AAP Medianet - 31 August 2017

August 31, 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

Chris Uhlmann has been announced as the new Chief Political Editor for the Nine Network, replacing Laurie Oakes. Chris currently works in the Press Gallery for the ABC Network as a Political Editor. Chris is a Walkley Award-winner and earlier this year gained worldwide recognition for his report on the dysfunctionality of current United States President Donald Trump. He will start in October.

Hit 92.9's Woody Whitelaw, Host of Perth’s Heidi, Will and Woody, is moving back to Melbourne. It is believed he will join KIIS FM. Woody also currently co-hosts the Wine and Snacks podcast with Will McMahon.  

Will McMahon is also leaving Hit 92.9 to move to Melbourne to supposedly join Woody Whitelaw at KIIS FM. Will writes for The Big Smoke, co-hosts Wine and Snacks podcast with Woody and works on a Soundcloud series titled Good Boys and Fruit

Kevin Mitchell is the new Presenter for Double J lunchtimes taking over from Myf Warhurst while he takes a break. Kevin is a musician best known for his work singing for Jebediah under the stage name Bob Evans. He has previously Presented the Artist In Resistance program.

Editor-in-Chief of the Gourmet Traveller, Sarah Oakes, has launched the magazine’s official podcast with 'Set Menu' now available on iTunes. Sarah has previously been the editor of the Daily Life, Sunday Life, CLEO and Girlfriend.

Sarah Grigg is returning home joining Flow FM as a Journalist starting this week. Sarah has previous experience working as a volunteer for Radio Adelaide as well as Editor of her University's magazine.

Presenter of Hit 104.7's The Ryan and Tanya Breakfast Show in Canberra and 2Day FM's Saturday breakfast, Ryan Jon, has launched his new podcast this week. Ryan's new show 'Am I ready To Be A Father?' released the first three episodes on Monday.

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

Exercise Your Mood this September
  Image: Black Dog Institute    

Black Dog Institute and a host of famous faces are calling on Australians to improve their mental fitness this September as part of Black Dog’s flagship national campaign, Exercise Your Mood.

Launching this Friday on the first day of Spring, the month-long Exercise Your Mood theme is ‘Take the first step’, recognising that everyone – from the fighting fit to those experiencing mental illness – can benefit from exercise for better mental and physical wellbeing.

Read full story

Media Spotlight

Paul Wallbank, News Editor at Mumbrella 
Paul Wallbank is News Editor at Mumbrella. Previously he's covered business and technology issues for outlets ranging from The Australian and Sydney Morning Herald to the ABC and Business Spectator. An engineer by profession, Paul fell into journalism in the run up to Y2K when he started as a tech commentator on ABC Local Radio and Smart Company. He became a freelancer in 2010. His Twitter handle is @paulwallbank.

What are you enjoying most about your new job as news editor at Mumbrella?
Being the oldest in a young and energetic team as well as moving out of my comfort zone in tech. It's nice to be part of a team though, it really helps spread the load and the deadline of a daily newsletter is good after seven years of freelancing.

If there has been one big lesson in getting to the stage you're at now, what would that be?
Expect the unexpected.

Is it a challenge managing so many different roles or is it something you thrive on?
I'd had a crack at running my own publications so I had some understanding of the different roles and pressures. I'm not saying I thrive on it but it seems to focus my often scattered thinking.

How important are press releases to find story opportunities?
They are important, the critical thing is not to rely on them and treat the claims made in them with more than a few grains of salt.

Where do you think technology will take the media in the next few years?
If I knew, I'd be making an offer to Richard Branson for his island. The funny thing is a hundred years ago we'd have been wondering how people would make money out of broadcast radio – once that question was solved it was a huge industry. While I think the short term looks as tough as the past 15 years, we may well see new and profitable models over the medium to long term. We're certainly living in exciting times.

Upcoming Media Events

International Overdose Awareness Day 
Thursday 31st August 
A global event held each year that aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. 

Dementia Awareness Month
Friday 1st to Saturday 30th September
Alzheimer’s Australia’s annual national awareness campaign. This year’s theme is "You Are Not Alone".

Caritas Australia’s Women for the World fundraiser (pictured above)
Friday 1st to Saturday 30th September
In September, Caritas Australia’s Women for the World fundraiser will bring together thousands of women who will host their own events, such as morning teas, movie nights and dinner parties.

National Child Protection Week
Sunday 3rd to Saturday 9th September
Beginning on Fathers’ Day, National Child Protection Week is an opportunity for the community to think about how we can work together to keep all children safe.

Women’s Health Week
Monday 4th to Friday 8th September
A week that aims to encourage women to talk about issues that concern them and take control of their health.

National Literacy and Numeracy Week 2017
Monday 4th to Sunday 10th September
An opportunity for students, parents and schools to explore reading, writing and numeracy. 

Steptember (pictured left)
Monday 4th September to Sunday 1st October 
The campaign challenges participants to take 10,000 steps a day for 28 days straight, and raise money and awareness for cerebral palsy.

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