AAP Medianet - 21 December 2017

December 21, 2017

Welcome to the last edition of AAP Medianet's newsletter for 2017. Enjoy this week's 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

Jimmy Smith and Nathan Roye will be heard in 2018 on Hit 100.9. They will move from Sydney to Hobart to host their own breakfast show. Earlier this year, Jimmy and Nathan hosted The Late Shift on Nova 96.9.

Tim Cleary will be heading Crocmedia’s Rainmaker, a new TV production services business. Rainmaker will provide production services to both broadcasters and brands. Tim was previously the Head of Programming and Production at GTV9.

Paige McMillan and Chief Brabon have joined Pacific Magazines. Paige will be the Fashion Editor for That’s Life! and WHO magazines. She has worked at WHO magazine before as a Fashion Stylist, and has also worked at New Idea magazine. Chief will be the new Fitness Director for Men’s Health. He is a Fitness Trainer and the founder of Original Bootcamp.

Malcolm Blight will host FIVEaa and Crocmedia’s Sportsday SA with Kane Cornes. Malcolm has moved from Queensland to Adelaide to host the show, which is a return to the city for him. Malcolm is a retired AFL player who played for the Adelaide Crows.

Jeremy Fernandez will host a new national news bulletin on the ABC next year. The show is scheduled to air in January 2018, and will be seen on weeknights from 10:30pm to 11pm. Jeremy is currently a Producer with the ABC, and a Presenter for ABC's NSW 7pm News. He will continue in these duties.

K rock 95.5 Geelong will have a new breakfast team next year, with Sarah Maree Cameron joining Tom Lewis. She will replace Josh Buckle. Sarah was previously a Presenter on FOX FM 101.9, and has also worked at Nova 100.3 and SEA Hit Central Coast.

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

Virtual reality allows scientists to 'walk' through cancer cells
Image: University of New South Wales

Ground-breaking virtual reality technology is allowing multiple scientists to see inside a human cell at the same time, giving researchers a three-dimensional tool to improve doctor interaction and help analyse how cancer drugs work.

UNSW Art & Design’s Associate Professor John McGhee is working with Professor Maria Kavallaris, from UNSW Medicine and the Children’s Cancer Institute, in this project that combines scientific data with animation. 

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Media Spotlight

Luke Griffiths, Journalist at The Australian 
Luke Griffiths recently joined the The Australian's Adelaide bureau after two-and-a-half years at The Advertiser, where he was most recently Deputy Business Editor. Luke's coverage of the Arrium administration earned him an SA Press Club award last month. Prior to joining News Corp in mid-2015, Luke was Managing Editor of in-business magazine in South Australia. Originally from Victoria, Luke has also worked as a media adviser to a senator, and been an analyst for a multinational research firm. From 2008 to 2011, Luke freelanced while travelling through Asia, Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East. His Twitter handle is @_LukeGriffiths.

What are you most looking forward to ahead of joining The Australian?
I'm looking forward to covering a broader range of issues, and to be able to do so for Australia's national broadsheet makes it even more exciting. A state election is scheduled for March, so that will be a key focus initially. 

What's the most interesting story you've worked on this year?
There's been a few, but it's hard to go past the Arrium administration and, ultimately, the sale to British billionaire Sanjeev Gupta and his GFG Alliance. There were so many twists and turns along the way. At various stages it looked like the entire operation would go under, and I was always mindful that the impact on the community was just as important as the business side of things. 

For a press release to catch your attention, what does it need?
It has to be topical, well written, and straight to the point. Don't try to oversell something. It also helps if the person has done their research on what issues you cover and how the release may fit into a bigger story. Personalise your message that shows some level of research.

You spent three and a half years travelling and working as a freelance journalist. Where was the most challenging place to work?
I spent six months in Cambodia, mostly in Phnom Penh, and the challenges there were significant. It appears that recent government crackdowns have now made it even more challenging. Anywhere where English is not widely spoken will present challenges - it's how you manage them that can set you apart.  

What are the aspects of journalism that motivate you the most?
I enjoy the unknown and getting out of my comfort zone. And being able to hold political and business figures to account is something I view as a privilege, particularly at a time when many are quick to decry negative press as "fake news". 

Upcoming Media Events

Carols by Candlelight (pictured right)
Sunday 24th December, Melbourne
This year will be Carols by Candlelight’s 80th anniversary. Sonia Kruger and David Campbell will co-host the event in Melbourne, with proceeds going to Vision Australia. Last year, over $1.2 million was raised.

Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay
Sunday 24th December to Friday 4th April
The Queen’s Baton Relay starts its Australian journey this Christmas Eve. The baton left London in March and has been touring the Commonwealth ever since. Brisbane will be the first stop in Australia. The baton will travel around the country before the opening ceremony of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April 2018.

Boxing Day Test Match
Tuesday 26th to Saturday 30th December, Melbourne
Australia has already retained the Ashes but more than 90,000 people are still expected to attend day one of the Boxing Day Test.

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Tuesday 26th December to Tuesday 2nd January, Sydney
More than 100 yachts will compete in the 73rd edition of the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. The 630 nautical mile (1,170 km) race begins in Sydney on Boxing Day. The quickest yachts will be hoping to finish the race within two days. 

Woodford Folk Festival
Wednesday 27th December to Monday 1st January, Queensland
The annual Woodford Folk Festival is held on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. More than 2,000 performers are scheduled to perform. Bob Hawke and Noel Pearson will be attending the festival giving speeches.
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