October 26, 2017
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
GQ Australia has promoted Managing Editor, Michael Christensen, to the role of Editor. Michael has worked in numerous roles for New Life Media in the past including Freelance Sub Editor and Acting Chief Sub Editor.
Matt McDonald has been announced as the new Director at Hot Tomato replacing Tony Bartlett who is preparing for retirement. Matt has previously worked as a Senior Producer at Sky News Australia, a News Director at 2UE and a stint as Federal Political Reporter in Canberra. He will begin his new role in late November.
Ben Latimer will join Nova 96.9 as a Program Director following Sarah McGilvray's move to an on-air position with Fitzy & Wippa. Ben brings over 15 years experience and was most recently the Program Director at Smooth FM. Before moving to radio, Ben was the Head of On Demand at Foxtel.
Dave Hughes has a brand new show launching in 2018 on Network Ten titled 'Hughesy, We Have a Problem'. Dave has previously worked on other Network 10 programs including Rove Live, The Project and AFL program Before The Game.
ARN’s 96FM has a new breakfast show with the return of the Paul & Lise show. The two previously worked together in 2013 before Lisa Fernandez left the program. Lisa is currently working for the Nine Network as a Presenter. Paul Hogan began his career as a comedian and writer before moving to Triple M in a national on-air role and over the last four years hosted the Breakfast program for the Hit Network in Hobart.
News Corp continues to shuffle its editors with current Executive Editor of The Courier-Mail, Chris Jones, appointed the new Editor at the Hobart Mercury. This follows Matt Deighton's move from the Hobart Mercury to the Adelaide Advertiser.
News Corp has also announced Jenna Cairney as the new Editor of the Townsville Bulletin. This follows Ben English's move from the Townsville publication to the Gold Coast Bulletin. Jenna started with DC Thomson as a Journalist before working at APN as an Editor and as the Editor of the Sunshine Coast Daily.
Editor's Pick: Press Release of the Week...
iPhone Cochlear Implant Sound Processor launched
For the first time, people living in Australia with severe to profound hearing loss can access the Cochlear Nucleus® 7 Sound Processor, the world’s first Made for iPhone cochlear implant sound processor and the smallest and lightest behind-the-ear cochlear implant sound processor available on the market.
A study of cochlear implant recipients participating in a trial of the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor found participants reported the new sound processor was easier to control/monitor with the Nucleus Smart App than with a remote control. The study also reported the majority of participants enjoyed listening to music with the new processor.
Fergus Halliday, Editor at PC World Australia
Fergus Halliday is the Editor of PC World Australia and GoodGearGuide. He got his start writing for Australian e-zine PixelHunt when he was still in high-school. Fergus has written for Screenrant, Press Start Australia, The AU Review and SmartHouse. His Twitter handle is @Cvamped.
Why is it important to take tech journalism seriously, and how can we provide better coverage of this industry?
To me, there's no question that tech journalism is important. We interact with technology every day to varying degrees, and technology journalism doesn't just offer consumers the opportunity to become more informed, it also uncovers the political, cultural and economic forces that keep the tech world spinning from day-to-day.
What are some surprising things you’ve learnt through your work?
Budget phones aren't bad anymore! If you're willing to go without the brand power of Apple or Samsung, you can get a lot more for less. On the business side, I'm also fascinated by the dynamic between the relatively-low profit margins on Android smartphones and how that drives competition and innovation within the category.
How do press releases help you in your work?
Some days, press releases can be really valuable; other days, less so. The most-valuable press releases include plenty of quotes and also high-resolution lifestyle images. You can never have enough high-resolution lifestyle images for tech products.
Which recent tech stories have had an impact on you?
I'm always very engaged by tech stories that tap into the human element that underpins the relationship between these brands, devices, and the ways in which our lives are directly (and indirectly) shaped by them. Dan Van Boom's regular column over at CNET is a great example of this.
What upcoming gadgets excite you and why?
Personally, I'm really excited by all the growth in the smart speaker/voice assistant area as of late. They do a great job of taking all the things we're able to do with smart home/automation technology, with a (mostly) reliable, (soon-to-be) ubiquitous and hands-free method of control. As a bit of a sci-fi/fantasy buff, I'm also very into VR/AR.
Upcoming Media Events
Sunshine Coast Comedy Festival
Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th October, Nambour QLD
Across three nights, some of Australia’s most loved comedians will take the stage, along with eight Young Guns and a Gala event to conclude the festival on the final night.
Big Cake Bake (pictured right)
Friday 27th October
A fun and easy way to make a difference to the lives of people in need and raise money for the Australian Red Cross. People are encouraged to host a morning tea, cake sale, workplace bake-off, or a cake decorating competition.
Friday 27th and Saturday 28th October, Brisbane
Brisbane City Council presents the city’s biggest free music festival. Now in its 21st year, Valley Fiesta is set to take over the streets, malls and laneways of Fortitude Valley.
National Mosque Open Day
Saturday 28th October
The Lebanese Muslim Association has organised the fourth edition of its National Mosque Open Day. The event features a number of mosques across the nation simultaneously opening their doors to the public and inviting them to come in and explore their local mosque.
World Vegan Day
Wednesday 1st November
An annual event celebrated by vegans around the world. Established in 1994, World Vegan Day is a day to celebrate and raise awareness of veganism.
Wednesday 1st to Thursday 30th November
Men around the world will be growing moustaches for the whole of November to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men's suicide.
National Asbestos Awareness Month (pictured left)
Wednesday 1st to Thursday 30th November
The month long campaign is to remind Australians that asbestos could be lurking in any home built or renovated before 1987.