18 May 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.
Veteran ABC reporter Mark Colvin tragically passed away last week at age 65 after a long battle with a rare auto-immune disease. Our condolences goes out to Mark's family and friends.
One of Australia’s most prominent Sports Journalist, Peter Wilkins, retires after spending 37 years reporting for the ABC across a wide spectrum of sporting events and codes.
Marc Fennell is leaving his role as Triple J's "That Movie Guy", where he has spent just over a decade informing the public about movie blockbusters and flops. Marc will continue his work with SBS Viceland.
Townsville has a breakfast program with Star 106.3 announcing that ‘Heidi and Brady’ will team up for the new show. Heidi Latcham comes from Hot 91.1 in the Sunshine Coast while Bradley Elis is making the move from Magic 89.9 in Port Lincoln.
Angie Ayers has joined Spirit Radio as a Breakfast Announcer. She has previously worked for Spirit Radio’s Karratha station as well as various gigs in marketing.
Maddy Kennedy has joined Magic FM Radio in Port Augusta. She has previously had radio stints as part of the street team for KISS 101.1 and Gold 104.3.
After over two decades in the industry, Peter Marsh has stepped away from the microphone to pursue a career in programming. He will remain at 96three in Geelong.
Editor's Pick: Press Release of the Week...
Sydney Town Hall To 'Turn it Teal' For Food Allergy Awareness
In support of Food Allergy Awareness Week, the iconic Sydney Town Hall will be lit up in teal on Thursday 18 May, 2017, making it the first building in Australia - and the first outside North America - to join the ‘Turn it Teal’ initiative.
‘Turn it Teal’ was founded in 2014 by U.S. mother, Stephanie Lowe. It was created with the goal of lighting as many prominent monuments and buildings to highlight Food Allergy Awareness Week and the need to educate others about food allergy's and the treatment behind it.
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Rod Yates, Editor of Rolling Stone Australia
A journalist with more than 20 years' experience, he began his writing career in Canberra in the mid-nineties when he founded his own fanzine, and from there has gone on to launch the Australian arm of British rock bible Kerrang!, edit film magazine Empire, and freelance for publications such as Mojo, Classic Rock, Kerrang! UK, Men’s Style, Australian Guitar and Blunt, to name a few.
Rod has also just launched a weekly online music reviews and news show, The Right Note.
What recent changes or trends have had the biggest impacts on the way you work as a journalist?
Obviously the internet and social media have had major effects on the media industry, as have shrinking budgets. So we’re constantly having to produce more with less resources. On a really basic level, though, my job remains essentially the same: no matter how bite size people want information, or how quickly they want it, my job is to accurately represent the subjects I cover.
Which band or artist has been the most exciting to interview?
It’s hard to boil it down to one. Some of the interviews I’ve been most excited about beforehand are with the artists or bands I grew up listening to, just for the surreal fact that I’m now talking to them. So that’s artists such as Stevie Nicks, Debbie Harry, Kiss and so on. Then there are people like Ricky Gervais, who had me laughing from the beginning until the end.
How important are press releases for keeping up to date with all aspects of the music industry?
Very important. Of course I spend a lot of time scouring the web for news and events, but it’s always nice when they just land in your inbox!
What has been the most enjoyable story or project to work on in the last 12 months?
Last October I was flown to the U.S. to interview Metallica at Electric Lady Studios in New York, after which I went to L.A. to interview Ryan Adams in his Pax-Am studio complex. Speaking to those artists alone was great, but to do it in such settings was the icing on the cake.
What advice would you give to anyone wanting to start working in music journalism?
Start writing and don’t stop. Learn your craft, learn about the subject.
Upcoming Media Events
Dietitians Association of Australia National Conference
Thursday 18th to Saturday 20th May - Hobart, TAS
More than 500 dietitians, nutritionists and nutrition scientists, along with an outstanding line-up of local and international speakers will gather in Hobart to share the latest in food and nutrition research, and discuss key issues affecting the health of Australians as part of the 34th Dietitians Association of Australian national Conference.
Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival
Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st May - Gold Coast, QLD
Now in its 16th year, multi-award winning Blues on Broadbeach is one of the largest free music festivals in Australia, entertaining locals and visitors with almost 70 acts on 20 stages.
Great Ocean Road's Running Festival
Saturday 20th to Sunday 21st May - Lorne, VIC
Held along the Great Ocean Road, thousands of Australian and International runners come together to participate in the marathon to help raise money for the Apollo Bay & District Health Foundation.
Million Paws Walk (pictured above)
Sunday 21st May - Nationwide
Held yearly, the Million Paws Walk will gather dog lovers nationwide to help raise awareness for the fight against animal cruelty. The event will also include activities, competitions, food and market stalls catered for both attendees and their pooches.
National Palliative Care Week
Sunday 21st to Sunday 28th May - Nationwide
National Palliative Care Week is an annual awareness raising week organised by Palliative Care Australia. The theme for this year’s National Palliative Care Week is ‘You matter, your care matters. Palliative care can make a difference’.The theme addresses the need for aged care services to provide palliative care where appropriate.
Paniyiri Greek Festival
Saturday 20th to Sunday 21st May - Brisbane
Starting in 1976, the Paniyiri Greek Festival is the longest running cultural festival in Queensland showcasing all things Greek. With over 30 food stalls, live entertainment, cooking classes and competitions, the event is set to attract over 60,000 visitors.