Decades of
collective
media experience

The AAP Executive team is formed from some of the most experienced and talented media and business professionals in Australia. With varied backgrounds and expertise in the fields of business, media and publishing, the Executive team lays the foundation for what AAP is today and will be tomorrow.

Connecting Australia
to the world's
leading media

AAP has cultivated relationships with some of the world's leading news agencies, digital organisations and newswires. Together, AAP and its partners provide global, time-critical news, images and video to the world. And through these unique relationships AAP provides Australian organisations the ability to access the world's newswire network.

AAP is built
on great talent

AAP's success can be attributed to the great people that work here. The diversity of AAP, from journalists to multimedia designers, ensures that there is a chance to grow for anyone with a passion for media. Take a look below to see what opportunities are available.

AAP relies on its employees to continuously drive its businesses forward. With diverse opportunities in the fields of journalism, administration, IT development and system engineering, finance, sales, marketing, customer service and across many more fields, AAP looks to employ anyone with a passion for media. Take a look below to see what opportunities are available.

Career Opportunities

Python Developer

Australian Associated Press is Australia’s national news agency, providing news, images and information services to the media, commercial organisations and government.

We have a fantastic opportunity for a developer with good experience in the Python space to join our Agile development team. As a member of the team, you will be  a key participant in the initial and ongoing development of a major new multi-user platform, liaise with developers both here and in Europe, and assist in the successful integration of new and old systems.

Reporting to the Technology and Innovation Manager, you will work closely with leading Developers in the company to ensure a smooth transition, as well as help improve the competencies of the team in the Python language and development space.

To be successful in this role, you will have:
» a Computer Science degree or equivalent
» at least 3 years experience working with Python platform and front end
» high competency in the development of Python software
» high competency in modern SDLC techniques and practices
» familiarity with open source standards, tools and libraries
» competency in working with GNU/Linux-based and windows platforms
» competency in deploying solutions using Amazon Web Services
» a working familiarity with both Java and .NET development
» great communication and the passion to motivate the team

If you are interested in this position, please email Donna Huynh at applications@aap.com.au

System Operator

Australian Associated Press is Australia’s National News Agency, providing news, images and information services to the media, commercial organisations and government.

We are looking for an enthusiastic System Operator to join our Information Technology Group at our Rhodes Head Office.

The position is based on a 7 day, 24 hour rotating shift arrangement.

You will join the team responsible for the operation of AAP’s vast online information services. This involves:

» Controlling the day to day operation functions
» Monitoring servers and completing checklists and run sheets
» Helpdesk support and routine production tasks

The successful candidate will have an avid interest in IT operations. Experience in computer operations, working with Microsoft enterprise software or someone who is studying /recently completed an IT qualification is preferable. On the job training will be provided.

You will also possess excellent communication skills with a focus on customer service and problem solving. You will also have the ability to work autonomously, multitask and prioritise. Well developed PC skills would be advantageous.

If you are interested in this position, please email Diana Willison at applications@aap.com.au

Account Manager - Medianet

Medianet is Australia's leading provider of press release distribution and media intelligence in Australia. As a division of Australian Associated Press, Medianet is highly regarded in the industry and banks some of the top companies and PR agencies as its clients.

We are looking for a full time Account Manager who is passionate about delivering an extraordinary customer experience and business results.  Based out of our Rhodes office, you will manage a territory of existing clients across a variety of industry sectors as well as sourcing new business opportunities.

Among your varied duties, you will be responsible for:

» Providing a high level of day to day account management support
» Retention and negotiation of new and existing contracts
» A systematic approach to sales with strong ability to solutions sell
» Identify and acquire new business revenue from both new and existing clients
» Developing and maintain your own business plan for your territory

Ideally you are a self-motivated, highly passionate individual that is willing to make your mark in the business and in our client relationships

In order to be successful in this role, you will possess:

» Experience and proven success in sales and Account Management, preferably within a solution B2B sales environment.
» Outstanding account management and retention skills with a strong customer focus.
» Excellent communication and negotiation skills with the ability to communicate at a high level with clients.
» A good understanding of the business market.
» Strategic & analytical thinker required to solve client needs.
» Experience working with a PR, corporate Comms or marketing client base or in the media industry will be considered favourably, but not essential.
» The ability and desire to run your territory like a business
 
This is a great opportunity build on your existing sales ability and make your mark on a dynamic business

If you are interested in this position, please email Donna Huynh at applications@aap.com.au

AAP Cadet Program

AAP offers a comprehensive cadet training program, which takes successful applicants through the crucial fast-filing procedures specific to news agency work, as well as multi-media skills and shorthand.

