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AAP Medianet - 11 July 2019


11 July 2019

Welcome to this week's AAP Medianet, featuring notable career moves and publication changes in the media industry, the Editor's pick for news release of the week and upcoming events. To keep with movements as they happen, follow @aapmedianet.

This Week's Media Movements


Kevin Bartlett will be leaving SEN radio station and will finish up in his role as drive host at the end of this month. Kevin had been with the station since its launch 15 years ago and is considered one of SEN’s most influential figures. 

Russell Clark has taken an on-air role and will be joining 96FM as the host of the station’s afternoon program. Russell is an experienced music and content director and has held roles at SAFM, 6PR and 6MM West Coast Radio. 

David Scutt and Dom Powell will be joining the Business Day team at The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. David will take on the role of new markets reporter and Dominic will become the new retail reporter. Prior to becoming a reporter, David had spent several years as a banker, whereas Dominic has spent the past few years at SmartCompany magazine. 

The new breakfast show Botica’s Bunch for Breakfast on 96FM began this Monday with new hosts. Fred Botica and Lisa Shaw replaced Paul Hogan and Lisa Fernandez as hosts of the show. The duo has worked together since 1997 when they began broadcasting.

Rob Harris is joining The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age’s Canberra team. He spent the past four years at the Herald Sun as its national political reporter. Prior to that, Rob had held roles at the ABC, Shepparton News and The Border Mail

Phil Hickey has started a new role at The West Australian as a senior reporter, covering the police and crime rounds. He had spent the past three years at WAtoday, where he also covered the crime, courts and police rounds. 

Southern Cross Austereo has a new logo and has removed the capital A from its logo, which was leftover from the Austereo days. SCA will also unveil a new corporate brand sound that will be heard at its corporate functions, such as events and announcements. The new brand and logo will roll out across the network over the next few weeks.

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

Construction of the Atlas Gas Pipeline Commences

 Image: Jemena

Australian gas consumers will soon benefit from new gas supplies after leading energy infrastructure company, Jemena, commenced construction of the Atlas Gas Pipeline today. Located n Queensland, the project will see a 60km, 8 inch steel-coated, buried gas pipeline and compressor station.

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Media Spotlight

James Lane, Journalist at AAP FactCheck

James Lane - AAP FactCheckJames joined Australian Associated Press in 1999 after several years working as a journalist for newspapers in the NSW Hunter Valley and a stint freelance writing in London. He helped establish AAP's digital operations during the early 2000s before becoming Sydney bureau deputy editor and later moving into roles in news production and features. James was also part of a three-year project to improve AAP's editorial, news, data and content delivery systems. 

You recently switched from an AAP news editor to working for AAP FactCheck. How different is it? 
AAP FactCheck is like nothing I have ever done in over 30 years as a journalist. It is fast-paced, multifaceted, highly nuanced, challenging and very rewarding. We FactCheck statements made by public figures about issues that are in the public interest. It requires a deep dive into a topic to determine if the author of the statement is being truthful. It's a highly structured and transparent process in that each paragraph in a FactCheck carries a reference linking back to the source of that information. It allows AAP's FactChecks to be, in turn, fact-checked. 

How do you do a FactCheck? 
AAP FactCheck examines contentious statements (quotes) published in the Australian media by public figures. Our team then identifies the verifiable elements of each contested claim and discusses the most relevant, trusted sources to draw on. From there we set about verifying the facts of the statement. This might include contacting the public figure who made the statement and asking them for the source of their claim as well as turning to government reports, freedom of information documents, published reports, studies and research papers as well as data and policy, and media statements to establish the truth.

Has working at FactCheck allowed you to flex different journalistic muscles? 
When you 're working for FactCheck, you're being a journalist, researcher, information and data collector, and investigator to dissect and analyse a statement as to whether it's true or false or somewhere in between. AAP FactCheck is public interest journalism or in the words of  English novelist and journalist George Orwell who once said journalism was: "Printing what someone else does not want printed; everything else is public relations."  

Do you ever use media releases as part of your FactChecks?
Yes, on many occasions during the NSW and federal election campaigns we were combing through media releases from political parties, politicians and lobby groups to determine what had been said and promised. Political party policy announcements were particularly useful.

Upcoming Media Events

Common Dreams 2019 conference 
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July, Sydney 
A conference dedicated to progressive religious thought and action, with Matthew Fox and Anne Pattel-Gray as keynote speakers. This year’s theme is “Sacred Earth: Original Blessing, Our Common Home”.

2019 WCA Speedcubing World Championship (right)
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July, Melbourne
Now in its 10th year, the championship, which is sponsored by Rubik's, brings together speedcubers from around the world for a weekend of competition and puzzle-solving.

Corporate Club Australia Business Lunch
Friday 12th July
, Sydney
At this year’s business lunch, the NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian will be interviewed by ABC journalist Leigh Sales. The lunch is an opportunity for the club’s corporate network to engage with a forward-thinking Australian agenda.  

2019 Adelaide Beer and BBQ Festival
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th July, Adelaide
A showcase of South Australian, Australian and international beer and cider, with the biggest chefs from Australian and around the world cooking up a BBQ storm. 

LNP annual convention
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th July, Brisbane
The LNP will hold its annual convention, with reports from local, state and federal leaders. State leader Deb Frecklington will give her report on Friday. 

The Finders Keepers Market (left)
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th July, Melbourne
Founded in 2008, the markets feature the work of independent makers and designers from across Australia.


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