AAP Medianet - 23 February 2017

 February 23, 2017

Welcome to this week's AAP Medianet 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

Dave Williams is the new Editor of Australian Associated Press’ New Zealand news wire. He has been working at the news wire since 2011 as a Reporter. Prior to that, he worked as a Reporter at NZPA and The Marlborough Express.

Camille Alarcon will start at Fairfax Media on March 17 in the newly created role of Content Director. She will join from Mumbrella, where she is currently the Content Director. Camille has held several titles at Mumbrella, including Deputy Editor, and Publisher of The Source. 

Comedy trio Collective Noun will be joining the Hit Network. The trio, made up of Dom Fay, Zach Mander and Michael Parente, can be heard Mondays to Thursdays between 11pm to 1am. Last year, Collective Noun were Contributors for news.com.au. They are well known for their online sketch videos. 

Tom Bainbridge and Oliver Morris have joined Triple M to host a new three-hour evening show. In 2015, the comedy duo hosted a breakfast show on Southern Cross Austereo's Star FM in Albury. Tom and Olly can be heard Mondays to Wednesdays at 7-10pm in Sydney and Melbourne.

Cieron Cody is the new Commissioning Editor for SBS’s National Indigenous Television (NITV). He spent the past five years at Screen Queensland, working as Manager and Acting Director of Development, and also Vice President of Development and Production. 

Brad McNamara has joined Triple M Sydney as Executive Producer of its NRL and Cricket broadcasts, in a newly created role. He previously worked at Channel 9, and has held different roles within the 16 years that he was there with his most recent being Executive Producer of cricket content. Prior to that, he was a professional cricketer, and played for New South Wales during the late 1980s and early 1990s. 

Dean Clairs is hosting a new show called Generation 80’s on mix
94.5. He is joined by Brian Mannix from pop/rock band Uncanny X-Men. Dean is also a Breakfast Presenter on Mix 94.5 FM. Prior to that, he was a Drive Presenter for the station. They can be heard Mondays to Fridays between 12-1pm. 

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

A cycling, food and wine festival rolls into Orange

    Image: Newcrest Orange Challenge  

A two-day cycling, food and wine festival will take over the regional town of Orange next month, as more than 1,200 bike riders and their supporters get ready to take part in Bicycle Network’s second Newcrest Orange Challenge.

Held from Saturday 4 to Sunday 5 March, the Newcrest Orange Challenge community festival will feature a wide range of family-friendly activities including a free food and wine showcase, live music, face painting, a jumping castle, BMX pump track and the Newcrest Orange Challenge ride. 

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Media Spotlight

Samantha Kodila, Assistant Editor at get lost Travel Magazine
Samantha Kodila is a Melbourne-based writer, editor and flat-white-quaffing enthusiast. She is also the Assistant Editor at get lost Travel Magazine and copywriter at Grin Creative, an award-winning design agency. A passion for travel writing has spurred her over oceans, landing her in some incredible destinations, including hiking to Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal, and visiting fishing villages in Cambodia.

Was it always a dream to travel for a living, and how did you end up writing about it? 
Growing up, I always dreamed of being a writer. If my nose wasn’t in a book, I was putting pen to paper and creating my own stories. The idea of combining writing with my love for travel came from a friend, who suggested I apply to work at a travel magazine. I started out as an intern, worked my way up, and haven’t looked back.

What are some of the biggest challenges of working in the travel industry?
One challenge I’ve encountered as a travel writer is remembering to be in the moment while on assignment. It’s very easy to get caught up in being ‘on’ – conducting interviews, taking notes, snapping photographs, uploading to social media, doing follow-up research on new things I’ve learned – it can be exhausting! Sometimes I need to remind myself to stop and let go; after all, that’s what travel is all about.

What journalism skills are most important when covering travel?
Research and fact-checking are important; you can never know enough about a destination when writing about travel. Networking is also important; meeting new people on these adventures is fun, and can lead you to new and exciting opportunities and experiences. It’s also important to have an insatiable curiosity and an unwavering sense of adventure.

What role do press releases play in travel journalism?
Reading press releases is a huge part of staying up to date on the latest in travel. Sometimes they can spark an idea (especially if they’re tailored to get lost’s off-the-beaten-track type of travel), or will provide a great contact to follow up with in the future. Most often they provide a general idea of what’s happening.

Upcoming Media Events

Australian Open of Surfing (Pictured)
25th February - 5th March - Manly Beach, NSW
The Australian Open of Surfing combines world-class athletes, artists and fans in a celebration of youth culture, innovation and athleticism. 

Sydney Greek Festival 2017
25th-26th February - Darling Harbour, NSW
The two day festival will celebrate all things Greek with non stop entertainment from local and international performers, an abundance of food stalls and plenty of merchandise stalls.

Brisbane Comedy Festival 2017 
26th February - 28th March - Brisbane Powerhouse and City Hall, QLD
The eighth annual Brisbane Comedy Festival will see sixty-six comedians take over the Brisbane Powerhouse and Brisbane City Hall for four weeks of fun.

Australian International Airshow and Aerospace and Defense Exposition
28th February - 5th March - Avalon Airport, VIC
The six day event showcases products, technologies and services for aircraft right across the spectrum from General Aviation to airlines, air forces and space.

Gift of Life’s DonateLife Walk 2017
1st March - Parkes, ACT
The free community event aims to raise awareness about organ and tissue donation with an awareness walk and free healthy BBQ breakfast starting off the day right.
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