AAP Medianet - 18 July 2019

18 July 2019

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

Alisson Longhurst is now the content director for Hit 90.9 in the Gold Coast. She takes over the role from Corey Kay, who has moved to Gold 92.5. Previously, Alisson was a senior producer for Fox FM’s Fifi, Fev and Bryon programme.

Phil ‘Gus’ Gould will be joining the team at Macquarie Sports Radio to host his own show. Starting on 20th July, The Gus Gould Show will have Phil talking about the topics relating to the sport discussed that week. Julian King will be co-hosting the show with Phil. 

SBS’s The Feed will have a few new faces joining its team. Alice Matthews, Rebecca Metcalf, David Ma, Tania Safi and Michelle Rimmer. They will be taking over from Jan Fran and Patrick Abboud who have hosted the show since 2013. The two have been part of the show since the beginning and hosted their final show on 16th Tuesday. 

The Hughesy and Kate show will feature a different guest host every week until Kate Langbroek returns from extended leave. Meshel Laurie will be the first of a series of guests to join regular host David Hughes

Caitlin Welsh moved to Mashable Australia as an editor. She was previously the acting editor and deputy editor for Nova Entertainments’ GOAT Magazine. Caitlin also worked as a content editor for CHOICE Magazine.

Christian McEwan and Annabella Leone will be hosting the new Macarthur Breakfast show which will be airing from 5 am to 9 am on C91.3FM. The two hosted the station’s drive show for the past few years. 

Josh Olek is joining the Triple M Brisbane Afternoon show. He also produces and hosts the podcast titled Shut Up, I’m Talking. Josh previously hosted KRock’s drive show The Departure Lounge with Leanne 'Stampsy' Stamps

PR News
Lovatts Media has partnered with King Features, a unit of Hearst, to represent its syndication business in Australasia. It will replace current agent Yaffa Media as the territory representative for King’s.

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

Electronic chip mimics the brain to make memories in a flash

 Image: RMIT University

Engineers have mimicked the human brain with an electronic chip that uses light to create and modify memories. Researchers from RMIT University drew inspiration from an emerging tool in biotechnology – optogenetics – to develop a device that replicates the way the brain stores and loses information.

Read full story

Media Spotlight

David Taylor, ABC Finance Reporter

David Taylor ABCDavid Taylor is a business reporter for the ABC's Audio Current Affairs programs. He has been an ABC reporter since 2011, working across radio, television and online. David is also a contributing editor with Yahoo Finance Australia, writing fortnightly personal finance columns for the site. He is passionate about the news, current affairs, rugby union, travel, and good music – “don’t care what type, as long as I feel better at the end of the song”. He tweets at @DaveTaylorNews.

You have over 10 years’ experience in financial reporting. Currently, which finance stories are you following closely?  
There are too many to mention. Broadly I’m watching the Australian economy: economic growth, interest rates, the unemployment rate and the budget.
Business-wise, it’s all about tech, Huawei and the ups and downs of small businesses and their employees across the country – especially dealing with tax and superannuation.
Globally, it’s all eyes on the US-China trade war and the debt debacle that is the eurozone.
I’ve always got one eye out for overnight developments on Wall Street too.
You've recently added the position of contributing editor at Yahoo Finance to your role as a business reporter at the ABC. What does this new role involve? 
I write regular personal finance columns for Yahoo Finance Australia. My approach to this column is a painfully simple one: understanding something complex feels amazing so through my writing I'll bring the sometimes confusing world of business and finance to life for Yahoo’s readers, and show you them how it affects their hip pockets.
I may also be expanding my contribution to the Yahoo Finance platform – watch this space!

For a press release to be useful to you, what must it contain? 
Good question! A clear news hook at the top. Explain why you’re sending out the press release close to the top – in other words, why is this a story the ABC would be interested in today? A few lines then to develop the story and gain my interest. At the bottom list of contacts who are available RIGHT NOW, and some background to the story underneath.

Upcoming Media Events

Splendour in the GrassThe Daily Telegraph Bush Summit
Thursday 18th July,
Dubbo will host Australia’s community leaders, farmers, policymakers and politicians to discuss the threats to the regional industry and agriculture businesses. 

World Congress on Positive Psychology
Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st July, Melbourne 
More than 1,500 delegates from 50 countries will attend the conference organised by the International Positive Psychology Association. 

Plumbing & Gas Industry Awards 2019
Friday 19th July, Brisbane 
Celebrating its 20th year, this event recognises the achievements of outstanding apprentices, and honours plumbers, gas fitters, hydraulic consultants and individuals who provide work to their customers. 

2019 Splendour in the Grass (above)
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July, Byron Bay, NSW
An annual Australian music festival, Splendour in the Grass showcases popular and established musical artists, as well as emerging Australian artists.

Alice Springs Camel Cup2019 Alice Springs Camel Cup (left)
Saturday 20th July, Alice Springs
The annual Apex Camel Cup will feature nine unique races scheduled around the dusty outback track throughout the day.

National Farm Safety Week 
Sunday 21st to Friday 26th July, Nationwide
The week provides an opportunity for Farmsafe Australia to address farm safety issues that have a national focus.

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