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AAP Medianet - 18 April 2019


April 18, 2019

Welcome to this week's AAP Medianet, 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


Matt Tilley has been announced as a new host for Nova 100's Morning show in Melbourne. Matt had previously been a co-host of the Matt and Jo Show with Jo Stanley from 1997 to 2013 on Fox FM in Melbourne. He will begin his new role on 29th April. 

Simon Love has moved from a role as a journalist at Seven West Media in Brisbane to a senior journalist and state political reporter role at Network 10 in Melbourne. Prior to his role at Seven West Media, Simon worked as a reporter at Sky News Australia, and as a reporter and producer at Fairfax Media’s 3AW Radio.

Books+Publishing magazine has promoted Kelsey Oldham to the role of editor. Kelsey has been with the magazine since August 2018, joining as assistant editor. She has also been deputy editor of music magazine Swampland Magazine since March 2016. 

Chris Nardi is taking over from Matt Rowley to lead the Nine Publishing advertising team. Chris has been with the organisation (then Fairfax Media) since September 2017, starting as the director of business verticals. Prior to this, Chris worked for The Financial Times from 2005 to 2017 in London.

Tony Aldridge moves from Adelaide where he worked at ARN’s Mix 102.3 and Cruise 1323 to take up the role of content director at ARN’s KIIS 101.1 Melbourne. Prior to joining ARN, Tony worked as content director at WIN’s i98FM and an assistant program director at NOVA Entertainment's Nova 96.9. 

Daniel Pizarro is now the producer for 2CC's drive program Canberra Live. Daniel moves from his role as a traffic reporter at the Australian Traffic Network (ATN) where he worked for two years. Prior to working at ATN, Daniel was a news journalist and presenter at Super Radio Network’s 2LF and a journalist at North East Broadcasters.

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

It's an egg-citing time of year for Western Australia's fish 'n' chippers

Image: Fisheries Research and Development Corporation

Good Friday is one of the busiest times for both fish and chip shops and the Australian seafood industry. With everyone focused on fish, it makes it an “egg-cellent” time to kick off the Australian Fish and Chips Awards! Voting opens Friday 19th April 2019 in all States and Territories and ends Friday 31st May.

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Media Spotlight

Vanessa Brown, Travel Editor at 
After graduating with a degree in media and broadcast, Vanessa landed a job with Channel 9's Today Show as a producer. She spent five years with the breakfast program, which saw her working across the country and the world on various entertainment, news and lifestyle stories. Vanessa has a great interest in travel, food, fitness, beauty and health. Before leading the travel team, she was a lifestyle reporter for Her Twitter handle is @vanessajbrown.

What is your favourite travel hack of all time?  
Not really a hack, but I never travel without over-ear headphones. Relying on airline buds for a long flight is a mistake I've made far too many times before! Lesson learnt, my pair is always tucked into my carry on. They cut out everything! 

How has Instagram affected travel writing?
As a news website, we are constantly monitoring social media for trending stories and accounts. While we don't typically do galleries of photos, we do like speaking to people who have made travel their career or executed a successful seachange. Hacks and tips are also of interest so, for example, we might speak to someone who has travelled around Australia for 12 months on $12 a day and documented their experience on social media. That would be a great story for us and translate well on our social platforms as well.

You've worked across a range of media - what's your favourite medium and why?
I love the pace of digital. News has become so fast-paced now, being able to have a story up in minutes and add to rolling coverage with the latest developments is something our newsroom does without fault. I love that digital is really embracing video as part of our storytelling as well.

For a press release to grab your attention, what should it contain?
If a story is going to work for us, it'll be obvious in the first few sentences of an email. The details normally included in a release (stats/figures/links to research/etc) can be accessed by the journalist when the story is in the works. Pitch emails with a big release attached don't really grab my attention, and they can often distract from the best part of a story. I always keep my eye out for a good exclusive and a case study.

Upcoming Media Events

The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition 
Thursday 18th April to Sunday 18th August, Canberra 
The original haute couture costumes designed by Marion Boyce for the film The Dressmaker will be exhibited at Canberra’s National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. 
Byron Bay Bluesfest (right)Byron Bay Bluefest
Thursday 18th to Monday 22nd April, Byron Bay 
Byron Bay plays host to Australia’s biggest contemporary blues and roots music festival over the Easter weekend, with over 200 performances, food, bars and market stalls. 

Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal 
Friday 19th April, Melbourne 
This annual fundraising appeal for Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital features a host of events including a 15-hour telethon, a Kids Day Out featuring ice skating and a teddy bear hospital and Kick for the Kids AFL football match. 

The Great Centennial Park Egg Hunt (below)
Saturday 20th to Sunday 21st April, Sydney 
Centennial Park partners with Cadbury for this annual Sydney Easter egg hunt. This year kids will follow an activity trail that will introduce them to different Easter customs from all around the world.

Forest Bathing
Saturday 20th April, Southern Highlands 
Wilderness tourism group Wildfest will run a 2-hour guided session of ‘forest bathing’, the Japanese practice of walking slowly and mindfully through forests, in the Budderoo National Park in NSW’s Southern Highlands. 

Sydney Comedy Festival 
Monday 22nd April to Sunday 19th May, Sydney 
Sydney’s biggest comedy event features established Australian acts, international performers and new talent, attracted by the festival’s FRESH program designed to encourage and support new local talent.

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