AAP Medianet - 22 February 2018


February 22, 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

Cosmopolitan magazine has recruited a new Chief Sub Editor with Sarah Iasiello starting this month. Sarah has made the move from her role as a Sub Editor at fellow Bauer Media publication, New Weekly magazine. She was also previously the Editorial Coordinator/Digital Producer at New Weekly, and was a Marketing/Communications and Social Media Officer at Acquired Group prior to that.

Jessica Parry is a new Associate Editor at Future Women, an online lifestyle and entrepreneurial platform developed by the Nine Network which will feature video sessions, mentoring, live events and in-depth research and insights. She had been with Bauer Media for 7 years prior to this appointment, most recently as an Acting Editor of Cosmopolitan and Editor of Myer Emporium magazine.

Olivia Mackinnon has left the Australian Radio Network after more than 3 years to take on the role of Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Traveller and International Traveller's digital editions. Olivia started as Digital Content Producer at KIIS 1065 and the Kylie and Jackie O Show, then became a Senior Digital Content Producer. 

Former rugby league player Ryan Girdler will start a full-time role on the Nine Network’s The NRL Footy Show. Ryan will join fellow panellists Andrew Johns and Erin Molan. In his sporting days, Ryan played for the Kangaroos, NSW Blues and Penrith Panthers. He will start his new role on 8th March.

Cassidy Knowlton joins TimeOut Media as Editor, leaving Crikey Media after 7 years. Cassidy made the announcement and finished as Editor at Crikey last year. She was also the Managing Editor and a Production Editor at the publication. 

Chris Harrison joins Allure Media as a Publisher of Gizmodo, Lifehacker and Kotaku. Chris leaves his role as Opinion Editor at HuffPost where he had been since 2015. Chris is also an author and a contributor to the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Guardian and some sports publications.

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

Add-on clip turns smartphone into fully operational microscope
Add-on Microscope Clip Preview  
                  Image: Centre for Nanoscale Bio Photonics

Australian researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) have developed a 3D printable ‘clip-on’ that can turn any smartphone into a fully functional microscope.

Reported in the research journal ‘Scientific Reports’, the smartphone microscope is powerful enough to visualise specimens as small as 1/200th of a millimetre, including microscopic organisms, animal and plant cells, blood cells, cell nuclei and more. 

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Media Spotlight

Sami Shah, Presenter at ABC Radio Melbourne Sami Shah
Sami Shah is an award-winning writer, broadcaster and comedian. Sami has written numerous columns for national and international publications, and was announced as a co-host of Breakfast on ABC Radio Melbourne in December 2017, replacing Red Symons. He tackles global and social justice issues in his writing and on stage, using thought-provoking analysis and acerbic wit.

His autobiography 'I, Migrant' was nominated for the NSW Premier's Literary Award, WA Premier Literary Award and the Russell Prize for Humour Writing. He has also written a novel, 'Fire Boy', and a non-fiction book called 'The Islamic Republic of Australia'. His Twitter handle is @samishah.

You joined ABC as a Breakfast show presenter late last year, what is your new job like?
It's one of the most exciting and simultaneously frightening things I've done in a while. I'm co-hosting on a show where the audience had a decades-long relationship with the previous host. And I'm doing it all with an immigrant's accent and newcomer's perspective. The best advice I've been given is to rely on my own work experience and training, and to just have respect for the judgement of the people who thought I'm right for the job. 
With that out of the way, I've mostly been focusing on getting my body-clock realigned and focusing on content for the show. It helps that ABC Radio Melbourne is staffed with the best in the business! Every morning we try to find the news stories that will be the right blend of informative and entertaining for audiences in that peculiar early time-slot, and then match those with a sensibility that gives them the appropriate respect.

What aspects of working in broadcast media do you enjoy the most?
Radio, to me, more than television even, is a medium I have great respect for. It allows for the same long-form analysis that the best of print offers, while also having space for conversation, and yet has the immediacy of television and social media combined. That's why it's held up so well in the face of all the developments (like podcasting) that keep sounding false death knells. There's also the high editorial standard that a place like ABC Local Radio adheres to, one that's becoming a rarity in the world of broadcast journalism and talk radio. What makes it even more exciting for me is how easily you can create new content in new ways. Grab a mic, learn basic editing, reinvent the medium, create a new storytelling format, or just convey a personal story. The audiences are forgiving and indulgent in ways that few other mediums allow.

What is the biggest challenge of moving into a new round or topic area?  
Research time. Often you just have a few minutes to get your head around a new topic before the specialist on it is introduced. In those situations, it's best not to attempt to show off a greater level of insight than you actually possess. Just go for the Who, What, Where, When, Why questions, and let the audience come along on the journey with you. I'm a research junkie so I try to stay as informed on as many topics as I can think of, and unless they're sport related (a subject I couldn't care about even if you tortured me) I can manage a basic level of knowledge on most things. The rest is about trying to ask the right questions for the audience and myself to learn from.

What attracted you to journalism initially?
I always just respected the role of a journalist in society. In Pakistan, where I'm from, some of the most vital characters in the public sphere have been journalists. They've exposed corruption, highlighted societal woes, and generally inspired conversation where there wasn't any before. Early forays into journalism showed me I could make a living with my words, which was a joy to learn, and then working in news gave me a greater understanding of social ills and the challenges that we all encounter daily. Find the source of those, holding people to account for them, and then conveying that information on to others, for me that's a high calling indeed. Of course most of the time it's trying garlic milkshakes at the garlic festival, but I persevere. 

For a press release to stand out to you, what does it have to contain?
Clarity. Does it make sense? A lot of press releases cram too much information and far too much hyperbole without any actual detail. This is especially a problem with press releases related to the Arts. Make it simple, make it direct, and stop trying to show off your creative writing skills. I don't have the time to read a badly written attempt at magical realism. Also, design. There have been major advances in lay-outing font selection, and just general colour theory. If it looks like every other press release I get, it's going to fade into the background. Make it visually exciting. The eyes are easily bored, so put some effort into this. Invest in a good template or a great graphic designer. It'll pay off.

Upcoming Media Events

Inflatable Regatta in Melbourne Inflatable Regatta (pictured right)
Saturday 24th February, Melbourne
Sail down the Yarra River solo or with a friend in the annual inflatable regatta hosted this weekend. Rent a boat and oars on site and bring a water bottle for refills on the day. Sessions start at 10am. 

ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show 
Friday 23rd February to Sunday 25th February
, Canberra 
Held at Exhibition Park Canberra, this 3-day event includes 150 attractions, 5,000 animals, and 450 trade displays. This year’s event will feature a Lost Trades Exhibition with nine artisans demonstrating crafts such as bookbinding and conservation, leatherwork, hemp constructions, as well as furniture, rocking horse and spoon making.

Festival of the Face
Sunday 25th February, Canberra
Now in its 20th year, Festival of the Face invites audiences to a free day of creativity and craft making. Customise your party hat, create birthday cards, draw portraits, watch Nomad the magician perform and play games like musical statues and pass the portrait.

Brisbane Comedy Festival 
(pictured left)
Friday 23rd February to Sunday 25th March, Brisbane
See comedy greats Dave Hughes, Jimeoin, Akmal Saleh, Fiona O’Loughlin, Cal Wilson and many more in this month of fun scattered across the Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane City Hall and SunPAC.

Mind Body Spirit Festival
Friday 23rd February to Sunday 25th February, Brisbane
This health and spirituality festival, which takes a holistic approach to healing and wellness, will feature over 200 exhibitors, body treatments, free seminars and even meditation sessions on site. 
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