AAP Medianet - 2 March 2017

 February 23, 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

Hit 92.9 has announced its new breakfast lineup. Xavier Ellis will join Heidi Anderson as a Presenter on the new show. Xavier was formerly a professional AFL player, and played for the Hawthorn Football Club and West Coast Eagles. He retired in 2016. Heidi previously hosted Hit 92.9’s Heidi, Will & Woody breakfast show last year. 

Meterologist Nate Byrne will start at ABC News Breakfast on March 13 as its new weather presenter, taking over the role of Vanessa O’Hanlon. Nate is currently working with the Royal Australian Navy as a Lieutenant.

Ian Rogerson will host the drive show on 2CH from March 13. He has spent many years in radio, making his start in 1980 by co-hosting the Jono and Dano show on Triple J alongside Jonathan Coleman. He later worked with Triple M Melbourne.

Seb Costello will join Channel Nine in mid-April as its new European correspondent, replacing Tom Steinfort. He is currently a Reporter for Channel Nine and is based in Melbourne, but will re-locate to London for his new role. He is also currently working as a Newsreader for Triple M Melbourne’s morning show The Hot Breakfast.

The Triple J team will have a new Producer for their 'Mix Up' program. Andy Garvey, radio host and DJ, joins a line-up of high profile personalities on Mix Up.

Triple M Brisbane has a new show called The Luke Bradnam Show with Libby Trickett and Dobbo, which can be heard live from 3pm to 6pm. The show, hosted by Luke Bradnam, Libby Trickett, and Ben Dobbin, can also be heard in the Gold Coast.

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

Let Kids Be Kids - Stop Poor Sideline Behaviour in Junior Sport Before It's Too Late
Click to view image                                                                 Infographic created by Play By The Rules

Play by the Rules launched a national campaign this week in a bid to prevent bad sideline behaviour at children's sporting events. The 'Let Kids Be Kids' campaign aims to reinforce the importance of kids having fun when playing sport with their mates and is supported by a host of sports stars including Ange Postecoglou, Ellyse Perry, Usman Khawaja and Sam Thaiday.

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Media Spotlight

Esther Han, Consumer Affairs Editor at The Sydney Morning Herald

Esther Han is a journalist at Fairfax Media's The Sydney Morning Herald, and has covered a wide range of topics, from food business to state politics, for more than five years. At present, she is the Consumer Affairs Editor, breaking news and setting the agenda in the field. During her university years, she worked on ABC Radio's flagship programs AM, The World Today and PM.

How has your previous experience working in radio helped you in your work today?
I relished the fact radio news was live and fast-paced, and it required you to think and react quickly. The best part was working in a tight-knit team that included incredible journalists, such as Mark Colvin, Eleanor Hall and Tony Eastley. I learned a lot by watching them do their thing, and continue to apply the lessons learnt today, such as drawing out important details during short interviews.

Which pressing issues currently faced by consumers isn’t getting enough media coverage?
One very important issue that isn't getting enough attention is the NSW Government's privatisation of the land titles registry and all the problems associated with it. The average person may deal with the registry two or three times in their lifetime and not find it relevant, but it concerns the biggest purchase of their life, which is their house and land. The privatisation could compromise the integrity of our world-leading titles system, and increase property costs.

How do you keep track of trends in the consumer goods sector, and how do you use press releases as part of your newsgathering process?
I'm constantly meeting and having coffee catch-ups with leaders in the consumer area, whether they're advocates, regulators, product makers, or marketers and etc. Mingling with people and hearing their concerns is the best way to generate story ideas. Press releases are one part of the process; 80 per cent I will discard, 10 per cent I will read half-way and discard, 5 per cent I will read to the end and tuck away for future use, and the other 5 per cent I will jump on.

In your opinion, what makes a news item interesting?
Sometimes there's a story that can be filed in a couple hours, but I will spend a few more hours finding a case study, getting to know them, gaining their trust, and telling their story. A good case study will allow readers to really connect with an article.

What changes or trends have had the biggest impacts on the way you work as a journalist?
This is an easy one to answer - the internet. Now I write for a digital audience whose demands and habits change throughout the day. I'm now spending more time in front of the camera making "explainer" videos and producing interactive graphics.

