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AAP Medianet - 16 August 2018

August 16, 2018

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

Kidspot’s news editor Shauna Anderson has been appointed as the editor of 9Honey, starting in October. This will be a return to the Nine Network for Shauna, who was previously the chief of staff for The Today Show

Rae Johnston will be moving to Junkee in September to start as its editor. She is currently the editor of Gizmodo, host of Rewired on NITV and one of the co-hosts of That Startup Show with Benjamin Law.

James Taylor has been appointed by the SBS as its interim CEO. The broadcaster’s current CEO Michael Ebeid will step down in October. James was previously the chief financial officer for SBS and while he is interim CEO, SBS's head of financial planning and analysis, Nitsa Niarchos, will be filling in for him. 

Matt Thompson is now a breakfast presenter at Macquarie Sports Radio and will join Jimmy Bartel and Tony Shaw. He was previously a morning presenter for the station. Matt is also a senior reporter for AFL Media.

Josie Tutty has been promoted to deputy editor at Mumbrella. She was previously the website’s opinion and features editor. Prior to this role, Josie wrote for and edited several publications at Jungle Creations.

Jules Lund has launched a new podcast called Face 2 Face from Facebook, which will provide insights into the marketing industry. The four-part series will include interviews with Australia’s top marketers about their campaigns. 

Rhian Deutrom is now a news and technology reporter for She was previously a crime reporter at The Australian. During her time at News Corp Australia, Rhian has worked from London as an international reporter and as a reporter at The Courier Mail

Pacific Star Network has re-branded Melbourne’s 3MP Classic Rock Radio 1377 AM to SEN+. This new station will predominately focus on providing sports content.

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

A new dashboard visualises active travel data on Sydney's GreenWay
UNSW - Sydney Greenway Air quality data measured on 14 June during the evening, using the Appmosfera device.                                  Image: UNSW  

A UNSW City Futures research project, funded by the Heart Foundation, focuses on the GreenWay in Sydney’s Inner West. The GreenWay measures active travel rates on an easy-to-use dashboard called ‘Map Story’.

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Media Spotlight

James Royce, news editor at Southern Cross Austereo Melbourne
James Royce has been in the radio news James Royce - SCAindustry for over a decade, covering Melbourne, Adelaide, Gold Coast and Brisbane markets. Over his career, James has worked at Australian Radio Network, Southern Cross Austereo, KRock and Bay FM. He is now the news editor at Southern Cross Austereo Melbourne.

Having spent over 10 years in radio, how has the industry changed?
There has definitely been a change in direction in terms of a network’s digital assets. When I first began, our sole focus was the on-air product. A decade on and the way we’re digesting news has changed. Digital and social media platforms are becoming increasingly important and radio news is transforming into multimedia news.

Which recent stories have had an impact on you and why?
The family violence stories are usually the biggest for me. I worked in Margaret River back in 2007, and my family’s in that part of the world, so the murder-suicide there was tough for me. Similarly, the murder suicide in Sydney’s west a couple of months back where the dad shot his two teenage kids also had an impact on me. 

How does radio, as a medium, positively influence society?
We can be the outlet for an informed debate about the issues that matter to our listeners and, in the news department, we can choose content that directly impacts and arms them with information to better their lives, such as health and finance.

How do press releases help you in your work? 
They are great if they provide news, or are relevant to our listeners. Press releases that are advertisements with zero news angle, or not correctly targeted, are unhelpful. The nature of FM news does not allow me to run features on a ballet production coming to town, so it would be helpful if press releases had a news angle for us.

Upcoming Media Events

National 4x4 Outdoors Show, Fishing and Boating Expo
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th August, Melbourne
Fishing and camping enthusiasts will gather at Melbourne Showgrounds to learn about the latest 4WD products, stock up on 4x4 camping gear and pick up inside technical knowledge.

CBCA Book Week
Saturday 18th to Friday 24th August, Nationwide
To celebrate Australian children’s literature, there will be book character parades and displays created by talented librarians, all around Australia. The theme for this year’s Book Week is ‘Find Your Treasure’.

O’Heart Festival
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th August, Tyalgum Northern NSW
The O’Heart Festival is a three-day event that embraces the indigenous tribes and traditional owners of the surrounding areas, such as the Bundjalung Nation and the Minjungbal people.

Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival (pictured above)
Friday 17th to Sunday 26th August, Sydney
Hosted by Cumberland Council, the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival returns for another year to celebrate Japanese culture. There will be a Cherry Blossom trail, Hello Kitty makeover bar, cosplay catwalk show and a peacock gallery. 

Queensland Seniors Week
Saturday 18th to Sunday 26th August, Queensland
Now in its 58th year, Queensland Seniors Week connects people of all ages and backgrounds to build and maintain strong communities. Its aim is to promote positive community attitudes towards the ageing population. 
Henley on Todd Regatta (pictured left)
Saturday 18th August, Alice Springs
The Henley on Todd Regatta is a dry river bed boat race along the dry sands of the Todd River. Participants can build and race their own boats, or use one of the supplied boats for the event.

World Humanitarian Day
Sunday 19th August, Worldwide
A day to pay tribute to aid workers who risked their lives in humanitarians services and advocate the safety and security of humanitarian aid workers.

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