AAP Medianet - 28 March 2019


March 28, 2019

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. To keep with movements as they happen, follow our Twitter @aapmedianet.

This Week's Media Movements


Nine+ has appointed Australian Outdoor Consulting Tim Rose >to the newly created role of director of sales. Tim had been working with Australian Outdoor Consulting and APN Outdoor since 2008.

Rachel McLarnon moves from her position as announcer and music director at Southern Cross Austereo’s NXFM to Eon Broadcasting’s SEA FM where she will be a morning announcer. Rachel had previously worked for both SCA and Eon Broadcasting as an announcer and music director. 

Newscorp’s Centralian Advocate has promoted Anthony Geppa from sports editor to editor. Anthony started with the paper after university as a sports journalist in October 2015.
Darren Snyder has moved from Financial Standard, where he had been a journalist and editor, to join Money Magazine Australia as managing editor. Darren had previously worked as a journalist at Fairfax Media’s Mudgee Guardian

Cameron Wilson is moving to ABC Midwest & Wheatbelt in Geraldton for a new role as a news reporter. Cameron’s most recent role was at ABC Radio Sydney where he worked as a producer on Nightlife with Philip Clark and Overnights with Rod Quinn.

Paula Joanne Thompson is now a regional editor at The Advertiser. Paula moves from Stock Journal where she had been a journalist since 2006 and markets editor since 2015. Paula has also been working as cropping editor for Fairfax Media. 

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

New funding for schools to share Stolen Generations history

                                                                                                                        Image: The Healing Foundation

Schools around the country can now apply for grants of up to $700 to hold events using the newly launched Stolen Generations Resource Kit for Teachers and Students from The Healing Foundation.

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Media Spotlight

Tom Rabe, NSW State Political Reporter at AAP 
Tom Rabe is the NSW state political reporter for Australian Associated Press (AAP). Tom studied journalism at Curtin University before working at the Community Newspaper Group for two years. In 2015 he joined AAP, and in 2016 he moved to Sydney from Perth with the company. His Twitter handle is @Rabe9.

You're currently working on the NSW election campaign - what is the most memorable moment you've reported on so far? 
There have been a lot of memorable moments, some hilarious and others incredibly awkward. In terms of an election-defining moment, Michael Daley’s brain fade during a live debate would have to be well up there. Labor’s death spiral in the final week was something to behold. Aside from the politics, there were lots of funny human moments with the premier and opposition leader on their campaign buses, but what happens on the bus stays on the bus.

What draws you to political journalism?
I think it’s important to hold powerful people to account. I grew up with a keen interest in politics, and I’ve always wanted to peer behind the curtain and see what’s really going on.

How important is social media to a political journalist?  
It’s an incredibly important tool. Aside from being a great way of staying on top of breaking news, it sometimes allows you to circumnavigate politicians’ PR teams and go straight to the person you need. If you tweet your stories, people see what you’re working on and can come through with anonymous tips or direction. I think all journos should have their DMs open, a great tip comes through occasionally...as well as the abuse. 

What should political press releases include and what shouldn't they?  
The first one should be short. Sometimes you’ll only have 10 seconds to glance over what someone has emailed you. You’re getting dozens a day, so getting straight to the point helps. A case study often helps, with mobile number and email of a person or expert that the journo can contact directly when they get time. Don’t say “Happy Friday”. Also, massive font/big colours always turn me off. Keep it clean.

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Upcoming Media Events

Human rights in Bahrain: Targeting Sportspeople 
Thursday 28th March, Sydney  
Hakeem Al-Araibi, former Bahrainian footballer and Craig Foster, former Socceroos captain, are featured on the panel at this forum on human rights and sportspeople in Bahrain.

Dobell Drawing Prize 2019 (right)
Thursday 28th March to Saturday 25th May, Sydney
It’s the 21st anniversary of this $30,000 drawing prize with this year’s competitors including Martin Bell, Wendy Sharpe, Helen Eager and Chris O’Doherty (aka Reg Mombassa).

Rainbow on the Plains Festival
Friday 29th to Sunday 31st March, Hay NSW
The NSW town of Hay will host a three-day event that celebrates regional and rural LGBTQI culture.

Earth Hour 
Saturday 30th March, international
This global campaign urges Australians to turn off the power for an hour to push for more action on climate change.

Palm Beach to Shelly Beach Swim (left)
Saturday 30th March, Sydney  
The 26km marathon is an open water swimming event for distance swimmers, held in Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

Bicycle Network’s Newcrest Orange Challenge 
Sunday 31st March, Orange
More than 1,000 cyclists are expected to take part in the fourth edition of this one-day cycling classic. 

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