|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
Dan Ilic has joined the ABC comedy sketch show Tonightly with Tom Ballard, as executive producer of the show's second season. Dan has previously worked with ABC Radio National's A Rational Fear program.
Elle Beattie is now working at Kinderling Kids Radio as the executive producer of its Early Learning Programs. She was previously the executive producer of Nova’s Drive Show Kate, Tim & Marty and has also worked on Triple M’s Merrick & The Highway Patrol, WSFM's Jonesy and Amanda, and Better Homes & Gardens Radio.
David Schwarz and Mark Allen launched their new Drive Show on Macquarie Sports Radio this week. The national program will be on air from 4pm to 7pm.
SBS Radio has launched two new digital radio stations this week called SBS PopAsia and SBS PopDesi. The two stations are both 24-hour music channels that celebrate music from different genres. SBS Radio has also refreshed its SBS Radio 3 channel, which will broadcast news from the BBC World Service.
Tess Connery will be the new breakfast presenter on 2SER. She is currently the host of TuesdayDaily at the station and has been volunteering at 2SER for three years. She will be taking over Nic Healey’s role, who has moved to ABC North West.
Gemma Maddox has joined Hit 104.7 as its afternoon announcer, from 12pm to 3pm. She will also look after the station's social media platforms. Gemma was previously the morning announcer at HIT Shepparton and was at Max FM prior to that. She has won two ACRAs for best music director.
RTI FM will return to Melbourne commercial radio on April 18th. Lisa Watson will direct content for the station, with assistance from Dani Amaya. The Mornings show will be hosted by Tim, Jess and Ben, and the Drive show will be hosted by Nate, Dani and Rob.
Editor's Pick: Press Release of the Week...
Redeployable solar system could replace diesel generators
Image: Australian Renewable Energy Agency
On behalf of the Australian Government, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced funding for Canberra-based ECLIPS Engineering to design, manufacture and test its rapidly redeployable Container Roll Out Solar System (CROSS).
CROSS is a factory assembled, relocatable solar array that has been developed to reduce the logistics challenges associated with deploying solar PV generators. The pop-up mobile solar PV could soon replace diesel generators as temporary power supply for military operations, disaster relief efforts, music festivals and more.
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Lauren Sams, features director at ELLE Australia
Lauren Sams is the features director at ELLE Australia. She's the author of two books. Her work has appeared in marie claire, Cosmopolitan, Good Food, delicious, The Sydney Morning Herald,Sunday Style and Daily Life. She lives in Sydney with her husband, daughters and two dogs. Her Twitter handle is @LaurenSSams.
How excited are you to start your new role as features editor for ELLE Australia?
If there was a GIF that summed up my excitement levels, it would probably be that one of Liz Lemon high-fiving a million angels. I love ELLE; it has been my favourite magazine for a very long time, so working on the magazine is a dream come true.
For a press release to grab your attention, what should it contain?
A product that actually relates to ELLE. Please don't send me stuff about pets (unless it relates very directly to Karl Lagerfeld's cat, Choupette).
If there has been one big lesson you've learned so far, what would that be?
God, I have learned so much! But probably the thing that has resonated the most is the importance of listening. This sounds very obvious (especially for someone who interviews people for a living) but I've found over the years that slowing down, listening well and taking time to respond is very, very helpful. In work, and in life.
You've worked as a freelancer for the last few years. What are the biggest challenges for freelance journalists in Australia?
Being paid well. I've had editors ask me to write for less than 20 cents a word. It's difficult to see the value in even doing the work for payment like that. That said, I've had mostly positive interactions with editors, and I really did love working freelance. It gives you the freedom to write about so many different things, which I really enjoyed.
Upcoming Media Events
Record Store Day
Saturday 21st April, International
People around the world will celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role independently owned stores play in their communities.
War Heritage Roadshow at Melbourne Museum (pictured right)
Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd April, Melbourne
Families from across Melbourne will show their pieces of wartime heritage to conservation experts, share their stories and get free advice on cleaning and care at Melbourne Museum.
Earth Day (pictured below)
Sunday 22nd April, International
An estimated 1 billion people in 192 countries take part in the largest civic-focused day of action in the world. Earth Day Network’s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide.
World Allergy Week
Sunday 22nd to Saturday 28th April
This year’s focus area is Atopic Dermatitis/Eczema: An Itch that Rashes. In support of the cause and to help raise awareness, people are encouraged to ‘wear a spot of red’.
World Book and Copyright Day
Monday 23rd April
The global tribute to books and authors is celebrated to encourage people to discover or rediscover the pleasure of reading.