AAP Medianet - 26 September 2019


September 26, 2019

Welcome to this week's AAP Medianet, featuring notable career moves and publication changes in the media industry, the Editor's pick for news release of the week and upcoming events. To keep with movements as they happen, follow @aapmedianet.

This Week's Media Movements


Andrew Drummond has been appointed AAP Editor

Andrew will move into the role later this year after the retirement of Mike Osborne.

Esther MacIntyre is now presenting ABC Mildura-Swan Hill’s Breakfast program
Esther was previously the morning presenter at ABC North West Queensland. 

Angelique Lu will be a multi-platform news reporter for the ABC
Angelique will be relocating to Orange for three months for the role. She will start mid-October.

Abi Benaud is returning to Brisbane’s Hit105 as the new assistant content director
Abi was previously the executive producer for 2DayFM and will be returning to assistant Jake Powell in early October. 

The Project appoints new supervising producer of comedy/entertainment
Former head writer at The Project, Hunter Smith will now look after the entertainment department's production slate, scripting and conceptualising content. 

Kate Goulopoulos is now the supervising producer at The Project
Kate has been with The Project for over two years as their chief of staff and supervising producer for forward planning. 

Daniel Down has left Australian Traveller Media 
Daniel worked as deputy editor on titles Australian Traveller and International Traveller as a sub-editor. He has joined the team at The Wilderness Society Australia as a content producer. 

Imogen Eveson is now deputy editor at Australian Traveller Media
Imogen had been the chief sub-editor for almost two years before her promotion. 

The Herald Sun has won five awards at the NewsMediaWorks 2019 News Media Awards

  • The publication won the News Brand of the Year and the Daily News Brand of the Year
  • Anthony Dowsley and Patrick Carlyon were awarded the Best News Story of the Year
  • Jake Nowakowski and Jason Edwards were awarded for photography

The Nightline program on 3AW has been cancelled after 50 years
The program will be replaced by an extended version of Nights with John Stanley.

Editor's Pick: Press Release of the Week

12 per cent Super is Vital for Australian Women

 Image: Pexels

An estimated 40% of single women in Australia are retiring in poverty, while older women are becoming the fastest-growing cohort of homeless people. The Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees has said that increasing the superannuation guarantee from 9.5% to 12% is vital in improving the retirement outcomes for Australian women.

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Media Spotlight

Tahlia Pritchard, Editor at Punkee

Tahlia Pritchard is the editor at Punkee, Junkee Media’s Gen Z title. She has most recently been shortlisted for Editor of the Year at the 2019 Publish Awards. Previously, Tahlia has written for publishers such as Mamamia, The AU Review and Buzzfeed Oz, and has become an expert at covering the Australian entertainment landscape. Follow her on Twitter at @Tahls.

What are your thoughts and insights on the changing media landscape?  
I started in digital just six years ago and it was seen as a stable platform for future journalism. However, we've seen some fantastic online platforms take some fatal hits in the last couple of years leading to mass job cuts and it’s quite devastating (and scary) to see. That being said, it also means that media outlets are constantly refiguring how they approach content, which makes the space endlessly exciting.

Are stories easy or hard to find for your area of journalism and why?
The rise of social media has made access to entertainment stories super easy. However, one thing I always encourage my team (and myself) to think about is ‘What’s our point of difference?’, especially when reporting on the entertainment sector. It’s not always easy to find that point of difference but it’s helped Punkee establish a strong authority. We’re also strong fans of what we write about (whether it’s The Bachelor or James Charles embroiled in another YouTube saga) and I think that’s one of the strong differences that shines in our content.

Given that you are very active on social media, how does it support your work? 
Social media is a great way to figure out what kind of content people are hungry for. If people find a tweet or post relatable, it’s going to show by the amount of engagement you get. In turn, it can be a great way to get some insight into how well an article or video could potentially perform. The Twitter and Facebook audience can be wildly different but the one thing they have in common is the passion they have for shows like The Bachelor or Married At First Sight, and these shows can create a constant and evolving conversation which means great content!

For a press release to grab your attention, what should it contain?
Firstly, I will always click on one that spells my name correctly (which happens less often than you’d think). Secondly, If I can tell a release knows Punkee as a site and knows what our content is about, I will always assess and consider the content. But when releases are sent in bulk, not keeping in mind what website or person they’re going to, it's highly likely a lot will get automatically deleted. 

Which recent stories have had an impact on you?  
I’ve been following BuzzFeed’s Gina Rushton and her incredible reporting on Australia’s abortion laws. One of her latest articles was asking people at the Sydney Decriminalisation Rally what they’d rather be doing instead of protesting the fact abortion is still in the criminal code in NSW. I think it was a great way to highlight how absurd it is that women are fighting so hard for their reproductive rights in this modern era. 

Upcoming Media Events

The Big Anxiety (right)The Big Anxiety
Friday 27th September to Saturday 9th November, Sydney 
The Big Anxiety is an international arts festival that invites artists, scientists and communities to bring an open-ended project that dissects the issue of mental health. 

35th Annual National Convention, Women’s Auxiliary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Australia >
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September, Sydney 
Held at one of Australia’s largest mosques, more than 1,000 Muslim women and girls from all over the nation will participate in academic and sports competitions to promote the peaceful teaching of Islam.

Oz Comic-Con SydneyOz Comic-Con (left)
Saturday 28th to Sunday 29th September, Sydney
Pop culture enthusiasts will get the chance to meet the icons and creators behind their favourite shows and comics. Creative cosplay events and comic art masterclasses, and gaming competitions will also be held. 

Paddo Inn Doggy Day
Sunday 29th September, Sydney
Pet owners are invited to bring along their fluffy best friends for a day of pooch pampering, free medical check-ups from Vets on Crowe, pet photography, and an exclusive doggie food menu.

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