This Week's Media Movements
After 25 years on-air, the Nine Network will put an end to The NRL Footy Show next year. Over the years, the show has won 12 TV Week Logie awards. The network has said that it will be ‘revolutionising’ its coverage of the game next year.
Laura Jayes has joined Sky News Australia’s First Edition and AM Agenda Live programs as a co-anchor. She will be hosting the show alongside chief political reporter Kieran Gilbert. Laura joined Sky News in 2006 as its Brisbane reporter.
Rowan Barker is now a news presenter at Smooth FM. He was previously a ground announcer for the Sydney Roosters. Rowan previously worked in radio as a newsreader and editor at 2GB from 2002 to 2008.
Justine Cullen will be joining Medium Rare’s Jones Magazine as its editor-in-chief. Justine was most recently the editor-in-chief of ELLE Australia, and helped launch the publication in Australia.
Bauer Media editors Mark Brandon and Lucy Walker have both left the publisher. Mark was the editor of NW magazine and Lucy was the editor of OK! Magazine, both for more than four years.
Mark Humphries will begin producing fortnightly sketches for the ABC’s 7:30 program this week. He was previously the host of Pointless on the Ten Network, which recently wrapped up its production. Mark was also a presenter on SBS's The Feed.
Linda Marigliano and Dylan Alcott will be hosting a new live music TV show called The Set on the ABC. Beginning on 31st October, the show will run throughout November and will feature Australian artists performing live at a specially built share house set.
Alicia Vrajlal, entertainment editorial lead at Yahoo Lifestyle
Alicia Vrajlal is the entertainment editorial lead at Yahoo Lifestyle. In this role, Alicia is able to pursue her passion for investigative-style entertainment journalism and original storytelling. Prior to her current role, she worked at Daily Mail Australia. Alicia made her start in the industry in 2011 by launching her own Australian entertainment blog I Am Starstruck. Later this year, Alicia will be launching another website titled Draw Your Box. Her new website will focus on diversity and human interest stories that appeal to women of colour in Australia. Her Twitter handle is @LeeshieV.
What appealed to you about entertainment journalism?
It is entertainment’s ability to bring other people together that appealed to me, along with my curiosity to unlock the unknowns of the industry and share them with readers. Whether it be film, television or music, the world of entertainment can serve as a talking point or topic of conversation with anyone you meet.
Entertainment reporting is a competitive field, how do you find a fresh angle in your stories?
Finding a fresh angle is all about stepping into the reader’s shoes and asking yourself, ‘What would I want to know if I was a reader?’. If the answer leads to a rival’s article that was already published, it’s time to delve deeper and see if there’s another subject you could interview or vision you could capture to move the story forward.
Given that you are very active on social media, how does it influence your work?
Social media is an incredibly useful tool to inform followers of when a new piece has been published. Through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, sharing links has never been easier, and there’s the opportunity to caption the posts with the messaging you’d like to get across. Social media can also be the source of a new story. Many reality TV articles nowadays stem from viewers’ Twitter reactions.
How do you use press releases as part of your newsgathering process?
Press releases are incredibly useful when they are clearly structured, have the most useful information at the top and are succinct. A press release is only a starting point. Ideally, as a journalist, I’d then conduct follow-up interviews or identify an angle if the topic is newsworthy.
Upcoming Media Events
Night Noodle Markets (pictured right)
Thursday 4th to Sunday 21st October, Sydney
Hyde Park will again be transformed into an Asian street food festival with 40 food stalls lining the park, along with live music and entertainment.
2018 CHOICE Shonky Awards
Thursday 4th October, Sydney
The 13th annual CHOICE Shonky Awards will reveal Australia’s worst products and services of the year, highlighting the dodgy, dubious, deceitful and dangerous products that have made their way onto the market.
Commemorating the Centenary of Armistice
Friday 5th October to Sunday 11th November, Canberra
To commemorate the Centenary of the Armistice that ended the First World War, several events will run at the Australian War Memorial over a five-week period.
Shop Brisbane City
Friday 5th October, Brisbane
Brisbane’s biggest shopping party returns, transforming Queen Street Mall into an explosion of colour and entertainment with hundreds of retailer offers.
Light the Night (pictured left)
Friday 5th to Saturday 6th October, Nationwide
Now in its 11th year, the Leukaemia Foundation’s Light the Night is an evening lantern walk, where Australians join together to light the skies with one of three coloured lanterns (gold, white and blue) relevant to their journey with blood cancer.