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AAP Medianet - 16 January 2020

16 January 2020

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. To keep with movements as they happen, follow @aapmedianet.

This Week's Media Movements


Amelia Adams starts as Nine News' senior US correspondent in February
Amelia will be based at the network’s Los Angeles bureau, and was most recently their Europe correspondent.

Nine News' executive producer of News and Current Affairs, Mark Llewellyn, has stepped down
Mark had been back at the broadcaster since April 2018 after leaving the Seven Network, and is looking to focus on content production in the future. 

Melissa King, James Tobin and Sam Wood will join Seven’s Better Homes and Gardens lineup
The Aussie lifestyle staple will be back on air from Friday, 7th February with Melissa covering gardening tips, James on tech and motoring news, and Sam offering health and fitness advice.

Ten CEO Paul Anderson’s title expands to executive vice president for ViacomCBS Networks Australia and New Zealand
The announcement follows the merger of Viacom and the CBS Corporation. 

Paul B Kidd and John Stanley will host a new weekend show on 2GB
John will replace George Moore who resigned last year, starting Saturday, 18th January. 

Jane Bunn will no longer deliver Melbourne's weather on 3AW's Ross and John segment
After five years at the station, Jane has been made redundant.

Brendan Annakin will return to Triple M Sydney as host of Afternoons
Brendan was most recently a Breakfast host on Triple M Brisbane.

ABC Radio National Drive producer Leona Hameed is taking leave
Leona is taking time off from her job to travel for the rest of 2020.

Mumbrella CEO and co-founder Martin Lane is leaving the business
Martin will depart at the end of March to launch his own events and publishing consultancy, after co-founding Mumbrella with Tim Burrowes in 2008.

Cassie Morgan and Blake Foden are The Canberra Times’ court reporters for 2020
Cassie and Blake are replacing Elliot Williams and Alexandra Back while they are on leave this year.

Leader Community News sports reporter Toby Prime will join The Geelong Advertiser
After five years with the newspaper, Toby will commence as a sports journalist on Monday, 20th February.

Andrew Hansen farewells ABC Melbourne’s Summer Breakfast
Andrew has signed off after four weeks as host of the segment. 

Peter Bodkin is the new deputy editor of Storyful Australia
Peter was investigations editor of The Journal prior to joining the News Corp subsidiary, and has also worked for The Daily Telegraph.

Women of Influence podcast will kick off Season 2 with a Jackie O interview
Fronted by ACE Radio’s Kate Meade, the podcast returns on Friday, 17th January with an interview of radio star Jackie O.

Nova 106.9’s Ben Ryan has launched a radio content blog and eBook
Also titled ‘Why Did The Chicken Cross Live To The Studio’, Ben offers practical and funny advice on navigating the radio industry.

Nick Allen-Ducat has joined the Breakfast lineup on Hit106.9 Newcastle
Nick "Ducko" is the former host of 9GO! kid's TV show Smashdown, and takes over Simon Baggs, who recently left the network.

Jack Schmidt will take on a producer role at ABC Radio Darwin
Jack was most recently the producer of the ABC Great Southern Drive show, a role he had held since 2018.

The Herald Sun will publish a national magazine titled 'Women's Footy'
The annual magazine is intended for AFL Women's followers and young women interested in the sport, and is available from Wednesday, 22nd January.

PodcastOne releases Season 4 of podcast series A Plate to Call Home
The series features five episodes with former Master Chef judge Gary Mehigan interviewing high profile culinary figures.

ArtsHub has launched a new podcast, ArtsHubbub 
The arts sector media organisation will use the monthly series to showcase Australian art and artists

Job Vacancy 

AAP FactCheck is seeking a switched-on journalist
 to join its Sydney-based team.

FactCheck is an editorially independent service that fact checks and verifies select news and social media content with the goal of combating misinformation.

To be successful in this job you will need to be a highly competent social media user who is tuned in to the news cycle. You will also have a strong general knowledge and awareness that will allow you to identify questionable claims.

If this sounds like you, please send your cover letter and resume to

View the complete job ad here.