Upcoming Media Events

Mardi Gras
4th March 2017
 - Oxford & Flinders St. Sydney 
The Mardi Gras brings the city to a standstill with hundreds and thousands lining the streets in support of equality, pride and a dazzling spectacle of sparkles and self-expression.  

Clean Up Australia Day
4th March 2017
 - Australia Wide
Every year the event encourages thousands of Australians to take to their local park, beach, bushland and streets to clean up and preserve our environment.

International Women's Day
8th March 2017
 - Worldwide
Each year International Women's Day sees thousands of events - global gatherings, conferences, awards, exhibitions, festivals, fun runs, corporate events, concert performances, speaking events, online digital gatherings and more.

The BOLD Festival - Pictured
8th - 12th March - National Library of Australia, ACT 
BOLD Festival honours the legacy and impact of professional and community dance – a platform for the work of older and still-practising artists as a way to explore healthy ageing, the health impacts of creativity and the cross-generational exchange of ideas and practice.

AAP Sports Editors Conference 
29th March - ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour 
The ninth instalment of the AAP Sports Editors Conference will once again bring the major players in Australia’s sports media landscape face-to-face with key sports administrators and high-profile athletes for a dynamic, one-day dialogue that will help shape your content and coverage plans. Confirmed speakers include Olympian Sally Pearson, Socceroos Coach Ange Postecoglou, Cricket Australia CEO, James Sutherland and Chairman of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation Peter Beattie, among others. This event is free of charge but tickets are extremely limited. Request an invitation here.

Media Spotlight

Samantha Kodila, Assistant Editor at get lost Travel Magazine
Samantha Kodila is a Melbourne-based writer, editor and flat-white-quaffing enthusiast. She is also the Assistant Editor at get lost Travel Magazine and copywriter at Grin Creative, an award-winning design agency. A passion for travel writing has spurred her over oceans, landing her in some incredible destinations, including hiking to Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal, and visiting fishing villages in Cambodia.

Was it always a dream to travel for a living, and how did you end up writing about it? 
Growing up, I always dreamed of being a writer. If my nose wasn’t in a book, I was putting pen to paper and creating my own stories. The idea of combining writing with my love for travel came from a friend, who suggested I apply to work at a travel magazine. I started out as an intern, worked my way up, and haven’t looked back.

What are some of the biggest challenges of working in the travel industry?
One challenge I’ve encountered as a travel writer is remembering to be in the moment while on assignment. It’s very easy to get caught up in being ‘on’ – conducting interviews, taking notes, snapping photographs, uploading to social media, doing follow-up research on new things I’ve learned – it can be exhausting! Sometimes I need to remind myself to stop and let go; after all, that’s what travel is all about.

What journalism skills are most important when covering travel?
Research and fact-checking are important; you can never know enough about a destination when writing about travel. Networking is also important; meeting new people on these adventures is fun, and can lead you to new and exciting opportunities and experiences. It’s also important to have an insatiable curiosity and an unwavering sense of adventure.

What role do press releases play in travel journalism?
Reading press releases is a huge part of staying up to date on the latest in travel. Sometimes they can spark an idea (especially if they’re tailored to get lost’s off-the-beaten-track type of travel), or will provide a great contact to follow up with in the future. Most often they provide a general idea of what’s happening.

Upcoming Media Events

Australian Open of Surfing (Pictured)
25th February - 5th March - Manly Beach, NSW
The Australian Open of Surfing combines world-class athletes, artists and fans in a celebration of youth culture, innovation and athleticism. 

Sydney Greek Festival 2017
25th-26th February - Darling Harbour, NSW
The two day festival will celebrate all things Greek with non stop entertainment from local and international performers, an abundance of food stalls and plenty of merchandise stalls.

Brisbane Comedy Festival 2017 
26th February - 28th March - Brisbane Powerhouse and City Hall, QLD
The eighth annual Brisbane Comedy Festival will see sixty-six comedians take over the Brisbane Powerhouse and Brisbane City Hall for four weeks of fun.

Australian International Airshow and Aerospace and Defense Exposition
28th February - 5th March - Avalon Airport, VIC
The six day event showcases products, technologies and services for aircraft right across the spectrum from General Aviation to airlines, air forces and space.

Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk 2017
1st March - Parkes, ACT
The free community event aims to raise awareness about organ and tissue donation with an awareness walk and free healthy BBQ breakfast starting off the day right.
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