AAP Medianet - 13 June 2019


June 13 , 2019

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. To keep with movements as they happen, follow our Twitter @aapmedianet.

This Week's Media Movements


Crikey has launched its investigative journalism department called INQ, with 12 journalists making up the team. Lauren Molan will be the editor of INQ and will be based in Melbourne. Also joining the team will be David Hardaker, Kirsten Drysdale and Georgia Wilkins, amongst others.

Tom Tilley, the host of triple j’s Hack program, takes a break to work on an assignment for ABC TV’s Foreign Correspondent. Filling in for him will be triple j breakfast newsreader Alice Matthews, Hack reporter Avani Dias and The Feed presenter Laura Murphy-Oates. They will take turns hosting the program over the next few months. 

A new monthly publication It’s Your Day has been announced by Bauer Media. The magazine will include stories about relationships, food, wellbeing, celebrity interviews and real-life stories. Available today, the first issue will include a special feature on the friendship between Barry Du Bois and Amanda Keller.

Guardian Australia has expanded its newsroom, with the appointment of four new roles. Anne Davies takes on the role of investigations editor, Adam Morton >becomes environment editor, and Laura Murphy-Oates will head up a new podcast project as host and senior producer. 

Ex-Gogglebox star and I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here contestant Yvie Jones joins Fox FM as a host for its breakfast slot. She will be replacing Fifi Box on Fifi, Fev and Byron, who will be taking maternity leave. Yvie will host the show along with Brendan Fevola and Byron Cooke

Dave Williams is the new host of Triple M’s My Generation, taking over from Ugly Phil. Dave started in his role on Saturday. He was previously the host of Triple M’s drive show Kennedy Molloy and has over 25 years’ experience in radio. 

Messenger Community News is rebranding all its mastheads to The Messenger. The Messenger will also be expanding its coverage in Adelaide, both geographically and digitally. Messenger Community News is owned by News Corp Australia

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

World's fastest bowler releases "Burning Balls" memorabilia set

 Image: Lloyds Auctioneers and Valuers Pty Ltd

Jeff Thomson, “Thommo” the World’s Fastest Bowler of all time reveals his highly anticipated authentic cricket memorabilia after strong demand from fans around the world. The limited-edition framed “Burning Balls” celebrates Thomson’s 255 international wickets taken.

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Media Spotlight

Sam Langford, News and Political Reporter, Junkee

Sam Langford - Junkee Sam Langford is a news & politics reporter at Junkee. She was previously an editor of Honi Soit, the University of Sydney’s student newspaper. Follow her on Twitter at @_slangers. 

When did you first decide to be a journalist and why?
I fell into journalism by accident when I got involved in the University of Sydney’s student newspaper, Honi Soit, while I was studying. Honi has always covered student news and politics very closely, and contributing to the paper was a great opportunity to gain practical experience reporting on a specific beat. I eventually became an editor of the paper and got to try my hand at a little bit of everything — from news reporting to feature writing, editing, and graphic design for print and web. I loved all of it, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

How would you describe your audience and how do you make news and politics interesting for that demographic?
Junkee is aimed at a youth audience (broadly speaking, 18 to 35-year-olds), so we try to focus on covering news and politics stories that impact the lives of young people. I have a real interest in covering workplace rights, environment and LGBTIQ issues, and over time I’ve found ways to make each beat appeal to our audience. In particular, giving young people a voice is key — our readers love a story that actually asks young people about their experience at work, or their thoughts on the climate crisis and what we can do about it. 

What mistakes do you see other media making when targeting this demographic?
There’s no need to talk down to young people — we’re smarter than you think. 

What makes a press release stand out from others in your inbox?
Good timing. Too often I receive embargoed press releases that arrive too close to the embargo time for me to actually cover the story. Obviously, news happens fast, but in a small team like Junkee’s, we’re not always able to drop everything for a press release that arrives at 5pm.  

Upcoming Media Events

Australian Dementia Forum 2019Rottnest Running Festival
Thursday 13th to Friday 14th June, Hobart
The theme for the fourth annual forum will be ‘Shining a light on the impact of dementia research’, and will look at improving dementia research in the community through accelerated research translation.

RACV Marine 2019 Melbourne Boat Show
Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th June, Melbourne
The boat show will be celebrating its 59th year of operation. The annual event celebrates the positive and rewarding lifestyle that boating provides.

2019 Adelaide Wine Festival and The 2nd China-Australia Wine and Spirit Forum
Friday 14th to Wednesday 19th June, Adelaide
Adelaide Wine festival and 2nd China-Australia Wine and Spirit forum returns for another year, the event promotes Adelaide as the great wine capital, and expand its market influence in China.

Rottnest Running Festival (above)
Sunday 16th June, Rottnest Island, Western Australia
The Rottnest Running Festival is organised by the West Australian Marathon Club, with proceeds donated to Royal Flying Doctor Service. It has a full 42.2km marathon, along with a half marathon, and a 5km and 10km fun runs.

Refugee Week - SSI New Beginning Festival 2019Refugee Week (left)
Sunday 16th to Saturday 22nd June, Nationwide
A week dedicated to raising awareness of the issues affecting refugees and celebrating the positive contributions of refugees to  Australian society - #WithRefugees. 



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