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Winners of National Press Club's 2015 Higher Education Media Awards

By Briana Healey in Media News on
Sydney Morning Herald journalists Amy McNeilage and Lisa Valentin have been awarded the 2015 Higher Education Journalist of the Year Award and a $10,000 study tour prize  for their story 'The cheating factory'.
Open to employed and freelance media professionals, Universities Australia partnered with the National Press Club of Australia to present annual higher education media awards that reward and recognise excellent journalism and communication that covers key issues in higher education.
The award was presented by Belinda Robinson, chief executive of Universities Australia, who said “the awards displayed the important contribution journalists make to the conversation about Higher Education.”
The award judges added that while the report focussed on the activities of just one company, it nonetheless raised serious questions about the adequacy of existing governance processes within the international student sector and was in the best traditions of investigative journalism.
Published in the Herald in November 2014, "The Cheating Factory" investigation revealed up to 1000 university students from 16 Australian universities had used a Sydney-based company, MyMaster, to help them cheat on their assignments and exams.
Other category winners for excellence in communicating knowledge of Australia’s university sector included Imogen Crump, Del Irani, Rob Sharp and Steph Juleff, ABC News, for their work on #TalkAboutIt: International Students.
Erica Cervini of The Age, took home an award for her article Physics is too hard for women, according to female physics students.
Fairfax Media’s Matthew Knott and Gareth Hutchens were awarded for their story Unfair: Poor graduates to pay 30 per cent more than rich under Abbott government’s university interest rate fee change.

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Time to get real about remote event presence

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Holmes bows out for emergency

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Lucy Holmes is excusing herself from working at 89.9 Light FM, for now. 

She stated in a broadcast of the Lucy and Kel Show this week that she will undergo emergency surgery for endometriosis, the diagnosis of which she learned earlier this month. 

Holmes claimed that the situation will put her out of action for quite some time, especially as she was hoping to have another child. 

“I just want to keep everybody up to date because I really treasure this relationship on-air and I believe part of my job as an announcer is to be very authentic with you and let you know what is going on,” she said. 

Stay in touch with Holmes on Twitter @lucyholmestweet.

Player joins CRN as editor

By Phil Sim in Media News on
“Once a channel journalist, always a channel journalist.” 
That was the simple response from Chris Player, when asked what drew him back into chronicling Australia's community of technology resellers and distributors. Player this week started with Next Media as editor of its IT business masthead, CRN, a role which represents his return back to full-time journalism and the technology channel.
Player previously spent more than three years at CRN’s primary competitor, ARN, before landing a marketing communications role in the channel itself, at security provider Seccom Global.
More recently, he’s freelanced as a copywriter, but the opportunity to return to his roots as an editor, was too good to pass up. 
“There is nothing that substitutes for journalism, it gets in your blood and I can’t imagine myself doing anything else, right now.”
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Five Star Kids and Holidays with Kids become one

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Travel magazine Five Star Kids (pictured) has been merged with Holidays with Kids, reported Mumbrella.

Parent company Signature Media announced this week that the merge calls for Five Star Kids to be rebranded as The Luxe Edit, a section of Holidays with Kids focusing on luxury family travel content. 

The June-September 2020 edition of Holidays with Kids will be the first issue to carry the new section, and the Holidays with Kids website will also have an associated The Luxe Edit subsection. Current Five Star Kids subscribers will be offered the option to continue with Holidays with Kids or another Signature Media title.

The move is part of Signature’s 2020 strategic plans. 

“Luxury travel is no longer the domain of the well-heeled. Many families save and plan to have high-end travel experiences and this extra content will inspire our Holidays with Kids readers with ideas for that trip of a lifetime This combination will deliver a full range of holiday options

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Nine has promoted Elizabeth Adam from supervising producer of Today Extra to executive producer.

She had been the show’s supervising producer since January 2016.

Catherine Williams succeeds Adam in the post. She had been the Today Show and Today Extra’s senior producer since January 2018.

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Online travel portal Lux Nomade is preparing to publish its first print issue in May 2020.

The new publication aims to feature the most exquisite luxury travel, beauty and personal wellness options, while continuing to cater to the female online reader base. 

The Lux Nomade team has chosen a number of luxury hotels in Sydney and commercial establishments in affluent neighbourhoods to stock copies of the magazine for distribution.

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Elwin Media has assumed the publishing duties of women’s travel content brand Travel Play Live. 

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Travel Play’s new thrust will also feature content such as successful women working in the travel and tourism industries, and organisations reputed for giving back to communities.

Former News Corp Australia national travel reporter Angela Saurine has come aboard as editor of the magazine. Travel Boating Lifestyle blog founder and outdoors enthusiast Fiona Harper has been hired as digital editor. 

The Media Hut’s Kara Geyer and Sue Perry are working on content and partnership duties.

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