AAP Medianet - 19 July 2018

July 19, 2018

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

SBS chief executive officer and managing director Michael Ebeid has resigned and will be leaving the broadcaster in October. Michael has been with SBS for seven years, joining as a managing director. 

Alison Cameron has been promoted to chief executive officer at Grant Broadcasters. She will take over Grant Cameron’s role, who will become the company’s non-executive chairman. Alison is currently the chief operating officer for Grant Broadcasters.

Stephen Quartermain is returning to TEN Eyewitness News First At Five in Melbourne as a sports presenter. He will work alongside news presenter Jennifer Keyte and weather presenter Mike Larkan. Stephen has over 30 years of experience in the industry, beginning his career as a cadet journalist at Leader Newspapers in 1980.

Jacqueline Lunn is now the editor of Jetstar magazine. The move comes after Medium Rare Content Agency successfully acquired the publishing and sales contract for Jetstar from Hardie Grant Media. Jacqueline was previously the editor of Qantas Travel Insider and QantasLink Spirit magazine. Prior to her current role, she has worked at Mamamia, Pacific Magazines and Fairfax Media. 

Dana McCauley will join Fairfax Media’s Canberra bureau next week, starting as a federal politics reporter. She was previously a media writer at The Australian. Dana has also worked as a finance editor at news.com.au and a journalist at Leader Community Newspapers.

Letitia Rowlands is now the editor of Fairfax Media’s Essential Kids and Essential Babywebsites. She has been with Fairfax Media since 2013, working as a writer, news editor and deputy editor across the two websites. Prior to that, she was part of Australian Associated Press’ freelance bureau and spent 14 years at The Daily Telegraph before that.   

Craig Thomson is now the deputy editor of the Daily Liberal, joining the paper from The Young Witness, where he worked as an editor for over a year.Craig was a senior journalist at the Glen Innes Examiner and before that, he worked at TOM magazine, Bay FM 100.3 and Irish Queenslander. 

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

X-ray triggered nano-bubbles to target cancer 

Pictured above: Dr Wei Deng - CNBP Associate Investigator and lead author of the research   Image: CNBP  / cnbp.org.au

An innovative drug-filled nano-bubble has been developed by researchers using X-rays. These nano-bubbles, known as liposomes, are paving the way for a new range of cancer treatments for patients, with initial testing showing it to be highly efficient in killing bowel cancer cells. 

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Media Spotlight

Hannah Sinclair, reporter at Channel 9 - Sydney News 
Hannah Sinclair is a reporter for Nine News Sydney, covering crime and general news. Hannah has returned to the East Coast after spending two years reporting for Nine News Perth. Prior to that, she was a journalist for Southern Cross News in Tasmania. Her Twitter handle is @hansinclair9.

You have worked across both radio and television, do you have a preference for one or the other?
I worked in community radio briefly while I was at university, but after my first internship, I was pretty certain television was the medium for me. I’ve always been a visual learner and I find telling stories through pictures to be very powerful. I enjoy being out of the office and on the road and that is essential to gathering any TV news story.

In your opinion, what makes a news item interesting?
It depends on what type of story it is, but I’ve always found stories with a human aspect the most interesting. I love meeting different people every day as a journalist; being able to tell their stories to our audience is a privilege.

How important is social media for a journalist?
Social media has completely changed the way I find stories and cover them. When a huge news event happens, witnesses now take to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to report what they’ve seen and how it makes them feel. Knowing how to navigate social media as a journalist is now crucial.

For a press release to grab your attention, what should it contain?
I’ve always found facts and statistics to be a huge selling point. Any good press release should also have a news hook included because the media won’t be keen to cover a story that is just an advertisement for a brand.

Upcoming Media Events

Victorian Farmers Federation annual conference
Thursday 19th to Friday 20th July, Ballarat
This year’s Victorian Farmers Federation annual conference will focus on the advocacy for the 2018 Victorian State Election.

Melbourne Central Star Festival 
Thursday 19th to Friday 20th July, Melbourne
An after-dark festival to celebrate the stars with star gazing, star-themed food and fashion and photo opportunities for Instagram enthusiasts.

National Pyjama Day (pictured above)
Friday 20th July, Nationwide
National Pyjama Day is a day to host pyjama parties and raise funds for children in foster care. The fundraising event is the brainchild of The Pyjama Foundation, which helps support the dreams of children living in foster care.

Splendour in the Grass (pictured left) 
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd July, Byron Bay
Now in its 21st year, Splendour in the Grass is an annual music and arts festival, featuring renowned Australian and international artists. Festival-goers can also enjoy local food, Splendour Comedy Club, Splendour Forum and The Science Tent. 

AVCon annual conference
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd July, Adelaide
AVCon is Adelaide’s annual anime and video games festival, supporting the local and interstate anime and gaming community. It is run by a group of volunteers called Team AVCon.

Unveiling of Walk with the Anzacs - Gallipoli to Armistice memorial
Saturday 21st July, Maryborough
The Walk with the Anzacs – Gallipoli to Armistice memorial will be unveiled and will be attended by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Australian War Museum director Brendan Nelson, senior military officers and representatives of the British, New Zealand, Belgian and Turkish governments.

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