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Print IT! Late February 2021

By Seamus Byrne in Media News on
Loads of titles back on stands as the year gets back in full swing over recent weeks. This week we’re checking in on APC, Appliance Retailer, Camera, Circuit, and PC Powerplay.

How’s your home network? APC wants to help you make it ready for all the devices you want to throw at it with its cover feature this month. Plus there’s a big feature on the future of a lot of important tech that underpins everything else, like GPUs, coolers, storage and peripherals.
Opinion columns from Shaun Prescott, on the Trump ban from Twitter, and Joel Burgess, on the Google threat to drop Australia, have that tricky air of being behind the curve on two fast moving themes in the news cycle that monthly mags struggle to follow closely – but both do look at the bigger picture on the issues.
Nick Ross reviews the latest BenQ EW3280U monitor while Ben Mansill takes the delicious Alienware AW3821DW for an APC Hot Product award winning spin. Hope Corrigan delivers some app reviews too.

Appliance Retailer
Emily Bencic kicks this one off with an editorial that looks at the changes to the event circuit in the year ahead. The issue includes a report on the digital CES 2021 and the plans for IHA this year. Bencic takes a look at the coffee machine category across all the key brands as well as food prep and self care technologies. Kymberly Martin explores the room heating appliance space from installed to portable. Martin also looks at robot and stick vacuums.
Australian Camera
Camera magazine’s March/April edition is out, with deep dive coverage by Paul Burrows on the latest and greatest from Sony, the A7S III, which gets a rave review. We’re also looking at new Canon long fixed and zoom lenses, plus the Fujifilm X-S10 gets a hands on.
Amongst the features, Burrows gives a farewell to Photokina looks back at the end of the 70 year tradeshow, and we also get retrospectives on the compact 35mm cameras those old enough used to know and love and a history lesson on the man behind one of the biggest brands in photography, Victor Hasselblad.
The electricians mag is back with the usual coverage for the hands on trade experts plus a good look at home automation projects, how they can fit into the NDIS and the building standards and specs involved. There’s a similar technical story about getting electricals and lighting right around pool areas – you don’t want to get that wrong.

PC Powerplay
Latest PC Powerplay puts Warhammer 40K front and centre, with David Hollingworth getting excited about this one in the editorial (sadly he didn’t get to write the feature preview himself).
James Cottee and Meghann O’Neill also hit the opinion pages, with Cottee looking at a long-awaited Fallout mod that “surpassed Fallout 76 as the most embarrassing Fallout game ever made…” Yeesh. O’Neill also covers the indie scene with a few recent picks. Plus loads more reviews and previews, of course.

MHD Supply Chain Solutions
We’ve spotted another mag that fits into the wide world of IT, with Melanie Stark and Brittany Coles the writing team putting this one together. Supply chain has been getting a lot more attention outside the usual circles as people grapple with delivering the COVID-19 vaccines far and wide with critical refrigeration requirements. Stark’s Editorial looks at a number of key players around the world putting their hand up to help with the vaccine rollouts.
More broadly, the mag covers a lot of sustainability initiatives in warehousing and packaging operations and the tech that is making it possible, and also the role of automation in a world of increasingly fragmented consumer behaviour.

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Wilson off to Crikey

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on
Cameron Wilson has started with Crikey as an associate editor.

He detailed in a tweet that he will cover various current affairs issues in Australia, ranging from politics to conspiracy and extremism.

Wilson was previously with the Pedestrian Group as reporter for Business Insider and Gizmodo. 

Follow Wilson on Twitter @CameronWilson.

SBS decommissions The World Game

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on
SBS brand “The World Game” is being discontinued after a 20-year-run.

The network revealed that the websites of The World Game and Cycling Central will be closed down. All their content will be published on the SBS Sport website instead.

Established in 2001 by famed broadcaster Les Murray and former Socceroos captain, and coach Johnny Warren, The World Game was a six-hour Sunday sports show covering Australian and international football. 

The show brought nationwide attention to football and was at its peak in 2006 when Australia competed in the FIFA World Cup for the first time in 32 years.

