AAP Medianet - 20 April 2017


April 20, 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

Yahoo7 has appointed a new Head of News, with Euan Black taking over the role from Simon Black. Euan was recently an Assistant Editor for the Daily Mail Australia. He has also worked at Fairfax Media as a Digital News Producer, and a Deputy Digital Night Editor for The Sydney Morning Herald. Simon has joined Greenpeace as a Senior Media Campaigner.

Nick Findlay is now the Music Director for triple j, taking over the role from Richard Kingsmill. Nick was previously the Assistant Music Director, a role he has held for several years. Prior to that, he was a Music Researcher and Producer for the station. Nick has also worked at FBi Radio as a Presenter, Producer and Assistant Music Director. Richard is now the Group Music Director for triple j.

A new feminist online newsletter called To Her Door has launched. It is co-edited by Grace Jennings-Edquist and Mia Abrahams. The newsletter is targeted towards millennials, and will contain interviews, health articles, a ‘doorly doctor’ sealed section and Q&As. Grace is currently working at Ignites in New York, a Financial Times publication. Prior to that, she worked at Mamamia. Mia is currently a Content Editor at THINX.

Daisy Pearce has joined the Triple M Football team as a Presenter. She is a well-known AFLW player and Captain of the Melbourne Football Club. Daisy called her first game last Saturday, and will be heard next Sunday as she calls the Hawthorn v West Coast game from the MCG.

A new music magazine called Women In Pop will launch next month, with an all-female focus. It will be edited by Paul Mitchell. The magazine will consist of feature articles only, profiling female musicians. It will launch on May 1st, and sold in newsagents across Australia, NZ, UK, US, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore.

Matt Newell is the new Breakfast Anchor on 7HO FM. He was previously an Announcer at Hobart's Hit 100.9, and covered different roles while at the station, having worked as a Workday Presenter, Breakfast Producer, and Mornings Presenter. Matt was also a contestant on My Kitchen Rules in 2014, teaming up with his dad.

Mark Hales is now the Podcasting Operations Manager at Nova Entertainment. He was previously the Music Director and Mornings Announcer for River 94.9. Prior to that, he was the Editor of Radio Today, and was a Program Director at Nova 919 before that.

Greg Wood, also known as Woody, has taken over Mark Hales role at River 94.9 as Music Director. Prior to starting at Grant Broadcasters, he worked as a Music Director at Southern Cross Austereo, and also a Music Director/Announcer at the Hot FM Network.

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

School Students To Take The Gurkha Challenge
Image: Gurkhas Australia   

Scores of Sydney high school students will come together next month in a unique show of support for some of Australia’s most courageous and loyal allies, the Gurkhas, at St Joseph’s College in Hunters Hill, NSW.

The Year 12 students from schools, including St Joseph's and Scots College, will work with elite troops from the Royal Gurkha Rifles and the Australian Army on a series of challenges designed to develop their leadership and team skills.

Read full story

Media Spotlight

David Sigston, News Discovery Team at Australian Associated Press
David Sigston is the Brisbane-based member of the News Discovery team at Australian Associated Press. He started with AAP in July 2015 as an editorial assistant. His twitter handle is @dasigston.

When did you decide that you wanted to be a journalist?
I was a bit of a late bloomer with journalism. After school I started (and quit) an Arts degree and an Education degree. I worked as a concreter for a while and did some travelling before working at the greyhound track in Brisbane when I had a bit of a Road to Damascus moment. I'd always loved reading and watching the news and being engaged in the world, so I started doing some freelance writing for one of the racecallers at the track and loved it. I applied to study journalism at the University of Queensland a few weeks later and ended up going back to uni when I was 25.

Which story has been the most challenging to work on so far this year?
We've recently had Cyclone Debbie and the flood sweep through Queensland. It was a very challenging fortnight or so because there was just so much information and news coming in from all over the state. You're dealing with people who have lost their livelihood, and there's a fine line between prying into their affairs when they are at their most vulnerable, while still wanting to tell their story and let people know what's going on.  

How much do you use press releases when looking for story ideas?
Every day. We constantly have someone in the bureau keeping an eye on the inbox for what's coming in. A well written press release makes our job so much easier. The more concise and simple it is, with some decent quotes, the easier it is to get a story idea over the line. 

Which part of your job gives you most satisfaction?
I'm just very happy coming to work every day to spend it with such a fine bunch of people. AAP's Brisbane bureau is full of wonderful people who happen to be incredibly talented journalists, and I'm learning from them every day. 

How important is social media mastery in journalism today?
The pure volume of social media really can blur the truth when there is such a demand for immediacy. You absolutely need to have a decent grasp of it or else you could easily find yourself being duped by a photo or video. But, there's no doubt being able to speak to people at the scene of a disaster or event makes things much easier for journalists. 

Upcoming Media Events

Wonderwalls Street Art Festival 
21st to 23rd April - Adelaide, SA 
Port Adelaide will become a giant, interactive canvas when the popular Wonderwalls street art festival returns to the suburb in 2017. Local, national and international artists will transform the Port into an open air gallery with murals, artist talks and entertainment.

ANZAC Day Running Challenge with Soldier On Fundraiser (pictured right)
Sunday 23rd April - Sydney, NSW
Veterans support group Soldier On will help raise funds through the ANZAC Day Challenge with a series of three different challenges through the scenic trails of the Kuringai and Garigal National Parks in Northern Sydney.

Logie Awards 2017 
Sunday 23rd April - Melbourne, VIC 
The annual Logie Awards for the television industry to be held at Melbourne's Crown Casino.

Sydney Comedy Festival 
24th April to 21st May - Sydney, NSW
Over 300 local and international comedians will take to stages across Sydney and beyond for the much-loved Sydney Comedy Festival, which saw over 120,00 comedy lovers share in the laughter last year. 

Federal Budget Media Release Strategy Course 
Tuesday 2nd May - Rhodes, NSW 
With the Federal Budget 2017-18 fast approaching, it’s time to ensure your media strategy is in place to react to the measures announced. Join AAP's half-day workshop to pick up new tricks and tips, and learn from an AAP journalist who has been and will be again in the lock-up on Budget night. 

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