AAP Medianet - 2 May 2019


May 02, 2019

Welcome to this week's AAP Medianet, featuring notable career moves and publication changes in the media industry, our Editor's pick for news release of the week and upcoming events. To keep with movements as they happen, follow @aapmedianet.

This Week's Media Movements


Sarah Hughes is now the creative director at Marie Claire Australia. Sarah moves from a position as an art director at GQ Australia where she has worked since October 2017. Sarah has also previously worked as an art director at InStyle Australia and Scoop Publishing.  

Virginia Trioli is leaving ABC’s News Breakfast to replace Jon Faine as a presenter on the Mornings program on ABC Radio Melbourne. Virginia has been with News Breakfast since 2008, and has also presented Lateline and Q&A

Jared Owens left his year-long position as a political reporter at The Australian in Brisbane this week to start freelancing. Jared began working at The Australian as an intern in 2009, before moving into news reporter roles and worked as a political reporter for the paper in Canberra from 2014 to 2016. 

Afternoons announcer Cale Porter has left Nova 91.9 Adelaide after almost seven years to take up a new announcing role at Mix 102.3. Cale joined Nova Adelaide in 2011, moved to Nova Melbourne in 2012 then Nova Sydney in 2013. He also previously worked on the street teams at 2Day and Triple M. 

Network Ten’s 10 News First Sydney has a new NSW political editor with Lachlan Kennedy taking up the position he first held in 2014 to 2015. Lachlan has been with Network Ten since 2010 where he has also been a news presenter and US correspondent for the network in that time. 

Jeff Sparrow is leaving The Breakfasters program on Melbourne’s 3RRR after three and a half years on air to concentrate on writing. Jeff joined the station as a contributor to Aural Text then hosted Hullabaloo on Wednesdays. Jeff has also been an editor of the Overland journal and a columnist at The Guardian.

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

Study reveals winning tweet formula used by celebrities

Image: Getty Images

Celebrity tweets that tell fans a story are more likely to be shared than facts, introspection or angry outbursts, a new study reveals.

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Media Spotlight

Josh Barnes, Journalist at Moreland Leader 
Josh Barnes has been a masthead reporter with Leader News since 2017 and a contributor to the Geelong Advertiser since 2015. He is also currently a Victorian Football League commentator with goFooty.live and a regular contributor to Geelong community radio station, Pulse FM. He tweets at @Josh__Barnes.

In your opinion, what makes a local news item interesting?  
The aim of local news is to provide the news that matters most to people. My hope is that flicking through a Leader each week, each reader will find a couple of stories that either genuinely impact them or share the story of somebody they know. We're here to tell those stories of the local legend or stand up for someone who needs it. 

What do you think readers want from local news outlets? 
That local connection. Readers happily look to metro dailies or their favourite news sites for everything that is happening around the world but I think there is still a very genuine appetite for what is happening around the corner. By keeping our news local we hope it will hit the mark with a Brunswick mum or a Coburg student and keep them informed about what is happening in their neighbourhood. Or even sometimes just where the best new place to grab a beer is.

What does a press release have to contain to be relevant to you?
The first thing any of us in the newsroom at Leader look for is a suburb. It's vital we know where our subject is from or what the local relevance is before we take a story anywhere so knowing off the bat what our local hook is matters the most. Our next thought usually is about images, so making it clear whether there are good quality supplied images available or if the subject of the release is available for a shoot is crucial too. And of course, strong quotes never hurt!

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Upcoming Media Events

Turn it Teal - Food Allergy Awareness month
Wednesday 1st to Friday 31st May, International (right)
May will see buildings and bridges around the world light up in teal to raise awareness of food allergies, which affect 1 in 10 infants and about 2 in 100 adults in Australia. 

Thursday 2nd to Saturday 4th May, Tasmania 
This agricultural show features over 700 exhibitors of all things agricultural, as well as horse rides for kids, craft pavilions, and the ever-popular Ag Artwear Competition of recycling farm yard junk into wearable art forms. 

Buddha Birth Day Festival (below)
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May, Brisbane 
With 180 events, including meditation classes, lion dances, tea ceremonies, music and food, this family-friendly festival is one of the largest annual commemorations of Buddha’s birthday in the world. 

Clunes Book Town Festival 
Saturday 4th to Sunday 5th May, Clunes, Victoria
Victorian book lovers flock to this celebration of literature featuring author talks, panel discussions, literary luncheons, and the largest collection of rare, out-of-print and collectable books in Australia. 

Dog Lovers Festival
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May, Melbourne 
Try Doga (yoga with your dog), ask vets about how to best care for your dog, buy products for your dog or even adopt a dog at this two-day celebration of man’s best friend. 

Tacos N Tequila - Cinco de Mayo street fiesta
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May, Sydney 
In celebration of Cinco de Mayo this 5th May, Sydney’s Mexican community will be out in force for the Cinco de Mayo street fiesta featuring food stalls, taco eating competitions, tequila masterclasses, music and Lucha Libre wrestling.

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