The live show was eventually cancelled and repurposed as a weekly livecast hosted by Lucy Zelic and David Basheer.

“The decision to retire The World Game website was not made lightly. A small number of roles will be impacted as a result of these changes. SBS is working closely with the employees directly affected,” a company representative said.

Caruana goes full-time with PR business Media-Wize

By Seamus Byrne in Media News on
Anthony Caruana has had a long stint as a freelance technology journalist, and has written across the gamut of industry publications. Always a freelancer, he also held long term roles with outlets including Lifehacker and Australian Macworld, and was the founding editor of Technology Decisions. His byline has popped up in pretty well every local outlet over the past 18 years.
In 2018 the start of a consultancy business, Media-Wize, was born and after two years of evolution Caruana recently decided it was time to hang up the press badge and focus on the new business.

We chatted to Anthony about the decision to end his journalistic career and his thoughts on the state of the industry in recent years.

How long has the shift been underway and what was the trigger for finally deciding it was time to go all in with the new business?

Kathryn, my co-founder and I, had the idea to create a media training consultancy at the end of 2018. But the decision to go all in, for me, really started to

Welsh signs on to AFL

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on
Sophie Welsh is coming to the AFL.

She hinted in a Tweet that a role at is already open for her, having also stepped down from the Melbourne Herald-Sun. 

Welsh was with the paper for almost three years, working up from an internship to digital producer. 

Follow Welsh on Twitter @Soph_Welsh.

Australian Community Media brings back regional printing

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on
Australian Community Media (ACM) will resume printing of publications in regional NSW, SA, and Queensland next week, reported Mumbrella.

ACM chief marketing officer Paul Tyrrell said specific titles in the three states have been marked to be back on the presses, but some websites may be decommissioned in light of lower ad revenues. The funding for the printing will come from the government’s Public Interest News Gathering program.

For NSW, the papers are The Armidale Express, Bellingen Courier-Sun, the Dungog Chronicle, and Wingham Chronicle. The Wingham Chronicle’s official website, however, will be incorporated into that of the Manning River Times. The Bellingen Courier-Sun website was recently shut down following the activation of a new northern NSW title, the Northern Rivers Review. 

The Goondiwindi Argus will be the only ACM title in Queensland to resume printing, as will the Coastal Leader and Flinders News in SA.

The ACM was forced to close down much of its print public

Queens of iHeartPodcast

By Elliott Richardson in Media News on
Technology podcast Queens of the Drone Age has signed a partnership with ARN’s iHeartPodcast Network Australia.

The show, helmed by Australian journalists Rae Johnston, Tegan Jones, Angharad Yeo and Amanda Yeo covers tech news and opinions, launched in January 2021.

The iHeart Network approached the group following their second episode with the deal seeing the podcast now joining the iHeartPodcast stable and reaching wider audiences.

In a press release Amanda Yeo said she and her co-hosts were excited to join iHeart.

"We’re absolutely stoked to be joining the iHeartPodcast Network. We were thrilled when iHeart approached us after our second episode dropped in January, and joining forces just seemed like a no-brainer!
“Our vision for Queens of the Drone Age has always been to make tech friendly, accessible, and fun. Tech is for everyone, and it’s been heart-warming to see so many people tuning in to geek out with us every week. Working with the iHeartPodcast Network will

2CA adds breakfast host

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on
Canberra station 2CA Forever Classics has tapped Jen Seyderhelm to join Paul “Holmsey” Holmes on the breakfast circuit, starting 19 April, reported Radioinfo. 

Holmes, who has been hosting the show on his own since 2018, said Seyderhelm joining the show took some time to negotiate. 

“Jen and I have talked about working together for a long time and at last it’s happening! Plus she knows more about most things than I do,” he said.

“Holmesy and I are great mates. I can't wait to wake up every morning as part of a station I love, with a team of not just colleagues but friends, and connecting with the people of the Capital and surrounds through fun, music and real local radio,” added Seyderhelm, who is a seasoned podcaster and has worked with Radio Canberra.

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