AAP Medianet - 29 March 2018

March 29, 2018

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

Yeong Sassall is a new digital editor at Vogue Living magazine, based in Sydney. Yeong has been with News Corp since 2014, initially as a senior lifestyle producer and later as a commercial editor ofBuro 24/7 Australia. She has also worked as a features writer for Cosmopolitan and Shop Til You Drop.

Carla Mathisen has stepped into a newly created role as an agency group sales manager for radio and digital at Southern Cross Austereo. She had previously been an agency account manager at the station for just over three years.

Ronnie Stanton is returning to Australia and will be the new regional content director for Queensland and Northern Territory at Grant Broadcasters. Ronnie left Australia in 2008 and has held a range of executive roles in the US and Canada since then, including as an operations manager/brand director at Bell Media. 

SBS has appointed Alana Calvert to the position of a digital content editor (audio and language content), based in Sydney. Alana was a night editor at HuffPost Australia until December 2017, and before that, a journalist at APN Australian Regional Media in Chinchilla, Queensland.

Anthony Piovesan is now a reporter for Caulfield, Port Phillip, Bayside, and Stonnington Leader community newspapers, covering health and education. He was previously a reporter at the Stawell Times-News for almost two years. 

Hamish Rose will lead a team of 14 in his new role as a head of agency sales - radio at Southern Cross Austereo. He has been with the radio broadcaster for more than five years, most recently as an agency sales manager. 

Tyson Shine has returned to the ABC as a supervising producer at ABC News Channel. He had been a journalist at ABC until 2015 before becoming a program editor/assistant program editor/correspondent at Al Jazeera English. He spent two years in London and one in Doha, Qatar, and will now be based in the Sydney ABC bureau. 

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

That's a wrap: Oxfam Trailwalker Melbourne raises $2.3 million 

A successful Oxfam Trailwalker Melbourne event wrapped up at 6.30am on Sunday morning, raising more than $2.3 million and counting for Oxfam’s work tackling global poverty.

About 2,000 participants took part over the weekend, taking in some of Victoria’s most beautiful bush lands in the Dandenong and Yarra Valley Ranges.

Oxfam Trailwalker is a fundraising endurance challenge, with teams of four walking 100km in less than 48 hours, or 50km in less than 24 hours.

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Media Spotlight

Rae Johnston, editor of Gizmodo Australia
Rae Johnston is the editor of Gizmodo Australia, the producer of Static Podcast, and a television host for NITV's The Point, and SBS's The Feed and Small Business Secrets. Rae will be launching Rewired later this year, a new kids' show about Indigenous science on NITV. You can also catch her on ABC Radio chatting about technology, science and pop culture. Her Twitter handle is @raejohnston.

You’ve worked in tech journalism for several years. What interested you about the industry, and what are some of the rewards of working in it?
I'm passionate about exploring the ways technology can benefit our lives. I started off being one of the few people in mainstream media defending technology against some pretty brutal misinformation. Nowadays, almost a decade later, I get to really delve into the broader reaches of tech - sharing stories of people using technology to change the world. 

A 2013 Sydney Morning Herald article spoke about you needing to defend your gaming credentials for wearing a Bioshock Infinite t-shirt. What are some unique challenges you face as a woman in the tech industry?
In the beginning I felt a real pressure to prove myself, it really felt like everyone was looking for a reason to delegitimise me in some way. I felt quite alone back then. Now, I'm driven to use my platform to raise the voices of other people historically underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) fields - and I'm using my life experiences to assist other women in STEM through the Working Lunch mentorship program. 

For a press release to grab your attention, what should it contain?
Some great images, an embeddable video, the opportunity to speak to someone with passion for their product - which is the most important part. What problem is it solving? Why should people know about it? These are the things that will really hook me in. That, and it hitting my inbox instead of my Twitter direct messages, private Facebook profile or *shudder* LinkedIn messages. 

You are very active on social media. How does social media complement your work?
I have a real love/hate relationship with social media. But I use them for what they are - tools. Instagram is a visual journal for me, and a place where I'll share my long-term projects like #raevstheselfie, #12dietsin12months or #couchpotatotowonderwoman. My Facebook page is where I share all of my professional work - articles, TV appearances, radio spots, photo shoots - it helps me keep track, and acts somewhat like a CV. Twitter is a necessary evil. It' a great place to find leads on stories, chat to professional contacts, share my work - but it really can be a drain. And don't even get me started on LinkedIn!

What is your most memorable moment as a journalist and why? 
Sitting around the fire with the Anangu elders and the Mutitjulu community members at Uluru when Google launched Street View at the site. We discussed the delicate balance between technology preserving and destroying culture, and the importance of people having the means to tell their own stories. It reminded me why I do what I do, and I've carried that moment with me every day since.  

Upcoming Media Events

Good Friday Appeal 2018 at Zaatar Bakery
Friday 30th March, Melbourne
The much-loved Zaatar Bakery in Coburg will be serving its traditional Middle Eastern style pizzas, pastries and pies with all proceeds from the sales going to the Royal Children's Hospital. There will also be face painting, carnival games and a jumping castle for kids as well as live entertainment and a raffle on the day

Egg-cellent Easter Trail (pictured right)
Sunday 1st April, New South Wales
Easter Sunday will be a day of "egg-cellent" activities for kids at the Vaucluse House and Elizabeth Farm. The Easter Trail event will feature a chicken hunt, egg-and-spoon racing, egg rolling and a hot-cross bun challenge. Plenty of chocolate treats are available for all those participating.

.Adopt a greyhound month (pictured left)
Sunday 1st April to Monday 30th April, National
Now in its ninth year, 'Adopt a greyhound month' encourages people to adopt a retired racing greyhound and work towards their recovery and well-being.

World Autism Awareness Day
Monday 2nd April, International
Organised by the United Nations, the aim of the campaign is to change attitudes towards people with autism. This year will have a particular focus on empowering women and girls with autism and highlight the challenges and discrimination that may be particular to them. 
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