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AAP Medianet - 30 May 2019


May 30, 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 up with movements as they happen, follow @aapmedianet.

This Week's Media Movements


Talk radio announcer Alan Jones will stay on at 2GB after signing a two-year contract with Macquarie Media. Alan has been with the network since 2002, and before that worked at rival station 2UE where he had been an announcer since 1985. Alan has also appeared on Nine’s Today Show in an editorial segment, written a column for the Sun Herald and co-hosted Jones & Co with Peta Credlin for Sky News. 

Lucy Chesterton moves from her position as head of Yahoo Lifestyle Australia to Pacific Magazines where she will be the digital content director. Prior to Yahoo, Lucy was assistant showbiz editor at MailOnline, executive editor at Famous magazine, entertainment reporter and producer at Mornings on the Nine Network and entertainment editor at Woman’s Day

Nine News Perth has appointed Gary Adshead to the role of state political editor. Gary moves from his position as a state political editor of The West Australian. He has also worked as a reporter at A Current Affair and as the mornings and drive program host on Radio 6PR. 

Stacey Hicks adds WHO editor duties to her current role as Girlfriend editor at Pacific Magazines, where she has worked in editorial roles since 2011. Before that, Stacey was newsdesk coordinator at The Sydney Morning Herald and a journalist at The Western Weekender.

Ticky Fullerton is taking on the role of Sky News business editor, after the recent closure of Your Money. Ticky was previously the business presenter on the channel. She has also spent 24 years as a journalist at the ABC in Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra, and before that worked as a presenter on The Business ABC TV. 

Meg Watson is now the opinion editor at Crikey News, moving across from her role as associate editor. Prior to joining Crikey, Meg was editor and staff writer at Junkee, an arts and culture editor and weekend editor at Concrete Playground, and editor at Farrago

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

Record numbers take part in 2019 Brisbane Memory Walk & Jog

Pictured above Dementia Australia Ambassadors, Lisa and Jessica Origliasso of The Veronicas with event mascot
 Image: Glenn Hunt / Dementia Australia 

More than 1,000 people, including Lisa and Jessica Origliasso of The Veronicas, turned out for Sunday’s annual Brisbane Memory Walk & Jog event at South Bank, to support the work of Dementia Australia

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Media Spotlight

Carl Smith, Science Reporter at ABC Radio National

Carl Smith is a Young Walkley Award-winning science reporter and kids’ presenter at the ABC, working for RN and ABC Science. He makes radio documentaries for RN’s science programs and co-presents the kids’ podcasts Short & Curly (ABC Audio Studios) and Pickle (WNYC + ABC Audio Studios). Carl has worked as a reporter for Behind the News, presented the ABC Education series Minibeast Heroes, and was an ABC News Cadet. His Twitter handle is @Carl3Smith.
Have you always been a journalist? What attracted you to journalism?
I did a dual degree in Science and Journalism at UQ and worked briefly in genetics labs while studying. I thought I was going to move into research, but I started volunteering at a community radio station and soon discovered I could blend the two fields as a science reporter. I found that science opens your eyes to how incredible even the most mundane things can be, and I liked that journalists had to try to turn complex information into something understandable, balanced, and entertaining. Realising that I could combine both of these elements in one job is what drew me into the industry.
What's the most exciting event/topic/finding you've covered this year? 
It’s hard to beat joining a bunch of palaeontologists for a fossil hunt on the Victorian Surf Coast. (Ok, it’s hard to beat that if you’re a science nerd who loved dinosaurs as a kid.) The team had a very short window early one morning at low tide to chip ancient whale bones out of the cliffs near Bells Beach. It was exciting, cold, beautiful, and a little bizarre.
What is your opinion of science reporting in our country, and how can it be improved? 
My honours thesis focused on what scientists think of science reporting in Australia, and they broadly agreed that science reporting by science journalists is good. However, they said that there are often problems when non-specialist reporters cover science stories. I think one fundamental issue is a misunderstanding of what science is - it’s a process to find the best answer to what are often very specific questions. If you assume science is simply a list of facts, rather than an iterative process, then it’s easy to miss the point. An understanding of the basic steps of the scientific process can help journalists understand the limitations of any study’s conclusions, and it can often help explain conflicting findings in different studies.
What content would you like to see in a press release? 
As a specialist reporter, filing to specialist programs, it would be great if more of the press releases coming into my inbox were relevant to what I report on. Plus, for science or other information-dense stories, it’s also still worth looking for a personal or narrative element.

Upcoming Media Events

Melbourne International Jazz Festival 
Friday 31st May to Sunday 9th June, Melbourne (right)
Melbourne’s concert halls, arts venues, jazz clubs and street corners come alive with jazz and special guests, including  modern jazz masters Herbie Hancock, Vince Jones, Linda May Han Oh and Billy Childs. 

Good Food and Wine Show 
Friday 31st May to Sunday 2nd June, Melbourne  
The foodie event of the year returns to Melbourne with masterclasses by celebrity chefs Maggie Beer and Matt Moran, cheese and wine tastings and exhibitor stalls showcasing the latest food products. 

2019 Tuloy Po Kayo Fashion Expo
Saturday 1st June, Sydney 
Filipino style, dance, music and cuisine feature at this celebration of Filipino fashion, with special guest Filipino-born designer John Herrera, who was named Britain's Top Designer of the Year in 2017. 

World Jousting Championship - Garreth CarrWorld Jousting Championship (left)
Saturday 1st to Sunday 2nd June, Victoria 
The best jousting knights in the world descend on the town of Warragul, Victoria, for a weekend of clanking armour, market stalls, kid's knight school and more. 

McDonald's Brisbane Marathon 
Saturday 1st to Sunday 2nd June, Brisbane 
The annual Brisbane Marathon route takes in some of the city’s most spectacular views, including giving participants the chance to run across the Story Bridge. There are also mini marathon events for younger participants and a festival expo.

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