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AAP Medianet - 20 September 2018

September 20, 2018

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

Editor-in-chief of ELLE Australia Justine Cullen will leave Bauer Media, the publisher of the magazine, at the end of this month. Justine has been with Bauer Media for 10 years and helped launch ELLE in Australia. Upon her departure, ELLE Australia's deputy editor Genevra Leek will take on the role of acting editor-in-chief.

Luke Benedictus is stepping down from his role as editor of Men’s Health Australia to launch a new online website called The Father Hood. The website will launch in October in partnership with The Parent Brand. Luke will continue to work at Men’s Health in a different role. 

Hit99.5 Sunraysia has a new breakfast team with Amy Hegedus joining co-host Michael ‘Billows’ Billings. Amy brings to the role over 10 years of experience on-air and was previously the marketing manager at Australian Radio Network.

Bauer Media and Network Ten are launching a new motoring show next year called WhichCar TV. The show will include car adventures and reviews, and provide insights into car culture. It will feature journalists from the editorial team at, led by editor Glenn Butler.

Anthony Sharwood is now a sports editor at Ten Daily, joining the website from Players Voice, where he was a senior editor. Anthony was previously the sports editor of HuffPost Australia and

Natasha Lee and Lawrence Champness have also joined Ten Daily, taking on the roles of lifestyle editor and social media editor respectively. Natasha was previously at Yahoo7 as an entertainment editor and Lawrence joins from the ABC, where he worked as a social media producer.

SBS Radio has launched a four-part Spanish language podcast series called Caras Del Amor. It is hosted by Marcia De Los Santos, Spanish producer and broadcaster for SBS Radio. The series looks at the challenges of falling and staying in love.

Julia Morris will host Network Ten’s revival of Blind Date. Julia is an Australian comedian and television personality. She has previously hosted I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! and Australia’s Got Talent. The premiere date of Blind Date has yet to be announced.

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


Libraries Change Lives campaign calls for support 
Pictured above: Speakers from the Libraries Change Lives event.                       Image: Public Libraries Network Victoria 

The peak body for Victoria’s 272 public libraries today unveiled a statewide campaign to build community support and funding for services that attract more than 30 million visits a year. The highlight from the event shows a new economic modelling that demonstrate with every dollar invested in public libraries, it'll generate $4.30 of community benefits.
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Media Spotlight

Richard Baker, investigative journalist at The Age Richard Baker - The Age
Richard Baker is one of Australia's most decorated investigative journalists, with five Walkley Awards and 15 Melbourne Press Club Quill Awards. In his work, he has covered topics ranging from international corruption, crime, drugs in sport, the justice system, politics, and sexual abuse. In 2016, he created and co-hosted a major investigative podcast series called Phoebe's Fall, which led to legislative changes in Victoria, Australia. The series attracted millions of downloads and won a Gold Medal award at the NYE Festivals in 2017. This year, Richard launched his second podcast series, Wrong Skin.

Investigative journalism often requires a lot of patience and perseverance, what keeps you going when you continue to come across obstacles? 
You’ve got to be determined to do this job. The search for the truth, and the belief that the story you are chasing is important and necessary to keep me going during times when I have self-doubt that I'll never be able to stand the story up. Being flexible and willing to let things go and focus on what you can establish, is a must as well. If you can't do this, you'll drive yourself crazy.

Having worked on two cold case podcasts, Wrong Skin and Phoebe’s Fall, what do you think is the appeal of these types of podcasts?
Obviously, there's the seemingly never-ending fascination with the concept of the unsolved mystery; us human beings just can't get enough of them. But it’s the voices of the characters grieving and fighting for answers that makes the podcast really hit home and connect with an audience. A podcast is an intense and intimate way of telling a story; listeners actually make space in their day to spend 30 or 40 minutes with you and your story.

What areas of growth do you see for investigative journalism in Australia?
Streaming services such as Netflix and Stan are two areas where investigative journalism in Australia has yet to make a mark. I think with the audiences these services have built, and the budgets required to feed ever-growing consumer demand, there is a big opportunity for bespoke and unique investigative projects. Podcasts are another area where long-form journalism is not just tolerated but cherished. The money to fund this will come because the audience is there.

How do you use press releases as part of your newsgathering process? 
For investigative journalism, a news release is useful for establishing a timeline of events and finding an entry point into a particular part of a story. They are also a publicly available statement from an individual or an organisation which a journalist can use to hold people to account. News releases should use precise and clear language and avoid jargon, and those behind them should always strive to arrange at least an off-the-record talk between journalists and their clients.

Upcoming Media Events

Launch of Rome: City and Empire exhibition
Thursday 20th September to Sunday 3rd February, Canberra
The National Museum of Australia is launching a new exhibition on the empire of ancient Rome. It will feature 200 objects from the British Museum, sharing stories of everyday life, war and death.

Friday 21st September, Sydney
The conference will host panel sessions, workshops and interactive sessions to look at disruptive future technologies and their impact on Australian corporations. 

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers (pictured above)
Friday 21st to Sunday 30th September, Queensland
Over 10 days, the carnival will celebrate flowers, local produce, wine and culture with more than 60 events. Events include a floral parade, private gardens, musical acts, arts and crafts, and tours.

Rutherglen in the City
Saturday 22nd to Sunday 23rd September, Melbourne
A two-day wine event with 17 winery cellar door set-ups, two food trucks, and a pop-up wine and cocktail bar with winemakers from the region.

2018 Royal Melbourne Show (pictured below) 
Saturday 22nd September to Tuesday 2nd October,
The Royal Melbourne Show is an annual event by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria. It features a range of interactive and fun activities, including an animal nursery, sheep shearing, food stalls, stunts and shows.
Royal Melbourne Show
Cabramatta Moon Festival
Sunday 23rd September,
To celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, Cabramatta is hosting its annual festival. There will be street food stalls, live entertainment, rides and fireworks.

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