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AAP Medianet - 25 January 2018


January 25, 2018

Welcome to this week's AAP Medianet, 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

Hugh Riminton will host the Sunday Extra show on ABC’s Radio National. He will remain with Channel Ten as a News Presenter alongside his new Sunday role. He was previously a Foreign Correspondent for CNN and Channel Nine.

Ian Hogg will step down from his role as CEO of FremantleMedia Australia and Asia Pacific at the end of January, after nearly 10 years with the company. Fremantle Media has not named a successor yet.

CEO Antony Catalano has announced his resignation from Domain citing family reasons. Catalano launched Metro Media Publishing in 2010 and was its CEO and Publisher until he joined Domain in 2013. He was also Managing Director at Inhouse Media and has held director roles at Fairfax. The search for a replacement has begun.

Markeeta Waddington takes up her role as Associate Producer of Nine Entertainment Co. this month. She leaves Bauer Media after four years in various writing, editing and content roles. She has also been a Contributor at Camille and Co., Real Magazine and Bendigo Weekly.

Ally Redondo has stepped in for Lyndal Koteras who is on maternity leave from C91.3FM. She will host the breakfast radio show alongside radio regular Josh Webster. Ally is currently the Sydney Radio Traffic Announcer at The Australian Traffic Network at the station and has marketing experience at Event Cinemas.

Vera Bertola has this month begun her editorial role at MacArthur Chronicle, taking over from long-standing editor Mandy Perrin. Vera leaves her Hub Editor role at NewsLocal. She was previously a News Editor and Senior Editor/Sub-editor at MacArthur Chronicle.

Tamara Davis has been named Deputy Editor of InStyle magazine, leaving behind her editorial position at Girlfriend. She has also worked as an Editor at Cotton On Group, a Fashion Features Editor at Grazia Magazine, and a freelance writer and editor for various publications across Australia.

Jessica Rapana has been appointed to News Editor of NewsCorp Australia’s WHIMN website. She makes the career move from working as a Journalist at 9Honey and North Shore Times, and as a Cadet at The Australian and Daily Telegraph.

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

CIMIC's CPB Contractors wins $84m Sydney Recreation Centre
Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre
An artist's impression of the new recreation centre      Image: CIMIC Group Limited  

CIMIC Group company, CPB Contractors, has been selected by the City of Sydney to design and construct the Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre, the largest pool complex to be built in the city since the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

The project, situated within the City of Sydney’s new Green Square precinct, will generate revenue of approximately $84 million to CPB Contractors. Construction is expected to commence in 2018 and conclude in late 2019.

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Media Spotlight

Sammy Preston, Editor of
Sammy Preston is a writer and editor based in Sydney. Working especially within lifestyle, culture, art and design, Sammy is the editor of, and a senior writer at Broadsheet. You’ll also find Sammy’s writing in local and international art press such as VAULT magazine, Art Collector, Art Edit, Habitus, Indesign, and MUSEUM magazines.

Sammy’s interest in the arts stems from four years managing Gallery 2010 in Sydney’s Surry Hills – a curator-run initiative she developed, which worked to support emerging and established artists. As well as this, she’s passionate about food and restaurant culture, good design, fashion, music, health and wellbeing, travel, everything digital, and telling great stories. You can find her on Twitter @sammypreston.

Have you always been a journalist? What attracted you to journalism?
I’ve always loved writing – but didn’t come to publishing straight away. I studied law, then moved to France to study, then came home to work in marketing and brand communications, and worked on an art gallery initiative in the loading dock of our building. While I was working in the arts, I started writing arts pieces for Broadsheet, and went on to freelance for a number of arts and culture and lifestyle publications from there.    

You started as the Editor of last year. What does a typical day look like for you?
First, coffee. Then typically our editorial team will try to surface relevant news pieces to run that have come up overnight, or recently. After this, I’ll be wading through emails, working on ongoing features, filing amazing stories to begin work on, interviewing interesting people over the phone, organising other interviews, reviewing and scrutinising the week before in Analytics, or briefing in video content to our amazing producers. We’re also always working alongside Lifestyle’s incredible TV shows to give them a digital front (Grand Designs Australia, The Great Australian Bake Off, Gogglebox, and Love It Or List It Australia are some favourites).      

For a press release to stand out to you, what does it need?
I get sent a great deal of releases in a week, and – just practically – it’s always incredibly useful if the key takeaways of the release are somewhere at the top. More broadly, I think having a genuine story and a general understanding of a publication’s audience and editorial plan are key. A press release that speaks directly to our content pillars or direction is easier to place. And images – when sifting through great volumes of releases, a picture really can sell the pitch.

What is the most interesting story you've written about in the last few months?
Too many! On Lifestyle, I’ve written about a yoga studio set to the frequency of the earth (a sort of soft, reverberating hum), and I’ve revealed a few of superstar baker Katherine Sabbath’s cake making secrets. I still write freelance for a few arts and culture magazines – some of my favourites in recent months would be interviewing Brooklyn based artist Nari Ward for Museum magazine, speaking to Gotye about his fascination with an early version of a synthesiser for Broadsheet, and an essay on the impact of Instagram on the art world for Vault magazine.

What are the aspects of being a journalist that motivate you the most?
As a digital editor, I’m pretty enthusiastic (read: very geeky) when it comes to publishing technology, audience data, the shifting plates of digital platforms, and discovering new and nuanced ways to reach audiences and serve them better. As a writer, I love being able to share stories that have resonated with me in some way, that I feel someone else in the world might enjoy. I’m also a big lifestyle media consumer – from digital publishers, to magazines, TV, and social media – so I’m often inspired and motivated by the work of other great writers, script writers, directors, editors, and publishers.

Upcoming Media Events

Cancon 2018Big Red BBQ
Thursday 25th January to Sunday 28th January, Canberra
This year celebrates 40 years of Cancon, Australia’s largest tabletop gaming convention featuring new board games, card games and miniatures.

Australia Day Riverside on the Lawn
Friday 26th January, Melbourne
Australia Day celebrations kick off at 12pm on the Common Man Lawn in South Wharf with beer, tennis and an assortment of barbecued meats. The day features free face painting and games for kids.

Tandanya Survival Day
Friday 26th January, Adelaide
Presented by Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, ‘Survival Day’ acknowledges the resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on this day featuring a free concert, children’s activities, information and workshops.

Big Red BBQ (pictured above)
Friday 26th January
Akin to Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, The Big Red BBQ invites you to host your own barbecue and raise funds for Kidney Health Australia. Proceeds go toward research, education and advocacy to beat kidney-related illnesses.

Friday 26th and Saturday 27th January, Cronulla, NSW
Guests will be treated to 20 performances by over 100 performers at one of the largest and longest running Australia Day celebrations. More than 35,000 people attended the two-day festival last year. 

Fringe World Festival
Friday 26th January to Sunday 25th February, Western Australia
The WA Fringe Festival celebrates Australian and international performance art, music, circus and comedy through a variety of 750 events in the Perth metro area. The festival will include a Buskers Weekend on the 2nd to 4th February.

Hands on HistoryHands on History at The Australian War Memorial (pictured left)
Saturday 27th January
An interactive history program that invites you to try on uniforms, handle artefacts and listen to Australian wartime stories.

Victoria Street Lunar Festival 2018
Sunday 28th January, Melbourne
The festival has become one of the most popular and recognised Lunar New Year celebrations in Victoria, with people from all over Melbourne attending.

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