AAP Medianet - 17 May 2018


May 17, 2018

Welcome to this week's AAP Medianet, 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

Emily Burley is now reporting and producing stories for SKY News Business in Sydney. Emily was previously a producer and senior reporter at PRIME7 in Tamworth. She has also worked as a reporter at The Gladstone Observer and The Coffs Coast Advocate.

Dylan Finch has left Capital Radio Network where he was a commercial production manager to take the role of a producer/weekday announcer at Goulburn. Dylan has also been an announcer on GEM FM and 2NZ in Inverell and was an announcer and producer for FM99.3 community radio for more than six years.

Daily Mail Australia has promoted Erin Doyle to the role of assistant showbusiness editor. Erin has just completed one year as a senior showbusiness reporter at the publication. She has previously worked at TV Week, OK! Magazine, Cosmopolitan, and Culture Trip in the UK.    

Caroline Egan has been announced as an editor of HelloCare, an online magazine covering aged care, home care and retirement village industry news. Caroline was most recently an editor of The Real Estate Conversation, owned by WILLIAMS MEDIA, and has also worked at Macquarie Group as a managing editor.

Izabella Staskowski has started at 9News Gippsland as a journalist, covering court, crime, sport and breaking news. Izabella has spent the last ten months in Cairns reporting for WIN Television, specialising in court, crime and politics.

Miranda Herron has returned to Bauer Media as an executive editor of The Australian Women’s Weekly. Miranda was a writer, editor and journalist for more than 15 years before moving to a communications role at the Workplace Gender Equality Agency. She has also worked at The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph and The Weekend Australian.

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

Solar gardens to bring rooftop solar to all Australians
   Image: Australian Renewable Energy Agency 
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced funding for a feasibility study that could allow the third of Australians who rent, live in apartments or live in low income housing to access the benefits of rooftop solar.

On behalf of the Australian Government, ARENA is providing $240,000 to the University of Technology Sydney’s Institute of Sustainable Futures (ISF) to undertake a feasibility study on ‘solar gardens’. A solar garden is a centralised solar array that offers consumers the opportunity to purchase or lease solar panels with the electricity generated credited to the customer’s energy bill.

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Media Spotlight

Simon Marnie, weekend presenter of 702 ABC Radio Sydney
Simon Marnie presents weekends on 702 ABC Radio Sydney and ABC NSW, a diverse programme that combines news, arts and lifestyle. Simon has worked both behind the scenes and in front of the microphone as a producer or presenter for government, commercial and community radio broadcasts. He has dabbled in television for ABC, SBS and on the Food Channel for LifestyleTV. For over 25 years Simon has enjoyed bringing the stories, the people and the news to audiences from his days at JJJ to now on 702 ABC Radio Sydney. His Twitter handle is @salmonmornay.

What aspects of working in broadcast media do you enjoy the most?
The skin of the teeth production moments when you leave the script and take a risk ....and it works. The adrenalin of covering immediate breaking news is one of the strongest rushes you can legally acquire. To balance that with knowing that you have immersed yourself in a community, been a comforting or informative voice in times of stress, and managed to make your way into someone's life is where peak enjoyment kicks in. 

You've had a distinguished career on the radio but later this year you'll be presenting Escape from the City on TV. What do you think the biggest challenge will be?
At my age you don't expect to learn a new craft with a whole set of different skills. The challenge is to embrace a whole new way of working, a completely different method of communicating and learning new techniques without it being stressful. This is where a team comes in and a presenter is only as good as the invisible crew behind them. 

What is most useful information to you in a press release?
Conciseness and no twee greetings. Take it for granted that I'm having a day of great awesomeness and I don't need reaching out to. 

How do you prepare for an interview?
I'm a producer foremost and a presenter second. My greatest enjoyment is researching for my Sunday Brunch or Performer interviews and hitting that moment when the talent realises this isn't just another media transaction and it's an enjoyable exchange of ideas. I like to know everything, what was their teacher's name at school, where they formed their future and what moments made them tick.

Upcoming Media Events

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
Thursday 17th May 
A worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversities, and an opportunity to rally together in an effort to help push for a world free of prejudice. ‘Alliances for Solidarity’ has been chosen as this year’s global theme.

Sleep at the ‘G (pictured right)
Thursday 17th May, Melbourne 
A record number of Melbournians are expected to spend the night on the cold concrete floor of the Melbourne Cricket Ground with only the comfort of a cardboard box, in a show of support for young people experiencing homelessness in Victoria.

Walk Safely To School Day
Friday 18th May
The annual, national event encourages all primary school children to walk and commute safely to school. It is a community event seeking to promote road safety, health, public transport and the environment. 

RSPCA Million Paws Walk
Sunday 20th May
Hundreds of thousands of people and their dogs will walk at events around the country to show their support for animals in need and to help raise vital funds to fight animal cruelty.

National Palliative Care Week
Sunday 20th to Saturday 26th May
National Palliative Care Week is an annual awareness-raising week organised by Palliative Care Australia. This year’s theme is ‘What matters most?’. 

Schizophrenia Awareness Week
Sunday 20th to Sunday 27th May
The focus of this event is the physical health of people with schizophrenia and other mental illnesses. The week coincides with World Schizophrenia Awareness Day on 24th May. The national theme for 2018 is ‘Do What You Can Do’.
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