AAP Medianet - 8 June 2017

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

Triple J have announced who will be replacing film critic ‘That Movie Guy’, Marc Fennell. Twenty-two year old Amelia Navascue has beaten thousands of applicants to assume the role. A self-described sci-fi nerd, she has previously written and presented for her local community radio station.  

Em Rusciano is back on the air after she took some personal time off. Rusciano can be heard on her usual time slot between 6 to 9 am with 2day FM.

Nova Entertainment has announced that Phoebe Parsons has won the inaugural Podquest competition. The competition is designed to support new and emerging podcasts from new podcasters. The trailer for her podcast, ‘Confessions of a Twenty Something Train Wreck’, can now be heard on iTunes.

Canberra Breakfast Presenter, Rod Cuddihy, will finish his work on the airwaves at the end of June. Cuddihy has over 15 years experience working in breakfast radio. He will still remain at Mix 106.3 in his new off-air role as Content Director.

Fairfax redundancies have started to take hold with popular columnist Alan Stoke completing his final column for the Sydney Morning HeraldKelsey Munro and Adam Morton will also be finishing up at Fairfax, both having been senior writers at the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age respectively.

Star 104.5 Central Coast has ignited a family feud hiring Patrick Rice as a member of their production team. Patrick's mother, Sarah King, is the Breakfast Announcer for Star 104.5's main competitor 2GO FM.

Paul Wallbank has joined Mumbrella this week as the News Editor. Paul has had previous experience writing for The Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald. Most recently he has taken up various speaking roles including Masters of Ceremonies for the ADMA Global Forum and the City of Sydney's 'Let's Talk Business Program'

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

New Exhibition Explores the History of Football in South Australia 
Image: State Library of South Australia   

The State Library in South Australia is now holding two exciting exhibitions - Straight through the middle: Football in South Australia and In a league of its own: Celebrating 140 years of South Australian National Football League (SANFL)

Together the exhibitions tell the stories through the years of a game that has captured the hearts of the community and provides an insight into the social change in South Australia. Alan Smith, Director State Library of South Australia, says “Collections are at the heart of our services and this exhibition illustrates beautifully the diversity of the State Library collections."

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Media Spotlight

Kim Czosnek, Executive Producer of The Em Rusciano Show with Harley Breen
Kim began her career at Austereo Radio Network (later acquired by Southern Cross Media) as an Assistant Producer and Personal Assistant on the show 'Tracy and Matt in the morning’ at Fox Fm. With over 15 years experience in radio, she has spent most of that time working as a Breakfast Producer, working on The Morning Crew with Wendy Harmer and The Judith Lucy Breakfast Show. However, she also spent some time working as a Breakfast Presenter on Vic, Todd and Kim on Star 104.5 Central Coast. In 2013 and 2014, Kim spent some time in Uganda, Africa, mentoring radio journalists. It is an experience she considers the best and most challenging she's had working in radio. 

You have worked as both a Radio Presenter and Radio Producer, do you have a preference? 
Being a Presenter was a great experience, but I’m not a natural comedian, so it was a challenge making mundane stories about my life sound interesting. I felt bored with myself and imagined that the listeners probably felt the same. I feel most at ease behind the scenes and I think it’s important to be honest with yourself about such things. 

What changes or trend have had the biggest impacts on the way you work as a journalist? 
When I started working as a Producer, we didn’t have the Internet, so the biggest change has been the impact and engagement of social media and digital videos. The thing I really like about social media is that you get an immediate response from listeners, which is a great guide, whether that response is good or bad! They have a powerful voice that they traditionally didn't have. Listeners' habits have also changed, where people are more time poor than before, and this has adjusted story arcs.

How do you use press releases as part of your newsgathering process? 
I had a stint working in PR and understand that it's a hard gig, but my feed today is constantly full of information, so I rely on the headlines of press releases. If the release is crammed full of information, then I usually speed read to look for key messages. Just like a radio content break, it’s all about the headline; if you can get people in on that, well that’s enough!

What are the keys to being a great Radio Producer?
A good Radio Producer is good at thinking on their feet and keeping their mind open for new ideas, and has a good understanding of their show's point of difference in the market, on-air talent and their brand, and the content that connects with their listeners. They also need to back themselves and love what they do. 

What do you enjoy most about working on The Em Rusciano Radio Show with Harley Breen?
It’s Sydney loosest breakfast show and goes against the grain of how I’ve worked in the past. Every day I’m learning new ways to look at things, which is important as a Producer. Em and Harley are also extremely talented comedians. I receive calls and emails from listeners every day saying that Em is an inspirational female warrior, and I’m grateful to work with such a brave lady who has a strong voice, and isn’t afraid to use it!

Upcoming Media Events

Dark Mofo Festival 
Thursday 8th June to Wednesday 21st June - Hobart, TAS 
Held annually at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), the festival will examine winter solstice rituals from centuries ago, the relationships between humans and nature, and more. 

Transport Heritage Expo (pictured right)
Saturday 10th June to Monday 12th June  - Sydney, NSW
Sydney’s Central Station comes to life this weekend with heritage trains and buses. There will be steam train rides through the suburbs, and vintage bus rides around the CBD. 

Six Course Gin Dinner
Saturday 10th June - Melbourne, VIC 
To celebrate World Gin Day, Bohemian Bar & Restaurant, together with Archie Rose Distilling Co. and Adelaide Hills Distillery, will put together a six-course degustation dinner curated by Bohemian Head Chef, Gerard Rodriguez. 

Celebrating the Bicycle's 200th Birthday
Sunday 11th June - Nationwide
Bicycle Network is holding a community ride, including the Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club Penny Farthing riders, to celebrate 200 years since German Karl Drais invented the Laufmaschine in 1817.

See the Future: CAMP Summit China Innovation Update
Tuesday 13th June
Sydney, NSW
China Australia Millennial Project will present ‘See the Future – China Innovation Update’. It will provide insights into China’s rapidly evolving innovation landscape and the opportunities it presents for Australian businesses. 

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