AAP Medianet - 19 October 2017


October 19, 2017

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

Lisa Wilkinson has announced she will be working for Channel 10's The Project in a Senior Hosting and Editorial Role. Lisa has spent the last decade working on Nine Entertainment’s The Today Show and will begin her new role in 2018. Lisa will continue to work as the Editor-At-Large for the Huffington Post.

Kim Doherty is the new Guest Editor of the Wentworth Courier for the next six months replacing Steve Howard. As the former Editor-in-Chief of The Australian Women’s Weekly, Kim has previously worked for Newscorp as the Editor of kidspot.com.au before moving to New Idea. Kim starts as of the 18th October.

Steve Howard, who relaunched the Wentworth Courier as a lifestyle news magazine, has been appointed as Editor of News Corp's Manly Daily. Steve will take over as Editor on the 25th October.

Louise Roberts has been appointed Executive Editor of NewsLocal. Louise has an extensive history with News Corp and is currently the Editor of the Manly Daily. Louise starts in her new role as of 30th October.

Sam Cavanagh has been announced as the new Executive Producer for the Triple M Network's new Drive show with Mick Molloy and Jane Kennedy. Sam has been the Executive Producer for Hit’s Hamish & Andy Drive show since 2006. Sam will continue to work for Hamish & Andy until they finish at the end of the year.

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

Batonbearers named for Commonwealth Games
Batonbearers Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games GC2018

   Image: Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC)           

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has revealed the list of approximately 3,800 Australians who will carry the Queen’s Baton on its 100-day journey across the nation in the lead-up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

“The batonbearers recognise the achievements and aspirations of Australians from all walks of life, from ambitious 10-year-olds to humble volunteers and well-known Australians from a variety of fields," the Premier said. 

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Media Spotlight

Monique Bowley, Executive Producer at ABC's Audio StudiosMonique Bowledy
Monique Bowley is a podcaster, broadcaster, writer and is now Executive Producer of the Families division in the ABC’s Audio Studios; an on-demand production house responsible for some of Australia’s most popular podcasts.

You built Australia's largest women's podcast network- the Mamamia Podcast Network. How much of a challenge was that and did you ever think it would be so successful when you started?
It was a huge challenge but an extremely rewarding one. I knew it would be successful because as a woman who listened to, and worked in radio, I never felt like shows really spoke to me. I felt like women were relegated to either the sidekick role or as psychics on talkback radio. So to be able to create shows for smart women who were interested in news, politics, careers, sex, TV and pop culture was a no-brainer.
Podcasts are becoming increasingly popular, why do you think that is?
Audiences are time poor, and hungry for content. There’s a limited amount of time you can spend in front of a screen, so podcasts allow you to be entertained, engaged and informed while you are doing other things. Also, audiences are more discerning than ever, so an on-demand audio product, where you can find niche shows that really speak to your interests is a very compelling proposition. 
What are the keys to being a good presenter/broadcaster/podcaster on air?
Firstly, always ask yourself: what will my audience get out of this? What value am I adding to their lives? Secondly, be authentic; an audience can sniff out when you’re not being yourself. Finally, don’t waste people’s time. Be brutal with your edits; life’s too short to listen to sloppy shows.
Any tips for people when targeting press releases to podcasters or radio broadcasters?
Familiarise yourself with the show; the segments in it, and the tone. Podcast audiences are hyper engaged; so the returns and the recall on things is high.
In a world where everything is on social media, why are you writing a weekly email newsletter?
I miss talking to an audience every week so I started putting down my thoughts in emails to listeners. I honestly didn’t expect anyone to read it but it’s gone a bit crazy. It’s like getting a letter from your penpal every week, only better, because my penpal only ever talked about Sweet Valley High School books.

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Upcoming Media Events

Pink Ribbon Day >(pictured right)
Saturday 21st October 
Cancer Council's Pink Ribbon Day helps raise funds in support of the many thousands of Australian women affected by breast and gynaecological cancers. The Cancer Council aims to minimise the threat of women's cancers through successful prevention, best treatment, support and world-class cancer research.

National Week of Deaf People
Saturday 21st to Friday 27th October  
Every year, Deaf Australia and its state branches gear up to organise events through a week long period to celebrate deaf individuals and the deaf community in Australia.

Australian Masters Games
Saturday 21st to Saturday 28th October, Tasmania
Around 5,000 competitors from across Australia and overseas are expected to head to Tasmania's northwest to take part in the Australian Masters Games. The event will comprise of more than 40 sports, ranging from lawn bowls, to softball, to touch football.

Adelaide Festival of Children's Books
Sunday 22nd October, Adelaide
The festival will put children and families in contact with authors and illustrators. Talks and activities are focused on encouraging children to read, write and illustrate.

World Polio Day
Monday 23rd October  
The day shines a spotlight on the importance of the global eradication of polio and addresses the existing threat to the global community of ongoing poliovirus transmission and the risk of circulating vaccine derived polioviruses.

Aussie Backyard Bird Count (pictured left)
Monday 23rd to Sunday 29th October  
The count coincides with National Bird Week and encourages people to count birds in backyards, local parks and gardens, among other places. Last year, 61,000 birdwatchers counted more than 1.4 million birds, with over 583 species recorded. 
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