November 9, 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
Kate Hawkesby has been announced as the new Presenter for Newstalk ZB's Early Edition. Kate started as a News Anchor at TVNZ before hosting the Tonight late news in 2006. Kate will start her new role in early 2018.
Edwina Bartholomew and Hamish McLachlan have been named as Presenters for Channel Seven’s new show Australian Spartan. Edwina is best known for her work with Seven’s Sunrise and Dancing with the Stars while Hamish currently hosts Seven’s AFL Game Day.
Ed Kavalee is set to join Em Rusciano as 2Day FM Breakfast Co-Host replacing Harley Breen. Ed has an extensive media career as a Comedian, Broadcaster and Sports Commentator. Ed currently works as a Presenter for Triple M Breakfast, a Panelist for Channel 10’s Have You been Paying Attention and as one-third of Sports Commentators Santo, Sam and Ed.
Tabcorp’s General Manager Ben Bloomfield has been named as the new CEO for News Corp's punters.com.au replacing Luc Pettett. Ben has worked for Tabcorp in various roles since 2014 and before that worked for Capgemini.
Ben Toyne and Andy Sunderland will join K Rock Weekend line-up as Breakfast Announcers from November. The duo shot to fame last year after competing on the Channel 9 reality television show, The Block. Before appearing on the show both Ben and Andy were school teachers.
Paul Moore has been appointed as Digital Executive Producer of Seven Sport. Paul is currently Head Content Producer at Tennis Australia. Prior to working for Tennis Australia, Paul was Director Digital for the WTA Tour.
Editor's Pick: Press Release of the Week...
GC2018 medals revealed at Charity Gala
Image: Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC)
A striking set of gold, silver and bronze medals for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games were spectacularly unveiled before 700 guests at the GC2018 Charity Gala and Medal Reveal.
The medals were designed by Queensland-based Indigenous artist Delvene Cockatoo-Collins and have been brought to life by the Royal Australian Mint, the official supporter and producer of the GC2018 medals. Approximately 1,500 medals will be created for the Games.
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Jason Loewenthal, Media Liaison at AAP Medianet
Jason is a Media Liaison at AAP Medianet. He’s previously written about sport for a number of online publications, including Inside Sport and FourFourTwo. Jason is an aspiring ultrarunner.
What exactly is your role at AAP?
I work as part of Medianet’s Editor Service, where we ensure press releases with news value aren’t missed by journalists. There’s a lot of communication (especially email) in this world so, based on feedback from the news industry, we started a unique service to read, sort and highlight press releases of interest for all news organisations.
What advice would you give for writing a good press release?
As part of a team that has reviewed and given feedback on over 6,000 releases this year, it’s fair to say I know my way around a press release. My advice would be to keep the heading short and easy to understand, make sure the lead is in the opening paragraphs, and include relevant images, infographics and/or links to studies and reports mentioned in the release. Let the journalist do the rest.
What’s it like to attend AAP’s daily news conference?
Another part of my role is taking a newsroom perspective and using it to provide feedback on a press release. At the news conference, I get to see the planning and thought that goes into the news coverage, and witness the unpredictability of breaking stories, and how they can disrupt the best laid plans. From Medianet’s perspective, seeing the stories that will be covered in the coming days and weeks helps us pitch relevant releases to the newsroom.
Which part of your job gives you the most satisfaction?
When I spot a press release that has potential news value, I curate a bulletin to send to the AAP news desks and journalists around the country. It’s always satisfying to see that story get news coverage and know that my judgement was good. However, sometimes those stories don’t get coverage, so it’s always interesting to work out why that was the case and refine upcoming bulletins accordingly.
What’s the most exciting story you’ve worked on this year?
Last month I got the opportunity to fly to Auckland to run in, and write about, the Auckland Marathon. The race didn’t go as planned for me but it was a fun experience on the whole. I got to check out Rangitoto Island - a volcano that provides great views of Waitemata Harbour and Auckland.
Upcoming Media Events
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November, Brisbane
A celebration of television, film, fantasy, comic books, sci-fi, anime, cartoons, books, gaming, toys and collectables.
Australian Food Safety Week 2017
Saturday 11th to Saturday 18th November
The theme of Australian Food Safety Week will be ‘Is it done yet?’ to help reduce the number of food poisoning cases in our communities.
Melbourne City2Sea fun run (pictured above)
Sunday 12th November, Melbourne
The Melbourne City2Sea fun run is back with participants asked to run, jog, walk or stroll along 5km and 15km courses for charity.
World Antibiotic Awareness Week
Monday 13th to Sunday 19th November
An annual, global event to raise awareness about the serious health issue of antibiotic resistance and educate people about the steps they can take to preserve the miracle of antibiotics.
National Recycling Week
Monday 13th to Sunday 19th November
The theme for the 21st year of National Recycling Week is "What Goes Around: Why Buying Recycled Matters". Councils, businesses, schools and community groups will host a range of events to promote recycling and the use of recycled products.