25 May 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
Triple M’s Sydney Drive time announcer Merrick Watts has announced that he will not be re-signing. Merrick will focus on his stand up show “Merrick Watts Man of the Hour”.
Former Labor Senior Minister Graham “Richo” Richardson will return to Sky News Live’s Wednesday prime time line-up following his recovery from lifesaving surgery over a year ago.
Sky News has announced that outspoken columnist Peta Credlin will join the Alan Jones' show. The former News Corp columnist and chief of staff to former Prime Minister Tony Abbott can be seen on Alan Jones and Co program Tuesdays at 8 pm.
3AW Melbourne’s radio king, Ross Stevenson, is bringing his food and travel program, “A Moveable Feast” to Channel 7 starting on Sunday 4th June.
Singer-song writer James Blunt will join Smooth FM on a Sunday afternoon from 28th May to 18th June. He will be joined by rotating co-hosts Dolly Parton, Barry Gibbs, Neil Diamond, Elton John and Olivia Newton-John.
ABC Head of Current Affairs Bruce Belsham has announced he is retiring after more than 30 years in the industry.
Editor's Pick: Press Release of the Week...
The Centre of Democracy Opens in Adelaide
Image: State Library of South Australia & History Trust of South Australia
The Centre of Democracy showcases the people and ideas that have shaped democracy in South Australia. Featuring treasures from the state’s collections and the latest in digital technology, this will challenge visitors to think again about people and power.
South Australians can claim and celebrate a number of significant democratic milestones. These include the radically democratic Constitution of 1856, which gave all men, including Aboriginal men, the right to vote – by secret ballot. And in 1894, South Australian women were among the first in the world to win the right to vote, and the first in the world to be able to stand for parliament.
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Melissa Shedden, Acting Editor at bodyandsoul.com.au
Melissa is journalist and editor, with decades of combined print and digital experience and a media degree. Her stories have been published in leading Australian and UK titles and by major online news outlets. Mel’s biggest buzz comes from obsessing over health and fitness, and thinks reporting on the wellness scene is as fun as wearing stretchy pants all day long. Whether it’s a To Do list, Instagram post or story on optimal health, she’s never not writing. Unless she’s eating – her other love. Her Twitter handle is @MelissaShedden.
What lessons did you learn from your time as Deputy Fashion Editor of The Sun?
To have a sense of humour, and to be fluid and flexible; there's no point in being frustrated or upset when things don't go to plan. Instead, focus on the solution and meeting that deadline. You just need a little ingenuity sometimes - and an amazing styling kit and fashion team to help you out.
With so many health and wellbeing blogs online, how do you ensure body+soul stands out from the rest?
myBody+Soul is lucky to have a rich brand history. The site has existed for 12 years, with a relationship with the print issue in the paper on Sundays. We use expert contributors, and make scientific studies digestible and actionable, but also keep health real and relatable, which is why we'll cover stories like our 'Ask a GP' series - where no question is off limits.
How do you conduct your research for your articles, and are press releases part of the process?
Google plays a big part in research, as do journals, the newswires and sites like Science Daily and Medical Daily. We also look to what's happening online, what's trending, what's gone or about to go viral, and overseas to the big wellness websites. Hearing what's happening in the industry from our regular expert contributors also determines our health news agenda. As for press releases, I'll always read them if they land in my inbox - my dream is to have it at zero - though that's unlikely, and I'll decide then and there whether the release could be a story hook.
What's the most bizarre thing you've had to do for a story?
What haven't I done? Wear a comedy hat to Royal Ascot, go on a 12-week detox complete with pills and potions, take my partner to orgasmic meditation - the lists goes on. But if it will make a good story, I'm game.
In your opinion, what makes a news item interesting?
When it's genuinely something the team hasn't heard before, or the study is large scale and conclusive. It's also a good indicator if health industry experts are excited by it. Our job is to work out the why and tell that story.
Upcoming Media Events
Australian Book Industry Awards
Thursday 25th May - Sydney, NSW
Known as the 'Logies of the book world", the 17th Annual Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) will honour several acclaimed writers and induct acclaimed novelist Di Morrissey into the ABIA Hall of Fame.
Vivid Sydney Festival of Light, Music and Ideas (pictured right)
Friday 26th May to Saturday 17th June - Sydney, NSW
The sails of the Sydney Opera House will be illuminated with imaginary creatures while giant kiwi birds will glow in the Royal Botanic Garden during this year's Vivid festival of light, music and ideas.
2017 AMA National Conference - #amanatcon
Friday 26th May to Sunday 28th May - Melbourne, VIC
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull heads a line-up of leading political and health speakers and panellists. Topics of discussion will centre around the health policy and all other major health issues within Australia.
Saturday 27th May - Adelaide, SA
About 450 participants will take to the Australian outback in cars worth less than $1000 for the Sh*tbox Rally to raise funds for the Cancer Council. The 3800km journey will run from Adelaide to Cairns via the Ooodanatta Track.
50th anniversary of Aboriginal referendum
Saturday 27th May - Nationwide
The 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum in which Australians voted to amend the constitution to include Aboriginal people in the census and allow the Commonwealth to create laws for them.
US Senator John McCain Sydney lecture
Tuesday 30th May - Sydney, NSW
US Senator John McCain in Sydney to address the United States Studies Centre on the US/Australian alliance.
World Business Forum 2017
Wednesday 31st May - Sydney, NSW
A two-day event that will reveal how individuals and organisations can adapt and thrive in today’s fast-moving global business environment. Speakers include: Arianna Huffington, Founder of The Huffington Post; Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia; Randi Zuckerberg, former Director of Marketing at Facebook; and Ken Segall, former Ad Agency creative Director at Apple.