AAP Medianet - 8 August 2019

8 August 2019

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


Scott Murdoch is moving to Reuters in Hong Kong where he will be capital markets correspondent. Scott previously worked at The Australian for nine years where he held roles as co-editor of the DataRoom, China correspondent, banking writer and financial journalist.

Tom Joyner is leaving his role as a reporter in Kalgoorlie to take up a new role in Perth as a reporter for ABC’s 7:30 Report, starting 19th August. Tom started at the ABC in 2014 and has worked as a radio current affairs publisher, digital producer and news reporter.

Damien Ractliffe is moving to a role as chief racing reporter at The Age, starting 26th August. Damien leaves his position as a sports reporter at the Geelong Advertiser, where he has been since January 2017. Before that he was a journalist at G1X, a sports reporter at Leader Community Newspapers and a producer at Radio Sport National. 
Laura Polson is now a planning producer and journalist at AAP. Laura started working at AAP in 2017 as a news journalist, then became a cadet in 2018. Before joining AAP, Laura worked as a journalist at The Manning River Times and The Great Lakes Advocate.

Pete Curulli >has started a new job as co-host on the Hit 92.9 breakfast show. Pete moves from his role as a radio show host at Mix94.5 in Perth where he has worked since 2015. Pete has also worked as afternoons announcer and assistant music director at Hit105 Brisbane, and drive and breakfast announcer at Mix106.3 

Matthew Karstunen is moving from Sky News to a reporter role at Channel Seven in Cairns. While at Sky News, Matthew was an executive producer at Weekend Edition and First Edition; and before that a news producer. He has also worked as a journalist at Macquarie Media, Capital Radio Network and the ABC.

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

Serious business and leisure - Brisbane Boat Show 23 - 25 August  

 Image: Boating Industry Association

Around 450 boats from more than 50 exhibitors located across Queensland and beyond will fill the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre as the Brisbane Boat Show opens for three days from 23rd August 2019.

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Media Spotlight

Isobel Roe, Reporter at ABC Radio Sydney 

Isobel Roe is a reporter with the ABC's flagship radio current affairs programs, AM, PM and The World Today, based in Sydney. Her background is in news, with more than five years experience as a radio and television reporter and producer in Queensland. She has a Bachelor of Journalism (Distinction) from the Queensland University of Technology, gives guest lectures in navigating entry to the industry and has an interest in mentoring young women in journalism. Isobel tweets at @isobelroe.

As a journalist who has spent most of your time in Queensland, what have you done to get yourself up to speed with the Sydney scene?
Starting afresh in a new state is tricky. Luckily my job with the ABC's audio current affairs programs is quite nationally focused so having knowledge from another state actually helps. When I move I like to familiarise myself with local issues by reading local papers and contact the people involved. Also, I made note of the sort of interest groups I spoke to often in Queensland and looked for their counterparts in NSW.

In your opinion, what makes a good press release?
A good press release is targeted to the journalists who are actually likely to run it. Spamming ABC journalists with press releases about commercial products is a waste of your time as a public relations professional. I will read a press release if it's topical that day, engaging and concise. But more importantly - only if it's something the ABC's radio current affairs shows would be interested in.

What aspects of working in radio do you enjoy the most?
I love the creativity that's encouraged in radio current affairs. The best stories are rich in audio and really take you to a location. I enjoy taking what could be a rather dry story and coming up with a way to make it more engaging by speaking to 'real people' and weaving in relevant natural sound. I also love the immediacy of radio.

What types of stories are you most interested in covering and why?
The best part of my current job is getting time to explain to our audiences why something in the news is happening. I enjoy the analysis of the news of the day from people who know a lot about it. If I had to pick a genre of story I'm personally interested in, it would be politics and environmental issues... from coal to toxic foam to recycling and everything in between.

Upcoming Media Events

National Science Week Facebook Sylvanvale Community Connections Day 
Friday 9th August, Sydney 
A free community event that aims to promote the inclusion of people of all abilities and cultural backgrounds. Activities include soap and batik making, drumming, and gardening. 

Love Your Bookshop Day 
Saturday 10th August, Nationwide
Booksellers around the country share their love of books with a family-friendly day of book launches, readings, competitions, discounts and giveaways. 

National Science Week (above)
Saturday 10th to Sunday 18th August, Nationwide 
Schools, libraries, museums and research institutes will host more than 1000 events across the nation to celebrate science in Australia.  

Backyard and Garden Show 
Saturday 10th to Sunday 11th August, Melbourne 
Gardeners, home renovators and tradies visit the show to discover design and renovation ideas, to browse the latest outdoor and landscape products, and ask resident experts for advice. 

GoWalk a Guide Dog (below)
Saturday 10th August, Melbourne
Guide Dogs Australia invites dog lovers and their dogs to meet trained guide dogs at this awareness raiser for Pawgust, a campaign to get people walking their dogs for 30 minutes each day during August. 

GoWalk a Guide DogDietitians Association of Australia National Conference
Monday 12th to Wednesday 14th August, Gold Coast 
This year’s conference is themed ‘More than meets the eye’ and will focus on looking at the latest research within dietetics in Indigenous health, mental health and child health.


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