AAP Medianet - 5 April 2018

April 5, 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

Trevor Crook has been announced as the new national head of sport sales at Southern Cross Austereo (SCA). He is currently the head of investment at Mindshare Melbourne but will begin his new role on 14th May. Trevor has previously been a commercial team manager at the City of Melbourne and a national sales manager at Sports & Entertainment prior to that.

Mark Llewellyn has returned to the Nine Network after more than a decade working at the Seven Network. He fills a newly created role as creative director for news and current affairs. Previously, Mark was the founding executive producer and creator of Seven's Sunday Night, the executive producer of true-crime series Murder Uncovered, the managing director of 60 Minutes, and executive producer of A Current Affair.

Lauren Sams, who has been a freelancing writer and editor for the past two years, has joined ELLE Australia as features editor. Lauren has written for Cosmopolitan, marie claire, Good Food, SBS Food, and other Australian publications. She has also worked as an editor at Newscorp's delicious.com.au, and was an associate editor at Bauer Media prior to that.

Dan Jackson has been promoted to the head of audio operations at SCA. Dan started at SCA in 2009 as a technology engineer and later became a technology manager. After a year in that role, he became the national broadcast engineer, and held the position for almost two years before being promoted to his current role. 

Allie Coyne is leaving iTnews after five years in a combination of roles at the publication, including news editor, journalist and most recently, editor. Prior to iTnews, Allie had worked as a digital editor at CRN, and a journalist and news editor at MediaConnect prior to that.
Junkee Media's news and political editor Osman Faruqi has announced his resignation from the pop culture title. Osman has previously worked at The Guardian AustraliaVice and GQ. He has yet to announce his future plans.

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

End of Queen's Baton Relay marks the start of GC2018 
                   Image: Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) 
After an extraordinary 388 days relaying around the Commonwealth, including 100 days and 40,000km in Australia, the Queen’s Baton has completed its epic journey in delivering Her Majesty’s message to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

Through the streets of Main Beach, a ride on the Gold Coast Link, an ocean kayak and a sailability boat on the Broadwater, the last of 3,800 batonbearers have played their part in the historic relay before the games kicked off last night, 4th April. 

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Media Spotlight

Kirstie Fitzpatrick, roving reporter and news reader at Capital Radio Network
Kirstie Fitzpatrick is a roving reporter for Capital Radio Network based in Canberra, and a weekend news reader for the network’s radio stations 2CC and 2CA. Prior to this role, she was the producer for Capital Radio Network’s 2CC Canberra Live drive show. Before moving to Canberra, she had worked as a journalist and weekend editor of HuffPost Australia. Her Twitter handle is @k__fitzpatrick.

What inspires you to tell stories? 
At some point in our day-to-day, we’ll drive past an event taking place and wonder what it is, or we’ll hear someone talking about a government decision and we’ll wonder what it means. News affects everyone and as a journalist, it’s my job to explain that event or dissect that decision. It’s empowering to make people aware of something they might not know and at the same time, learn about the world in a different way. I’ve covered stories on community events, to natural disasters, to safe ways to remove mould from your home! Stories don’t have to make international headlines to affect people and I think it’s the chance to dig a little deeper that inspires me.

Who would you consider an influential person, organisation, platform for your industry? 
I’ll still pick up a newspaper, tune into the radio or switch on the six o’clock news to find out what’s going on in the world. But I think social media is becoming incredibly influential as a media platform. If a major event takes place across the world, social media is the first place you’ll see it or hear about it. Take the raid that led to the death of Osama Bin Laden, the royal engagement between the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the death of Whitney Houston. Thanks to Twitter, we knew about those events as they happened.

For a press release to capture your attention, what should it contain? 
First things first, if you address the journalist in the release specifically, spell their name correctly! Correct spelling, grammar and clear language is always appreciated. A press release will catch my attention if it’s relevant. A little bit of research about the organisation you’re sending a pitch to will always help. Timeliness is also important – if you have a response to news that broke two days ago, I’m probably unlikely to use it. I find good releases aren’t too long and they stick to the pitch. If it’s being sent via email, a clear subject heading that briefly explains what the release is always helps.

Upcoming Media Events

Australasian Quilt Convention Expo (pictured right)
Thursday 5th April to Sunday 8th April, Melbourne
Almost 100 retailers will gather at the AQC Expo this weekend to showcase their latest quilting works and sewing projects, share ideas for textile art, soft furnishing, handbags and more. The event will be held at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens from 10am to 4.30pm.

World Health Day
Saturday 7th April, Worldwide
This year's World Health Day theme is Health For All, promoting universal health care for everyone, everywhere, irrespective of their financial circumstances.

Blak Markets at Bare Island (pictured below)
Sunday 8th April, Barangaroo NSW
The Blak Markets day features Aboriginal arts, craft, live music and dance performances. There will also be a free weaving workshop, Whale Ceremony and Healing Ceremony workshops, and gourmet sausages for sale including kangaroo, crocodile, and emu meat. 

Healthy Hips Week
Sunday 8th April to Saturday 14th April, Nationwide
Bringing together people with hip dysplasia and the wider community to create awareness and raise funds to help develop treatment services.

World Parkinson's Day
Wednesday 11th April, Worldwide
Honouring the birthday of Dr James Parkinson, who first described Parkinson's Disease, this 11th April aims to promote a wider understanding of the disease and to raise funds for research, management and resources.
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