AAP Medianet - 22 June 2017



Welcome to this week's AAP Medianet brief 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

Bauer Media has announced CEO Nick Chan will depart just 12 months after joining the media organisation. Nick has previously worked as the Chief Operating Officer at Seven Media and also being the CEO of Pacific Magazine for over 9 years.

Bauer Media also announced Paul Dykzeul as the new Chief Executive Officer. Paul has led the New Zealand business for the past nine years and will now take control of both Australian and New Zealand operations.

Mumbrella's Deputy Editor, Miranda Ward, is leaving to pursue a new opportunity with Channel Nine. Since her start in 2013, Miranda has undertaken several roles for the media company. Before this Miranda was working at Sky News.

Buzzfeed Australia has announced Amy McQuire as the new Indigenous Affairs Reporter. Amy has spent more than a decade covering Aboriginal affairs with work for the National Indigenous Times and Tracker Magazine.

Steve Briggs is returning to his home in Wagga as the new Operations Manager at 2AAA radio. Steve has spent several years as a freelancer in England and around Asia, winning an Emmy in 1992 for his work with the America’s Cup. Steve has worked for some of the biggest names in media including Reuters and the BBC.

Neil Wilcocks has signed on as the new Breakfast Announcer with MIX 106.3 FM in Canberra. Neil will be working on “The Kristen & Wilko Show” set to start on Monday 26th June. Neil has previously worked as an announcer with Channel 10.

Red FM has announced Alana McLean will be joining the team as the new Breakfast Announcer. Alana has previously worked for Star 106.3 Townsville and will start her new role on Thursday 13th July.

Laura Francis is the new Journalist at Hitz 93.9 and Classic Hits 4BU. Laura brings a wealth of experience including her work with Win TV in Townsville. Former Journalist at Hitz 93.9, Zoe McLaughlin, is moving to Hervey Bay to take up an opportunity with Channel Nine.

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

Cat wine now available in Australia 
Image: CatBox  

CatBox has announced a partnership with Apollo Peak that will see cat wine being sold in Australia. The wine is made from natural ingredients such as beetroot juice and mixed with catnip.

Cats around Australia will have the choice to drink from a range of wines including Pinot Meow, CatBernet, MosCATo, and White Kittendel.

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Media Spotlight

Matt de Groot, Breakfast Newsreader on Nova 96.9 
Matt de Groot is the voice of Nova news every morning on Sydney's Nova 96.9. He regularly appears as a contributor on Channel 7's The Morning Show, Ten’s Studio 10 as, Sky News ‘SportsNight’ and has recently joined Yahoo!7 as a columnist. He’s the game-day MC for the Sydney Swans, Wallabies, Sydney Sixers and the Cronulla Sharks. Matt is also a White Ribbon and Barnados Ambassador. His Twitter handle is @mattdegroot_.

What excites you about the radio industry? 
The same thing that excites me now, as it did on day one, and I suspect on my final day – the immediacy. The fact that anything can happen anywhere in the world, within moments and it’s just a lot of fun. It’s an industry that brings together great characters of similar minds, who all want to put together something unique.  

You have also worked as a journalism tutor. What are the challenges of teaching journalism? 
In a practical sense, marking; it totally sucks. But in a more general sense, explaining to eager Gen-Y minds that there’s no such thing as the perfect first job. You won’t start out as a 60 Minutes reporter or the host of Getaway, unless you were on The Bachelor. Explaining that you need to be proficient in all mediums, and to make yourself as employable as possible, and that closing your mind to any arm of the industry will only hurt you in the long run. 

How do you use press releases as part of your newsgathering process?
It’s not ideal, but they are becoming increasing integral. News organisations rarely have the time or resources to do ‘investigative’ work. ‘Journalism’ is being replaced with ‘reporting,’ and there is a growing reliance on rip-and-read press releases and the like. So, more and more press releases are being used to fill a bulletin and provide all the information you will realistically get on a story. 

You started writing a column for Yahoo!7 Be in April.  Where do you draw your inspiration for your articles?
Well, so far they’ve been drawn from such complicated places as my dating experiences and things that annoy me. But it’s built on the framework of giving insight into the male mind and looking at how the modern gentleman goes about operating in the modern world. I’m not sure what that completely entails yet, but I’m confident we will figure it out as we go. 

In your opinion, what makes a news item interesting?
A story that either connects with you because you need to know, or you want to know. As we know, an ‘interesting’ news story is totally dependent on the audience that is consuming it, but the fundamentals don’t change. Did it grab your attention from the start, and leave you feeling easily and clearly informed? If the answer is yes, I find it’s generally something that is ‘interesting’. 

Upcoming Media Events

Vinnies CEO Sleepout
Thursday 22nd June, National 
The 12th edition of the Vinnies CEO Sleepout will see more than 1,500 CEOs sleeping out at venues around the country. The fundraising target for this year is $2.3 million. 

Alice Springs Beanie Festival (pictured right)
Friday 23rd to Monday 26th June, Alice Springs
Over 6,000 handmade beanies from around the world come together for this unique and exciting festival, featuring beanies from remote Indigenous communities.

Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival
Friday 23rd June to Sunday 2nd July, Winton, QLD
A nine day Aussie movie marathon set in the heart of the outback, in a town of less than 1,000 people. The festival combines an incomparable program of classic and contemporary films directed, produced or starring incredible Australian actors and actresses.

Free Museum Weekend
Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June, Sydney
The third annual event will see free entry into the Australian Museum, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Observatory and Museums Discovery Centre.

Scenic Rim Eat Local Week
Saturday 24th June to Sunday 2nd July, Brisbane
Taste food and wine from the Scenic Rim at this festival of farm tours, cooking classes, producer dinners, pop-up cafes and other free or low-cost activities. The star event, the Winter Harvest Festival, will be held on 1st July.



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