AAP Medianet - 6 September 2018


September 6, 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

Jillian Davison is now a creative director at NewsLifeMedia, looking after its Vogue and GQ publications. This will be a return to NewsLifeMedia for Jillian, who was previously the fashion director for Glamour magazine in New York. 

Sarah Maunder will join the ABC Radio Current Affairs team in Sydney next week as a reporter for its AM, PM and The World Today programs. Sarah has been with the ABC for over two years as a journalist. 

Danny Lakey will be stepping in as presenter on Hit National Nights next week. This show was previously hosted by Ash London, who will be joining 2Day FM Breakfast as a temporary replacement for Em Rusciano

Allure Media’s group publisher Alison Rice will leave her role at the end of this month. Alison joined the publisher in 2012 as a health and beauty editor of PopSugar Australia. Taking over her role will be Amanda Bardas, the current editorial director at Allure Media. 

Future Publishing Australia has acquired three technology publications from nextmedia. It will now publish PC PowerPlay, Hyper and PC & Tech Authority. The nextmedia team that worked on these titles, Ben Mansill, David Hollingworth and Cameron Ferris, will also be moving to Future Publishing. 

Nextmedia will soon be publishing Frankie magazine and Smith Journal. These publications were previously owned by Pacific Star Network, which has sold the business of its Morrison Media Services to nextmedia.

Women’s Health magazine has partnered with Samsung for a new talk event series and podcast. The talks will be hosted by the magazine's editor Jacqui Mooney. The new podcast, called 'Women’s Health Australia, Uninterrupted', will launch in mid-September, and will be an eight-part series. 

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

Killer cell immunotherapy offers potential cure for advanced pancreatic cancer                                                                                                              Pictured above: Professor Christopher Heeschen (left) with his research team                                               Image: UNSW 

Researchers from UNSW Sydney, led by Professor Christopher Heeschen, and the California Institute of Biomedical Research (CALIBR) have demonstrated the success of a new, cell-based immunotherapy for pancreatic cancer. The treatment led to mice being completely cancer-free, including cancer cells that had already spread to the liver and lungs.

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Media Spotlight

Craig Thomson, deputy editor of the Daily LiberalCraig Thomsom - Daily Liberal
Craig Thomson is the deputy editor of the Daily Liberal, reporting on news and sport within the Dubbo and Central West area. Prior to joining the paper, he worked as the editor of The Young Witness and a senior journalist at the Glen Innes Examiner. Craig also has experience outside of newspapers, including writing live music reviews of international and national artists, hosting his own talkback radio music program and as a freelance journalist. His Twitter handle is @craiglthomson.

You spent over 14 years as a sound engineer before becoming a journalist. What prompted you to change industries?
I started out a journalist at the Wynnum Herald. Due to structural changes, I was let go. I pursued a career in music, owned my own video shop, and did a few other things. When I turned 40, I had a life-changing experience and decided to get back into journalism.

What does a typical day look like for you as the deputy editor of the Daily Liberal?
I get into the office before the editor arrives to check our jobs and news list. Every day, we have a news meeting where the editor and I will allocate spaces for our news stories, and draw out deadlines for the stories for our website. For the rest of the day, I work as a journalist, writing yarns for the masthead and website, and helping other journalists out when needed.

What types of stories do you enjoy reporting on?
I am a political nerd, so am always looking for a good local, state and federal politics story.  However, I don't think I could just write about politics, education, or health; I like to have a variety of rounds to cover. 

How do you use press releases as part of your newsgathering process?
I use press releases as a guide to a longer story and will seek another voice or opinion on what has been spruiked from the release to flesh out the story. However, press releases are unhelpful when they bury the lead at the bottom of the release. Tell me what the hook is in the first paragraph.

Upcoming Media Events

Brisbane Writers FestivalWhite Balloon Day - Bravehearts
Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th September, Brisbane
Now in its 56th year, the Brisbane Writers Festival showcases some of the world’s most influential thinkers. There will be three days of readings, debate, special events and free public sessions. 

White Balloon Day (pictured above)
Friday 7th September, Nationwide
An annual day run by Bravehearts to raise awareness of the importance of protecting kids from child sexual assault.

ChooseMaths Awards
Friday 7th September, Melbourne
The ChooseMaths Awards honours mathematical excellence in the classroom. There are awards for both teachers and students.

Bondi2Berry (pictured below)
Saturday 8th September, Sydney
About 80 cyclists will take part in Dementia Australia's Bondi2Berry ride to raise awareness for dementia. The group will set off from Bondi for the 155 km ride.

Reverse Rett Melbourne Gala
Saturday 8th September, Melbourne
A fundraiser to raise money for the cure of Rett Syndrome, a genetic neurological disorder. The gala will include a silent auction, dancing, music and entertainment.

National Geographic’s 50 Greatest Wildlife Photographs exhibition
Saturday 8th September to Friday 30th November, Melbourne
A pop-up photography exhibition at Melbourne Zoo, featuring a selection of images from National Geographic's most renowned photographers, including Paul Nicklen and David Doubilet.

AAP Entertainment & Lifestyle Masterclass
Tuesday 18th September
, Melbourne 
Meet some of Melbourne's best media contacts and discuss leisure, lifestyle and entertainment-related media. Network and workshop with panellists to get key tips on how to get published or on-air with your product, brand or cause Panellists include the Herald Sun, 3AW, Network 10's The Project and KIIS FM. 

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