7 December 2017
Welcome to this week's AAP Medianet, 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
Comedy Duo Hamish and Andy have announced they will launch a new Podcast in 2018 following their last show on radio. The two formed in 2003 hosting a variety of radio and television programs including The Hamish & Andy radio show and Hamish & Andy Gap Year on television.
Former Bachelorette Sophie Monk has been confirmed as the new Host of Love Island, which will air on 9Go and 9Now. Sophie's career began with with girl group Bardot and has previously appeared in films such as Date Movie, Click and Spring Breakdown.
NZME has appointed Simon Wilson as Senior Writer and Data Specialist, and Keith Ng as a Data Journalist at the New Zealand Herald. Simon has previously worked for Metro and as the Editor of Cuisine magazine. Keith has a long pedigree in data previously working with Chewy Data and ClinkID.
AFTRS graduates Alex Dickson, Sean Brown and Liam Sommerville have all accepted roles post graduation. Alex has joined KIIS in Melbourne as a Content Director. Fellow graduate, Sean has accepted a casual position with KIIS Sydney and Liam is moving to Power FM in Bega as an Audio Producer.
Triple J Presenter Zan Rowe will join Double J from 2018. Zan brings a wealth of experience having worked for Triple J as the Presenter of Mornings with Zan Rowe for a decade and before that working the mid-dawn shift. She will continue in the morning timeslot with Double J.
Nathan Bazley will wrap up as Presenter of Behind the News after 10 years in the role. He will remain with the ABC in a Senior Producer role. Nathan began with the ABC completing an Internship program for ABC Brisbane radio before starting with Behind the News.
Sky News has launched a new Business show called Mundine Means Business with Nyunggai Warren Mundine hosting the program. Nyunggai is an Aboriginal leader and the former National President of the Australian Labour Party. He has worked as the Australian Government’s Indigenous Advisory Council when Tony Abbott was in power. Nyunggai will host a 12 part series highlighting entrepreneurs of the Australian Indigenous community.
Emily Copeland was announced as FBi Radio’s new Vice President. Emily replaces Brandon Saul who was the Vice President for 16 years. Emily has been a Board Member for FBi Radio for the last 7 years as well as working with Cedilla Australia.
Editor's Pick: Press Release of the Week...
Australian Preschoolers Learn New Languages with ELLA
Preschool children using tablet devices to access ELLA Image: www.ella.edu.au
About 60,000 preschool children around Australia could be happily learning one of nine languages next year, whether or not there is a language teacher available at their preschool.
Up to 3,000 Australian preschools and kindergartens are expected to be delivering the Australian Government’s highly successful Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program in 2018. They will be fostering a love of language learning, collaboration and cultural understanding, while enriching their current programs.
Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Modern Greek and Spanish will all be available for preschools to choose from in 2018.
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Marnie Banger, Cadet Journalist at AAP
Marnie Banger is a Cadet Journalist with Australian Associated Press in Sydney. She previously spent a year with AAP as a News Intern in Adelaide. She’s originally from Melbourne, so still gets a little startled at the sight of an Ibis on a bin, and enjoys spending some of her spare time laughing, running and snorkeling. Her Twitter handle is @marniebanger.
What inspired you to become a journalist?
I wish I could recall exactly what thought process led me to first get involved in the field by studying a journalism degree. I suspect it was the idea that it would match some of my strengths and that I’d enjoy it, but at age 18, who knows!
My greatest motivation to be a journalist actually came when I was working in my first job after I finished studying, which was in communications, for about two-and-a-half years. I really loved it and part of the reason for that was I had the good fortune to work closely with some awesome former journalists. Getting the chance to hear about some of their experiences as reporters made me think that I’d really like to give that a go and learn more about the world outside of what I knew.
And funnily enough, the more I’m in the job, and see what good it can do, the more inspired about it I feel.
AAP's cadet program sees you move regularly between news desks. What is the biggest challenge of moving into a new round or topic area?
Starting up on a new desk can feel a bit like starting a new job, in that there are some different processes and nuances to get your head around - but that sense of unfamiliarity and the learning that follows is what I love about it most!
For a press release to grab your attention, what should it contain?
Just as with any story, if a media release gets its point across clearly and succinctly, that can be very helpful.
How important is social media mastery for a journalist?
Social media is so embedded in most of our lives and how we share our experiences that I think for journalists, who are aiming to share information that may matter to people, having some kind of handle on it is so important.
What is the most memorable story you've reported on this year?
The announcement of the result of the same-sex marriage postal survey in November is something I won’t be forgetting in a hurry. I was in the office at the time, helping to collate reactions and gathering analysis on the NSW results, but watching the TV in the newsroom as the result came through - and knowing what it would mean to so many people - was really something.
Upcoming Media Events
Remix Summit Sydney for Asia Pacific - Culture, Technology, Entrepreneurship
Thursday 7th to Friday 8th December, Sydney
The summit brings together pioneers from different industries to explore the future of the creative industries, creative cities and the creative economy. Nearly 2,000 people attended last year.
Adelaide Motorsport Festival
Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th December, Adelaide
The festival is a celebration of Adelaide's rich motorsport heritage, incorporating the Adelaide Rally and Victoria Park Sprint.
Australian Human Rights Awards
Friday 8th December, Sydney
Jeremy Fernandez will host the Australian Human Rights Commission’s annual awards. Individuals and organisations will be recognised for their role in promoting and protecting human rights and freedoms in Australia.
Queensland Ballet's The Nutcracker (Pictured)
Friday 8th to Saturday 16th December, Brisbane
Tchaikosky’s music will come to life in Brisbane in time for Christmas with Queensland Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker.
Human Rights Day
Sunday 10th December
Human Rights Day is observed to commemorate the day in 1948 that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.