AAP Medianet - 12 December 2019

December 12, 2019

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12 December 2019

Welcome to this week's AAP Medianet newsletter 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


Angus Livingston is departing after six years with AAP 
Today is the final day for the newswire’s national economics writer. Angus is relocating to Canberra where he will be the bureau chief for The Sydney Morning Herald >and The Age.
Angus has been with AAP since 2014, covering economics and politics.

Hamish Macdonald will return to ABC Radio National Breakfast in 2020
Hamish has announced that he will join Fran Kelly as a regular co-host on the show. 

Monika Kos will replace Narelda Jacobs as host of 10 News First Perth
Monika was the host of the top-rated Today Tonight West Coast until it was made defunct on Friday, 29th November.

Janine Perrett has accepted redundancy and departed Sky News
Janine is a veteran journalist with 40 years' experience and had been the host of The Perrett Report. She has worked across the network for 10 years.

Nova Entertainment have handed out multiple redundancies
Around 15 staff members have been axed from the network, including Melbourne program director Rohan Brown.

The Australian has announced its roll call of cadets for 2020 
"The Australian Class of 2020" includes Max Maddison, Lachlan Moffet Gray, Simon Orchard, Adeshola Ore, Imogen Reid, David Ross, and Angelica Snowden >who will all be based at the Sydney Holt Street headquarters.

Patrick Abboud has been named the recipient of the Jesse Cox Audio Fellowship
The award-winning journalist and broadcaster has received the $20,000 fellowship which is given to help the winner create an innovative audio storytelling project.

Nkayla Afshariyan has parted ways with triple j Hack
Nkayla left after two years of working as a digital reporter for the program finishing on Tuesday, 10th December.

Rita Rizk has commenced a new role as a freelance news producer at Network 10
Rita was previously a producer and reporter with Seven Network's recently cancelled Today Tonight.

Peter Gleeson will host a new regional affairs program on Sky News and WIN Network
SKY News Across Australia with Peter Gleeson will premiere at 7pm on 27th January, 2020. 
Peter was formerly the editor of Queensland's Sunday Mail before joining Sky in 2018. 

NITV celebrates seven years of free-to-air television
Today marks the seven-year anniversary of the National Indigenous Television on free-to-air television, a network which celebrates Indigenous storytellers.

Applications are open for Walkley Young Indigenous Scholarship
Applications are now open for the Walkley Young Indigenous Scholarship. The scholarship is with Junkee Media and 10 News First.

Nicole Frost will spend her last week at Domain as senior editorial producer
Nicole will finish up on Friday, 13th December and start a new role in the public service sector.

Ryan Rathbone will take on the regional helm of Grant Broadcasters
Ryan has been appointed as the network’s regional content director for Queensland and The Northern Territory.

Brad Geier has reached a 10 year milestone of hosting Breakfast
Brad, who is the founder and manager of Radio KLFM, took over as host of the program after the retirement of radio legend Ian “Nicko” Nicholls in 2009.

Tanya Hennessy has departed Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) after nine years
Tanya, who has been the weekend breakfast host on the Hit Network since 2018, is leaving her radio career to focus on live shows, television and overseas opportunities. 

Chris Keely will begin as the executive director of Create NSW
Chris will leave his current role as general manager at SBS Food and SBS World Movies and start his new role on 16 December, 2020. 

Warrnambool radio news presenter, Lois Chislett, will retire at the end of the year
The news bulletin presenter for both 3YB FM and Coast FM will retire after 46 years on the air. 

Denis Walter will host the 3AW Night program in 2020
The news bulletin presenter for both 3YB FM and Coast FM will retire after 46 years on the air.

Ryan Jon has joined business news streaming service Ticker
The former Hit 92.9 host will have his own show, On The Download, that will air from 11am on Wednesdays. 

Rebecca St Clair has joined DPS Publishing
Rebecca has started a new role as a journalist and editorial assistant for the Talking Disability >news section.

Athletes Voice purchases The Roar from the Australian Radio Network
ARN will no longer support its sporting content platform as the company begins to separate itself from non-audio holdings

Editor's Pick: Press Release of the Week

Air Force Hercules supports Christmas Drop 19 in West Pacific

 Image: Department of Defence

The Royal Australian Air Force is once again participating in Operation Christmas Drop, the world’s longest-running humanitarian airdrop activity. A C-139J Hercules and crew is being sent to Guam filled with donations including food, sporting equipment and school supplies that will be dropped by parachute to remote island communities in the West Pacific. 

Read full story

Media Spotlight

Oliver Gordon, Journalist at ABC Alice Springs
Oliver Gordon is a journalist for the ABC based in Alice Springs. He most recently won the 2019 Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year for his scoop exposing racial profiling and segregation at an Alice Springs Hotel. He has worked across many mediums such as radio and online, covering local and national politics, Indigenous affairs, health and the arts. Oliver was also named the 2019 Journalist/Photojournalist of the Year, at the NT Media Awards. He tweets at @olgordon.

What aspects of journalism motivates you the most? 
The aspect of journalism that motivates me most is the day to day diversity of my working life. It’s an honour and a privilege to be able to meet new people and spend time in their world every day. Other aspects that motivate me include getting to speak truth to power, and getting to work as part of a team. I think journalism is very much a team sport, and I’m lucky to work with lots of really nice and supportive people in my team
How do you protect your sources that wish to remain anonymous?
I don’t tell anyone their names and use private messaging services. I also double-check that I am not revealing parts of a source’s identity in any other conversations I am having with other people. Often this involves remaining very diligent and being very intentional about which words you use and what conversations you have. That’s OK though, all part of the job.
How did you originally become aware of the racism and mistreatment of Indigenous people found in your ABC story?
I was leaked an internal email instructing staff to use certain rooms for certain people. After I was leaked the email I worked closely with the people who leaked it to me to talk about what we could do with it, and how we could turn it into a piece of journalism. This was a long journey that took many conversations and a lot of planning.

Why are press releases still important in today's journalism?
Good press releases provide accurate summaries of complex reports or events. This can save everyone time and energy. I like dot points, clear headlines, and connections back to newsworthy events. I think I can tell when an ex-journalist has written a press release because they have been on the receiving end of pressers. There’s an art to a good press release, and I respect people who take the time to do a good job of them.

What advice would you give to aspiring journalists who hope to earn the Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year award one year?
If it’s possible for you, move away from your home town so you can really focus on your work for a couple of years. Also, read books that are written by people with different perspectives/upbringings/life circumstances. Another thing that’s important is being persistent in your newsgathering. Make that extra phone call. Learn the art of getting people to speak to you without being annoying. That will be good for your career.

Upcoming Media Events

Sydney Santa Spectacular (right)
Friday 13th December, Sydney
Rides, an ice skating rink, live stage shows, food and drink and seasonal decorations bring the magic of Christmas alive at this ticketed family event.  

Native Owned: An evening with Indigenous Enterprise
Saturday 14th December, Sydney 
A night of music and dance from the Native American and Canadian collective will also feature an interview led by Rhoda Roberts, head of First Nations Programming at the Sydney Opera House. 

Anita's Theatre Thirroul — Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase 2019 (below)
Saturday 14th December, Wollongong
For the seventh year in a row, The Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase Tour is bringing their funniest stand-ups to Thirroul for a night of hilarity. 

African Music & Cultural Festival (AMCF) 
Saturday 14th December, Melbourne
The largest African festival in Australia celebrates the rich customs and culture through live music, dancing, fashion, market stalls and traditional food.






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