Welcome to this week's AAP Medianet brief 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
Alex Sloan, 666 Canberra Afternoons Presenter, is retiring; she has spent 27 years at the ABC. Alex joined the ABC in 1989 as a rural reporter in Tasmania, and then moved on to become a radio announcer at 666 Canberra, where she stayed for 22 years.
From February next year, Nine and Southern Cross Austereo will roll out 15 one hour Nine Newsbulletins in regional areas. Vanessa O'Hanlon will present the Southern NSW bulletins, Jo Hallwill cover regional Victoria, and Samantha Heathwood will present the regional Queensland bulletins.
Alan Jones will go on indefinite leave for major back surgery, starting from November 21. He told staff at 2GB that he is taking leave to be "sliced and diced" by doctors. "I have had all sorts of problems for a lot of years and it's just got hopeless at the moment," he said.
Seven West Media has acquired The Sunday Times newspaper and the online site PerthNow. The first edition of The Sunday Times under Seven West Media ownership will be published on 20 November 2016, with new Editor Michael Beach. Michael is a Walkley Award-winning journalist and sits on the Walkley advisory board. He is the current Deputy Editor of The West Australian and Head of Digital Content for Seven West Media WA.
Glenn Connley will join Seven's Sunday Night programme as Senior Producer in January 2017, leaving his role as Senior Correspondent for Today Tonight, Sydney, and reporter for Seven News. Before joining Seven, Glenn was based in Singapore, working as an Executive Producer and Presenter.
The Australian Financial Review has appointed two Senior Luxury and Lifestyle Editors. Charis Perkins is now the Editor of the weekly Life&Leisure liftout, and Katarina Kroslakova has started as the Luxury Correspondent, which is a newly-created role.
Mumbrella has appointed Vivienne Kelly as Editor. She will join Mumbrella in December to replace Alex Hayes who will now lead the Mumbrella Labs division. Vivienne is currently working at Momentum Media as Managing Editor of its real estate and property investment brands. Mumbrella's Public Relations and Publishing Editor Miranda Ward has been promoted to Deputy Editor.
Editor's Pick: Press Release of the Week...
Kitchen-sharing platform takes out top gong at FoodBytes!
Food tech start-up Sprout Kitchens was awarded the top honour at FoodBytes!, part of Rabobank’s Farm2Fork Summit at Cockatoo Island in Sydney this month.
FoodBytes is a dynamic food and agriculture pitch competition bringing together food and agri tech entrepreneurs alongside potential investors and industry thought leaders.
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Andy Kollmorgen, CHOICE Editor, Finance and Services
Andy Kollmorgen is a long-time investigative journalist who started off in New York City and who ended up in at CHOICE in Sydney by way of the Australian Financial Review and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. Aside from finance, he researches and reports on a wide range of issues in the consumer marketplace and is a member of the NSW Fair Trading Advisory Council.
How much satisfaction do you get from informing consumers to make the right choice?
Lots of satisfaction. Consumers are at an inherent disadvantage to the marketplace and can use all the help they can get. (This) really is one of the best journalism gigs I've had, and I've had more than a few. After working at a number of daily broadsheets and the like that are constantly chasing ad revenue (and revenue in general), it's been massively liberating to be able to inform consumers in a way that's not burdened by any agenda beyond providing the best information and guidance available - and with luck, doing so in a compelling and entertaining way.
How important a role does social media play at CHOICE and has that changed since you've been there?
Very important. Facebook posts are the number-one drivers of traffic to our stories, and we routinely tweet out our work (with being too obnoxiously self-promotional if possible) and are constantly looking to build a stronger social media network. I happen to believe that quality counts more than quantity, since avid Twitter followers are generally not a high-attention-span bunch. If you can get the right social network in place and keep building on it, it can make all the difference in how many people see your work and how many sympathetic, like-minded content consumers you can reach.
As an editor, what role do press releases play in consumer-focused investigative journalism?
As little a role as possible, though they can be useful as background material. That said, there are different kinds of press releases. If it comes from a business, company or other entity whose natural stance is biased self-promotion, forget about it. You need to call for an interview, preferably in person, and ask some real questions. But material from some political or other organisational press releases, such as an NGO or the like, can be okay to use sparingly, as long as you call for a chat as well.
Do you believe that investigative journalism can survive in this changing media landscape?
There is an audience out there for it, and it's up to investigative journalists to make their work compelling, edgy, perhaps even funny - and only as long as it needs to be - in order to grow that audience. It's definitely tough, but I think there will also be a place for it among a certain class of readers and viewers - and hopefully they won't all be fellow journalists. if you can make the case to readers that your work can directly impact there lives (by pointing out financial rip-offs disguised as great deals, for instance), you're off to a pretty good start.
Upcoming Media Events
Each year on this day Australians observe a minute’s silence at 11am, in memory of those who have died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts. This year marks the 98th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War.
Hundreds of aviators from Perth to Rockhampton will wake up early and prepare their planes, ready to give unwell, disabled and disadvantaged children the flight of their lives.
World Diabetes Day
World Diabetes Day is in an international event aimed at raising awareness about diabetes, with the 2016 theme focusing on the importance of early screening to ensure early diagnosis.
Make it Like a Woman in a Man’s World
15th November - Union Dining, Richmond, VIC
Supporting women in the food and beverage industry, the Females in Food event will host keynote speaker, Monica Meldrum founder of organic food company, Whole Kids, sharing the secrets to her success.
National Press Club Address - Australia’s Gender Equality Scorecard
16th November - National Press Club of Australia, ACT
Workplace gender equality agency director Libby Lyons will make an address to the gallery focusing on the gender pay gap, representation of women and strategies to improve gender equality at work.
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