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AAP Medianet - 11 May 2017


11 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. 

This Week's Media Movements

Former Australian and State of Origin halfback, Brett Kimmorley, will appear tonight on Seven News at 6pm in his new role as its Rugby League Contributor. The former NRL player will continue his work with Fox Sports.

Vogue Living Editor-in-Chief, Neale Whitaker, will leave in June to focus on his television career. Whitaker has two shows currently in production, including a role as a judge on Channel Nine's The Block.

Mark Greasley returns to his roots with Classic Hiits 4BU radio in Bundaberg replacing Trevour Leutton since his departure last month.

Fairfax’s Drive Network, publisher of and, has announced the appointment of Darren Anderson to the new role of Chief Revenue Officer. Anderson was previously a former Network 10 Commercial Partnership Director. 

Paora Maxwell has resigned from his position as the Chief Executive of Maori Television. This has come after just 3 years into a 5 year contact with the network.

Jeff Latch will be leaving his role as TVNZ's Director of Content in July after 23 years with the organisation. He is departing ahead of planned restructuring within TVNZ

Anny Havercroft has joined Yahoo7 as its Head of Brand, replacing Andrea Rule who left the position last month. She was formerly the Managing Directer at Mediacom Melbourne 9 months prior.

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

Australian Museum Expedition to Save Rare Insect from Extinction
Image: Australian Museum  

Australian Museum researchers and citizen scientists have scaled a volcanic cliff-face in a daring attempt to save the elusive Lord Howe Island stick insect.  

A team of scientists and climbers have ascended Balls Pyramid, the tallest volcanic stack in the world at 560 metres high, to retrieve a live specimen of one of the world’s rarest insects.

Read full story

Media Spotlight

Michael Saunders, Managing Editor of Surfing Life Magazine 
Michael Saunders is the Managing Editor of Surfing Life magazine. He has worked at several surfing and bodyboarding titles, including Riptide Bodyboarding Magazine. He lives in the Gold Coast, and can often be found battling the crowds on the beach in between chasing up the latest bodyboarding and surfing news. Prior to starting at Surfing Life magazine, he was a Journalist at the Gold Coast Bulletin, and has also written for The AU Review. His Twitter handle is @micsaunders.

You have worked as both an Editor and a Journalist. Do you have a preference for one of these and why? 
I think the type of publications I worked for made a much bigger difference than my job title. Working as a Journalist at a daily newspaper was extremely fast paced and time consuming. Then switching over to an editor was a lot more laid back in terms of deadlines, but more time was needed to get the perfect image and copy. I am technically an Editor/Journalist at Surfing Life, so I get the best (and worst) of both worlds!

What are some surprising things you’ve learnt about surfing and bodyboarding through your work?
Just how small these industries are once you get to know everyone. From the outside, the surfing industry can seem like a big business with large networks, but once you start knowing names and faces, it really is just a bunch of salt-skinned people who genuinely love the sport.

How do you gather your research for stories, and what role do press releases play in that process?
While I really do wish my job lived up to the stereotype of spending days lying on the beach at exotic locations, and rubbing shoulders with Kelly Slater and Mick Fanning during the off-season, it is pretty far from the truth! Most of my days are spent sitting in front of a computer screen and relentlessly emailing surfers, photographers, writers, designers and publishers. A press release is rarely used word-for-word in our feature articles, but it often serves as a starting point for a larger story.

In your opinion, what makes a news item interesting?
This is a pretty tough question to answer in 3-4 sentences. I always like to have the readership in mind when I choose stories. Is this something they would genuinely be interested in and read to the end? Does it contribute to the topic of discussion in terms of extra facts or knowledge? Will the reader benefit from the article? All these things run through my brain when picking out feature stories.

Which recent stories have had an impact on you?
On a global scale, I think what is happening in Syria has been dominating my attention when I browse through the major news outlet websites. In the surfing world, the story of Owen Wright coming back from severe head trauma to win the Quiksilver Pro at Snapper Rocks was a truly inspiring story. Well worth a read if you haven't already!

Upcoming Media Events

Friday 12th May - Kiev, Ukraine 
Eurovision Song Contest held in the Ukrainian capital Kiev with Australia one of 43 countries represented. This year Isaiah Firebrace is Australia's entrant (pictured right).

Mothers Day Classic
14 May - Australia-wide
Held in all capital cities and major regional locations across Australia, the Mother's Day Classic is a morning of fun and festivities while raising vital funds and awareness for breast cancer research

Mercedes-Benz Australian Fashion Week 
14th - 19th May - Sydney 
This annual fashion event is back this May, where Australian designers take the stage to showcase their latest collections. 

Australia’s Food Allergy Week
14th - 20th May
- Nationwide
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has announced a month-long campaign aimed at reminding food businesses about the need to get allergen labelling right.

Explore the law during Law Week 
15th - 20th May - Victoria 
There will be over 160 main events held across Victoria, with the aim to help people explore the law in an informative, fun and entertaining way. 

ACMA's Australian Content Conversation Event
16th - 17th May - Sydney 
Speakers include ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie, YouTube Australia/New Zealand’s development of content strategy manager Felicity McVay, Screen Australia’s executive director of strategy and operations, Fiona Cameron.

Apply to join the Melbourne Press Club

Membership is $85 for journalists, $110 for associate members and $40 for students.

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