AAP Medianet - 25 January 2017

January 25, 2017

The second AAP Medianet newsletter for 2017 - Media Movements features 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 New York Times is coming to Australia and has announced Damien Cave as its Australian Bureau Chief. Damien has worked with the paper for over 12 years.

Carrie Bickmore will join the Hit Network next month for a national show every day at 3pm. Carrie is currently a Presenter on Channel 10’s The Project, and will continue in this role. She will be joined on air by Comedian Tommy Little.

Australian Radio Network has announced that regular Host of the 3pm Pick Up show Katie 'Monty' Dimond, will be joined by Rebecca Judd and Yumi Stynes in 2017. Rebecca is a well-known blogger and former Weather Presenter on Channel 9 Melbourne. Yumi has previously worked on Mix FM on its first all-female breakfast team.

Chris Cavanagh has joined the Herald Sun as a Sports and AFL Reporter. He was previously a Sports Journalist for Melbourne's Leader Community Newspaper.

Sofia Levin is the new Food Editor for The Weekly Review. Sofia is a Freelance Writer who has written for a variety of publications, including Fairfax Media's Good Food Guide, Delicious and Time Out. 

Mitchell Bingemann is now Senior Media Writer at The Australian. Mitchell has been with the paper for almost 10 years, holding different roles within that time, including Aviation Editor, Telecommunications and Technology Correspondent, and Technology Reporter. 

Merrick Watts is the host of a new afternoon weekday show on Triple M Sydney called the Mayor of Merrickville. He is an experienced Radio Presenter, and has previously worked at 2DAY FM and Nova.

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

The Only Thing Missing is you at AUSFEST 2017
    Image: AUSFEST  

Sutherland Shire Council is gearing up for an Australia Day like no other in 2017. To celebrate 20 years of its flagship Australia Day community event, Council is proudly presenting AUSFEST, a free two-day festival with a huge line up of local and international entertainment. 

Read full story

Media Spotlight

Nick Fergus, Journalist and Producer 2GB
Nick Fergus is a Macquarie National News Journalist, Producer of The Continuous Call Team on 2GB Radio and Host of Sports Today on 2UE Radio. Nick graduated from Macquarie University with a Bachelor of Media and Communications in 2011.

What drew you to journalism?
I've known since I was about 10 I wanted to work in the media. I've always had questions about how things work in the world and wanted to know the answers. I also wanted to be a professional sportsman, so when that wasn't possible, I knew the media was the next best thing.

What's the biggest challenge you face in a typical working day?
Working in live radio, time management is crucial. You have to make the most of limited time and make sure you're not wasting time on things that don't matter and that won't make it to air. Accuracy is another aspect that can never be forgotten or taken for granted.

How often do you use press releases during the production of a show?
Press releases come in handy as an information source... to know what's going on. From there I can go chasing different perspectives on a story or an event and dig a little deeper. To use them verbatim is lazy journalism/producing. 

How much has social media interaction changed radio production in recent years?
Whether we like it or not, Twitter has become an extremely important tool in media. I think people put far too much weight behind it, but unfortunately organisations and politicians are using it more and more to make announcements. As a journo we need to monitor it constantly, but I think some are more concerned with how many followers they have rather than the organisations they're supposed to be working for.

Upcoming Media Events

Sydney Chinese New Year Festival (Pictured)
27th January - 12th February - Sydney, NSW
The annual Chinese New Year festival is the largest of its kind outside of mainland China and includes the lunar lanterns exhibition, traditional lion dancers and preview performances.

24th International Island Classic 
27th - 29th January - Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Cowes VIC
Australia’s largest historic motorcycle meet which includes the fiercely contested international challenge race with an opportunity to score points for the Phil Irving trophy.

Adelaide Hills Crush Festival
27th - 29th January - Adelaide Hills, SA
Adelaide's premier wine and food festival celebrating the best that the Adelaide Hills has to offer. 

Rhythm of Africa 
28th January - 11th February - Werribee Open Range Zoo, Werribee, VIC
A celebration of African culture, the family friendly event features live music, workshops, hair-braiding and face painting.

Chinese Fortunes
28th January - 25th June - Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, Ballarat, VIC
An exhibition exploring the stories of early Chinese Australians and the diversity of Chinese Australian history in the lead up to Federation.

World Wetlands Day
2nd February 
The international theme for World Wetlands Day 2017 is disaster risk reduction, with a focus on wetland conservation.
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