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New staff movements at ABC

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on
ABC logoNational broadcaster ABC is facing the winter time with new personnel changes.

For new hires, Mahmood Fazal is coming aboard on 14 June as reporter for ABC Radio National’s Background Briefing show. He had been freelancing after leaving VICE Australia last year.

Shari Hams has signed on as multi-platform Reporter at ABC North and West. She is currently finishing up her video journalist role this week with 7 Spencer Gulf’s Nightly News in Port Pirie.

Meanwhile, Grace Tobin is set to join the Four Corners reporting team on 28 June, transitioning from the investigative reporter spot at 7.30.

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Van Boom combats impostor syndrome with Lizzies nominations

By Elliott Richardson in Media News on
While still in year one of his career, as he calls it, Daniel Van Boom has netted himself three nominations for this year’s Samsung Australia IT Journalism Awards.

The CNET news editor says the Lizzies help him look back on the work he’s done across the year, often at stories which have been left behind by the “hamster wheel” of journalism.

“Everybody likes to be acknowledged, even if they have huge impostor syndrome about it. Journalism can kind of feel like a hamster wheel sometimes. You put a lot of effort into a story, you get excited, it gets published, you're thrilled for a few hours and then it starts again. 

“So things like The Lizzies are pleasantly effective at forcing you to look back at what you've done - which is nice. To have people say they like what you produced is even nicer.” 

Van Boom added that a win would probably see him deliver a nervous speech, it would also be a great moment for his career so far.

Executive changes at The Walkley Foundation

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on
The Walkley Foundation is making some leadership changes as CEO Louisa Graham prepares to step down.

Graham has been with the Foundation for a decade, serving as both general manager and CEO across her time there. Recruitment efforts for a successor are already underway.

“I am immensely proud of what I have achieved at the Foundation and I depart having significantly grown the Walkleys’ equity and stakeholder base. It is encouraging to see so many of Australia’s leading companies, universities, state governments, industry bodies and now philanthropic organisations demonstrate their support for quality journalism through the Walkley Foundation,” said Graham of her exit.

Guardian Australia editor Lenore Taylor is vacating the chairperson spot at the Walkley Awards Judging Board and turning it over to former ABC correspondent Michael Brissenden. Taylor joined the Board in 2017 and was appointed chair in late 2018.

The Australian’s editorial director, Claire Harvey, is stayin

O’Sullivan to lead SCA Sydney agency sales

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on
Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) has appointed Maryanne O’Sullivan as the new manager of its agency sales team in Sydney, effective 2 August.

Under SCA Sydney sales director Amanda Unwin, she will be in charge of developing the digital audio growth strategy with SCA Sydney’s agency partners, and plan out packages for potential advertisers.

O’Sullivan was previously the group sales manager and has been with the network for over four years.

“I am passionate about our business, our people and driving stronger partnerships with our agencies and clients alike. With the rapid digitisation of audio and growth in our product suite, I look forward to leading the fantastic team around me into a bright future ahead. Together we will continue to deliver thought leadership and insightful solutions to the Sydney market,” said O’Sullivan.

History Will Be Kind earns new clients

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History Will Be Kind has added new accounts for the purpose-led portfolio.

For the Marine Stewardship Council, the agency will develop integrated communications campaigns to promote the organisation. The Council is working to end overfishing and help canneries achieve sustainable fishing practices through a certification program.

History Will Be Kind is also assigned to run social media campaigns and develop new creative content for Elato Ice Cream. Founded by Roz Kaldor-Aroni, Elato offers gelato ice cream made from more egg yolks and less sugar than certain ice cream labels. The company is also dedicating part of its earnings to programs against food waste and hunger.

Daily Telegraph ends Jones column

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on
The Daily Telegraph is no longer running Alan Jones’ weekly columns.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Daily Telegraph editor Ben English made the call in light of concerns that Jones’ content was not connecting with readers.  

The move followed a long period of time where Jones received much heat for his commentaries on the COVID-19 pandemic, from the scale of the government’s response to the danger of the DELTA strain. He also earned much ire as well from his former co-host on 2GB mornings, Ray Hadley, over sharing information on DELTA’s infection capability that Media Watch has since debunked.

Jones himself disputed the rationale for the newspaper closing his column space.   

“The same column that I write for the Tele goes up on my Facebook page. The public can check it for themselves. Thirty-five years at top of the radio and I don’t resonate with the public? Honestly,” he said.

Greenwood to lead News Corp Australia livestreams

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on
News Corp Australia has appointed Rob Greenwood as its new national live streaming operations manager.

He stepped up to the role after a year as The Adelaide Advertiser’s development editor.
 
Greenwood has been with News Corp Australia since 2009, primarily as sports reporter. 

Stay tuned with Greenwood on LinkedIn.

Markey signs with FOX FM

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on
Kat Markey has joined FOX FM as its new announcer and operations manager, effective 9 August, reported Radiotoday.

She came to the station after five years in WA, where she was workday and weekends announcer at Hit FM in Bunbury and HIT 92.9 in Perth, as well as emcee for West Coast Fever.

Markey will work alongside new assistant content director Tim Lee.

Follow Markey on Twitter @BabyGotKatt.

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