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AAP Medianet - 23 November 2017


November 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

The Today Show has announced Lisa Wilkinson replacement with Georgie Gardner joining Karl Stefanovic as Co-Host of the program. Georgie returns to the Today Show which she left in 2014 for family reasons. Georgie is currently a fill-in Presenter for Sonia Kruger on Today Extra.

Head of Bauer Xcel, Bauer Media's digital arm, Christian Fricke has resigned from the company. Christian has been with the Australian branch since July last year, after managing the Bauer Xcel office in Germany since 2012. 

Melissa Seiler has joined Macquarie Media working with 4BC as a Senior Broadcast Journalist. Melissa has previously been a Broadcast Journalist with WSFM and KIIS FM until 2016. 

Associate Editor of New Idea, Holly Richards will be temporarily working as the Entertainment Editor. Holly has worked with Pacific Magazine in Editorial roles since January 2016.

Jo Litson has been promoted to Editor for Limelight Magazine. Jo is taking over from Clive Paget who will remain with the outlet as the Editor-at-Large. Jo has been an Arts Writer for over 30 years most notably writing for The Australian and The Sunday Telegraph.

Mark Geyer has announced his departure from Triple M's The Grill Team after having joined the show since it began in 2009. Mark will be moving to join Triple M's NRL coverage full time from 2018. 

Rae Johnston has been named as Gizmodo Australia’s Editor. Rae has been a Journalist with Gizmodo since 2015. She also has a prominent television career Co-Hosting The Feed on SBS Viceland and NITV’s The Point.

Samuel Clark is the new Executive Producer for ABC’s Insiders. Samuel brings a wealth of experience most notably having worked on Bondi Rescue as well as The Project.

Kellie Mayo has taken up a new role with the ABC as the new Asia-Pacific Regional Managing Editor. Kellie was the Executive Producer of ABC’s Insider for the past decade.

Mahsa Fratantoni has been announced as the Editor for The New Daily’s Health Newsletter. The first edition of the newsletter will be available from 26th November. Mahsa has been freelance writing for the last three years across numerous publications including Fitness First Magazine and WYZA.

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

New exhibition takes families to the Arctic this Summer
image: Australian National Maritime Museum  

This summer the Australian National Maritime Museum is taking families on a fascinating journey to the Arctic in a new interactive exhibition, Arctic Voices, opening on 14th December.

Arctic Voices will challenge perceptions of the Arctic and introduce visitors to a colourful land. Children can pounce, hop, push and crawl their way through animal life in the Arctic, and come face to face with a polar bear and other arctic creatures.

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Media Spotlight

Eden Cox, Editor at Executive Media 
Eden Cox is an editor, a writer and an amateur archaeologist. She has been a magazine editor at Executive Media since 2010, and has worked on a wide range of publications for diverse niche markets. Traces magazine will be her first nationwide consumer publication. Eden has a Bachelor of Arts in History and Creative Writing, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Editing and Communications from the University of Melbourne. In her spare time, Eden volunteers on archaeology projects in Melbourne and loves to visit historic sites around Victoria. 

Traces is set to launch next month, what is the inspiration behind the magazine?
I’ve always dreamt of making a career out of combining my two passions, publishing and history. When I heard about the end of Inside History magazine, I thought it was a great shame to lose a magazine dedicated to Australia’s heritage. My team and I have big shoes to fill, and there are a lot of expectations, but we think Traces can stand on its own and inspire its readers to take more interest in exploring this country’s history, which is often neglected. We are excitedly preparing for our magazine launch party, to take place on 12th December at Mission to Seafarers in Melbourne. Tickets are free and can be reserved here.

What makes a press release stand out to you?
I’m interested in press releases with a genuine story to tell – something newsworthy that makes a difference to people’s lives – rather than those that aim simply to sell a product. I want to know how your research/news item/product is going to change the world! High-resolution images can seal the deal!

You've worked in a number of different roles covering a variety of topics. Was that by chance or design?
A little of both! The suite of publications at Executive Media is very diverse, and the company has been producing niche industry publications for decades, some of which I have started myself. I’ve enjoyed learning about and working in areas ranging from building and construction, design and hospitality, to biotechnology and travel! Traces, however, is much closer to my heart. The company’s foray into the consumer market has been a fairly recent move, but an exciting one that has resulted in the opening of a New York office last year, where travel magazine ROVA is produced. Traces is an important addition to our consumer offering.

What do you enjoy most about working in the media?
I love writing, and being able to share with other people the stories that I myself find fascinating. There are so many fantastic people, places and stories to discover, and there’s something really satisfying about bringing those stories to life in print – in a physical object that you can hold in your hands. An essential factor for me is the friendships I have made in my industry, some of which will last a lifetime.

Do you have a favourite story that you've worked on recently?
Yes, there are quite a few in the upcoming Traces magazine, but perhaps my favourite is a story I wrote on the history and archaeology of the ‘Little Lon’ heritage precinct in Melbourne’s CBD. I have been fascinated by this site since studying it at university and was lucky enough to volunteer in an archaeological excavation at Little Lon earlier this year. It will be wonderful to share my fascination with this part of Melbourne’s history with others who might share my interest! 

Upcoming Media Events

Queenscliff Music Festival (pictured right)  Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November, Queenscliff, Victoria
Perched on the entrance to Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay, the town of Queenscliff comes alive with its annual music festival. The event celebrates the best emerging music talent alongside international acts in a family-friendly environment. 

White Ribbon Day
Saturday 25th November  
The day is a reminder that violence against women should never occur. It is a reminder that the world must continue to eliminate instances of violence against anybody, particularly women.

Buy Nothing Day
Saturday 25th November 
An international day of protest against consumerism that encourages people to spend a day not spending.

Pride Parade (pictured below)
Saturday 25th November, Perth
Every year the Pride Parade brings people from every aspect of the Perth community into Northbridge to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community. The parade is guaranteed to bring thousands to the streets in a rainbow sea of colour, celebration and happiness. The theme for the 2017 Parade is #FREEDOM. 

Walkley Awards
Wednesday 29th November, Brisbane
Lisa Wilkinson will host the 2017 Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism ceremony. The awards are the pinnacle of achievement for any Australian journalist. Awards will be presented across 34 categories.
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