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AAP Medianet - 27 June 2019


June 27, 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


The Australian’s James Jeffrey is leaving the newspaper to take up a role as speechwriter to federal Labor leader, Anthony Albanese. James has been with The Australian for 16 years where he was the Strewth columnist and parliamentary sketch writer. James previously worked as deputy business editor of The Moscow Times

Nic Kelly is leaving 101.3 FM Sea FM Central Coast where he has worked since 2016 as content casual, and most recently as operations manager and announcer. Nic takes up a role as operations assistant and announcer at 2DayFM on 1st July.

Shahni Wellington is now a political correspondent for NITV in the Canberra press gallery. Before joining NITV, Shahni had been a reporter for ABC Darwin, starting in 2017. 

Former politician Derryn Hinch is returning to media work with a Sky News program, titled Hinch, starting on 4th July. Derryn previously presented Hinch Live on the network in 2015 and has also worked as a columnist for Crikey, a radio presenter for 3AW and television commentator. 

Barry Keohane will start a role as content director at ARN’s Mix 102.3 and Cruise 1323 on 10th July. He moves from ABC Adelaide where he has been a content director since 2015. Barry has also worked as a radio consultant and trainer, general manager for Astro Overseas and program director at ARN’s Mix 106.3. 

Bevan Shields has announced he will leave the Canberra press gallery after five years in the role of federal editor and Canberra bureau chief for Nine titles The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. He has not announced what his new role will be, but he has said he will be staying at Nine.

PR News
NAC Media Group adds Parisian labels Sandro, Maje and Claudie Pierlot to their International Luxury and Premium brands portfolio. The agency has been appointed across strategic communications, media and influencer partnerships, as well as showroom services for both Australian and New Zealand markets

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

NFSA asks Australians, who should join the Sounds of Australia in 2019?

 Image: Pexels 

The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia is asking the public to nominate iconic recordings they think should join the prestigious Sounds of Australia registry in 2019. To make a nomination, go to the NFSA website

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Media Spotlight

Mel Campbell, Freelance Journalist 

Mel Campbell - Freelance JournalistMel Campbell is a Melbourne-based freelance journalist, author, novelist and critic. Mel is a columnist on writing at Overland literary journal, and a sessional university lecturer and writer-for-hire on film, television, literature and media. She tweets at @incrediblemelk and her personal website is The Look: reviews and essays about film, TV, clothes and history.

When did you decide journalism was something you wanted to pursue and why?
Pop-culture journalism is a really crowded field now, but it felt like a revelation to me back in 2003, when the editor of what's now the Spectrum section of the Saturday Age wanted to publish a public lecture of mine about fashion and national identity as a cover feature. I'd trained as a copywriter, and then as a cultural studies academic, but what made me get into journalism was the realisation that mainstream media outlets were interested in the kind of writing I love to do: curious, deeply researched, analytical and fun. 

If there has been one BIG lesson in getting to the stage you're at now, what would that be?
Masthead loyalty is dead because mastheads are no longer loyal to us. Journalists are constantly being made redundant, editors and owners are changing much more quickly, and editorial budgets are being slashed. So individual journalists have to be our own mastheads now and go wherever we're getting paid to do our best work. I always diversify my work so that the loss of any one gig doesn't devastate my finances.

What does a typical writing day look like for you? 
As a film critic, I go to several media screenings a week at cinemas around Melbourne, and I'll also stream TV screeners at home. I sub-edit and proofread four different magazines, and I do commercial copywriting, editing and proofreading, so I might be on-site at a client's office, or at my desk at home. I might be writing a client's website or email newsletter copy, editing a PhD thesis, or sub-editing a feature story about art or culture. My journalism and essay-writing take a lot of intensive research, drafting and structuring; I can't simply 'churn' through it, and I usually end up working through the night. Last night I was up til 4am working on a TV review, then got up again at 8am to finish it. 
What does a press release have to contain to be relevant to you?
Inverted pyramid stuff: who, what, when, where, how and why? I need to be able to figure out what makes this thing distinctive and special, and how I can incorporate it into my practice and pitch it to the editors I work with. I need to know the call-to-action – what does the publicist want from me? – and the timeline: when do I need to act on this release?

Upcoming Media Events

Everything IoT - Food and Agriculture Forum
Scenic Rim Eat Local Week Facebook Thursday 27th June, Sydney 
Agtech (agriculture technology) innovation is the focus of this forum that showcases Australian food and agriculture startups who use AI and IoT (Internet of Things) technologies.
Adelaide Boat Show 
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June, Adelaide
This event sees industry experts give boating advice, casting workshops and explain how to use the latest technology and products.  

Brisbane Pregnancy Babies & Children’s Expo 
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June, Brisbane
Everything a new or expectant parent needs to know or own with regards to pregnancy and parenting can be found at this two-day expo in Brisbane’s biggest convention centre. 

Scenic Rim Eat Local Week (above)
Saturday 29th June to Sunday 7th July, Queensland 
This week-long food festival highlights the producers and wineries in south-east Queensland, with tastings, lunches, farm stays and food education classes. 

The Bridal and Wedding Expo
Sunday 30th June, Melbourne 
The expo is the one-stop wedding planning event. Featuring celebrants, photographers, gown designers, venues, event stylists, florists, stationery designers and music consultants, as well as a catwalk show featuring the latest bridal fashion. 

Logie Awards 2019 Logie Awards (left)
Sunday 30th June, Broadbeach, Queensland 
Australian viewers vote for their favourite television personalities with the awards presented at this annual televised event complete with red carpet and musical performances.




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