The Sydney-based program draws on the combined experiences of senior Editorial staff, in a series of lectures, practical work and field trips.

Cadets are shown how to write fast and tight, keeping in mind AAP's constant and intense time pressures in getting the story out first. Our main Editorial principle - accuracy and speed, but accuracy above speed - is reinforced.

The program also features training in court reportage, legal issues and filing technologies and there is a particular focus on multi-media, with AAP reporters now expected to file not only fast-moving text but also images, audio and video.

During the year, cadets will be rotated through all disclipines at AAP - including general reporting, sport, finance, politics and courts.

Underpinning the program are intensive weekly lessons in teeline shorthand, in which cadets must achieve 120 words per minute to graduate.

WHAT WE LOOK FOR IN CADETS

Competition for the few cadet spaces is fierce, and the standard of applicants exceptional.

AAP looks for cadets with a keen interest in hard news, from finance to politics, and lighter news too, such as entertainment and general human interest.

To demonstrate enthusiasm and competency, the applicant should be able to present a good body of published work, particularly that which demonstrates aptitude with hard news, and which shows some involvement in breaking news. The work should ideally include that accepted by mainstream publications and/or broadcasters and even online services.

A curriculum vitae should also show evidence the applicant is a self-starter. A history of intern placements or work experience at a range of respected media organisations and a current driver's licence is a requisite.

Applications for AAP's 2014-2015 cadet program have closed.

Internships at AAP

AAP offers a limited number of internship placements to final-year students of university journalism degree courses.

The internships are one single placement of five consecutive days, in the reporting bureau of the candidate’s home city.

They are designed for final-year journalism university students who seriously intend a career in journalism, so the student can experience some of the realities of a fast-paced, breaking-news environment.

Eligible interns should demonstrate a keen interest in and knowledge of news and current affairs.

Assessments of an intern’s work during the placement can count towards an application for an AAP cadetship, positions that are fiercely contested every year.

Please note that due to high demand, placements are not available for secondary school students or to graduates of university journalism degree courses.

AAP dress code is business attire or smart casual but precludes denim.
 
ELIGIBLE STUDENTS

Eligible students seeking a placement must apply in writing to the email address below, attaching a letter of recommendation from their course advisor.

Additionally, the student must attach the Certificate of Currency (otherwise known as Certificate of Insurance), outlining the university’s current Personal Accident Insurance policy details.

For the avoidance of doubt, this is a bona fide document on the insurer's letterhead which shows information including policy number, the name of the university (and/or individual) insured, period of cover, territorial limits, liability limit and scope of cover.

The student's university administrators can help with facilitating this document. Please note, general insurance-related letters on university letterhead are not acceptable.

The applicant's name should be included in the subject line of the email.
 
Email applications to:  internships@aap.com.au

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Engaging with
the community

AAP works with various community groups and not-for-profit organisations for a better tomorrow. Take a look below to see some of the organisations we are working with currently.

Vinnies CEO Sleepout
Vinnies CEO Sleepout

AAP's Chief Executive Bruce Davidson roughs it for the homeless.

With over 100,000 sleeping rough each night, the annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout raises awareness for those less fortunate. Bringing together CEOs from the nation's leading organisations, the Sleepout brings together funds to make a difference for Australia's homeless.

www.ceosleepout.com.au

Vinnes CEO Sleepout

Vinnies CEO Sleepout
All Together Now

Established in 2010 All Together Now's vision is to change behaviour to embrace cultural diversity in Australia.

This is done by creating innovative, evidence-based and effective social marketing that is positive, provocative and courageous.

Targeting the 50% of Australians who are already positive about diversity is the key as these are the people who are most likely to initiate conversations about cultural diversity and speak up when they witness racism, thereby building positive social norms.

www.alltogethernow.com.au

All Together Now

Vinnies CEO Sleepout
The Red Room Company

AAP also supports The Red Room Company, a not-for-profit organisation that creates, promotes and publishes new poetry by Australian writers in unusual ways.

As well as opening up poetry to a larger audience through radio, podcasts, live performance and collaboration with artists and designers, the organisation puts a strong emphasis on education, with programs that take poetry to schools and correctional facilities.

www.redroomcompany.org

AAP ethical
standards

AAP is committed to maintaining the highest standards of accuracy, impartiality and fairness. AAP is a member of, and is bound by the Standards of Practice of the Australian Press Council. If you believe the Standards may have been breached, you may approach AAP itself by emailing standards@aap.com.au or contact the council by info@presscouncil.org.au or by phone on +61 2 9261 1930.

For further information please visit www.presscouncil.org.au.