AAP Medianet - 28 September 2017


September 28, 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

Triple M have announced Mick Molloy’s replacement, with comedian Wil Anderson joining The Hot Breakfast breakfast show. Wil is currently hosting the ABC’s Gruen as well as his own podcast.

Ben Grubb is returning to journalism after working in public relations for the last two years. Ben has taken advantage of numerous opportunities including working as the Editor-at-Large for Telecom Times and iTnews. Ben has previously worked as the Editor at the Sydney Morning Herald Technology in 2015.

Triple J - Hack Reporter Sarah McVeigh recently released her new podcast How Do You Sleep At Night? Sarah has been a Reporter for Triple J since 2013 and before that was a Radio Producer for 702 ABC Sydney.

The AFL has announced a new General Manager of Commercial. Former Mamamia Managing Director Kylie Rogers has left the publication to join the sporting entity. Kylie spent three years at Mamamia starting as the National Sales Director before becoming the Managing Director. Before that Kylie spent 17 years at Network Ten across numerous roles.

Jeremy Ray has joined FANDOM as the new Managing Editor for Australia. Jeremy brings over a decade experience covering gaming in Australia. He is most noted for his work for the ABC show Good Game.

Allure Media has announced Ali Krzyszton as the Partnership Director for the organisation. Ali has worked for various media outlets including Wildfire Publishing where she was a Senior Account Manager and Bauer Media where she worked as a Team Integration Manager.

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

Poorer suburbs can be 10°C hotter: report
Image: City of Sydney    

The 'Where Should All the Trees Go' report – produced together with CSIRO Data 61 and the University of Western Australia – examined greenness levels across Australia’s metropolitan areas and how 139 local governments are performing in their greening plans.

The research found Australian metropolitan areas have experienced a loss of vegetation equivalent to the size of Brisbane in the last three years, risking heat spikes particularly in less affluent areas.

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Media Spotlight

Melinda Ayre, Acting Editor of 9Mums and Associate Producer at 9Honey 
Melinda Ayre is a Sydney-based lifestyle journalist with over 17 years experience in print and digital media. She began her career at Woman’s Day magazine during Nene King’s editorial reign and then went on to write a popular newspaper beauty column in body+soul, The Sunday Telegraph, for 10 years. During her years in media publishing, she has worked as a Beauty Editor, Art Director and Online Content Producer. 

At the beginning of your career, you had a popular beauty column. What excited you about beauty journalism?
Beauty journalism is such a terrific niche in media. As well as crafting engaging beauty copy, you get to trial loads of products, negotiate with big beauty brands on content, and go to spectacular launches. That said - one of my favourite aspects of beauty editing is helping busy women shop.

You have a lot of experience in print. What challenges did you face when you moved into the digital sphere?
Moving from print to digital was a huge learning curve – but one I thought was imperative, to stay relevant in a fast-paced media industry. At my first digital gig (9Honey) I was extremely panicked for two weeks, trying to learn how to produce content and write at a lightning-fast pace. There are no sub-editors - we edit our own copy; whereas in traditional publishing, four people read it!

For a press release to grab your attention, what should it contain?
As a Beauty Editor specifically, a price, a succinct product description, an ingredient list and an industry insider quote would make an ideal press release.  For other types of journalism – I love an expert comment, a relevant piece of research or a statistic.

What issues currently affecting parents are not getting enough media coverage?
Firstly, I would like to see less woe-is-me parenting content and more positive perspectives on parenting – as it is a joyful time in life. Secondly, I would like to see more stories with practical advice on juggling work/life balance, budgeting, and how to keep your relationship healthy once you have kids.

What story has been your favourite to work on so far this year? 
My favourite story this year was: ‘Aussie Medic Slams Donald Trump’s Vaccine Stance’ – I enjoyed researching vaccinations, and I felt very passionate presenting to parents why it’s so important to vaccinate. Also, I adore presenting our popular weekly podcast - Supermums, with Kelly Baker.

Upcoming Media Events

National Police Remembrance Day ceremony in The Domain
Friday 29th September, National (pictured right)
There will be ceremonies around the country to commemorate the service and sacrifice of police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty and through injury or illness. 

World Heart Day
Friday 29th September, Worldwide
An international campaign to spread awareness about heart disease and stroke prevention. 

In the Zone: The Blue Zone Conference Perth 2017
Monday 2nd October, Perth
The conference will seek to will spark a regional discussion that aims to contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of seeking to ‘Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources’.

National Safe Work Month
Sunday 1st to Tuesday 31st October, National
Held every October, National Safe Work Month aims to build awareness of work health and safety, encourage discussion about safety at work, and share positive workplace stories from across Australia. This year's theme is ‘Sharing safety knowledge and experience benefits everyone’.

Hybrid World Adelaide
Wednesday 4th to Sunday 8th October, Adelaide
Across five days, the new technology festival will explore the many ways the real and digital worlds are intertwined.

AAP Masterclass: Health Edition
Tuesday 17th October, Melbourne
Chat openly with key journalists, reporters and editors from Channel 9, The Age, Herald Sun and more. Get involved in workshops run by our panellists and personally ask them for advice on story angles, trending topics, their likes and dislikes and the importance of that initial pitch.
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