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AAP Medianet - 21 June 2018


June 21, 2018

Welcome to this week's AAP Medianet, 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

James Royce is moving to Southern Cross Austereo as a news editor in the Melbourne newsroom. He will be working across its Triple M and Fox FM brands. James joins from Australian Radio Network, and has also worked at NOVA Entertainment, KRock and 1116 SEN.  

Nova 106.9 Brisbane and Nova 91.9 Adelaide are making a move back to local programming, and will no longer be broadcasting Greg Burns' National Mornings show. In Adelaide, Jarrod Walsh will be hosting Mornings. While in Brisbane, Katie Mattin will move from her afternoon slot to host Mornings.

Michael Pelly has joined the Australian Financial Review as a legal editor. Previously he was a columnist for The Australian and the Australian Law Journal. Michael has extensive knowledge of the legal industry, and was the senior adviser to NSW Attorney-General Greg Smith in 2011 to 2012 and the Federal Attorney General Philip Ruddock in 2006 to 2007.

Simon Marshall and Simon O’Donnell are now hosting a new show on 1116 SEN called The Odds Couple. It will air every weekend from 8am to 9am. Simon Marshall, a former champion jockey, is a popular media personality, often seen at horse racing functions. Simon O'Donnell, a former Australian cricketer, has worked as a horse racing and cricket commentator. 

Julie-Anne Sprague has become the editor of the Australian Financial Review’s Rich List. She has been with the paper since 2008, joining as a senior reporter. During that time, Julie-Anne has also held the roles of WA bureau chief and deputy editor of Companies & Markets. 

Veronica Milsom will return to Triple J's Drive show next month, taking over the role from
Genevieve 'Gen' Fricker, who will be hosting Triple J Lunch. When Veronica is not on the air, she works as an actress and has appeared on several television shows, including Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell, The Project, and A League of Their Own.

Kim Kind has joined Channel 10 as a producer for Studio 10. She spent the past six years at Sky News where she was most recently the executive producer of Sky News Real Estate. Kim has also worked at Foxtel and the Sydney Olympic Broadcasting Organisation. 

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

Memorial launches world-first Hamel virtual reality experience 

Australian War Memorial - Battle of Hamel
Image: Australian War Memorial
The Australian War Memorial has launched the Battle of Hamel virtual reality experience which uses the latest in VR technology to deliver a synchronised in-theatre experience for the first time worldwide.

For one month starting the 22nd June, the French countryside of the First World War will be brought to virtual life in The Australian War Memorial’s theatre. Audiences will be immersed in a ten-minute interactive experience of this key battle fought on 4th July 1918 on the Western Front.

Read full story

Media Spotlight

Simeon Thomas-Wilson, urban affairs reporter at the Adelaide Advertiser  
Simeon Thomas-Wilson is the urban affairs reporter at the Adelaide Advertiser. Prior to that Simeon worked at The Mercury in Hobart where he was also the urban affairs reporter, winning best news story at the Tasmanian Media Awards and finishing as a finalist as Tasmanian Journalist of the Year, and before that a sports reporter. He tweets at @Simeon_TW.
When did you first decide you wanted to be a journalist? 
When I was about 15, and I made the shattering realisation I wasn’t going to be a famous actor or a professional sportsman. I had a long think about what I enjoyed and what careers there might be and decided on journalism and have wanted to be one ever since.

You've changed from reporting on sport to urban affairs. What have been the biggest challenges so far?
Figuring out what actually are urban affairs. But in all seriousness just trying to explain some complex and potentially boring issues, such as planning, in an interesting way. Also dissecting council budgets, they love to hide a lot of things in there.  
What is the most memorable story you've reported on this year? 
I really enjoyed the Tassie 2022 story we did in Hobart, looking at the opportunities for the next four years for the state. Since I’ve been in Adelaide, I've helped one of my many excellent colleagues on how the under-siege Local Government Association of South Australia was going to give its board a pay-rise, while also applying for payroll tax exemption. However I’m hopeful this won’t be my answer come the end of the year!

Have press releases been useful for you to get your bearings in Adelaide?
Sometimes in terms of generating stories, but more so in actually finding out background from different sides on issues, who are the key players and people to contact.

Upcoming Media Events

2018 Vinnies CEO SleepoutWinter Solstice
Thursday 21st June
The Southern Hemisphere’s shortest day of the year will see people marking the occasion all around the country in different ways.

2018 Vinnies CEO Sleepout (pictured right)
Thursday 21st June
 Business leaders will sleep without shelter on one of the longest nights of the year to take a stand to help break the cycle of homelessness and poverty in Australia. Last year, the CEO Sleepout raised $5.6 million.

Truffle Kerfuffle (pictured below)
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th June, Perth
Truffle Kerfuffle is a weekend-long celebration of the truffle season held in Manjimup, the heart of Australian truffle country. A hands-on and adventurous festival, guests can join truffle hunters to search out prized truffles, visit the festival village for a taste of the region or get their truffle fix at exclusive dining events.

Public Service Day
Saturday 23rd June
The UN delegated Public Service Day is held to celebrate the value and virtue of public service to the community. The day highlights the contribution of public service in the development process, recognises the work of public servants, and encourages young people to pursue careers in the public sector.

Day of the Seafarer
Monday 25th June 
The Day of the Seafarer celebrates the contribution to international seaborne trade, the world economy and civil society that seafarers from all over the world have made.

AAP Media Masterclass
Wednesday 11th July, Sydney
and Wednesday 18th July, Melbourne
 A half-day event to connect with and hear insights from leading media professionals from The Daily Telegraph, Seven's Sunrise, Herald Sun, Nine News and more. Participate in panel discussions, Q&A sessions and round-table workshops to perfect your pitch and media strategy. 
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