Three new categories added to this year’s ACS IT Journalism awards

By Phil Sim in Media News on
This year’s ACS IT Journalism Awards will introduce three new awards, which will respectively recognise investigative journalism, corporate content and the pioneering efforts of Australia’s IT journalism vanguard.
 
The awards which are organised by MediaConnect, and sponsored by the Australian Computer Society, Watterson Marketing Communication, NEC, Belkin and Hannover Fairs will be held on March 23 at Luna Park, in Sydney.
 
This year's presentation will debut the new ACS Award for Achievement in Investigative Journalism, which has been launched in conjunction with the Australian Computer Society, and comes with a $2,000 cash prize for the winner. The award will recognise a piece of journalism that demonstrates that it has gone beyond the surface a story, and dug into the underlying issues of a relevant technology topic.
 
Entries for the award must be more than 1,200 words or more for written pieces, or five or more minutes in length for audio and video content. Only one submission can be made per journalist or editorial team that produced the work, so choose your best wisely.
 
The Best Corporate Content has been introduced with two goals in mind, said MediaConnect CEO Phil Sim.
 
“Last year we had to make a number of decisions as to the eligibility of stories that were written as part of a sponsored arrangement, or specifically for a brand,”
 
“In introducing an award for corporate content it means, we can keep the traditional awards focused on content that is created independently, while also introducing a way to involve the many members of the IT Journalist fraternity - both past and present - who’s livelihood now involves writing corporate content.”
 
The corporate content award is for a single piece of work, and will recognise the individual contributor/s.
 
The deadline for both of these awards is Friday, February 23rd.
 
Finally, this year’s awards will recognise a member of the IT journalism community for their pioneering efforts in advancing or developing the technology media in Australia. The new award will be sponsored by Belkin.
 
“In many ways, each year’s IT journalism awards have provided a snapshot in time, of Australian technology journalism for the last decade and a half,” said Sim.
 
“We’d like the history of the awards to also recognise those who laid the foundations for today’s technology media, which we will do with a new award to be introduced this year.”
 
An inaugural recipient of this award has already been selected, with future awards to be selected via a nomination process, which will be considered by a panel.

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Rob Aumend is calling it a day as general manager of Southern Cross Austereo’s (SCA) Townsville operations.

He is slated to go on April 5, 2019. In explaining his exit, Aumend said he was moving on to run his own business, based on his experience helping out the local business community through SCA. He had been with the company for four years.

“SCA has been an incredible company to work for allowing me to build a great network in Townsville due to the company having such an emphasis on supporting the local community. I’m going to miss my amazing team but I know SCA will continue to support and promote Townsville more than ever,” he said.

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Seventh Street Media assumes new name

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Music publications company Seventh Street Media has rebranded to The Brag Media.

Company CEO Luke Girgis said the change in business name was warranted as all its publications – The Industry Observer, The Brag Dad, Don’t Bore Us, JPlay, Brag Gaming, The Brag, and Tone Deaf – have been experiencing strong success on the content marketing front.

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A new health TV channel geared towards Indigenous Australians, Aboriginal Health Television (AHTV), has been officially launched.

Led by Tonic Health Media with funding support from the federal government, AHTV aims to educate First Nations communities on various health topics to aid them when seeking consultation or treatment with the nearest licenced practitioner.

The content is being developed in consultation with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) in Australia and leading professionals in the Indigenous Australian health sciences community.

The initial rollout already covers 50 locations, with the South West Aboriginal Medical Service in Bunbury, WA as the first beneficiary. Tonic Health Media co-founder Dr Norman Swan said all ACCHOs in the country will be able to access the network.

“The new network is an exciting step forward, built on local engagement, including local production of health and wellbeing stories, to reach the hearts and minds

HT&E reorganises management

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Under a new staffing plan, chief revenue officer Tony Kendall and partnerships director Greg Tremain will exit the company, as a result of HT&E selling component company Adshel to Ooh! Media.

Current ARN-Melbourne/Adelaide commercial director Peter Whitehead is now promoted to chief commercial officer, with incumbent CCO Emma-Jayne Owens stepping down. She was hired for the post in 2017.

Mason Rook is also redundant as commercial director for ARN Sydney and Brisbane operations.

“These changes are a result of our objectives to optimise the cost structure, reduce corporate costs and ultimately set the business up for ongoing operational effectiveness and further growth,” explained HT&E CEO/managing director Ciaran Davis.

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He is slated to work the Weekend Breakfast show with Tanya Hennessy and Angus O’Loughlin. Alcott recently finished two years at Triple J.

Hit Network content head Gemma Fordham admits it took some time to negotiate Alcott making the jump.

“I’ve been keen to get Dylan in the Hit family for some time now – finally he said yes! Dylan is a sensational broadcaster and all-round brilliant guy. I’m really excited about this show and I believe Australia will love waking up with Dylan, Tanya and Angus every weekend,” she said.

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Under the revamp, 14 community newspapers (pictured) have been changed into tabloid format with a masthead under a common font. The change required several months’ research, including reader feedback, advertiser consultations, and upgrades to the printing presses.

The branding component is centred around the tagline “Get Closer With Your Local,” which is based on a community’s pride in a local newspaper being their prime voice.

“While the size of our publications is changing, our commitment to our local communities is not. In the years ahead we will continue to be a trusted, proud voice in our community, advocating on behalf of our readers,” said NewsLocal publisher John McGourty.

MediaWorks launches Magic Talk

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