AAP Medianet - 14 November 2019


14 November 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


The Guardian Australia expands New Zealand coverage
The reporting for New Zealand will cover topics such as social justice and Indigenous affairs, and will be led by two journalists and other freelancers. 

The ABC will not seek radio broadcast rights for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo
The corporation has blamed budgetary pressures in its decision to opt out as the Games’ official non-commercial radio broadcaster, ending a 67-year tradition. 

Kevin Hogan OAM has been laid to rest after passing away on Melbourne Cup Day
Kevin was a renowned South Melbourne footballer and sports broadcaster for 54 years with ABC Gippsland.

Peter Fray will join Crikey
Media veteran Peter Fray has been named managing editor of Crikey and editor-in-chief of Private Media.

The Sydney Morning Herald and Sky News both remove paywall for bushfire coverage
The Fairfax newspaper and news broadcaster have both pulled their restricted access to allow people to stay informed throughout the duration of the crisis. 

Kellie Mayo is the new editorial development lead at ABC in Melbourne
Kellie was previously the managing editor of Asia Pacific News for the ABC. 

David Robinson will host Mornings on ABC WA
David will be heard on ABC Radio - South West and joins from Network 10 where he has worked as a reporter since 2017. 

Connor McGoverne is the new sports reporter for Nine News Queensland
Connor was previously a senior reporter for Nine News Central West. 

Johannes Leak takes up cartoonist position at The Australian
Johannes will take over the role of his late father, Bill Leak, at the newspaper. 

News Corp recruits Del Fordham as head of audio
Former NOVA Entertainment and SCA executive DelFordham will be head of audio for the company’s audio network, NewsCast. 

Shannon Caton is the new editor at The Messenger
Shannon was previously with the masthead as a reporter and replaces Nadja Fleet, who moves to The Advertiser as head of news. 

Mitch Brook is leaving his role as the AWOL Editor at Junkee
Mitch is leaving his role as he is moving to New York. Applications to replace his role at Junkee are now open. 

Amanda Bardas has been appointed executive editor at Val Morgan Digital
Amanda was previously with Allure in the same role covering titles such as Popsugar, Who What Wear, Brydie and MyDomaine Australia.

Jordan Kretchmer has joined Gourmet Traveller
Jordan has begun writing for the food and travel magazine while continuing to contribute to Qantas Travel Insider and Good Food Guide.

Disney Plus launch delayed in Australia and will stream on Tuesday, 19th November
Australia has been excluded from the initial Disney+ launch on Tuesday, 12th November, with only the US, Canada and the Netherlands receiving access. 

Film Victoria and SBS have announced a joint development initiative: Pitch to Pilot
The initiative will focus on developing new ideas for television drama formats that reflect Australia’s cultural and linguistic diversity.

GOAT has launched a sex-ed podcast titled Thinking Between the Thighs
The NOVA Entertainment pop culture platform podcast will be hosted by columnist Sophie Giles and address questions regarding sex and relationships.

David Attenborough's new documentary Seven Worlds, One Planet has aired on Nine
Each episode will focus on conservation within a different continent in a seven-part series starting Wednesday, 13th November. 

The 2020 Radio Awards is open for entries
The awards will receive entries from radio stations, networks, and independent producers from over 30 countries.

NEWSTonic Health Media has partnered with Healthline Media
The partnership will allow the Tonic Health Media network to grow its media and digital assets. 

New LGBTQI+ magazine BOY! Incognito will be released this month
Founding editor James Tawfik will publish the first issue of the queer culture magazine, with some proceeds going to The Trevor Project, a safe digital community for LGBTQI+ youth. 

Broadcast Australia rebrands as BAI Communications
The Australian and international transmission service has relaunched in an act to strengthen its market position.

Australian-made documentary Giving Life will air on Saturday, 16th November on Nine
The eight-part series will highlight the stories of the Australian Red Cross.

Editor's Pick: Press Release of the Week

Residents returning to bush fire damaged homes warned to be aware of asbestos dangers

 Image: Supplied
The Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia has warned NSW and Queensland residents returning to homes and properties damaged from bushfires of the risk of stirring up deadly asbestos fibres. ADFA states that a high proportion of homes built before 1987 contain asbestos products.

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Media Spotlight

Jason Om, Reporter at 7.30

Jason Om is an award-winning journalist with ABC News. He is currently a reporter on 7.30 and appears on ABC News Breakfast and the ABC News Channel. Previously, he has worked for ABC Life, Lateline and ABC Radio. He began his career as a TV cadet at SBS. You can watch his video series ‘Thanks’ on iView. Jason tweets at @jason_om.

What advice would you give to a young journalist starting out in the industry? 

Go in with a giant bulldust detector! We’re living in a constant state of misinformation. Scepticism and paying close attention to the facts and what people are saying is something every young journo should have. For journos of colour (POC), I would say don’t let anyone run you down.
You received an award for your mental health reporting - do you have any tips on how to report responsibly in this area? 

Yes, that was the Margaret Tobin Award for a story I did about a spate of suicides in a small town. I was working in South Australia as a correspondent for ABC Radio at the time, and I remember sitting under some gum trees with the sister of a man who took his own life and crying along with her while I held the microphone. It’s significant when families speak up, and you need to be sensitive to them. You also need to accept they have a right to privacy if they say no to you. A really useful resource for journalists is the national Mindframe guidelines around reporting on mental health.
For a press release to be eye-catching, what should it contain? 

For me, it needs to be direct, ‘pitchy’ and to the point. Most importantly, it needs to be topical. There’s more chance of an idea succeeding if it is timely. The idea should be strong enough without needing overkill. A release should also live up to what it’s promising.
For TV journos, we need pictures to go with the story, so make it easy for us to either shoot them ourselves or provide a link where we can download unrestricted vision. Above all, I think talent with lived experience makes for a strong story.

Upcoming Media Events

New Beginnings Festival >(right)
Saturday, 16th November, Sydney
The New Beginnings Festival is a unique celebration of the creative work of artists, performers and craftspeople from refugee and migrant backgrounds living in NSW.

Alternative Housing Ideas Challenge: Reimagining how we live
Friday, 15th November, Sydney
City of Sydney invites the public to re-imagine housing in the future. As part of the Sydney Architectural Festival, the seven shortlisted entrants will give us insight into their ideas and the inspiration behind their work.

Jumaadi: House Of Shadow exhibition opening (left)
Friday, 15th November, Brisbane
The captivating new solo exhibition by the internationally recognised Indonesian Australian contemporary artist Jumaadi will be officially opened by Taun Nagesh, Curator Asian Art, QAGOMA.

Jamaican Food Festival
Tuesday 12th to Friday 15th November, Sydney
From Jamaican music to food, fans can come together to experience a summer’s day of reggae straight out of Jamaica.


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