Editor's Pick: Press Release of the Week

Asbestos Foundation calls for caution with asbestos removal and handling for bushfire impacted communities

 Image: Department of Defence

The Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia has warned that asbestos could pose a potential risk for Australians whose homes have been affected or destroyed by the recent bushfires. President Barry Robson said that exposure to contamination from asbestos could be hazardous for those seeking to recover valuables or rebuild.

Read full story

Media Spotlight

Benjamin Strum is a producer and presenter at Junkee. Benjamin can be seen on Junkee’s popular Facebook series ‘The Junkee Takeaway’, a daily news show where viral news stories are given an in-depth look and full breakdown. Ben is passionate about documentary making and film, and he has worked with SBS Untold as an associate producer shooting ‘Country Town Pride’ and online publisher Heaps Gay. He posts at @benstrum.

What aspects of journalism motivate you the most?
Journalism tells truths, builds bridges and creates change. I'm motivated by prevailing justice, bringing issues to light and the craft of visual storytelling. Growing up, I was an avid drawer. My artistic streak eventually turned toward photos and movies. The drive to 'do journalism' via video motivates me to hone skills in directing, screenwriting, cinematography and editing. I love documentaries and multimedia journalism. There's something about beautiful stories being told beautifully that's really satisfying. 
What are the most important new skills that your new job requires?

My current job as a producer and presenter of The Junkee Takeaway taught me invaluable skills. Junkee's audience is predominantly young and consumes news on social media, so my role requires a relaxed approach to reporting. The Junkee Takeaway goes behind-the-news to explain or provide new perspectives on big stories. My writing has to be casual, and when I'm reading autocue, I've got to come across as conversational. The role wasn't a simple transition from documentary making, but I got there eventually! I've learned a lot from my co-host Elfy Scott and executive producer Nick Arnold. 
How has a press release added value to a story of yours before?

I was an associate producer on SBS Untold documentary 'Country Town Pride.' A few weeks before it came out, I published an editorial on SBS Pride about the film's subject (and star) Holly Conroy. SBS writer Sam Leighton-Dore then wrote further about the film. It was interesting to see how those articles sparked conversations about our work. The film's electronic press kit was also a great tool for networking within the industry. 
What is the most memorable story you've reported on?

At Junkee, the most memorable story I wrote was about the impact of sexism on the K-pop industry. A spate of suicides drove my attention to the issue, and I was shocked by what I learned. South Korea has some of the highest revenge porn and suicide rates in the developed world. And K-pop record labels are notorious for treating their artists poorly. The video we produced about this went viral.
Earlier in my career, I worked for LGBT+ publisher Heaps Gay. My most memorable story in that role was about Melbourne singer Mama Alto. They're a non-binary 'waria' (Javanese trans-feminine person). Mama is incredibly active in the cabaret scene and an advocate for transgender rights. I learned so much from them, and we formed a genuine friendship. 
Tell us what's next for Benjamin Strum.

After Season 1 of The Junkee Takeaway, I'm directing a documentary web series about female financial vulnerability. The project is being produced in collaboration with The Sydney Community Foundation. I'm also in the early stages of developing two documentaries with established producers. The topics we're tackling are close to my heart.

Upcoming Media Events

Ballarat's Best for Bushfire Relief (right)
Friday 17th January, Ballarat
With all funds going toward the Victorian Bushfire Disaster Appeal, concertgoers will be entertained by Ballarat’s most renowned artists and musicians.

Toyota Country Music Festival 
Friday 17th to Sunday 26th January, Tamworth
Featuring over 700 performers and 2,800 shows, this festival will culminate with The Toyota Golden Guitars - Country Music Awards of Australia.

‘This is Us’ exhibition (left)
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th January, Sydney
This exhibition will celebrate the creative results from hundreds of Sydneysiders who found comfort and solace crafting art in Chill Art classes in 2019.

So Frenchy So Chic
Saturday 18th January, Sydney
This festival welcomes those with a zest for French culture to come and enjoy everything French from music to cuisine and wine.



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