AAP Medianet - 17 November 2016


Welcome to this week's AAP Medianet brief 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

Chris Bath, popular TV veteran, will be working in radio next year at ABC’s 702 Sydney as Evenings Host. Although she worked at Seven for 20 years until last year, she began her career working at 2UE. 

Experienced radio Presenter Robyn Bailey will leave the 97.3 Brisbane breakfast show after ten years as a part of the successful breakfast team. The Australian Radio Network have confirmed that Bianca Dye will join 97.3 as Robyn's replacement, leaving Gold FM on the Gold Coast, where she has been Drive Presenter for the past year.

Former News Corp Australia Chief Exective, Kim Williams will join The ABC as a regular Presenter next year. Kim will host a program called What Keeps Me Awake?, featuring high-profile Australians discussing what they believe are the key issues and themes within the daily news cycle.

ABC Producer and Presenter Lorena Allam will lead a new Indigenous Unit at ABC Radio next year. Lorena has worked for the ABC for almost 20 years, including as Executive Producer of Aboriginal arts and culture program, Awaye!.  

Jo Litson has been appointed as the new Deputy Editor of independent magazine Limelight. She will manage both its print and digital assets. Jo has worked as The Sunday Telegraph's Arts Editor for ten years, and will continue to manage its weekly arts page. Her new role will see Jo working with Editor Clive Paget on a part-time basis.

James Carleton, along with a panel of guests, will host God Forbid, a new weekly religious program on ABC Radio National. The program will examine weekly issues with religious and ethical lenses. James is currently working as a Producer for Media Watch, and prior to that he worked for Radio National's Breakfast program.

Journalist Yelena Fairfax has launched a new fashion, beauty and lifestyle news website named Husskie. Yelena has previously been Editor of BeautyDirectory and Fashion Editor of OK! Magazine. The new website aims to look into the lives of influencers and inspirers, examining their careers and shopping habits.

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

Making the most of your leftover food at Christmas
 Image: KitchenAid
Kitchenaid and OzHarvest have been combining forces on ways to inspire Australians to get creative with their leftovers this Christmas. 

A survey of what Australians did last Christmas has shown more than eight in ten (81%) of us spent time in the kitchen cooking a meal from scratch and just over three quarters (76%) spent up to $250 on food for Christmas Day alone - not including alcohol. 

OzHarvest Executive Head Chef Travis Harvey (pictured) will be teaching recipes for leftovers at a series of culinary masterclasses in Sydney this weekend. 

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Media Spotlight

Georgina Dent, Contributing Editor of Women's Agenda
Georgina Dent, Contributing Editor at Women's Agenda, is a journalist, editor, former lawyer, speaker and a passionate advocate for women’s empowerment and gender equality. She is a regular television commentator and has appeared on ABC’s Lateline, The Drum, Channel 9’s Today Show and Sky News. In 2015 she was a finalist in the inaugural Our Watch Walkley Awards to recognise reporting of domestic violence. 

How did your interest in gender equality come about?
My interest in gender equality developed in part because of my work as a business reporter – and my increasing focus on the question of “where are all the women?” Alongside this, having my first child in 2010 proved fairly instructive of the obstacles that prevent women from participating in the workforce to the same extent as men.  

What pressing issues currently faced by women are not getting enough media coverage?
The issue of paid parental leave and childcare are two that come to mind immediately. In both cases, Australia is at risk of going backwards in areas where we already lag behind our OECD peers, but in both cases this is not understood. Having good quality, early education and childcare enables parents to work more and improves educational and social outcomes for children. 

How do you use press releases as part of your newsgathering process?
The question I ask when I read a press release is “Will this interest, engage or educate our readers?” Too often the answer is, it won’t. The ones that do capture my attention immediately are those that will get a response, but media releases that aren't timely & tailored to our audience will not get cut through. 

What are some surprising things you’ve learnt about women through your work?
There have been many MANY women before me who have been saying the same things and championing the same policies for years. Change is slow, not because it’s impossible but because the resistance is immense. I have learned that there is incredible camaraderie and solidarity between women, and that isn’t celebrated or recognized as much as it ought to be. I have also learned (many times) that a woman with an opinion is not always popular; speaking up is a surefire way to find yourself in the firing line.

Which recent stories have had an impact on you? 
The election of Donald Trump last week sideswiped me. I was anticipating a Hillary Clinton victory, and found myself completely perplexed and demoralized on Wednesday when it became clear that wasn’t to be. It has reinforced to me how important it now is for women and other minorities to rally together. I have often said I look forward to the day a publication like Women’s Agenda is superfluous, but for the time being it isn’t. It’s more important than ever. 

Upcoming Media Events

World Pancreatic Cancer Day
17th November
With a 6% survival rate, the day will help support Pancreatic Cancer sufferers and shed light on the need for further research into a cure for this disease.

Laugh Out Loud For Charity  
18th November - University of Western Australia
Some of Perth’s finest comedians come together for a night of laughs to help raise money for Variety ‘The Children’s Charity’. 

2016 Canberra SpringOUT Pride Parade and Family Day
19th November - Legislative Assembly for ACT
A celebration of diversity, the parade will be a colourful and exciting meander through the civic celebrating the LGBTIQ+ community. 

National Press Club Address ‘Fixing rural and remote health’ 
22nd November - National Press Club of Australia, Canberra
The National Rural Health Alliance’s first National Press Club Address on key reform priorities in rural and remote health across Australia. Speakers include, Chair of the National Rural Health Alliance, Geri Malone, CEO of the Royal Flying Doctors Service of Australia, Martin Laverty and CEO of the Council of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives, Janine Mohammed.

ARIA Awards 2016
23rd November - The Star Event Centre, Sydney
This year marks the 30th Aria Awards and will commemorate three decades of excellence and innovation across all genres of Australian music. Celebrating local talent, the night's headliners include Crowded House, John Farnham, Jimmy Barnes and Jessica Mauboy.

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