AAP Medianet - 8 February


February 8, 2018

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

Josh Butler has been promoted from Associate Editor to Editor at HuffPost Australia. Josh acted as a Political Editor in addition to his editorial role at the publication, which he joined when the Australian wing opened in 2015.

At HuffPost Australia, Eoin Blackwell has also been promoted, moving from the role of a Senior Associate Editor to Senior Editor. Eoin was previously a news and finance reporter for Australian Associated Press and prior to that, he worked in Papua New Guinea. 

Kane Cornes from the Sunday Footy Show is now hosting the Friday morning show at SEN. He has replaced Gerard Whateley in the 9am to 12pm slot, allowing Gerard to call the football on Friday nights. Kane has had a variety of media gigs since finishing his football career in 2015, including being an AFL Columnist for The Advertiser; Host at FootySA, SportsdaySA and more. 

Former Digital Content Editor of New Idea, Lucy Bode, has taken her experience across to Women’s Health this week. Lucy held her former role for a year at Pacific Magazines and was an Editorial Coordinator for the publication before that. She was a Digital Content Creator, a Digital SEO Strategist and a Freelance Features Writer at Bauer Media in 2015, and will also be writing features in addition to her new role at Women’s Health.

Faye James has joined Whisk Media Group as its new Content Director. Faye was a Deputy Editor at Daily Mail Online prior to her new appointment, and worked as a Group Editor at content marketing agency Edge. She was a Contributing Editor for Shop Til You DropReal Living and other lifestyle publication at Bauer Media in 2011.

Melissa Shedden is now an Acting Editor at WHIMN, filling in for Felicity Harvey who is on maternity leave. Melissa filled a similar role at NewsLifeMedia as an Acting Editor for Bodyandsoul.com.au in 2017. Melissa has worked as a Content Community Manager at Swisse, and a Deputy Features Editor of Women's Health at Pacific Magazines, alongside her ongoing freelance writing and editing ventures.

David Zita has been appointed Assistant Producer of 1116 SEN Breakfast showDavid was a Journalist and a Casual Producer at Southern Cross Austereo, and Digital Content Producer for Seven Network prior to that. He also worked as a Journalist for The AFL Footy Show, Crocmedia, Nine Entertainment and Herald Sun. 

CEO Paul Dykzeul will add General Manager of Women’s Lifestyle to his role at Bauer Media as Jayne Ferguson departs. Paul took up the Chief Executive Officer role in June 2017 and was CEO of the New Zealand arm leading up to that.

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

Egg industry switches to on-farm solar 
Solar panels installed on current egg farms                    Image:Australian Eggs   

Egg farmers are embracing renewable energy at an unprecedented rate, with a huge uptake in large-scale solar projects over the last six months.

Solar installations at egg farms with a combined capacity of 7000 kilowatts are currently under construction or have been completed since August 2017, equalling approximately 10,000 tonnes of offset carbon dioxide or more than 2000 cars taken off the road for a year.

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Media Spotlight

Bhakthi Puvanenthiran, Associate Editor at CrikeyBhakthi_Puvanenthiran
Bhakthi Puvanenthiran is an Associate Editor of Crikey.com.au. Previously Bhakthi was a journalist and editor at The Age and Sydney Morning Herald covering arts, entertainment and business. She co-hosted the podcast Hard Bargain, is a regular media commentator and sits on the board of the National Young Writers Festival. Her Twitter handle is @bhakthi.

You've had a plethora of writing, editing and hosting roles for outlets. What motivates you to try everything and to keep learning new roles?
I think the most exciting thing about the media now is not knowing how a role is going to pan out when you start it. Certainly, that's what happened for me at Fairfax Media where I got the opportunity to make a podcast and write for the business section (both of which I never thought would happen) along with writing art reviews and breaking news. Now at Crikey, I'm hoping to make some inroads with working with different formats as well as increasing the events we do for our subscribers, which ties in nicely to my experience at various writers' festivals.

What is the most valuable skill you have learnt from the media industry?
The most valuable skill is probably just being adaptive. Sometimes you think you know what a story is going to be, but after you have a good chat with a colleague or do the interview or your research, you realise everything has changed and that's brilliant.

What is the craziest story you've ever reported on?
Not sure I've done too many crazy stories, but my consecutive front-page story on dancers on a Kylie Minogue set not being paid was a real curve ball. It was illuminating to hear from people who have devoted themselves to an art and couldn't get paid even for high profile commercial gigs. You can read about this here.

What does a press release have to contain to capture your interest?
At Crikey, we don't often do long-form press release reporting, but from my previous jobs, I would say - clear availability of talent, clear time frame and clear positioning in terms of the value of your particular publication or section. Basic but hard to get right.

What's your process for finding a fresh angle in a story?
For Crikey, I think it's always about looking at who is involved and what that tells us about a situation. However, if after a process of discussing with colleagues, looking for new voices to include and other research, if we find we're still stuck, sometimes you just have to let the story go. I think it's too easy now for digital media to keep a story alive for its own sake.

Upcoming Media Events

Perth_Festival_Compagnie_XYISPS Handa World Super 6 - Golf Tournament 
Thursday 8th February to Sunday 11th February, Perth
Endorsed by the European Tour and the PGA Tour of Australasia, the 6th ISPS Perth tournament will be held at Lake Karrinyup Country Club. 

Perth Festival (pictured right)
Friday 9th February to Sunday 4th March
In its 65th year, the Perth Festival once again brings together Australian music, arts and performances. French acrobatic group Compagnie XY will premiere their ‘It’s not yet midnight’ show at the Perth Festival this year, featuring 22 acrobats in a sometimes-comical, sometimes-solemn 1920s jazz ensemble.

Royal Hobart Regatta
Saturday 10th February to Monday 12th February, Hobart
The Tasmanian regatta enters its 180th year with a three day celebration mix of aerial performances and water sports on the River Derwent.

2018 Sidney Myer Free Concerts 
Saturday 10th February and Wednesday 14th February, Melbourne
The free concert series continues this week under the tutelage of conductor Anthony Hermus featuring a performance by mezzo-soprano Luciana Mancini on Saturday's Hot Summer Night! show. The Wednesday 'From MSO, with Love' show will include conductor Bejamin Northey and special performances by soprano Natalie Aroyan and tenor Rosario La Spina. 

St_Kilda_FestivalSt Kilda Festival (pictured left)
Saturday 11th February, Melbourne
Australia’s largest free music festival will welcome Dan Sultan, The Jezabels and Architecture in Helskini (DJ set) to the stage on Saturday. The day will feature carnival, a Latin street festival, yoga hip hop, bubble soccer and two performances by HI-5 in the Kidzone.

An Evening with Humans of New York
Monday 12th February, Melbourne
The Humans of New York (HONY), a viral Instagram account documenting poignant, personal stories of New York residents, is coming to Australia next week. Audiences in Melbourne can still grab a ticket and revel in the storytelling on stage at the Melbourne Convention Centre. 

Smart Eating Week
Monday 12th February to Sunday 18th February
Smart Eating Week urges everyone to get in touch with a local Accredited Practicing Dietitian to review and assess their eating plans and habits and improve overall health.

AAP Masterclass 

AAP Masterclass: Health Media
Tuesday 13th MarchPrimus Hotel Sydney 
Meet and directly pitch to leading health journalists, editors and producers to discuss the current trends in the media. Discover what they need and want from communications professionals. 
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