AAP Medianet - 2 February 2017


February 2, 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

Famous American singer-songwriter, Don Henley will be hosting his own 4pm Sunday show on Smoothfm as a part of the station's all-star weekend line up. Don, the winner of two Grammys, was a founding member of the Eagles before launching his own solo career.

Constance Hall will host The Queen Sesh alongside Annaliese Dent every Sunday morning from 7-9am on the Hit Network. Constance is a blogger and author best known for her bold parenting commentary.

Nine has announced the launch of a new weekend sports program, Sports Sundayto be hosted by Emma Freedman. It will feature various sporting personalities including retired netball player Liz Ellis, former cricketer Michael Slater and Nine Sports Reporter Neil Breen.

Rory Callinan has joined The Australian as Defence Writer. He has previously worked for The Sydney Morning Herald, Time Magazine, The Courier Mail and Channel 7.

Stella Lauri has been promoted to Network News Director at WIN. She has been with WIN for over 20 years and was formerly its NSW Director of News.

Southern Cross Austereo has appointed Natasha Jobson as their new Head of Metro News Operations. She was previously the Brisbane News Director for Southern Cross Austereo and worked across its different stations.

Michael McKenna is the new Queensland Editor of The Australian. He was previously a US Correspondent, and has worked across the Asia-Pacific region and the Canberra Press Gallery. 

Freya Cole is joining the team at Channel 7, leaving her role as PRIME7 News Presenter. She has been with PRIME7 since 2013 and has worked in various roles including Journalist, Producer and Presenter. 

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

Female athletes call on Victoria to Change Our Game
     Image: VicHealth 
Health promotion foundation VicHealth launched a new campaign this week encouraging all Victorians to get behind women’s sport and support gender equality.                             

VicHealth has brought together teams from the AFLW, Women’s Big Bash League and Women's National Basketball League to raise the profile of women’s sport.

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Media Spotlight

Tristan Lutze, Food Writer at News.com.au
Tristan Lutze is a Sydney-based food writer, stylist, photographer and consultant who specialises in creating bespoke recipes. He is the featured food writer at News.com.au, content producer for The Essential Ingredient, and occasional columnist in a variety of food publications. He is also presenter and producer of the live ‘Food Fight’ cooking/comedy events in Sydney and Melbourne

How did your love of food develop, and how did it lead you to becoming a food writer?
I’ve always seen cooking as a rewardingly creative experience. I spent my early twenties as an actor and playwright, but the ‘real world’ eventually got to me and, finding my rut in the world of the writer-for-hire, I more or less abandoned those other creative outlets. I spent a few dark years writing about insurance, healthcare, property investment and other similarly uninspiring subjects, excited to finish work, go home and be able to exercise my creative muscles in the kitchen. My passion for cooking became so strong I finally realised I needed to make it my life. It took a couple of risks and a few backward steps, but eventually managed to find a way to combine my love of writing and photography with my favourite creative endeavour. Now the thing I do for work and the thing I do for love are the same thing.

What process do you go through when researching about food? How do you use press releases as part of this process?
When it comes to press releases, I have quite a good idea of the kind of pieces my Editor will approve, so I try and look at the releases through her eyes. Often, this means trying to find my own angle on the provided information, using the press release as a launching point for my own research. 

In your opinion, what makes a story about food interesting?
Like food itself, there are a lot of different elements that can make a story work. The most successful pieces are the ones that connect with our romantic, emotional connections to food. Specifically, this could be anything that triggers a sense of nostalgia for the food we ate when we were younger, food inspired by a foreign cuisine that brings on an emotional wanderlust and reinforces the bounties of this multicultural culinary environment, or shareable food that helps mark a special occasion (like Christmas or a kid’s birthday party). 

Upcoming Media Events

HSBC Sydney 7’s
3rd - 5th February - Moore Park, NSW
The weekend-long event will see the top Men’s and Women’s Rugby sevens teams from around the world battling it out for points towards the HSBC series title.

Serbian Festival Sydney 2017 (Pictured).
4th - 5th February - Darling Harbour, NSW
The free family friendly event is a celebration of Serbian culture with live cultural entertainment and plenty of culinary delights. 

Young Designers Market 
5th February - 3rd December- Southbank, QLD
The Young Designers Market showcases some of Brisbane’s best up-and-coming designers and artists selling a range of original fashions, accessories and arts. 

Fairfield Summer Series 2017
5th - 26th February - Fairfield, VIC
Presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria in partnership with the City of Yarra, the 2017 edition of the free Fairfield Summer Series brings an unmissable line-up to the Fairfield Amphitheatre for a series of free shows each Sunday in February.

Raw Comedy 2017
9th February - 19th March - Paddington, QLD
The event is the first round in Australia’s largest and most prestigious open mic competition which has seen the likes of Chris Lilley, Josh Thomas and Peter Helliar grace the stage. 


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