AAP Medianet - 25 October 2018

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

After 20 years at the broadcaster, Nine Entertainments's Ian Paterson has resigned from his position as director of commercial partnerships and affiliates. Ian started at the broadcaster as the managing director for Nine Melbourne and will depart from his role in mid-November. 

Yahoo Finance has launched their first original video content series titled The New Investors. The series will cover latest investment trends and personal financing tips for young Australians. Al Bentley, Shahirah Gardner and Will Richardson will host the series. 

Rainer Rhedey has been appointed the new chief technology and information officer at Seven West Media. He was previously the group manager of IT at Fairfax Media where he worked since 2011. Rainer will start his new role on 3rd December. 

Francis Leach is the new sports editor at The New Daily. Prior to this role, he was a co-host on 1116 SEN Radio's breakfast program and before that was a sports columnist at the Football Federation Australia. 

Medium Rare is set to launch a new monthly magazine for Bunnings Warehouse with Jane Parbury announced as the editor. The magazine will be available from March 2019. 

Mark Littler is moving from his on-air morning and breakfast role at Triple M Cairns to take on his new role as operations manager at the station. Mark has been with Southern Cross Austereo since 2004. 

1116 SEN has announced they will be launching a new sport-only program in South Australia, 1629 SEN SA. Announcers for the program include former AFL player Kane Cornes, sports broadcaster Gerard Whateley and radio presenter Andrew Maher.

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

Star cartoonist, broadcasting favourite and charity team create a book to help kids understand dementia   


 Image: Dementia Australia 

ABC broadcaster Libbi Gorr and illustrator George Haddon have brought a children’s book to life, My Book about Brains, Change and Dementia, that speaks directly to young children about the realities of dementia in a language they can understand. The book was written by Lynda Moore, with illustrations from George Haddon and voice over from Libbi Gorr.

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Media Spotlight

Emily Blatchford, deputy editor at KidspotEmily Blatchford
Emily Blatchford is the deputy editor of Kidspot, an Australian parenting site. Prior to that, she was the associate lifestyle editor at HuffPost Australia. Emily is also a regular television commentator and weekly guest on Studio 10, where she discusses issues such as parenting, relationships and women’s health. Her Twitter handle is @EmilyBlatchford.

As someone who specialises in online media, what are the strengths and limitations of the online media industry?
I’d say the main strengths are speed, ease and community. I also think online media offers a wonderful opportunity for transparent and immediate communication between a brand and its audience -  and yes, while that can have its drawbacks, I’d argue the pros far outweigh the cons.

How do you think journalism has influenced family life in Australia?
By starting conversations about the topics we used to keep hidden: things like miscarriage and infant loss, domestic violence and mental health issues affecting parents. Our regular Kidspot Cares editorial campaigns aim to educate and support talking about these issues, such as the one we ran on postnatal depression and anxiety; it's an issue close to the heart of so many mums, and one we want to strip the stigma from.

How do you see the online media industry changing in the next five to 10 years?
I don’t think it’s enough just to be a website anymore; we’re evolving into much more than that, and at a necessarily cracking pace. For instance with Kidspot, we really focus on having as much strong video content as possible, as well as ramping up other offerings, such as our social media community and our podcast The Juggling Act (with more to come, so watch this space).

What must a press release contain to be useful to journalists?
If you’re sending through a product with a press release, make sure it is truly relevant (or food - journalists love food), or is a product to trial, otherwise it will end up in the bin.  

Upcoming Media Events


National Bandana Day (pictured right)National Bandana Day - CanTeen Australia
Friday 26th October, Nationwide 
CanTeen Australia will be hosting their annual fundraising event to support young people affected by cancer. Bandanas will be sold around Australia to help raise funds for those affected, research and counselling.

Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2018
Friday 26th October to Sunday 28th October, Phillip Island 
Over three days the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix will host riders from across the globe in a race to win the Grand Prix. The event also includes off-track entertainment such as stunt shows, live music, and food and drink stalls. 

National Mosque Open Day 
Saturday 27th October, Nationwide
National Mosque Open Day is a community and family centred initiative. Mosques around the country will be opening their doors to the wider Australian public to improve social cohesion and break down various misconceptions and misunderstandings. 

Cancer Council 7 Bridges WalkCancer Council 7 Bridges Walk (pictured left)
Sunday 28th October, Sydney
The Cancer Council's annual fundraiser, now in its 13th year, will see participants walk 27km around Sydney Harbour in support of a cancer-free future.  

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