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AAP Medianet - 6 February 2020

Welcome to this week's AAP Medianet newsletter 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

Nicole Sheffield has been appointed to lead the ABC Advisory Council
ABC Chair Ita Buttrose announced that Nicole would take on the role on a part-time basis. She is also the Community & Consumer executive general manager at Australia Post.

Michael Koziol is the new deputy editor of The Sun-Herald
Michael has been a journalist at The Sydney Morning Herald since 2014. Michael will continue to write about state and national issues in his new role.

Michael Roddan is leaving his role as a reporter at The Australian
Michael has announced he is moving to The Australian Financial Review in April. 

Jo Palmer is departing Seven Tasmania News
After 18 years as the anchor for the Nightly News segment, Jo has announced her departure. Southern Cross Austereo is yet to decide on a replacement for the position. 

Chris Morris has left the Otago Daily Times over a suppressed story
The senior journalist has quit after spending an alleged six months failing to publish what he believed was a “worthy story”. He now works at Dunedin City Council.

Michael Hing to take over from Veronica Milsom on triple j Drive
Michael has been announced as Lewis Hobba’s new co-host and kicks off his new role on Monday, 24th February.

Adolfo Aranjuez is stepping down from his role as editor at Metro Magazine
Adolfo was with Australia's oldest film and media periodical for 7 years and is looking for a new role. 

Christie Hayes has departed i98FM’s Breakfast show
Christie has stepped down as a co-host to spend more time with her family. Mornings presenter Lyndal Rogers will switch from Breakfast to replace Christie until further notice. 

Gus Worland has returned to Triple M Sydney to co-host the rebooted Dead Set Legends
Gus joins Wendell Sailor and Jude Bolton for a revival of the popular radio chat show that was axed in 2016 after 19 years on air.

Fox Sports ends its 25-year broadcasting partnership with Rugby Australia
After months of talks regarding the fate of rugby union, the broadcasters have decided they will no longer air the sporting code. Rugby Australia are now in talks with Optus about signing a new deal. 

Nicole Bence joins Seven as network digital sales director
Nicole is replacing James Bayes following his recent departure. Nicole will commence her role on Monday, 10th February.

Charlie Albone is departing Selling Houses Australia
After 13 years working on the series as a landscape designer, one of the show’s original cast members has revealed he will not be returning after season 13.

Channel 7’s quiz show The Chase is put on hold amid Andrew O’Keefe’s health issues
Production for the 2020 season will be delayed as Andrew manages issues related to his health.

James Weir’s Not Here To Make Friends has made a return
The biweekly podcast and Facebook live stream is back on to recap everyone’s favourite reality TV shows.

SBS announces hosting lineup for its live coverage of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras
Joel Creasey, Narelda Jacobs, Courtney Act and Zoe Coombs Marr will take the helm of Oceania’s largest pride event on Saturday, 29th February at 7.30pm.

Michelle Wood is the new head of executive communications at News Corp Australia
Michelle moves from Uber where she was director of communications in Australia and New Zealand. 

Dana Hamilton will join 2DayFM as an announcer and producer
Dana is a recent graduate of AFTRS and will produce Ash London LIVE and The Danny Lakey Late Show for the radio station.

Disney will pull its children’s channels from Foxtel at the end of February
Foxtel will lose the Disney Channel and Disney Junior from its catalogue as content returns to the recently launched Disney+ streaming service.

Women’s Footy will return to Channel Nine from Sunday
The AFLW’s only dedicated program will see The Block star and former pro netballer Bianca Chatfield host alongside Herald Sun sports journalist Lauren Wood. 

digitalDrummer reaches 10-year milestone
The drum technology magazine’s February 2020 edition features their Readers’ Choice Awards. 

Editor's Pick: Press Release of the Week

Grey seals discovered clapping underwater to communicate 

 Image: Monash University

Wild grey seals have the ability to clap their flippers underwater during breeding season, according to an international study led by Monash University. The gesture is used to ward off rivals and announce themselves to potential mates. This is the first time the mammal has been seen clapping underwater using its front paw-like limbs.

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Media Spotlight

Patrick Lenton, Editor at Junkee Media

Patrick Lenton is the Editor of Junkee. He is the author of two books, the collection of comedic essays 'Uncle Hercules And Other Lies' and a book of short stories 'A Man Made Entirely of Bats'. He tweets at @patricklenton.

When did you first decide to be a journalist and why?
I studied creative writing at university with the ultimate goal of writing novels – journalism wasn't really on my radar. After university, I began a pop culture and comedy-writing blog, just to write silly things about the culture I was enjoying, which drew the attention of a few entertainment editors, and I began freelancing for them. This turned into a real love of the pop culture and entertainment journalism world, and after many years of freelancing, I eventually decided to make the move into full-time journalism at Junkee.

You moved into the editor role at Junkee very quickly. How hard was the transition of moving from being a writer to editor?

The hardest transition has been broadening my editorial scope from the relatively carefree world of TV, film, podcasts and memes – and into politics, news and general culture. It's good work, and important topics, but due to the state of the world, usually much more depressing than I'm used to! Otherwise, moving from staff writer into entertainment editor and then editor has meant that I've been able to get my head around the expanding roles pretty handily.
How would you describe the target demographic for Junkee?

Junkee's readers span the complicated "youth" demographic of millennials, which range from mid-twenties to late thirties, as well as Gen Z. They tend to be smart, involved, left-leaning people who love pop culture.
Describe your typical work day.

My typical day begins with a pitch meeting with my team of staff writers, as we delegate the news, stories, and features in-house for the day. Then I'll usually spend some time doing emails and admin, commissioning relevant pieces from my freelancers, and editing new stories. Over the day I'll usually be editing and sending feedback for a few pieces from freelancers, while either writing or publishing one or two longer pieces. Then add in about 7,000 miscellaneous and confusing meetings.

For a press release to stand out to you, what should it contain?
Relevance! And timeliness (in the entertainment world I'm usually sent information about a trailer I covered four hours earlier).

Upcoming Media Events

The Show Sydney
Saturday 8th to Sunday 9th February, Sydney
World-class experts and beauty brands will showcase the latest technology, trends and techniques across the two-day educational event.

Hydro Charleston For Charity Dance
Saturday 8th February, Blue Mountains
The festival will offer a wide range of holistic talks and free workshops presented by the trainers at Nature Care College. 

Melbourne Russian Festival (above)
Saturday 8th February, Melbourne
This popular Melbourne music festival returns for a fifth time with headline acts such as Hilltop Hoods, Hermitude and Cosmo’s Midnight. The event will have three stages, a silent disco and food trucks.

Global Wave Conference 2020 (left)
Monday 10th to Friday 14th February, Gold Coast
The 6th Biennial Global Wave Conference brings together the best international minds from surfing, conservation and innovation communities to advance the recognition of waves and conserving them around the world.

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