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AAP Medianet - 26 April 2018

April  26, 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

Ita Buttrose has finished up at Network Ten's Studio 10. She has been with the show for five years, since its launch in 2013. Ita is an award-winning journalist who has worked with magazines such as The Australian Women's Weekly and CLEO, and newspapers such as The Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph. New co-hosts for Studio 10 will be announced soon. 

Punkee will soon have a new editor, with Tahlia Pritchard taking up the helm of the website. Tahlia is currently a senior writer at BuzzFeed Australia, and will start in her new role on 7th May. 

Michael Foley is the new national rural affairs reporter for Fairfax Media. He has been with the company since 2010, joining as a reporter for The Land. Michael is currently the national issues writer, and will start in his new role on 6th May. 

Sam Murden has joined Twitter Moments in Australia as an editorial associate. He has moved from Sky News, where he was a digital journalist. Sam has been working in the industry since 2014, starting out as a social media advisor and journalist at the Australian Financial Review.  

Claudia Rosati is now the online editor at Wildfire Publishing, the publisher of wedding magazines including Modern Wedding. This role is a promotion for Claudia, who was previously the online coordinator at the publication. Before joining Wildfire Publishing, she was a public relations assistant at Five Star PR.

Ashley Spencer has joined NBCUniversal, as the managing editor of E! Online Australia and Bravo New Zealand. Previously, she was the editor of TheFIX, an entertainment website owned by Nine Entertainment. 

Mitchell Coombs is the newest addition to the Kyle & Jackie O team, joining as its video producer. He has been with Australian Radio Network since 2016, and has worked as a digital producer across several of its stations, including KIIS 1065, Gold 104.3, and The Edge 96.1. 

Lia Harris is now a journalist at Channel 10. Previously, she was a crime reporter at the SundayTelegraph, and has also worked as a police reporter for Channel 7 and The Advertiser.

Sam Cucchiara has started at Channel 9 in Brisbane as a crime reporter. Prior to starting in this role, he was a journalist for the network on the Gold Coast, working as a sports presenter and a reporter for The Today Show. Sam has also worked at WIN TV and the ABC.

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

Advanced Sensor to unlock the secrets of the brain
                    Image: Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics

Researchers have announced the development of a state-of-the-art sensor that can for the first time detect signalling molecules, called cytokines, which operate in the living brain. Cytokines in the brain are secreted by glia cells that make up nearly 90 percent of all brain cells. 

Cytokines play a central role in controlling mood and cognition and may also contribute to a number of mental health disorders.

Read full story

Media Spotlight

Tiffany Dunk, managing editor of  
With over 20 years publishing experience on some of Australia’s most-loved publications and brands – including News Corp Australia's national mastheads such as The Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph and Courier Mail, DOLLY, TV WEEK, CLEOand NW – Tiffany Dunk is an editor, journalist, brand consultant and presenter. As of March 2018, she is the managing editor of leading website

You recently started as managing editor at How are you enjoying the role so far?
Honestly? Far more than I anticipated. The Lifestyle team are so incredibly passionate, welcoming and innovative, it’s been a pleasure to join them. Not only that, as a newly created role the scope of the job is limitless. I’m learning so much and I come to work every day excited to see what we can achieve next. 

What has been your favourite medium to work in throughout your career?
Having started my career in magazines I will always have a soft spot for print but my favourite jobs have always been ones that have blended multiple mediums. I love podcasting, I’m passionate about the immediacy and flexibility of digital and social media, but I'll never tire of the thrill of writing or editing a meaty editorial feature that comes to life on the page. The beauty of all mediums – and what keeps me passionate about journalism as a career – is how swiftly they are evolving and how much more entertaining it makes things for the reader (or listener or viewer).

What are the biggest challenges facing the media industry at the moment?
For journalists, I’d say it’s earning your worth in a fragmented market. While content will always be king, with so many outlets competing for the same advertiser dollars and eyeballs it’s harder to monetise great journalism.  But in the same breath, having recently freelanced and really enjoyed the experience, I’d say that same overwhelming number of publishers also opens up opportunities you may not have previously considered.

For a press release to stand out to you, what should it contain?
An understanding of who they are pitching to. Compared to when I started in journalism, today editors are dealing with far leaner teams with less time to spend on weighing up the pros and cons of the material that floods our inboxes. So if a press release is delivered with a note as to how this particular product/launch/issue is relevant to the publication that’s always gratefully received.

Upcoming Media Events

War Heritage Roadshow at Melbourne MuseumGlobal Summit of Women
Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th April, Sydney
The summit, informally known as the 'Davos for Women', focuses on women’s economic opportunities. For over 27 years, the summit has been connecting women worldwide.

Pay it Forward Day
Saturday 28th April, Worldwide
The aim of the day is for people around the world to commit random acts of kindness, do good deeds, and instruct the recipient of your good deed to 'pay it forward', and return the good deed to another person.

World Day for Safety and Health at Work 
Saturday 28th April, Worldwide
An annual international campaign to promote safe, healthy and decent work. This year’s theme is ‘Generation Safe and Healthy’.

All Nations Festival 2018
Sunday 29th April, Brisbane
Polonia Polish Association of QLD Inc and Brisbane City Council are launching the local All Nations Festival. The event will have a variety of folkloric performances, interesting foods, arts and crafts, and fun for the kids. 

Heart Week Launch (pictured above)
Sunday 29th April to Sunday 6th May
Heart Week focuses on the benefits of physical activity and aims to empower Australians to get moving.

Sydney Writers Festival 2018 (pictured above)
Monday 30th April to Sunday 6th May, Sydney
Australia's largest celebration of writing and ideas will have more than 400 events and attract audiences of over 100,000 for a week-long conversation of books and ideas. Julia Gillard, Peter Greste, and Leigh Sales will be among the speakers.
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