AAP Medianet - 21 November 2019

21 November 2019

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 with movements as they happen, follow @aapmedianet.

This Week's Media Movements


AAP Photos opens its editorial photography to Reuters Connect
In a move to attract global customers, AAP is following leading national and international news agencies by increasing access to its award-winning photojournalism.

The SMH and The Age have announced a raft of new appointments:

  • Zoe Samios >will be the media and telecommunications reporter replacing Jennifer Duke after leaving The Australian as their media business reporter.
  • Sherryn Groch >will be the new explainer reporter after departing her role as a journalist at The Canberra Times.
  • John McDuling is the new business editor after previously being the deputy business editor at The SMH.
Brent Williams has been appointed the new director of sport at Nine
Brent has filled the vacant position left by Tom Malone after moving to the managing director’s position for radio. Brent was formerly the head of cricket at the network and has been at Nine for the past 25 years.

Linda Marigliano and Gen Fricker are leaving Triple J
Mornings presenter, Linda and lunch host, Gen will both leave by the end of this year. Torres Strait Islander comedian David Woodhead has been announced as the new lunch presenter starting in 2020. 

Avani Dias has been named as the new host of Triple J Hack
Avani is a former multi-platform reporter for ABC Sydney and Darwin and will replace Tom Tilley.

Lauren Molan is departing Crikey INQ
Lauren will finish up her role as editor on Friday, 29th November, and she will continue freelancing.

Stephen Beers will return to Melbourne’s 3AW
Nearly a month after being made redundant as operations manager, Stephen is returning as station manager.

Emily Baker steps into a new role at ABC Hobart
Emily has commenced working as a state political reporter at the broadcaster, and previously reported for The Mercury.

Paul Shepherd retires from the radio industry
After more than 30 years with Perth’s Mix 94.5, ‘Captain’ Paul announced his departure on air on Monday, 18th November following his cancer diagnosis in August.

Aero Australia will cease publishing in 2020
The aviation magazine will release its final issue in December after 16 years. 

BBC Studios has appointed two general managers for its Asia-Pacific region:
  • Fiona Lang >will lead Australia and New Zealand after being promoted from her position as chief operating officer.
  • Ryan Shiotani will lead the South and Southeast Asia team. 
Rolling Stone Australia will relaunch in the new year
Parent company Penske Media Corporation has partnered with The Brag Media to revive the magazine, which saw its last issue in January 2018.

Online video platform Ticker has announced new formats and changes for its programming:
  • Lunchtime Express will be fronted by a single presenter, business journalist Laura Daquino, who will share the latest market news from the ASX from Monday to Wednesday.
  • Executive director of Lincoln Indicators Elio D’Amato will review the major news stories of the week on Health of the Market on Thursdays.
  • CEO of Future Sport Ali Terai >will host the program Future Sport, focusing on the business side of professional sport.
Eleanor Ainge Roy steps into full-time reporter role at The Guardian
Eleanor previously contributed to the outlet on a freelance basis.

Gerard Whateley signs a new contract with 1116 SEN
The sports broadcaster has secured a 3-year deal that will see him remain on the station until at least 2022.

Peta Fuller joins ABC News Digital
After working at the Herald Sun for two years, Peta has joined the network as a journalist and producer.

Nova Entertainment launches a new podcast called The Babble
The company’s first pop culture podcast will be hosted by Natalie Bassingthwaighte (Nat Bass) and Matthew Johnson (Matty J). The show will be aired bi-weekly. 

Michael Thompson, the national executive producer at Macquarie Media, will depart his role
Michael’s last day is on Friday, 22nd November. He has been with Macquarie Media for over 11 years and started on Ray Hadley's 2GB program.

Nikki Clarkson promoted to new executive role at SCA
Nikki has been promoted to the role of SCA’s chief marketing and communications officer and will join the leadership team from 1st January 2020.

ABC News named best in the world at data visualisation and digital storytelling
The team received the Most Outstanding Outfit award in the International Data Visualisation and Infographic category at the Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards 2019 in London last night.

Gerry Reynolds has been inducted into the Australian Magazine Awards Hall of Fame
Gerry has over two decades worth of experience in the magazine industry and is currently the managing director at Medium Rare Content Agency.

