AAP Medianet - 31 May 2018


May 24, 2018

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

Jennifer Keyte is moving to Channel 10 Melbourne as a news presenter. She will be leaving her post at Channel 7 Melbourne, where she also worked as a news presenter. Jennifer has been with the Seven Network for over 20 years. In her new role, she will replace Steve Quartermain

Amelia Simpson has started at Channel 7 as a reporter. She joins the network from Southern Cross Austereo where she worked as a video journalist. Amelia also has experience working at Life FM 107.9, Network Ten, and the ABC. 

Natalie Forrest has moved to Channel 10 in Perth. She spent the past 14 years working in Canberra for Channel 7, covering the federal parliament round. Prior to that, she was a presenter for Prime Television. 

Josiah Shala will soon have his own on-air role at Goulburn Valley 96.9. He was previously the panel operator for Fitzy & Wippa's breakfast show on Nova 96.9. Josiah has been with Nova Entertainment since 2009.

Perry Williams has joined The Australian Business Review as a senior business reporter. He will be leaving his role as Asia energy reporter at Bloomberg News. Prior to that, he spent five years at Australian Financial Review

Gavin Flanagan is now the general manager of 2TM / 92.9 One FM in Tamworth. This will be a return to the role for Gavin, who worked the station from 2005 to 2011. 

Kirstie Bedford has taken on the additional role of editor at Caravan World. She is currently the editor of The Wanderer and senior content writer across Adventures Group, and will continue in these roles. 

Lilly Vitorovich has returned to AAP's finance desk after maternity leave. She is back at work three days a week from Monday to Wednesday. Lilly has worked at AAP since 2016 and before that spent nine years working at the Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal in London.


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

Urgent action needed to prevent famine in South Sudan
Oxfam Australia
   Image: Oxfam Australia

This week, Oxfam called for urgent action to prevent millions of people being hit by famine in South Sudan.

The warning follows a report last week from the Famine Early Warning Network which found that one in five households in the eastern town of Pibor could already be classed as hitting famine levels of hunger.

Four years of conflict have depleted people’s food stocks and severely weakened the ability of communities across the country to withstand having to flee because of violence, or extreme weather.

Read full story

Media Spotlight

Lindy Alexander, freelance writer and researcher 
Lindy Alexander - Image
Lindy Alexander is a Victorian freelance writer who regularly contributes to some of Australia’s best known publications such as Sunday Life, delicious., The Saturday PaperThe Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. Lindy runs a popular blog giving tips and advice for freelance writers wanting to go full time. Her Twitter handle is @alexander_lindy.

What are the biggest challenges for a freelance writer?
Having to hustle for work, balancing the feast or famine cycle and isolation. But I do think the challenges present opportunities too - by prospecting for work you learn to be resilient and to hone your pitches, you learn to build relationships with editors so work is more reliable, and I've reduced isolation by being part of vibrant online (and offline) freelancing communities and joining a co-working space. 

For a press release to stand out to you, what does it need?
It needs to be relevant to the areas I write about (e.g. travel, food, health, lifestyle), has a newsy hook or angle (more than just a new restaurant opening or a new product being launched - editors always want to know 'so what?'), and offers great talent. 

Where is the most exciting or interesting place you've travelled to for a story?
It's hard to choose! I loved the Riverina in NSW because the people there are so passionate about the food and wine they are producing - it really was a joy to travel through that region. And I've recently returned from Port Douglas where we ate beautiful food, spent a day out on the Great Barrier Reef and had an incredible river snorkelling trip down the Mossman River. 

When did you first decide to be a writer and why?
I've always written and loved words (I was one of those people who would tear out beautifully written articles from newspapers and magazines and read them over and over), but I didn't pursue writing seriously until six years ago. I love that every day I get to interview fascinating people and help make their stories come to life on a page. 

Upcoming Media Events

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
Friday 1st to Saturday 30th June
Bowel Cancer Australia’s annual initiative raises funds and increases awareness of Australia's second deadliest cancer. The campaign’s message is that lives are saved through early detection as it is one of the most treatable types of cancer.

National Burns Awareness Month
Friday 1st to Saturday 30th June
Burn injury is one of the top three causes of accidental death in children under five years of age and one of the most common injuries suffered by Australians each year. National Burns Awareness Month aims to drive greater awareness amongst the Australian community of the correct first aid treatment for minor burns.

Mabo Day
Sunday 3rd June
Mabo Day commemorates the anniversary of the 1992 High Court decision in the case led by Eddie Mabo which recognised the existence of native title rights in Australia. The historic court decision buried the legal description of early Australia as 'terra nullius'.

World Heart Rhythm Week (pictured above)
Monday 4th to Sunday 10th June
The annual event seeks to raise awareness of the symptoms of heart arrhythmia in both the general public and medical profession. Arrhythmias are responsible for between 23,000 and 33,000 sudden cardiac arrest deaths each year, many of which could be avoided with greater public awareness of their risks and symptoms.

World Environment Day (pictured left)
Tuesday 5th June
The theme for this year’s World Environment Day is #BeatPlasticPollution. The campaign is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of our environment, with people from more than 143 countries participating.
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