AAP Medianet - 16 November 2017


November 16, 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

Lucy Langtry has taken up a position with Sky News. Lucy worked previously as a Journalist for Prime7 Television. The former Paul Lockyear Award winner began her career as a Casual Journalist for Prime7 before moving into a full time role with the Outlet. Lucy last worked for the Seven Network on the Gold Coast.

Luxury Travel Magazine has made two changes to its editorial team with Lee Tulloch taking on the role as Editor-at-Large and Christine Kane as the Editor. Lee is a highly experienced Author and Editor having published six novels as well as writing for Fairfax, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Christine is currently the Publisher and Editor for travel website travelmonitor.com.au.

Danielle Westport has been appointed Producer of The Luke Bradnam Show with Libby Trickett & Dobbo on Triple M Brisbane and Gold FM. She has been working as a Content Coordinator for Southern Cross Austereo since 2015.

Sarah Norris has been appointed Editor of Broadsheet Sydney. Sarah has previously worked with Pacific Magazines for 16 years on publications such as Voyeur - Virgin Australia's inflight magazine - and Go Places with Toyota. Sarah has also previously worked as a Restaurant Reviewer for the Sydney Morning Herald.

Mark Stevens has been promoted to Editorial Director for Fairfax Media New Zealand. Mark has worked for Fairfax Media since 1997 when he began as a Crime Reporter. Most recently, Mark was the Group Digital Editor for Fairfax Media New Zealand.

Ned Breward and Josh Torney will be heading to the Nation’s Capital taking over Hit 104.7's Breakfast Program from Ryan Jon and Tanya Hennessy. Ned and Josh currently co-host the Breakfast program in Western Australia.

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

Gold nugget worth over $50,000 uncovered in Queensland 
Image: Minelab  
A 38-ounce gold nugget, worth more than AU$50,000, has been uncovered in North Queensland by a dedicated prospector. Weighing more than a kilogram (1,176gms), the nugget was 15cms (six inches) below the ground and discovered thanks to the advanced gold-finding technology of the Minelab GPX 5000 detector.

“It’s fair to say I was emotionally overwhelmed at that time,” said the Queensland prospector who wishes to remain anonymous.

Read full story

Media Spotlight

Abi Benaud, Breakfast Producer at Hit105
Abi Benaud started her career in radio as the Executive Producer for Brisbane’s 4KQ breakfast show with Laurel, Gary and Mark. Soon after, she moved to Sydney to become the Guest, Talent and Entertainment Producer for the Kyle and Jackie O Show on KIISFM. After almost five years in Sydney, Abi returned home to the Sunshine Coast as the PR Manager for Australia Zoo, but she missed working in radio and returned to the industry. Her Twitter handle is @AbiBenaud.

Was it always your desire to work in radio, and what attracted you to the industry?
My desire to work in radio started in high school. I began with work experience at Hot91 on the Sunshine Coast. From there, I was determined to have a career in radio. I was attracted to the industry because it was fast paced, ever changing, and everything about it was fun! I love that no day is ever the same when producing a breakfast radio show.

How important is social media mastery for a journalist?
As a breakfast radio producer, mastering social media is important because it is your point of contact for breaking stories, trending topics and reaching people for interviews.

What do you find most useful about press releases? 
The most useful thing about a press release is the information received and how it can be pitched to be used on-air. The best press release tells me what I need to know within the first sentence. I receive over 100 emails a day and being able to know straight away what the point of the release is, makes it easier and I will be less likely to hit the delete button.

Which recent stories have had an impact on you?
As a radio show, the stories that have an impact are relevant, topical, conversational and most importantly relatable.

What’s the most memorable idea you’ve come up with for radio, and how did it turn out? 
I was the guest and talent producer for the Kyle and Jackie O show for more than three years. During this time, my favourite idea involved celebrities and fans. I once organised for Hugh Jackman to surprise a 9-year-old fan, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis as a newborn. It created a beautiful moment and made international news.

Upcoming Media Events

International Driverless Vehicle Summit abi-benaudThursday 16th and Friday 17th November, Adelaide
With a theme of 'Translating technology to real world deployment', the summit will include demonstrations of driverless technology and talks from experts in the field. 

World Toilet Day 
Sunday 19th November
A day to bring awareness to tackle the global sanitation crisis with hopes to halve the proportion of untreated wastewater and increase water recycling and water safe recuse. Today, 4.5 billion people live without a household toilet that safely disposes of their waste.

Eureka Climb 2017 (pictured above)
Sunday 19th November, Melbourne
Australia’s biggest vertical race sees competitors run or walk up 88 floors (1642 steps) inside Eureka Tower, to the highest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere. The event raises money for the event's two charity partners, Whitelion and Interplast. 

East Malvern Food and Wine Festival (pictured left)
Sunday 19th November, Melbourne
Last year, more than more than 3000 people attended the inaugural East Malvern Food and Wine Festival. This year is expected to be even bigger and better.

National Energy Efficiency Conference
Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st November, Melbourne
Melbourne hosts the National Energy Efficiency Conference, bringing together up to 400 efficiency leaders, innovators, energy users and policymakers. Speakers include Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg and opposition energy spokesman Mark Butler.

Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week
Monday 20th to Sunday 26th November
A chance for grassroots community groups and their philanthropic partners to showcase and promote the great things they have achieved together in cities and regions across Australia.
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