AAP Medianet - 19 January 2017


January 19, 2017

Welcome to the first AAP Medianet newsletter for 2017. Media Movements features 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

Starting next week, experienced Journalist Joe Hildebrand will join news.com.au as its Editor-at-Large. Joe is currently a Journalist and Co-Host of Studio 10 on Channel Ten and will continue in this role. He was previously an Opinion Editor for the The Daily Telegraph and a Columnist for the Herald Sun.

Liam Renton has joined the 97.3FM breakfast show Bianca, Terry & Bob as Executive Breakfast Producer and Assistant Content Director. Liam has over 15 years of experience working in radio and television and has previously worked as Promotions Manager for Hot 91.1 on the Sunshine Coast.

Max Allen has joined The Australian Financial Review as its new Wine and Drinks Columnist. Max has over 25 years of experience having previously written similar columns for Australian Gourmet Traveller and Gourmet Traveller WINE

Seven West Media have appointed Andy Kay to the role of General Manager of Channel Seven Adelaide. Andy will take on the role starting February 1st in addition to his current role of General Manager of Olympics and Commonwealth Games.

Former Channel Nine Perth Journalist Oliver Peterson will be joining PerthLive 6PR next week as host of its drive program. He takes over the role from Adam Shand who resigned in December.

Mike Lorigan has taken up a role with Nine Local News in Sydney as a Reporter and Broadcast Presenter. He was most recently a Reporter at NBN Television and has previously worked at PRIME7 and Southern Cross Austereo.

ABC Adelaide have appointed Julian Schiller as their new drive host. Julian has been a regular on Fox Sports and Network Ten, and was most recently heard on radio as a part of Triple M's Test cricket coverage team. 

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

Handy infographic highlights population changes
Population Growth as of June 2016     Image: Propertyology

This week, Propertyology has released a handy set of infographics showing population changes in Australia.

A highlight of the information, based on ABS data, is that Victoria recorded the highest percentage of growth, while the Northern Territory recorded the lowest percentage.

At a national level, Australia’s population grew by an average of 863 people per day during the quarter ending June 2016.

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Media Spotlight

Steve Jancetic, AAP Journalist
Steve Jancetic was born and raised in Wollongong, where he lives now and says he has "never really found any reason to leave". His first break in journalism was at the 2000 Sydney Olympics as part of the Olympic News Service. After a few years on the Netdesk at AAP, he moved into sport in 2003 and spent just over ten years covering the rugby league round - eight as the League Chief. He has travelled overseas on a number of occasions with AAP, with the 2009 Four Nations tournament in the UK and France as well as Olympics in London and Rio. 

What is the best thing about working in a newsroom environment? 
There's rarely a dull moment. There's a certain energy that comes with news, especially within a news agency environment where fast-paced responses to issues or incidents are essential. It can sometimes get a little chaotic, but it's controlled chaos. 

How have newsrooms changed and what changes lie ahead?
The biggest change during my time at AAP is just that - time. Because of the changing nature of the news cycle and digital publishing, the need for speed has become paramount. So too has the need for quantity - there are no page limits on websites, who have an unquenchable thirst for copy. I actually see these two elements as limiting the effectiveness of journalists. The increasing relevance of social media means everyone can be a 'reporter' - all you need is a smartphone and you can 'report' what is happening. But there is a difference to being a once-over reporter and a journalist - a journalist needs to add something to a story. I actually believe the media will go full circle and return to 'journalism' being a valued commodity - readers will want more from their media coverage than just once-over reporting.

From your sports reporting experience, what makes a good sports journalist? 
A good sports journalist is able to go beyond reporting what has happened. This can sometimes be hard with sport, because what has happened on a field or a court is so newsworthy because of the drama or excitement it has created. But given the way sport is broadcast now, in that almost every event is able to be viewed from almost anywhere in the world, people don't necessarily need to know 'what' has happened - they have already seen it for themselves. The reader wants more. A good journalist will look at an incident or result and ask 'what does it all mean? what are the ramifications? what is next?'

Do press releases help or hinder a round like covering sports?
Press releases are most helpful in getting a handle on an initial message, in adding some legitimacy to a story. What is important for a journalist is moving beyond the press release to seek out the story behind the press release.

Upcoming Media Events

NSW Pro Surf Series: Carve Pro (Pictured)
19th - 22nd January - Maroubra Beach, NSW
The first event in the NSW Pro Surf Series, the Carve Pro is an opportunity for local and international surfers to gain ranking points for the World Surf League qualifying series.

Fringe World Festival
20th January - 19th February - Perth, WA
Fringe World is the largest annual event in Western Australia and is a celebration of summer held in Perth during the city's buzzing summer festival period.

Furneaux Islands Festival
20th - 22nd January - Flinders Island, TAS
The 4th annual Furneaux Islands Festival (FIF) takes place from tomorrow. On Sunday the event will feature a Community Concert and BBQ at the Flinders Island Aboriginal Association Park.

The Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic
20th - 22nd January - Premier Speedway, Allansford, VIC
The largest Sprintcar race in Australia boasting over 100 competitors and a prize purse in-excess of $220,000.

Mazda Opera in the Domain 
21st January - Royal Botanic Gardens, NSW
Australia’s brightest opera stars perform alongside the Opera Australia Orchestra to celebrate community and culture under the stars. 

Victoria Street Lunar Festival 2017
22nd January - Richmond, VIC
The annual Lunar New Year festival will be a celebration of culture with food demonstrations, talent shows, lion dancers and a range of food stalls.

Australia Day 
26th January 
The official national day of Australia celebrated across the country with a variety of activities including free concerts, citizenship ceremonies, fireworks displays, barbeques and backyard cricket.



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