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AAP Medianet - 20 June 2019


June 20, 2019

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. To keep with movements as they happen, follow our Twitter @aapmedianet.

This Week's Media Movements


Lisa Millar has been announced as Virginia Trioli’s replacement as co-host on News Breakfast with Michael Rowland, starting 19th August. Lisa Millar has previously worked at the ABC as Europe bureau chief, North America bureau chief and Queensland state political reporter.  

Stefanie Sgroi has moved from her role as producer at Nine’s 60 Minutes to a role as the program's chief of staff. Stefanie started at Nine in 2010 as senior producer at A Current Affair, before moving to a role as Sydney bureau chief.

Guardian Australia announced four new appointments today with Alyx Gorman joining as a lifestyle editor, moving from a role as engagement lead at the Time Out Group; Josh Taylor moving into a reporter role from where he was front page editor; while Joe Koning joins as an audio producer moving from an audio producer role at the ABC, and freelance audio producer Ellen Leabeater moves into an audio producer role. 

Ainslee O’Brien is taking on additional duties at News Corp, with a new role as head of their NewsCast podcasting division. She will remain in her role as GM commercial integration for News DNA. Ainslee started with the company as the product, sales and strategy director in 2015. 

ABC journalist Sarah Maunder is moving from ABC Mid North Coast to ABC Gippsland starting from 1st July for an 11 month backfill. Sarah previously also worked as a journalist at Fairfax Media in Port Pirie, and as an executive producer for SYN News. 

Euan Black has joined The New Daily reporting on property, finance and general news. Euan has been a contributing writer for Broadsheet Melbourne and content producer at REA Group since July 2018.

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

Tax Time Tips for 2019 from CPA Australia

 Image: Canva 

CPA Australia gives its top tips for small businesses, employees, investors and students to help make tax time a little bit easier.

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Media Spotlight

Kate Stevenson, Executive Producer at 3AW Breakfast

Kate Stevenson is executive producer of Melbourne's top rating breakfast radio program, 3AW Breakfast with Ross Stevenson and John Burns; and co-hosts food and travel program A Moveable Feast on the station each Saturday morning with Ross Stevenson. She and Ross also filmed two seasons of A Moveable Feast for Channel Seven from 2017 to 2018. Kate also sometimes presents the 3AW Breakfast program, most recently with the Ten Network's Stephen Quartermain. Kate Tweets at @MissKateStevo.

What aspects of working in radio do you enjoy the most?  
I adore everything about it. The spontaneity, the immediacy, the ability to cover stories live no matter where they happen, the portability (we can take the program anywhere in the world with minimal kit and fuss), our fabulous audience who break the news as often as our presenters and journalists do, and the collaborative nature of 3AW Breakfast in particular.

You work mainly in breakfast radio, famous for punishing early starts. How do you keep yourself motivated?  
It's easy. We have a ball every day. I laugh every day. I'm challenged every day. Clearly I get tired, but I never dread getting out of bed in the mornings and getting to work - maybe just a little weary by mid-afternoon. 

You work as a producer on breakfast radio and as a presenter on a food show - how do these roles differ?  
Tremendously. Producing breakfast radio is hectic. It's exhilarating. It's high-pressure. It's challenging. It's fun. But interviews are short, most of the time carried out on the phone and sometimes thrown out the window because of breaking news. 

Presenting A Moveable Feast is a huge change. It's a small team, just Ross, myself and producer Mark Davidson, so also a hell of a lot of fun, but not as fast-moving. We have a good ten minutes at the start of each program just to talk to the listeners about food and travel topics, and then only two guests each week live in the studio. It feels so indulgent to sit back and really converse with interesting people from the worlds of food and travel. 

For a press release to grab your attention for the breakfast show slot, what should it contain?  
Honestly - probably apart from being a story you're confident would appeal to 3AW Breakfast, a good start is a mobile phone number that someone will actually answer at six o'clock in the morning. You wouldn't believe how many pitches arrive in our inbox at 5am, but then are completely uncontactable for the duration of our program.

Upcoming Media Events

International Day of Yoga
Friday 21st June, World
This awareness-raising day aims to highlight the many benefits of practising yoga - spiritual, mental and physical. Look out for yoga classes and events at local yoga schools held to celebrate the day.

Northey St City Farm Winter Solstice Festival 2019
Saturday 22nd June, Brisbane 
Northey Street City Farm hosts their annual family-friendly celebration of the longest night of the year with music, food stalls, a lantern parade and a massive bonfire. 

Aperture Photography Conference
Saturday 22nd to Sunday 23rd June, Sydney 
Ray Martin hosts this photographic conference, with practical workshops for working photographers, talks by international and Australian guests, and presentation of the 2019 Aperture Emerging Photographer prize. 

Reclink Community Cup (right)
Sunday 23rd June, Melbourne 
A team of local musicians take on the radio DJs in this annual footy fundraiser for sports charity Reclink. This year the music line-up features Baker Boy, Dan Sultan, Paul Kelly and Magic Dirt.

Melbourne Modern: European Art and Design at RMIT since 1945 (left)
Friday 21st June to Saturday 17th August, Melbourne 
RMIT has put together an exhibition that looks at the influence of European artists, architects and designers who came to Australia after WWII and found employment at RMIT, influencing generations of Melbourne’s creative community. 

Hort Connections 2019
Monday 24th to Wednesday 26th June, Melbourne 
“Growing our Food Future” is the theme of this year’s horticultural conference, with a trade show showcasing supply chain companies, and panel discussions and speaker sessions on consumer behaviour and consumption trends.

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