Print IT! B2B in June/July 2020

By Seamus Byrne in Media News on
Across a few categories there’s been a notable slower run at print titles recently, no doubt with the added costs it might have made sense to skip a month here or there or extend the window a little on a bimonthly. But we’ve got a couple of nods to the industry titles this month, with ECD putting smiles on faces with its excellent cover image.
This month there’s a focus on how the ECD sector can help change things for the better off the back of this tricky year we’re having. Editor Amy Steed looks at the potential for power savings with smart sensors, and there’s another story on environmentally friendly lighting not just from a power consumption view but a light pollution one as well. Plus a story on next generation solar and how it can maintain high efficiency even in extreme heat – a very helpful prospect. Finally, data centre energy efficiency gets a look, rounding out a very solid theme issue of the mag.
This month’s IDM leads the cover with a vision for AI-as-a-Service, which comes from Sydney startup Sypht CEO (say that quickly) Warren Billington. There’s a nice look at COVID-19 digital dashboards and how Aristotle Cloud Services Australia has doing it with more metadata enhancements to find more value for a user. Rarely have so many people wanted clear daily data like they have this year, so it’s an interesting read from the Aristotle CEO on how they approached the task. Plus looks at running digital mail rooms for document management, PII data management with so many new regulations to think about around the world, and a nice op-ed from Rachael Greaves at Castlepoint Systems on why ML is giving everyone a bad name. Heaps more in this edition too, a really good one.

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Gilbert hosts new Friday night show

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Tim Gilbert has premiered a new Friday show over 2GB, 3AW and 4BC, called Your Weekend with Tim Gilbert.

Airing at 7PM to 8PM, the show is aimed at preparing Nine Radio audiences for fun things to do over the weekend, especially during the NRL/AFL off-season. 

Your Weekend is Gilbert’s first outing at Nine since leaving The Today Show early last year. His radio experience comes from years at 2GN and 2UE.

"I'm excited returning to my first love, radio, three decades after my first gig in Goulburn. In a very heavy news cycle, we'll be taking you down the bright side of the road for an hour each Friday night and exploring everything that’s good in the world. I can't wait to work with some of my great mates again and chat with the Nine Radio listeners," said Gilbert. 

Canales makes a splash in Canberra

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After more than 12 months under the Pedestrian umbrella writing for Gizmodo and Lifehacker, Sarah Basford Canales has swapped the hustle and bustle of Sydney for the relative quiet of Canberra.
Moving to the Canberra Times, Canales is now a politics and public sector reporter, something she says has always been an interest of hers.
Political reporting is something I've always been interested in doing. Back when I was an idealistic uni student, my plan was to become an investigative reporter in the political space. While my ambitions of travelling to Russia to uncover deep-seated corruption have waned considerably - I'm sure my mum's happy about it too - it's still something I'm passionate about,” she says.
Known for her tech coverage at Pedestrian, Canales says she is looking at how she can combine her experience in tech with her political coverage.
“I'm not fully abandoning that field (tech) though — I

Miraudo to run RTRFM

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on

Simon Miraudo is the GM-designate for WA radio station RTRFM, effective 16 November, reported Radioinfo.

He will take over from Chris Wheeldon, who had been interim GM after Karen Lee left earlier this year. 

Miraudo has been with the station for almost ten years, starting out as a volunteer then later co-hosted the Movie Squad review show.

Tune in to Miraudo on LinkedIn.

Towell runs economics beat

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Noel Towell has moved to become The Age’s new economics editor.

He previously handled the paper’s state politics desk.

Follow Towell on Twitter @NoelTowell.

Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson makes a winning run on ABC’s Hard Quiz

By Seamus Byrne in Media News on
News Corp’s national technology editor, Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson, is a well-known quiz fiend, and this week she made an appearance on Tom Gleeson’s Hard Quiz over at the ABC. And don’t worry, Gleeson doesn’t let the News Corp journalist thing slide past without comment. Jen had the last laugh though!
You can catch all the action over at ABC iView, but we’ve also caught up with Dudley-Nicholson for the behind the scenes scoop and her future plans for quiz show domination.
What's your TV quiz history now, for those not playing along at home?
Well, I'm no Angus Kidman but I had appeared on Temptation and Million-Dollar Minute previously. My goal is always to avoid total embarrassment, which made Hard Quiz a bit harder than most! 
How long have you been waiting for that to air?
It's been almost a year, which is a very long embargo in tech terms! I visited the Hard Quiz studio in Melbourne last November,

Lizzies 2020: Final Tickets Available

By Mike Woodcock in Media News on

There are just 4 weeks to go until the 2020 Samsung Australian IT Journalism Awards.

With our COVID plan ensuring safety for all attendees, numbers are very strictly limited, however some tickets are still available.
Please note:

  • Dress code is Black Tie formal 
  • The Watterson Best-Dressed Journo Awards Theming is 'Country'
  • Event-exclusive pre-dinner rides from 6pm to 7pm
  • Doors open at 6.45pm
  • To ensure the safety of our guests, there will be no official After-Party this year.

Because numbers are strictly limited, we will be closing ticket sales early this year, so if you do plan on coming, please secure your tickets and RSVP as soon as possible.

For our guests that have already RSVP'd, thank you for your early response - we look forward to seeing you Nov 6th.

The email problem

By Seamus Byrne in Media News on
It's easy to send an email. At scale it gets trickier, and no doubt most PR uses dedicated tools to manage bursts of press releases or other information when sent to many journalists in one quick go. We've touched on the issues of list management in the past, but it's also important to remember where the real effort lies in the email relationship.
Once upon a time, there was a cost to sending every single message you wanted to send out into the world. By post, it was both money and time. By fax, it was money (and the hope it would be legible at the other end). In both instances, there wasn't a bona fide expectation that the recipient would definitely see what was sent to them.
In the email era, there is no cost to send and practically instant delivery. This means exponential scale messaging has become the norm. You write it once, you send it to thousands. Dust your hands, it's a job well done.
Of course, this places the greatest emphasis on t

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