AAP Medianet - 20 February 2020

February 20, 2020

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

This Week's Media Movements

HuffPost launches 'Proud Out Loud series' to coincide with Mardi Gras and Pride month
The series will celebrate the stories of trailblazers within the LGBTQI community by showcasing five Australian and international changemakers.

Molly Hunt and Jennetta Quinn-Bates received the first-ever Walkley Young Indigenous Scholarship with Junkee Media and 10 News First:

  • Balanggarra/Yolngu woman Molly Hunt from Wyndham, WA has worked in radio for the Top End Aboriginal Bush Broadcasting Association in Darwin
  • Barkindji and Yorta Yorta woman Jennetta Quinn-Bates from Muswellbrook, NSW is a former trainee news reporter at ABC Alice Springs

Melinda Zahra is Nine’s new executive producer of the 62nd TV Week Logie Awards 2020
Melissa had previously been a senior producer for the Logies, as well as Dancing with the Stars, Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation and Adam Hills Tonight.

Tim McMillan has joined 7 News Perth as a weekend news presenter alongside Angela Tsun
Tim was previously a news presenter at Channel 9 in Melbourne and Sydney, and also hosts Flashpoint for Seven.

Neroli Meadows is releasing sports podcast, ‘Ordineroli Speaking’, in the coming weeks
The podcast will celebrate resilience and share the human stories of athletes. 

Erin Molan replaces Todd Woodbridge as host of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup
Erin and James Bracey will provide coverage of the two and a half week tournament commencing Friday, 21st February.

Perth's Community Channel WTV has ceased broadcasting on free-to-air "until further notice"
West Television (WTV) replaced Access 31 in 2010 and will now focus solely on developing content for social media and YouTube.

Jenni Gilbert has joined AdNews as a senior journalist
Jenni finished up as AAP’s commissioning editor on Friday, 14th February. She commences her new role on Monday, 24th February.

Andy Sands and Kaley-Jade Baker are 94.9 Power FM’s new breakfast duo
Kaley has replaced Katie Fleming who left the station in December, 2019.

Southern Cross Austereo will rebrand its recently purchased RedFM and Spirit FM stations to fall under the Hit and Triple M umbrellas from Monday, 16th March:

  • 106.5 Red FM – Karratha – Hit 106.5
  • 101.3 Red FM – Broome – Hit 101.3
  • 91.7 Red FM – Port Hedland – Hit 91.7
  • 96.5 Red FM – Geraldton – Hit 96.5
  • Red FM remote – mine sites – Hit WA
  • Spirit 98.1 FM – Geraldton – 98.1 Triple M
  • Spirit 102.9 FM – Broome – 102.9 Triple M
  • Spirit 94.1 FM – Port Hedland – 94.1 Triple M
  • Spirit 102.5 FM – Karratha – 102.5 Triple M
  • Spirit remote – mine sites – Triple M WA

Editor's Pick: Press Release of the Week

Old Holdens Become New Favourites

Image: Lloyds Auctions

This week’s shock decision by General Motors to discontinue the Holden brand has sparked a wave of nostalgia for the car in Australia and renewed interest in their vintage vehicles. As Lloyds Auctions' Brett Moodie says, “Holden is and will continue to be a part of many Australian households. Back in the day you were either a Ford Family or a Holden Family and you would never actually date anyone who wasn’t passionate about the same car side as your family.”

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Media Spotlight

Kaitlyn Offer, Chief of Staff at AAP Melbourne

Kaitlyn has been a journalist since 2007, working across regional, suburban and state publications in WA before moving to Victoria in 2015. In her three years at The Sunday Times/PerthNow in WA, Kaitlyn covered courts, crime and disasters. Since joining AAP Melbourne in 2016, she has covered general news, state politics including the 2018 election, and was appointed chief of staff in July 2019. She tweets at @KaitlynOffer.
When did you first decide to be a writer and why?
Back in Year 10 when we all got told we had to decide what we wanted to do for the rest of our lives, I just knew that I loved asking questions and was a bit obsessed with music magazines - I figured journalism would combine the two. My family has always watched and paid attention to the news, but it wasn't until I started studying journalism at university that I appreciated how much I loved all news and journalism, not just a specific field. I've been fortunate in my career that I have been able to try my hand at all of it - entertainment, crime, and politics. It has been a blast.

What advice would you give to young journalists just starting out?
Take the time to learn your craft. Move far away from home and your comfort zone and revel in regional journalism. It teaches you so much about not just writing, but handling and building contacts because you are in such close proximity to them. One of my first editors always told us "every story is a front page for someone" and it is so true, especially in smaller communities. You learn lessons on how to be fair and accurate - because you will hear all about it if you are not.

What does a typical day look like for you?
My day starts with the alarm going off at 5am and reading the newspapers. I'm in the office by 7am and turn on ABC News channel and the commercial networks and tune into 3AW. I then get a move on with stories from overnight that need covering and start assigning stories to journalists. The day is usually then a moving feast of monitoring the news, sub-editing stories and assigning reporters. Thankfully, an early start means an early finish and I leave about 2.30pm/3pm. I then try to watch all the news bulletins from 5pm to 7.30pm.

What story has been your favourite to work on so far this year? 
I wouldn't necessarily describe it as a favourite, but I am extremely proud of the bureau's coverage of the bushfires. They started at a time when we were low on staff because it was peak holiday time, but our small team threw themselves at coverage on the ground and from the office.

In your opinion, what makes a good press release?
Getting to the point! This includes telling the story in the subject line. We get a flood of press releases every day and need to be able to identify if it has broad appeal and impact quickly. Dot points can also be handy in helping us do that.

Upcoming Media Events

Experience the Australian Defence Force Career Expo
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd February, Melbourne
This bi-annual expo gives visitors a hands-on look at the range of trade and career opportunities available in the navy, army and air force.

Oxtravaganza Drag Story Time (right) 
Saturday 22nd February, Sydney
As part of Sydney’s Mardi Gras Festival, this Story Telling Time event features two fabulous drag queens, showbag giveaways, popcorn, balloons and prizes for best dressed guests.

Melbourne Pregnancy Babies & Children's Expo
Saturday 22nd to Sunday 23rd February, Melbourne
Showcasing over 200 brands and services for everything pregnancy and baby-related, this event prides itself on being Australia’s longest running early parenting event.

Memory Walk & Jog 2020 (left) 
Sunday 23rd February, Canberra
MC’d in Canberra by ABC TV’s Dan Bouchier, Memory Walk & Jog is Dementia Australia’s largest annual initiative, raising funds to help provide support, education and resources for people affected by dementia across Australia.



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