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AAP Medianet - 17 August 2017

August 17, 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

John Lyons will join ABC News as Head of Investigative and In-depth Journalism, and will look after the current affairs teams and programs across broadcast and digital. He is currently the Associate Editor (Digital Content) of The Australian

Fairfax Media is launching a new quarterly men’s magazine called Executive Style Magazine. Edited by Michael Harry, the first issue will be released on the 18th August and inserted into The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.

Nick Feain has joined Hit Gippsland as Co-Host of its breakfast show called Nick & Mandy. He will be joining Amanda (Mandy) Angiolino. Nick is a former graduate of Radio Training Institute, and has previous radio experience as Radio Host and Radio Announcer of Student Youth Network (SYN).

Jack Missen has secured a role as Producer at Vision Australia Radio. He was previously the Co-Executive Producer at Student Youth Network (SYN) and was Assistant Producer at SYN FMbefore that.

Amelia Lester will soon have her own weekly column in Fairfax Media’s Good Weekend magazine. This will be a return to the publication for her, having previously worked as the Editor of the magazine. Prior to that, Amelia was the Online Executive Editor at The New Yorker in America.

Lovatts Media has launched a new magazine called Audrey Daybook. It will be a bi-monthly magazine, and will consist of a combination of puzzles and lifestyle content for women. Audrey Daybook will be on sale from the 4th September

Ray Shaw will soon start as the new Managing Editor of GadgetGuy on the 11th September. He has previously worked for iTWire, and has over 20 years’ experience writing for Australian IT websites.

Luke McIlveen is returning to News Corp as Executive Editor of Fox Sports. He will leave behind his role as Editor of Daily Mail Australia. Luke left News Corp in 2013, and held several roles at the company, including Editor of, Editor of The Manly Daily, and Chief of Staff at The Daily Telegraph.

Editor's Pick: Press Release of the Week...

Urban flooding worldwide on the rise as countryside dries out
Image: University of New South Wales

The study, by engineers at University of New South Wales in Sydney, explored how rising local temperatures due to climate change might be affecting river flows.

An exhaustive global analysis, of rainfall and rivers across 160 countries, shows signs of a radical shift in streamflow patterns, with more intense flooding in cities and smaller catchments coupled with a drier countryside.

Read full story

Media Spotlight

Miguel D'Souza, Editorial Trainer at Australian Associated Press
Miguel is a digital journalist first putting news online in 1995. He has worked at the Seven Network, News Corp and at SBS before joining Australian Associated Press (AAP) in 2008. Now as the Editorial Trainer for AAP, Miguel is tasked not only with training wire journalists in research, verification skills and the application of social media, he also plays an integral and innovative role in how newsrooms are advancing the sourcing, development and speed of delivering news stories. His Twitter handle is @MiguelDSouza.‏

How did you get into journalism?
On my first day at Macquarie University I volunteered at 2SER-FM. It just went on and on from there! In 1993, on the urging of my mother ('Miguel, there's an industry for you - it's well paid and they don't seem to do much work'), I started working online as an associate producer for CNET Australia.

AAP's cadetship program plays an important role in training young journalists. As somebody who is integral to this process, what advice would you give to young people looking to get into journalism?
Keep creating, learning and sharing. Get your qualifications, but don't just rely on that - start a blog, report using social media, develop an area of interest - for me, it was hip-hop music! Doesn't matter what it is, an area of interest can lead you somewhere, bring you together with other people to share ideas and have your ideas tested. And do all of this in real life, not just online. 

How important is it for young journalists to master social media use?
Vital. To be socially literate, train your ability to filter, source and most importantly, verify the content you see.

What makes a press release stand out to you?
Relevance to the subject matter that is dominating the news cycle of the day/hour/week; efficiency at getting to the point and the provision of digital assets to help tell the story - whether it's images, video, graphic content or data. Access to expert talent can be very important, and just as important, PRs need to trust the journalist's storytelling process - rather than seeking to steer or control it.

You have been part of the digitisation at AAP. Do you think the role of a news agency is more relevant in the digital age?
Wire news agencies have maintained their relevance because they have scaled - up or down - their operations to suit the technological changes in news delivery and the wholesale migration of the audience online. Wire agencies have helped commercial news outlets keep down the costs of news production - which is a key driver of audiences to websites. Wire agencies like AAP also possess that rare thing in the distributed news environment - trust and recognition with news audiences - and as such will stay relevant for some time to come.

Upcoming Media Events

Arab Film Festival
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th August, Sydney
The 14th annual Arab Film Festival Australia returns this August sharing the stories and cultures of the Arab world with an impressive program of six features and five short films. The Sydney events will be followed by Melbourne, Canberra and Perth.

Brisbane International Film Festival
Thursday 17th August to Sunday 3rd September, Brisbane
The festival opens on 17th August with the Queensland premiere of The Square and brings the best of Australian and world cinema to the city of Brisbane

UN Humanitarian Day
Saturday 19th August, International
A day to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service and to rally support for people affected by crises around the world.

International Orangutan Day
Saturday 19th August, International 
To recognize the most iconic victim of the palm oil industry, International Orangutan Day aims to help encourage the public into taking action in preserving this amazing species.

National Book Week
Saturday 19th to Saturday 26th August, National
The Children's Book Council of Australia will hold its National Book Week from 19th to 26th August. This year’s theme is ‘Escape to Everywhere’ 

RSPCA Cupcake Day
Monday 21st August, National 
Bakers will gather from across the nation to make a stand for animal welfare. All funds raised through baking efforts will help rescue, rehabilitate and rehome the 135,000 animals that come through RSPCA shelters every year.

Be Medicinewise Week 
Monday 21st to Sunday 27th August
An annual national awareness week that promotes the safe and wise use of medicines. This year’s theme is a reminder that medicine misuse can happen to anyone. Prescription medicine misuse has been declared a ‘national emergency’, affecting almost 1 million Australians. 

Writing and Pitching to Journalists Workshop
Wednesday 13th September, Rhodes NSW
Tailored media writing course aimed to strategically target your releases to the media and assist you with all aspects of getting your stories noticed. For more information, click here.

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