AAP Medianet - 5 September 2019

5 September 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.

This Week's Media Movements

Oscar Wills has joined ABC Radio Sydney as a producer

Oscar was previously with ABC Riverina for just over two years, presenting and producing the news for the local breakfast program. 

Andrew Burrell has left The Australian 
Andrew is now a media advisor for shadow trade minister Madeleine King. Previously he was the WA chief reporter at The Australian. 

Acast has partnered with Julia Gillard to create a podcast series
The new series titled A Podcast of One’s Own with Julia Gillard, focuses on the topic of women in leadership, discussing their careers and journeys. The podcast has been distributed globally across all platforms by Acast. 

Saturday Night Rove has been cancelled 
Network 10 has decided to cancel Saturday Night Rove after its second episode was aired. Rove McManus was brought back during Network 10’s pilot week before being asked to help develop Saturday Night Rove.

Matthew Knott has been appointed as the new United States correspondent
Matthew has relocated to Washington DC to become the new US correspondent for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald as part of Nine’s restructuring of the foreign news desk. 

Bauer Media has promoted Sarah Murphy to food editor
Sarah is now the food editor for Woman’s Day, Take 5, OK! and NW magazines. Before her recent promotion, Sarah was the food editor for Women's Weekly Food magazine.

Jenny-May Clarkson will be TVNZ's new breakfast newsreader
Jenny-May will move into the role at the end of the month. Daniel Faitaua, TVNZ’s current breakfast newsreader, will be 1News’ new Europe correspondent.

Editor's Pick: Press Release of the Week

New website supports fathers across Australia

 Image: Relationships Australia Victoria

Relationships Australia Victoria has launched a new website built for fathers across Australia. The website has been developed as part of a national Support for Fathers project that aims to support young men and fathers, with the outcome being an increase in men’s involvement in achieving gender equality and reduced violence.

Read full story

Media Spotlight

Carrie HutchinsonHead of Content at get lost magazine 

Carrie HutchinsonCarrie Hutchinson is a travel journalist that has every page in her passport weathered and distressed. She is the head of content at get lost magazine, an independent travel magazine based in Melbourne. In her travels she has picked up more than just memories, landscapes and countless adventures, she has learnt valuable skills and experience from her extensive career in the industry. In her past, Carrie has worked as an editor for various magazines, journalism lecturer and a content producer. Carrie tweets at @OzCopyGirl.

What advice would you give to an aspiring travel journalist? What would you look for in their skill set?
Develop all your skills because there aren’t that many writers around who can make a living – certainly not a decent one – working solely as a travel journalist. Thankfully, everyone is looking for good stories (many refer to them as ‘content’) these days, so there are plenty of opportunities to supplement your income with copywriting. I’d also say you need to treat it like a business and be good at all the admin, from keeping track of your taxes to updating a work website, or you’ll never get to a point where work and finances aren’t stressing you out.

With an ever-growing online presence in today's society, is it vital to keep travel journalism as authentic as possible or to infuse and blend with the social media movement?
What is authentic though? Once you throw a tourist or a travel journalist into a situation you change it. But social media is really important for us. It’s another way for readers to feel connected to a publication and for a publication to get its stories to a vaster audience. Also, any travel writer who goes on a famil (a free or low-cost trip for journalists) these days will no doubt be required to post to Instagram and/or Facebook as well as produce stories for a magazine or website. 

What tools and/or skills do you use to keep your content as fresh and original as possible?
On get lost, we try to cover less well-known destinations or find another angle for a destination that everyone loves. It’s not really a tool or a skill – more a question of keeping up with what other publications are doing than trying to do things a bit differently. 

When sorting through press releases, how are you able to identify an opportunity or add from the information given?
To be honest, I receive so many press releases, most of them are given a fleeting glance before being deleted. In that fleeting glance, I’ll look for the words ‘launch’ or ‘new’ or try to clock where the destination is, then perhaps go in for a better look. Probably one in 500 press releases I receive is something I follow up for possible inclusion in the magazine.

Upcoming Media Events

Vogue American Express Fashion’s Night Out
Thursday 5th September, Sydney
The event will feature more than 600 retailers and brands, with over 200,000 shoppers expected to attend. There will be pop-up stores, fashion forums and live performances throughout the night.

Desert Song FestivalMasterMakers exhibition at RMIT
Friday 6th September to Saturday 9th November, Melbourne
RMIT University's major exhibition will explore the Gold and Silversmithing legacy of over 84 Australian and international artists, featuring 200 handmade works of intricate detailing and an array of materials.

Desert Song Festival
Friday 6th to Sunday 15th, September, Alice Springs
This annual regional festival celebrates the singer, the song and the instrument of the land and its perpetual custodians. Three-time Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir will be just one of the many events during this ten-day festival.

Barossa Gourmet Weekend
Friday 6th to Sunday 8th, September, Tanunda, SA
28 events have been set up around Barossa Valley for attendees to explore over the weekend. Each showcasing something different from feasts, masterclasses, produce and world-class wine.

Barossa Gourmet Weekend
Manly Arts Festival
Friday 6th to Sunday 29th September, Sydney
This community-based festival celebrates arts of all kinds, featuring visual, musical, literary and performing arts. Events will be sprawled across the suburb in different venues and studios, with some artists opening their private studios and art spaces.




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