AAP Medianet - 16 February 2017

February 16, 2017

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. 

This Week's Media Movements

Darren Goodsir Editor-in-Chief of The Sydney Morning Herald resigned this week. He will not be replaced. Darren has been with the company for almost 20 years, with three and a half of those years working as Editor-in-Chief of the Sydney Morning Herald

Due to Darren resigning, there has been a restructuring at Fairfax Media. James Chessell is now the National Editor for both The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. He was previously the Europe Correspondent for the Australian Financial Review

Lisa Davies is now the Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald. She has been with the paper for several years, having worked as Deputy Editor, Investigations Editor, and Justice Editor. Lisa has previously worked for The Daily Telegraph and Australian Associated Press. 

Alex Lavelle has become the Editor of The Age. He had been acting in the role since December 2016, and is now formally its Editor. Alex has been with the company since 1999, and has worked as Deputy News Director, Sports Editor and other roles. 

Amelia Mulchay, James McCann and Andrew Hayes are the new hosts on Hit107's Weekend Breakfast. They can be heard every Saturday morning from 7am to 9am. Amelia is currently a Presenter on Seven News and Today Tonight, James is a comedian and Andrew is a local west Adelaidean. 

Kumi Taguchi is the new host of Compass, ABC's ethics and religious programme. She will start in March, when the show returns to air, taking over the role from Geraldine Doogue. Kumi is currently a News Anchor on ABC News 24 and will continue in this role. 

Ticky Fullerton has joined Sky News, hosting a new business program called TICKY. She was previously a Host on ABC's The Business and has worked on Four Corners and Lateline as a Reporter and Presenter.

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

Tapping into Dietary Guidelines for Healthy Weight Week
     Image: Dietitians Association of Australia 
It's not exactly news that, as a nation, we're trying our luck with fad diets, but a new survey reveals just how few of us have turned to our country’s Australian Dietary Guidelines to help us eat better. 

The survey of more than 1,300 Australians found half (47 per cent) had used a specific 'diet' in the past year in an attempt to lose weight, but just 20 per cent had referred to the Australian Dietary Guidelines to help them improve their eating habits.

Read full story

Media Spotlight

Joe Barton, Fox Sports Digital's Chief Cricket Writer
Joe Barton has been obsessed with sport since he was seven years old, and for the past decade has been lucky enough to write about the games he loves. Covering sport has taken him around the world, from Dhaka to Dublin, New York to the Netherlands and all over Australia, reporting on more sports than you could care to name. After seven years with Australian Associated Press, which included a stint as the company's European sports correspondent, Joe recently returned to Australia to become Fox Sports Digital's chief cricket writer.

What story has been your favourite to work on in the past twelve months?
The most satisfying story probably came on the Wallabies' Spring Tour - writing a feature with recent rugby league convert Marika Koroibete. I don't get the opportunity to write features as often as I'd like these days, so to get a chance to have a long sit down with an interesting character and find a way into his story which (I hope!) hadn't been done to death before was a fun challenge and I think the result was a pretty nice read.

What changes or trends have had the biggest impacts on the way you work as a journalist?
I started writing for a local newspaper in 2007 and without a doubt the biggest change since then has been the importance of online content - which includes social media and video. Back then, getting your copy in the newspaper was really the only thing that mattered. Now, immediacy is the most important factor. The deadline has gone from 7pm to ASAP. That presents obvious challenges in getting your story up quickly while still trying to analyse sometimes tricky information, maintain quality of work, and perhaps most importantly minimise errors. Your ability to nail the right angle is put under real pressure, and I think that results in people missing the right story far more than they would've 10-15 years ago.

How much of a factor do press releases play in sports journalism?
Increasingly important, honestly. While the best way to get stories and to differentiate yourself from other journalists and news organisations is still to hit the phones and get that interview or get something unique, you can't be so naive as to think that you can do without press releases altogether. The biggest sports teams, organisations etc have vast PR departments these days - and whether you like it or not, it's a pretty essential way to stay across everything that is happening in your area. Of course that isn't to say it's gotten to the point where a press release becomes fact which you report as it is: you still want to make a call or two to flesh that information out and find some new way in, so as to differentiate yourself from the other 1500 people who received that press release.

Upcoming Media Events

National Multicultural Festival
17th - 19th February - Canberra, ACT
The family friendly event will celebrate diversity, share traditions from all parts of the world with live music, comedy, performance art, food and wine stalls, street parties and more.

Canberra Food and Wine Expo
17th - 19th February - National Convention Centre, ACT
Annual three day event showcasing the best in gourmet food and wine, homewares and kitchen wares with appearances by a number of celebrity chefs.

White Night Melbourne
18th February- Melbourne CBD, VIC
The one night only event allows national and international artists, musicians and performers to transforms the city of Melbourne through installations, lighting, exhibitions, street performances, film, music, dance and interactive events.

General Pants Bowl-A-Rama (Pictured)
18th - 19th February - Bondi Skate Park, NSW
The two day event is Australia’s biggest skateboarding competition and attracts legendary and pro skaters from all around the world.

Supercell: Festival of Contemporary Dance
20th -25th February - Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, QLD
A first for Brisbane, Supercell will host an exhilarating program of local and international artists, performances, workshops and conversations.

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