politics, how do you keep track of everything? 
In politics, as everywhere, lists are a journalist's best friend. Press releases are very handy for alerting us to events, but they can get lost sometimes. I receive more than 1,200 emails daily, so sometimes picking up the phone and just making a call is better.

What pressing political issues are currently not getting enough media coverage?
There are very good exceptions to all of these but, generally speaking, I'd like to see more coverage of indigenous affairs, rural affairs and environmental issues in the mainstream press.

What story has been your favourite to work on so far this year? 
I've only been in the role since March, but there have been so many great stories coming out of the Fairfax bureau. One of the most fun, and deceptively tricky, projects to work on was the Draw It Yourself interactive we created before the May budget announcement, which was inspired by a similar concept done by The New York Times

Upcoming Media Events

Friday 16th June
- Sydney, NSW
TEDxSydney is the leading platform for the propagation of Australian ideas, creativity and innovation to the rest of the world. The event is a unique and vital day of talks, films, music and debate.

Truffle Melbourne Festival
Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June - Melbourne, VIC 
Queen Victoria Market will officially kick-off the Truffle Melbourne Festival and the 2017 Australian truffle season. The two day festival includes tastings, a Market Truffle Trail, mock truffle dog hunts and artisanal product stalls.

Global Women's March to Ban the Bomb
Saturday 17th June - Brisbane, QLD
Friends of the Earth Brisbane will be supporting Brisbane’s Women’s March to Ban the Bomb, a women-led international event timed to coincide with new UN negotiations to ban nuclear weapons.

Flexible Working Day 
Wednesday 21st June - Nationwide 
The first ever Flexible Working Day will launch in Australia with the hopes to raise awareness of the benefits of flexible working arrangements for all employees and employers.


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