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AAP Medianet - 15 March 2018

March 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

Darragh O'Keeffe is the new editor of Government News, an Intermedia Group publication. Darragh has just concluded a four year term as editor of Australian Ageing Agenda and has also been a freelance journalist for The Australian and ABC since 2016.

William McInnes will start his new role as a markets reporter at The Australian Financial Review on the 26th of March. He is currently a breaking news reporter/producer at Fairfax Media, and was a freelance writer at FourFourTwo Australia before that. 

Rachel Cary has started as a reporter at TEN Eyewitness News. Rachel had most recently been working as a freelance journalist at BBC News in the UK and was a reporter at the Nine Network in Perth prior to that. 

Abbey Lew-Kee has started as a sub-editor at Beat Magazine and is now writing news columns and sub-editing feature articles, reviews and columns. Abbey was a contributing writer for the publication from 2016 until this appointment.

Michael Slezak will join ABC's specialist reporting team as a science, technology and environment reporter at the end of the month. Michael will be leaving The Guardian where he was an environment reporter for more than two years. He has previously worked as Australasia reporter for New Scientist and is a former radio spokesperson.

Max Futcher has moved from his role as a senior reporter to presenter at Seven News Brisbane. Max will replace Bill McDonald to present weekday news alongside co-host Sharyn Ghidella.   

Anna Levy has started as a casual news reporter and producer at ABC Radio in Brisbane where she covers breaking news and community and state topics across various programs. 

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

Queen's Baton Relay discovers Queensland's dinosaur country 
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation
Image: Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) 

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) has roared into its seventy-sixth day in Australia, with a morning visit to the Australian Age of Dinosaurs.

The home of the world’s largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils, Stephanie Greenwood, Winton Shire Citizen of the Year 2017 was the first Batonbearer and showed off one of the town’s claim to fame.

Read full story

Media Spotlight

Angus Livingston, Senior Political Writer at Australian Associated Pressangus_livingston_profile
Angus Livingston is AAP's new senior political writer in Canberra. He spent four years at AAP in Melbourne, mainly as a political reporter and chief of staff. Before that he worked at Leader in Melbourne, and in politics and sport for The Examiner and The Advocate in Tasmania, as well as freelancing. Angus tweets on a wide range of topics that are mainly not connected to politics but sometimes are. His Twitter handle is @anguslivingston.

What drew you to political journalism?
I never planned to be in political journalism but I keep ending up here, so there must be something. I think it's the importance of keeping people accountable. Politicians take taxpayers' money and choose where it goes, and they need to do that fairly and sensibly. I enjoy being part of the scrutiny process.

Are stories easy or hard to find for you area of journalism and why?
It's a mix. Politics is so crowded, with so many voices, so there are always things to write about. A bit of the skill is choosing which ones are important and which ones have been covered before, or are misleading etc. I find the best stories come from having good relationships with political sources and understanding their motivations for telling you something.

Do you find that interviewing political figures is different than other talent and how do you approach the two?
Yes politicians are different. They are trained to deliver talking points and lines. If you interview the same politician regularly, you get to know when they are about to launch into their two-minute spiel on a pet issue. So I've found I need to listen for the subtle variations in rhetoric, or the times a politician will hold back from fully pursuing an issue, to get a sense of when something has changed. This is where being part of a regular press pack makes a difference, as between the group you are more likely to pick up on something small. When interviewing non-politicians I think a lot of journalists are prepared to cut them some more slack, depending on their role and experience, because most people don't have to face difficult questioning every day.

What makes a good press release?
Apart from the main things like clear writing, active voice, and natural-sounding quotes, one of the main things I look for is timeliness. When I get a release that capitalises on breaking news, with a relevant viewpoint, I'm much more likely to include it if I get it within an hour or less of the news breaking. It's often annoying to report on a breaking news story and then 27 hours later get a release that would have been interesting to include in the previous day's story. The news moves on - press releases that come too slow don't get picked up. So communications people who monitor the news and react quickly, or even better, have lines semi-prepared for breaking news they can tailor accordingly, make a huge difference.

Upcoming Media Events

World Sleep Day
Friday 16th March, Worldwide
Organised by the World Sleep Day Committee of the World Sleep Society, this annual event celebrates sleep and fosters discussion about medicine and solutions for sleep disorders. 

BOOKPLATE's Picnic Pop-Up Barbookplate_2017 (pictured right)
Saturday 7th March, Canberra
The National Library of Australia invites you aboard its spacious deck to witness 'Skyfire', a firework spectacular where an expectant crowd of around 100,000 people will gather at Lake Burley Griffin. Enjoy the firework display, drinks, canapes and live entertainment at BOOKPLATE restaurant and its Picnic Pop Up bar.

Arts Open: Meet the Makers
Saturday 17th March to Sunday 18th March,Castlemaine, Victoria
Arts Open is a biennial event where visual artists open their studio doors and showcase their creative processes to the public. Over 100 artists, ranging from painters, jewellers, photographers, crafts people and more, are taking part this year around Mount Alexander Shire.

Beach Carnivale 
Saturday 17th March to Sunday 18th March, Melbourne
Beach Carnivale is coming to Elwood for a weekend of sport competitions, including dodgeball, table tennis, darts and volleyball competitions, as well as food trucks and entertainment by local musicians. 
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