AAP Medianet - 5 October 2017


October 5, 2017

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

Bryce Ruthven will be the new Announcer for Gippsland's TRFM. Bryce has previously been the Producer for Australian Radio Network's WS FM the Jonesy and Amanda show and an Announcer for Edge 96.1.

Jerimiah Busniak is moving to Brisbane to work as a Network Image Producer for the Hit Network. Jerimiah has previously worked as a Creative Producer for Southern Cross Austereo as well as a Breakfast Image Producer for Fox FM.

TVNZ has a new Corporate Communications Manager with Rachel Howard returning to the network. Rachel worked for TVNZ for three years between 2012 and 2015 as a Publicist and as a Communications Manager. Rachel most recently worked as a Publicist for the BBC in the UK.

Spencer Howson has taken on a new role becoming the Program Quality Advisor for ABC Regional. Spencer has an extensive media career working for 23 years as a Radio Presenter for the ABC, as well as being the News Email Curator for the Brisbane Times and a Tutor for the University of Southern Queensland.

News Corp Australia has announced changes with the editorial team. Matt Deighton is the new Editor of The Advertiser after working four years as an Editor for The Mercury.  

At the Gold Coast BulletinBen English will succeed Scott Thompson as the publication's newest Editor. Ben's media career started as a Copyboy in 1990. He has been Editor of the Townsville Bulletin since January 2016.

Thomas Woodgate has been promoted to the role of Editor of TV Week. Thomas was previously the Deputy Editor and has been with the magazine for over three years. Prior to starting at TV Week, he worked as a Freelance Writer and Editor. 

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

Empire Resources pours first gold bar
empire resources dore gold bar
Image: Small Caps  
Empire Resources has achieved the major milestone of the first gold pour from its Penny’s Find mine as it continues to ramp up production and exploration.

The first dore gold bar was poured at the Lakewood toll milling facility south of Kalgoorlie from a portion of the gold recovered by a gravity separation circuit in the processing of Penny’s Find ore.

Further gold pours of gravity and leach circuit gold at Lakewood are expected later this week, as the mill continues to work through an additional 9000 tonnes of stockpiled Penny’s Find ore.

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Media Spotlight

Simon Bouda, Senior Journalist/Reporter at Channel 9simon bouda channel 9
Simon Bouda began his journalism career in 1976 as a part-time Copyboy for News Corp Australia (previously News Limited). While there, he covered everything from finance to police rounds. In 1986, he joined The Sun in Sydney and was appointed Chief Crime Reporter. Since then, he has worked at various publications and reported on major stories such as the Ivan Milat “Backpacker murders” in 1994, the Thredbo landslide tragedy and the September 11 Terrorism Attacks. His Twitter handle is, @Simon_Bouda.

You have covered some of the nation's biggest crime stories. How did you manage the emotional toll of reporting on this beat?
You wouldn't be human if you weren't impacted by some of the stories that crime reporters - or any other reporter for that matter - have to cover. I think it's crucial you have strong family support. I've been with my wife since high school and she keeps me grounded - lifts me when I get low.

In your book Deadline, you write about the stories you've covered over the years. What inspired you to put this book together?
My children. Over the years I have missed too many birthdays, too many important events. For some time I had been asked to chronicle my journalistic journey and so, eventually, I agreed. I hope that one day they'll be able to hand a copy of Deadline to their children so they get an idea of what their grandfather got up to.

How do you gather research for your stories?
I still rely on contacts as my best sources. A journalistic legend once told me: "you're only as good as your contacts". I'm proud to admit that the many "contacts" that I developed over the years I now consider to be friends. They are relationships built on trust and that human trait is crucial for any journalist.

What is your opinion of crime reporting in our country, and how can it be improved?
Crime reporting has changed so much in my time. I started out working on a Sydney afternoon daily newspaper, which had four editions a day and competed against another afternoon daily. It was a daily race to be first with the "scoop". Nowadays it's all about being the first online. Sadly, I think the "old style" crime reporter will slowly phase out to make way for the new breed. It's certainly not a bad thing but, as journalists, we must never lose sight of our ethics and determination to get to the truth.

You began your career as a copyboy at News Corp Australia, how has the industry changed over the years, and what change has had the most impact on your work?
Without a doubt, online immediacy has changed everything. When I started we used typewriters to write our "copy". There were no mobile phones. There were no computers. Photographs were taken on film. Mobile phones have changed so much; we can write our scripts on a mobile phone; we can take footage on our mobile phone; we can beam live pictures live around the world. It is simply amazing how much has changed - I can't imagine what the next three decades will bring.

Upcoming Media Events

Light the Night (pictured right)light the night
Friday 6th October, Nationwide
Now in its tenth year, Light the Night is a unique event bringing Australia’s blood cancer community together to remember and reflect during a moving ceremony and short lantern walk. Light the Night fundraisers all receive a coloured lantern to carry as darkness falls and celebrate what they’ve achieved to help people with blood cancer. 

Friday 6th to Sunday 8th October, Parramatta
The festival returns to Parramatta Park, featuring live shows, music, comedy, amusement rides, interactive activities, workshops and food.

Festitalia (pictured below)
Sunday 8th October, Brisbane
Brisbane's famous one-day celebration of all things Italian features a world-class entertainment program and more than 30 Italian food stalls. 

World Solar Challenge
Sunday 8th to Sunday 15th October, Worldwide
The 30th anniversary of the World Solar Challenge sees over 40 teams from around the world race from Darwin to Adelaide, powered by the sun.

festitalia brisbaneHeadspace Day
Monday 9th October, Nationwide
In support of young people with mental health issues, this national day of awareness is about ensuring every young person in Australia has access to youth-friendly, mental health services no matter where they live. 

World Health Organisation’s Western Pacific Regional Committee Meeting 
Monday 9th to Friday 13th October, Brisbane
Health ministers and senior officials from 37 countries are due to gather in Brisbane for the World Health Organisation's 68th session of the Regional Committee for the Western Pacific

ARSC2017 - the 2017 Australasian Road Safety Conference
Tuesday 10th October, Perth
With a theme of “Expanding our horizons”, ARSC2017 will showcase the regions’ outstanding researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and industry spanning the plethora of road safety issues identified in the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety.

AAP Masterclass: Health Edition
Tuesday 17th October, Melbourne
Discover the Who's Who in Health Media and get involved in panels and workshops run personally by our panellists. Connect with journalists from Channel 9, Herald Sun, The Age and more to gather their insights on story angles, likes and dislikes and the importance of that initial pitch. If you are a not-for-profit, contact us for a discount at masterclass@aap.com.au
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