April 27, 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
Rohan Edwards will return to 2DayFm in June as its Assistant Music Director/On Air Floater. He was part of 2Day FM Street Team in 2015, where he did his first on-air shift. Rohan then moved to KIIS 101.1 Melbourne and later KIIS 106.5 Sydney.
Arthur Muhl is returning to 96five in Brisbane as the new Content Director. He was previously a Breakfast Announcer at ABC Geraldton. Arthur previously worked part time at 96five in the early 80s (then known as Family Radio) on its Breakfast show.
Dominica Sanda has joined Australian Associated Press as a Journalist. Prior to joining, she was Group Digital Journalist for the Newcastle Herald, and a Journalist at the Southern Highland News before that.
Allan Aldworth is the new Breakfast Announcer for Triple M Great Southern. He joins from Spirit Radio Network in Perth, where he was also a Breakfast Announcer. Allan has also worked at Redwave Media as a Promotional Assistant.
Tui Benjamin is now the Australian News Editor at Caters News Agency. She was previously based overseas, and was most recently a News Editor at Mercury Press. Prior to that, she was a Health Reporter at The Bolton News and also worked as an Online Reporter at Mancunian Matters.
A new women’s magazine called Muse will launch next month. The magazine will be edited by Rebecca Long, and will have a focus on mental health. Rebecca is currently the Editor of Women's Health and Fitness. Prior to that, she worked in Communications and PR for different agencies.
Matt de Groot is now a columnist for Yahoo7 Be. His content will be featured on the site’s Lifestyle and Entertainment section, and will be on the subjects of lifestyle, men’s fashion, dating and nightlife. Matt is currently a Breakfast Newsreader on Nova 96.9 FM’s Fitzy and Wippa show, and will continue in this role.
Editor's Pick: Press Release of the Week...
The People's Community Network Empowering Fiji's Landless
Image: Caritas Australia
Caritas Australia is supporting and empowering Fijians who live in informal settlements. Through the People's Community Network (PCN), Caritas is advocating successfully for rights, services, and a more secure future for the residents of these settlements.
For those who live in informal settlements, access to the most basic of rights - land tenure, housing, sanitation, roads, education, and a secure livelihood, is limited. But now their voices are linked in powerful chorus through a country-wide network, PCN.
Read full story
Theresa Winters, Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Plus Ones
Theresa is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Plus Ones. Originally from a farm in the USA, Theresa has lived in Wales, England, New Zealand, and is now an Australian dual citizen. As the Editor-in-Chief, Theresa manages a team of 100+ writers and journalists nationwide to curate and showcase Australia's best experiences. She comes equipped with a Bachelor’s in Classical Civilization (minor in Linguistics) from the University of Illinois and the University of Wales. You can check out Theresa and The Plus Ones here at www.theplusones.com. Or view their social media pages on
Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
You've worked and lived in the USA, UK and New Zealand. What are the biggest differences or challenges in the Australian media scene to those other countries?
I've found that the size of Australia's market, just like New Zealand's, affects its media scene. While we have some huge events throughout the year, you don't see the week in, week out events by brands that you get in the more populous northern hemisphere. We're slowly getting there, though.
What was the initial point of inspiration for starting The Plus Ones?
With a background in writing about events, I found that there was no space to talk about events that you've actually been to. There's a big difference between saying 'This sounds fun, you should go', and 'Here's exactly what it's like - definitely check it out'. Our authentic, first-person accounts of experiences set us apart.
Which city or country would you like to take The Plus Ones next?
Our writers tend to get addicted to The Plus Ones's lifestyle of going to amazing events and telling people about them. With one of our star contributors now living in London, that will probably be the next city. But there are several more in the works - stay tuned!
How important are press releases for you to stay on top of upcoming events?
Press releases are of the utmost importance at The Plus Ones for finding out about amazing activities to tell our audience about. It pains me when they neglect to provide basic info (like a link to the event!) that will help me do my job. I'm so passionate about this that I'm going to begin teaching a course at General Assembly on how to write a great press release to send to the media.
If somebody had 24 hours in Sydney, what three things that The Plus Ones has written about would you recommend doing?
Trick question! No one should ever come to Sydney just for a day -- you need a whole weekend. With that in mind, we recently partnered with Expedia to design the Perfect Sydney Weekend. Check a few of these off and you'll have the best time.
Upcoming Media Events
The Australian Ginger Pride Rally (pictured right)
Saturday 29th April - Melbourne, VIC
For a second year, The Australian Ginger Pride Rally is back in Melbourne to support people with red hair and help raise awareness to stop bullying against children.
T.Rex on Tour
Saturday 29th April to Monday 22nd May - Sydney, NSW
The ultra-realistic 11-metre long,
T. Rex model has travelled to Australia from the United Kingdom, and is the world’s first anatomically complete creation of a Tyrannosaurus rex, providing an incredible visualisation of the most infamous predator which ever lived.
Rally for Women's Health and Safety
Saturday 29th April - Sydney, NSW
The event will also feature activism workshops, interactive art installations, and a group sit-in. Attendees will learn about current legislation affecting Australian women and provide opportunities to gain new tools and skills for active citizenship.
Annual Mosque Open Day
Sunday 30th April - Brisbane, QLD
The Islamic Shia Council of Queensland invites people to their Annual Mosque Open Day at the Islamic Centre in Brisbane.
Federal Budget Media Release Strategy Course
Tuesday 2nd May - Rhodes, NSW
Wednesday 3rd May - Melbourne, VIC
With the Federal Budget 2017-18 fast approaching, it’s time to ensure your media strategy is in place to react to the measures announced. Join AAP's half-day workshop to pick up new tricks and tips, and learn from an AAP journalist who has been and will be again in the lock-up on Budget night.
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