AAP Medianet - 22 August 2019


August 22, 2019

Welcome to this week's AAP Medianet, 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


Neelima Choahan has joined the ABC Asia-Pacific newsroom

Neelima has departed from The Age to join the ABC as a digital journalist. She will report on India and the world, whilst occasionally covering Australian stories. Neelima has over 13 years' experience in the media industry and has worked across print, radio and online platforms.

Letitia Wallace is the new producer and reporter for Channel 7 Tasmania’s Nightly News
Letitia was previously with Channel 7’s Toowoomba News before relocating to Tasmania. She has also worked as a television reporter for Prime 7 and a broadcast journalist at Capital Radio Network. 

Marina Freri is the new executive producer on ABC RN
Marina has been promoted to the role of executive producer for ABC Radio National's breakfast show. Previously, she was a journalist for the station. Before moving to Australia in 2009, Marina worked as a freelance correspondent for Spanish daily newspaper La Stampa.

News Corp has extended its Delicious brand in local Sydney and SA papers
Delicious now appears as a liftout called Delicious.Sydney in The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph’s Stellar. In South Australia, it will replace the Source SA liftout and will be called Delicious.South Australia. The publication will be included in The Advertiser, SA Weekend and Sunday Mail starting on the 18th of September.

Geelong’s KRock radio show welcomes two new co-hosts to the team
Lauren ‘Loggy’ Temuskos will join Tom Lewis on the Fresh Daily breakfast show on weekdays from 6am to 9am. Josh Jeans will join Leanne 'Stampsty' Stamps on the Departure Lounge as a co-host. 

Dave Nicholson has left Spirit 98.1
Dave has moved from Western Australia to New South Wales to take up an announcer role at ZZZFM and 2LM. In his role, Dave will also contribute to the production and commercial side of both stations. He officially started on Monday.

Laura Poole returns from maternity leave as chief of staff at ABC Gippsland 
Laura is now back at work at ABC Gippsland. Kellie Lazzaro, who was acting on Laura’s behalf, has gone back to her role as a senior reporter for the radio station. Kellie has been with the ABC for close to 19 years, while Laura has been with the broadcaster for nine years. 

Editor's Pick: Press Release of the Week

Google launches an exhibition to celebrate Australia's sport heritage

 Image: Google Australia

Google Arts & Culture has launched an online exhibition called Great Sporting Land to showcase the people, moments and places that have shaped Australia’s sporting history. The exhibition features over 11,000 archived images and videos, and more than 100 original stories from over 30 partners. Australia was chosen as the first country to kick off this initiative.

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Media Spotlight

Dominica Sanda, Journalist at Australian Associated Press

Dominica Sanda AAPDominica Sanda is a journalist at Australian Associated Press (AAP), working at its Sydney Bureau. She covers general news, specialising in stories about the environment, urban development matters and a bit of state politics. Before AAP, Dominica held roles at various media outlets, including group digital journalist at Newcastle Herald, a casual news reporter at The Sydney Morning Herald and reporter at Fairfax Regional's Southern Highland News. Dominica tweets at @dominikasanda.

What attracted you to journalism?
I was one of those corny kids who made their own newspaper at home and gave it to all my neighbours to read, so it’s something I’ve always been drawn to. I believe that good journalism can make a difference, and I’ve always wanted to be part of that.

What is your opinion of environmental reporting in our country and how can it be improved?
It’s hard to find balanced and reliable environmental reporting. A lot of stigma is placed on the outlets that report on the environment i.e. that they’re left field or greenie, while other media outlets just plainly ignore environmental issues. It is improving but the environment needs to become just as important as politics and crime because it impacts us all.

What do you find most useful about press releases? 
I like press releases that include the basic facts so I can get a general understanding of the issue and follow up if needed. Sometimes, though, the facts are very vague, and that makes it difficult for us reporters to gauge if it will be newsworthy for our audience.

What pressing environmental issues are not getting enough media coverage?
Australia’s mammal extinction crisis is alarming, and more people should be aware of it. Also, the NSW government’s plan to raise the Warragamba Dam wall is a huge issue because parts of the heritage-listed Blue Mountains will be inundated, and dozens of threatened species will be at risk.

Upcoming Media Events

Newcastle Pride Festival (right)
Thursday 22nd to Monday 26th August, Newcastle
An inclusive and not-for-profit festival organised by the LGBTIQ community that aims to promote inclusivity and diversity. Their vision is to empower all LGBTIQ people to find their voice and pride. 

Daffodil Day (below)
Friday 23rd August, Nationwide
Thousands of Australians across the country will take part in Cancer Council Australia’s most iconic campaign. It will raise awareness about cancer, with the proceeds used to support families affected by cancer.

Balingup Medieval Carnivale
Saturday 24th to Sunday 25th August, Balingup, WA 
The largest and oldest medieval carnivale in Western Australia is inviting people to don their medieval garb and take a step back in time for a weekend of merrymaking medieval style.

Animaga 2019
Saturday 24th to Sunday 25th August, Melbourne
Returning for the 6th year in a row, Animaga is a celebration of anime, manga, games and Japanese culture, and is the premiere anime festival in Melbourne.

The Bloody Long Walk
Sunday 25th August, Melbourne
A 35km scenic walk challenge along the Yarra River to Southbank. The proceeds of the event will help fund research to find a cure for Mitochondrial disease.


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