AAP Medianet - 4 July 2019

4 July 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 with movements as they happen, follow @aapmedianet.

This Week's Media Movements


Talk radio host Chris Smith will leave Macquarie Media’s 2GB 31st July after the broadcaster moved his shift from afternoon to evening. Before working at 2GB, Chris was a reporter, producer and chief of staff at Nine’s A Current Affair.

The Australian has this week announced a number of new editorial roles. Alice Workman adds the role of Strewth editor to her current political reporter role, Sid Maher becomes environment editor, Ben Packham is foreign affairs and defence correspondent, and Lisa Allen is the editor of The Weekend Australian's property magazine, Mansion Australia. 

Rachel Riley is now an assistant editor at the Hobart Mercury. She moved from The Townsville Bulletin where she was most recently a senior reporter and chief of staff, and before that a news reporter and digital lead. Rachel has also worked as a reporter at The Herbert River Express, and as a newsreader at 4ZZZFM in Brisbane. 

Former I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here contestant Natasha Exelby will take up a role of senior reporter at Channel 10 News Melbourne in mid-July. Natasha previously worked as a presenter and correspondent at TRT World in Turkey, a senior reporter and presenter at Network Ten and reporter at the Seven Network.

Angus Livingston has moved from a role as a political writer at AAP’s Canberra bureau to become national economics writer at AAP in Melbourne. Before working at AAP, Angus was a reporter at Leader newspapers in Melbourne, chief political reporter at The Examiner and sports editor at The Advocate, both in Tasmania. 

Misa Han has moved to ABC’s Media Watch where she is now a researcher. Before joining the ABC, she was with the Australian Financial Review for five years, where she worked as a business journalist, national news reporter and specialist legal affairs reporter.

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

2019 NAIDOC Week at the Australian Museum Voice, Treaty, Truth

 Image: Australian Museum

NAIDOC week 2019, Voice, Treaty, Truth calls for all to listen and celebrate First Nations voices, rights and knowledge - and the Australian Museum answers this call through exploring the complex and rich story of our First Nations culture and Peoples with tours, talks and demonstrations - all led by our First Nations officers. 

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Media Spotlight

Paul Diamond, Publisher at Selector Magazine
Paul Diamond Selector
Publisher of the award-winning food and wine magazine, Selector, Paul previously managed some of the UK’s finest restaurants: Bibendum, Quaglino’s, Mezzo and the Avenue. On his return to Australia, he studied journalism and combined his collective passions and began working in magazines. Now, as the publisher of Selector, Paul writes about food, wine and travel, as well as authors and publishes food and wine-related projects. Paul feeds his passion for wine by judging, presenting and educating about wine as often as possible. He Tweets at @PDPublish

Your job title is Publisher. What do you do and how is it different from an editor role? 
I am responsible for the overall running and performance of the magazine. The editorial team and output, the content and partnerships team, events, distribution, promotion and all the associated responsibilities that go with all of that. The editor is responsible for the inflow and construction of the content to meet our deadlines. My editor, Jackie Macdonald, is also a great writer so she also goes out and represents the company at events, writes travel stories etc. I was a sommelier, then a journalist before I became a publisher so it’s great that I still get to learn about wine, write about it and educate others. 
What does a typical day look like for you? 
It’s a pretty vibrant job there’s no such thing as a typical day. As we are national with relationships and teams all over the country there is a bit of travel. We have also developed a pretty robust events footprint so that activity dovetails into client meetings, content development activity and general business development. So lots of meetings, events and travel but when I’m back in the office it’s also pretty varied depending on where we are at in the publication cycle.

For a press release to grab your attention, what should it contain?  
The biggest thing for me with press releases is the targeting. We get so many PR releases that are irrelevant to what we do and the audience we speak to. We also get heaps that are for something next week and we are working a month or so into the future.  
The best PR is from companies that have taken the time to build the relationship with the medium and know what’s going to work and make it easy for the editor/ publisher to talk about/ promote etc.

Upcoming Media Events

RoboCup 2019 (right)
robocup2019Tuesday 2nd to Monday 8th July, Sydney 
This international robotics competition showcases the latest state-of-the-art developments in robotics and AI research. A panel of industry experts will look at how robotics and AI will impact our everyday lives.

Teneriffe Festival 
Saturday 6th July, Brisbane 
Riverside suburb Teneriffe is home to some of Brisbane best craft breweries, cafes, restaurants and bars, all of which are showcased each year in a one-day mid-winter festival. There will also be markets, art exhibits, and family-friendly activities. 

NAIDOC Awards Ceremony (below)
Saturday 6th July, Canberra 
Kicking off NAIDOC Week, this awards night recognises outstanding contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to their communities.

Somali Day Australia Festival 
Saturday 6th July, Melbourne 
A day for the Somali community in Melbourne to get together and share their culture with friends and neighbours with activities including henna face painting, a barbecue and this year’s headline entertainer musician Alfanaan Oomaar Barbar.

Gift & Lifestyle Queensland
Saturday 6th to Monday 8th July, Brisbane
A trade show for retail buyers in the gifts and stationery industry, this expo showcases new products, up and coming suppliers, emerging brands, and visitors can access expert retail advice.
2018 National NAIDOC AwardsKicking for Cancer
Sunday 7th July, Melbourne 
A day of AFL footy to commemorate those lost to cancer, featuring ex-AFL stars including Brendan Fevola, Jake King and Dustin Fletcher. The highlight is the City vs Country game with all money raised going to charities My Room and The Trevor Barker Foundation. 



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