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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.

“It (winning) would mean me getting up on stage and doing a rambling, ad-hoc thank you speech for which I am not emotionally prepared. There was a curious rumour going around a few years ago that I stole a bottle of gin at one of the Lizzies Awards nights, maybe I can publicly address that? (I didn't.)

“In truth, winning would be a breakthrough career moment for me. There are a lot of metrics for success in any industry, but to be judged as exceptional by a group of your peers is certainly near the tippy top of distinctions.” 

He also spoke of his colleagues at CNET, with many of them also receiving nominations this year.

“This is a team effort. So, it's fabulous to see Nicole Archer and Steph Panacasio deservedly get their respective Best New Journalist nominations. Jackson Ryan was nominated for approximately everything, which is also exhilarating to see because the guy is a real Tibetan Mastiff - which Google tells me is among the most relentless of dog breeds. He never stops, and his considerable bibliography of great stories is a testament to that. 

“Good ol' (Mark) Serrels also deserves a shoutout too: He's not nominated because he doesn't have the time to write stories since he spends 95% of his day making our stories better. (He raises his kids in the other 5%).”

Daniel Van Boom is nominated for awards in Best Technical Journalist, Best Columnist and Best Technology Issues Journalist.

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Ryan named HIT 106.9 breakfast executive producer

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The HIT Network has appointed Alex Ryan as the new executive producer for HIT 106.9 Newcastle breakfast show Nick, Jess and Ducko, effective next month, reported Radiotoday.

She will succeed Sophie Campbell.

Ryan recently exited ARN after a year as casual producer, and was a weekend announcer at NEWFM.

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Travel + Luxury goes bimonthly

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The Australian’s Travel + Luxury lifestyle insert will move from a quarterly to bimonthly publication, starting January 2022.  

News Corp Australia editorial director of premium food and travel Kerrie McCallum said people’s desires to travel again after the pandemic warranted an increase in content production from four issues to six. 

“People are dreaming of the time that travel will be a reality again and are seeking inspiration and visual stimulation. The world is in flux, but one thing is certain: our desire to travel never dissipates. As the post-pandemic era gradually takes shape, it’s apparent that discerning travellers are seeking more meaningful experiences than ever before,” she said. 

Established earlier this year, Travel + Luxury has become a staple amongst The Australian readers for large-format presentation of interesting destinations and adventures. Issue No 3 (pictured), in particular covers 50 notable figures in the travel industry, as well as a resurge

Coombes-Pearce up for Triple M Central Coast workdays

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Triple M Central Coast 107.7FM has tapped Justin Coombes-Pearce as the new workday announcer, effective 21 September. 

He has just finished up eight years at i98FM in Wollongong, where he was afternoon/evenings presenter and produced the Marty & Bianca Breakfast Show with Bianca Dye and Marty Haynes. He also runs a podcast with his wife Christy Hayes.

“I am absolutely stoked to join the Triple M family and to be able to do it on the Central Coast is a double win for me – what an amazing place to live,” said Coombes-Pearce.

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Leary joins News Corp Australia

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News Corp Australia has welcomed Pippa Leary as the new managing director for client product.

Under the senior leadership team, she will be in charge of developing the conglomerate’s new business solutions offering, with collaborations from the client sales division. 

Leary wields over 25 years in the media and innovations sector. She previously ran network services and sales at Nine, managed the former Fairfax Media’s metro strategy and market insights arm, and recently, CEO of Swift Media, where she has transitioned to a non-executive director role.

Current Swift CFO Brian Mangano will succeed Leary.

“I’ve known Pippa for a long time and know she really shares our vision for what we can achieve on behalf of our clients. It’s wonderful to have someone of Pippa’s breadth of experience, talent and passion to be joining us,” said News Corp Australia executive chairman Michael Miller.

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Getting into NewsCorp’s tech sections

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Joining Influencing Insider on Wednesday 15 September was NewsCorp’s national technology editor Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson, who explained the best ways to pitch stories and the topics she’s interested in.
Fresh off a 3a.m. wake up, Dudley-Nicholson explained that it’s best for those wishing to land in one of NewsCorp’s many publications, to avoid sending releases or pitches on the same day as an Apple or other large technology company launch.
“The schedule sometimes gets packed and my advice is definitely don't launch something on the same day Apple is launching something because everything fills up quite quickly. I try to block time off around those big events to make sure that I can see them and make sure I have enough time to devote to them,” she said.
Outside of straight product launches, she’s interested in almost anything that connects to the internet, although there are some occasions where a colleague

BuzzFeed Australia rolls out Bloom vertical

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BuzzFeed Australia has unveiled a new women’s content portal called Bloom.

The new vertical aims to explore topics related to millennial and GenZ women, such as female gamers and financial security. The content will be produced through new YouTube videos and columns on the website and official social media channels. 

Content producer Hameda Nafiz will work her own advice column called Help Me Hameda, tackling sexual health, relationships, healthcare, and identity.

Samsung, Showpo, McCormick, and Australian Pork have signed on as sponsors.

“This has been something the team has wanted to do for so long, having seen a gap in the market, and we’re so pleased we have a product that will speak to so many, in such an intimate and friendly way. Each of our four launch partners are incredibly valuable to us and we’re excited to help them speak to new audiences,” said BuzzFeed APAC chief Nicki Williams.

SCA taps news and info chief

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Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) has hired Melanie Withnall as its new head of news and information, effective 15 November.

She will oversee the content and growth strategies for SCA’s broadcast and on-demand news services, including the news, information, and current affairs portfolio on LiSTNR, and across HIT and Triple M.

Withnall is coming from ABC, where she served as manager of ABC Radio Sydney. She also worked at 2UE, 2GB and 2SER, and formerly sat on the CBAA board. 

“I am really excited to be joining SCA at such an exciting time, with news and information more important than ever and an important pillar on Hit, Triple M and LiSTNR.  I look forward to finding SCA’s unique voice in the market and working with such a great team,” said Withnall.

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