The Sunday Mail’s State Political editor, Brad Crouch has been named South Australian Journalist of the Year at the ninth annual SA Media Ball at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide (Saturday, May 12).
Crouch was recognised for his outstanding body of work including the exclusive revelation that Adelaide Aqua, builders of the desalination plant, were given a taxpayer bonus despite being a year behind schedule to the feature on the man who told Mike Rann it was time to go, Labor power-broker and SDA Secretary, Peter Malinauskas.
Crouch had been honoured earlier in the night winning the Silver Award for Best Print Journalist. The judges said that Crouch’s pursuit of hard edge of serious news earned respect for both his instinct and his tenacity and yet beyond the hard-bite his writing has a sensitive core. His output throughout 2011 had revealed, exposed, enriched the community and pleased the discerning reader.
The Sunday Mail scored again with Best Young Journalist awarded to Alice Monfries.
The ABC’s Prue Adams took out the silver award for Best TV Broadcaster and Best Radio Broadcaster again went to Sharon Mascall.
Sean McGowan of The Islander, was named Best Photographer for the second time, to round out the major Silver Awards.
Media Alliance Branch Secretary Angelique Ivanica said the calibre of work was again outstanding. There were many first-time entrants and a significant number of entries from regional areas.
Former Advertiser photographer, the legendary Ray Titus, was inducted into the SA Media Hall of Fame.
Another trailblazer of the South Australian media, Titus joins earlier inductees including John Scales, Don Riddell and the late Des Colquhoun, Stewart Cockburn and John Doherty, in being hailed as one of the greats and named on the Hall of Fame honour board.
Twenty-six bronze, silver and gold awards were presented at this year’s SA Media Ball, with winners representing a wide range of media outlets, including the Sunday Mail, The Advertiser, ABC, Messenger Community News, Adelaide Hills Magazine, The Islander, The Murray Pioneer, Network Ten and the Seven Network.
A full list of winners follows.
Print & Online
Best Print News Report, Sarah Mennie, Sunday Mail
Best Print News or Lifestyle Feature, Nigel Hopkins, Adelaide Hills Magazine
Best Print Journalist, Brad Crouh, Sunday Mail (Silver Award)
Best News Photo, Andrea Laube, News Limited
Best Sport Photo, Simon Cross , Advertiser Newspapers
Best Feature Photo, Tricia Watkinson, News Limited
Best Photographer, Sean McGowan, The Islander (Silver Award)
Best Radio News Report, Angelique Johnson, ABC
Best Radio Current Affairs or Feature, Sharon Masall, Freelance Journalist
Best Radio Broadcaster, Sharon Masall, Freelance Journalist (Silver Award)
Best TV News Report, Chris Campey, Network Ten Adelaide
Best TV Current Affairs or Feature, Kerry Staight, ABC
Best TV News or Current Affairs Camera, Tony Salvatore, Channel Seven Adelaide
Best TV Broadcaster, Prue Adams, ABC (Silver Award)
Best Artwork or Cartoon, Steve Grice, Advertiser Newspapers
Commentary, Analysis, Opinion and Critique, Tory Shepard, The Advertiser and The Punch
Best Community Journalist, Alicia Melville-Smith, Messenger Community News
Best Rural/Regional Journalist, Vanessa Illicic, The Murray Pioneer
Best Coverage of Social Equity Affairs, Nance Haxton, ABC
Best Coverage of Sport, Andrew Capel, The Advertiser
Best Coverage of Youth Affairs, Daniel Wills, The Adelaide Advertiser
Best Freelance Contribution, Grant Nowell
Best Young Journalist, Alice Monfries, Sunday Mail /News Ltd (Silver Award)
Julie Duncan Memorial Award for Student Journalism, Lauren Waldhuter (Silver Award)
SA Media Hall of Fame, Ray Titus (Gold Award)
Journalist of the Year, Brad Crouch, Sunday Mail (Gold Award)
Further information about the awards is available from www.samediaawards.com.au
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