AAP Medianet - 24 May 2018


May 24, 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

Selma Milovanovic has been named as a weekday print editor at The Age. She was a senior journalist and news editor at the publication for a decade before moving to Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2011 and joining Al Jazeera Balkans as a web editor. She has returned to Fairfax to edit the paper's weekday editions.  

Cameron Wilson is the new producer of Nightlife on ABC Radio. He was previously the producer at Overnights with Rod Quinn. Cameron has also worked in television broadcasting and was a journalist and researcher at Nine Entertainment Co. until April 2017. 

Caleb Triscari has started as a casual producer at ABC Radio National, based in Melbourne. He was a sub-editor at SmartCompany prior to this appointment; editing, formatting and publishing articles and blogs. His articles have been published in JunkeeThe Saturday Paper and Kill Your Darlings magazine.

Emily Swanson is now a digital engagement campaigner at CHOICE, and will be responsible for drafting, editing and proofing copy and project managing the company's campaign supporter growth program. She joined CHOICE in March last year as a content editor, and has previously worked on multiple nextmedia publications.
Jan McCallum is now an editor at CPA Australia's INTHEBLACK magazine. She started editing business, finance and accounting stories as the publication's digital content editor since 2016. Jan's experience in business writing is extensive with roles at The Herald and Weekly Times, BRW Magazine and Forbes. 

After two years as an editorial and production coordinator at Cosmopolitan magazine, Joshua Joynes >has been promoted to the role of a news and entertainment editor. Joshua has been with Bauer Media since 2015 and completed a Harper's Bazaar fashion assistant internship in 2016.


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

Aboriginal settlement in Australia was no accident 
Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH)
   Image: Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH)

Researchers working to solve the mystery of how Aboriginal people first reached Australia have combined sophisticated deep sea mapping, voyage simulation techniques and genetic information to show that arrivals were made by sizeable groups of people deliberately voyaging between islands.

“Our results show that colonisation of Australia was no accident,” said lead researcher Professor Michael Bird of James Cook University. 

Read full story

Media Spotlight

Remy Varga, journalist at The Australian Remy Varga - Journalist Spotlight
Remy Varga is a Sydney based journalist for The Australian. She has a Master's degree in Journalism from the University of Technology Sydney and Bachelor of Arts in Modern History and Spanish and Latin American studies. Follow her on Twitter at @RemyVarga.

When did you first decide to be a journalist?
About four years ago while I was travelling in Colombia. I always planned to study law after the completion of a BA as a way to justify studying something regarded as frivolous. When I received my acceptance email into law I realised I had no interest in pursuing a career as a lawyer and instead wanted to pursue something more adventurous.

How important is it for a journalist to master social media?
Extremely! Social media is not just networking but a rich resource which captures the world in real time. Journalists need to know how to dig and filter through it like they would a data sheet. 

What does a press release need to interest you?
I guess a strong news value? I write general news stories mostly so I'm looking at how significant an announcement is to the general public. 

What's your process for finding a fresh angle in a story?
Take a story and knead it in your mind until you can feel the lumps in the dough.

Upcoming Media Events

World Thyroid Day
Friday 25th May 
Since 2008, 25th May has been dedicated to thyroid patients and to all who are committed to the study and treatment of thyroid diseases around the world.

Ningaloo Whale Shark Festival
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th May, Exmouth, WA
The festival celebrates the annual migration of whale sharks to the area and seeks to highlight the community’s relationship with these ‘gentle giants’ of the ocean. Activities include a gala opening, fun run, festival day and art exhibitions.

Spinal Health Week
Friday 25th to Thursday 31st May
The Chiropractors' Association of Australia sponsors Spinal Health Week, which aims to help raise awareness about spinal health and how poor posture can affect a person’s life. The campaign seeks to promote the benefits of having a good posture.
National Sorry Day
Saturday 26th May
National Sorry Day is a continuing effort to achieve appropriate education, reconciliation and recognition for the Aboriginal Stolen Generations. The day is also a chance to remember and commemorate their mistreatment. 

Red Shield Appeal Doorknock (pictured above)
Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May
The Salvation Army’s final stage of its Red Shield appeal is this weekend’s Doorknock. Volunteers around the country will be collecting vital funds to support people in need.

National Reconciliation Week (pictured left)
Saturday 27th May to Sunday 3rd June
Commemorating two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey - the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision, National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements. This year’s campaign prompts Australians to ask themselves: what are some of the things I don’t know about our shared history? 

World MS Day 
Wednesday 30th May
With this year's theme being #bringinguscloser, the day aims to show support for the neurological disease and to connect people affected by MS with those involved in research, volunteering and fundraising. 
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