The Big Issue marks 600 editions
The fortnightly published magazine celebrated its 600th edition on Friday, 15th November, and first launched in 1996 in Melbourne.

Editor's Pick: Press Release of the Week

 AAP Connects with Reuters

 Image: Scott Barbour

AAP Photos has boosted access to its award-winning editorial photography by expanding their market to the Reuters Connect platform. Australian Associated Press (AAP) announced on Wednesday, 20th November that it is joining leading domestic and international news agencies in increasing the reach and availability of its photographic content to a larger and more global customer base.

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Media Spotlight

Andrew M Potts, Editor at Sydney Star Observer

Andrew is the editor at the Star Observer, an Australian publication that focuses on LGBTQIA+ issues and interests. The magazine has been around for four decades and has since expanded its distribution from Sydney to Melbourne as well. Jason has been with the publication for over five years in his 15-year long journalism career, first starting as their political columnist in 2007.

How has the Star Observer's content changed with the times, in regards to the yes vote and growing online visibility of the LGBTQIA+ community?

The biggest challenge for LGBTQIA+ media is that, as our civil rights issues have become more mainstream, better resourced news organisations are now much more interested in covering our issues. When I first started writing for the Sydney Star Observer the news would sometimes come into my office literally bleeding from the street. Now there is a lot more competition to tell those stories. 
What really keeps us relevant for our readers is how we haven't changed. We still report on the local events and goings-on inside our community that you would expect from a local community newspaper, and our readers know they won't find that sort of local interest news anywhere else.

Tell us a little about how you got to where you are today?

I began writing as a political columnist and board member at the then ‘Sydney Star Observer’. I gradually began to contribute news to the paper and quit the board to take up a staff journalist role before becoming its news and opinion editor and then editor. It was later rolled out in Melbourne and Sydney newspapers into a national Star Observer title and my role became redundant. I then wrote for the global LGBTQIA+ website ‘Gay Star News’ as their Asia-Pacific correspondent and to contribute long-form features for DNA Magazine as I have done at many times over my career. The Star Observer was later sold to a new owner in June this year and I saw an opportunity to help rescue the publication I’d cut my teeth on. 
Do you feel you have a responsibility to publish an even balance of both positive and negative stories?

As issues of discrimination and law reform are still such a big part of the news we report on, no. Our community is still grappling with issues of fundamental human rights both in Australia and around the world and that by no means ended with gaining the right to marry here.
As an editor, what are some of your pet peeves in a bad release?

I dislike press releases that bury important information such as dates, or the city or state in which an event is taking place, particularly if I have to download a PDF to find out these things. These should be in the body of the email. A good press release should start off by explaining the who, why and what, as simply as possible. Overly florid or turgid language can be annoying as well.
What is your opinion of LGBTQIA+ reporting in our country, and how can it be improved?

Just recently in NSW, we have seen a lot of uncritical reporting in mainstream media around emergency workers being exposed to people's bodily fluids at work. Senior figures and commentators have been spreading some shockingly ignorant myths about how infectious HIV is around that issue – such as the notion that the virus could be spread by biting or spitting or by a person kissing their child. There needs to be a lot more education for the heterosexual community to update them about their real risk of infection (which is very low in 2019), and also the new prevention technologies that are available so that people do not carry unfounded fears when that occurs. It's important that mainstream journalists who are reporting on LGBTQIA+ issues make sure they consult the experts so that they know what they are talking about.

Upcoming Media Events

Off-Earth Mining Forum (right)
Thursday 21st to Friday 22nd November, Sydney
This event will unite experts, researchers, lawyers, financiers, economists and government to discuss how Australia can contribute to the global space industry. 

B&T Awards
Friday 22nd November, Sydney
The awards’ will recognise the most effective marketing communications’ agencies across Australia and New Zealand, judged by over 100 industry experts. 

Melbourne Seniors & Disability Expo
Friday 22nd to Saturday 23rd November, Melbourne
This exhibition will offer products and services for thousands of seniors and people with disability, as well as social and lifestyle options.

 City of Sydney Christmas Program (left)
 Saturday 23rd November to Wednesday 25th December, Sydney
The city’s celebrations will feature the state’s tallest Christmas tree at Martin Place launching with a playground festival at the heart of Sydney.






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