Saturday, October 19th, 2013 - United Nations Association of Australia (Victorian Division)


Journalists’ bravery shines through in UN awards

 

Australian journalists who showed remarkable courage in countries such as Syria, the Yemen, Egypt and Afghanistan were among winners of Media Awards presented last night (eds: Fri Oct. 18).

Judges in the United Nations Association of Australia (Victoria Division) awards found that journalists and camera crews were brave and diligent in reporting from some of the hottest spots on the globe.

Outstanding work by Steve Pennells of the West Australian newspaper earned him two awards, for Best News report in Print and Photojournalism. He brought home the reality of the Syrian refugee crisis, uncovering people smugglers, arms dealers and tortured soldiers hiding in fear.

Syria also featured in the winning award for children’s rights, with ABC Foreign Correspondent’s Matt Brown’s moving report on an 11-year-old’s drive to become educated in a city full of missiles, bombs and snipers.

A vast people trafficking industry was revealed by Sydney Morning Herald’s Ruth Pollard with superb reporting from Egypt and the North Sinai.

Paul McGeough and Kate Geraghty from Fairfax Media took out the Online Award for ‘Afghanistan – Uncensored’- an outstanding exposé of life in a lawless province, told by text and excellent photos and videos. Chris Johnston also from Fairfax Media won for his piece 'Going Home: The Great Aboriginal Dream’, highlighting the importance of land and connection to country in indigenous culture.

Jenny Brockie, Fanou Finali and Kym Middleton of SBS TV Insight won for ‘Good Old Sex’ - an engaging program around the reality of sex, intimacy and physical attraction between older people.

SBS Radio Punjabi Program’s ‘The Enemy Within’ explored a complex issue of domestic violence in Indian migrant communities. Manpreet Kaur Singh and Sacha Payne displayed exemplary skill in bringing forward a full picture of the experiences of women in violent relationships.

Ten Network’s Matt Moran was a winner with a powerful report on grave health problems facing soldiers returning from Afghanistan, while Margot O’Neill of ABC TV Lateline won for the exposure of critical situation in Australia’s nursing homes.

ABC Radio National won with a challenging six-part series, ‘Mongrel Nation’, which went to the heart of Australia telling of the potency of racialism in the new guise of nationalism.

Torture, trauma and Al-Qaeda terrorism network featured in a winning BBC World News documentary that looked at the plight of migrant workers in Yemen and the impact of US drones.

Closer to home, ABC Radio’s Felicity Ogilvie exposed the plight of children in a refugee detention camp, leading to many being released into the community.

ABC Radio National took another prize, this time for ‘PNG Land Scandal’ investigating environmental degradation and indigenous land rights.

 

For further information please contact:

Patricia Collett (UNAA Victoria Executive Director)

Ph: (+613) 9670 7878 || Mob: 0418 544 315 || [email protected]

www.unaavictoria.org.au


UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA 

MEDIA AWARDS 2013


WINNERS – Major Award Categories


PRINT NEWS

  • Steve Pennells, The West Australian – ‘The Syrian Crisis’

PRINT FEATURE

  • Ruth Pollard, Sydney Morning Herald – ‘Price of Life’

TV NEWS (Sponsored by SBS)

  • Matt Moran, Network Ten – ‘Wounded Warriors’

TV CURRENT AFFAIRS (Sponsored by SBS)

  • Margot O’Neill, Lateline ABC TV – ‘Aged Care Crisis’

TV DOCUMENTARY (Sponsored by SBS)

  • Yalda Hakim, Warwick Harrington, Nawal Al-Magafi and Peter Murtaugh, BBC World News – ‘Understanding Yemen: Torture, Trauma and Al-Qaeda’

RADIO NEWS

  • Felicity Ogilvie, AM ABC News – ‘Pontville Children’

RADIO DOCUMENTARY

  • Jemima Garrett, Chris Bullock and Linda McGinness, ABC Radio National Background Briefing and ABC News – ‘PNG Land Scandal’

PHOTOJOURNALISM

  • Steve Pennells, The West Australian – ‘The Syrian Crisis’

ONLINE

  • Paul McGeough and Kate Geraghty, Fairfax Media – ‘Afghanistan – Uncensored’

 

WINNERS – Special Award Categories


PROMOTION OF ABORIGINAL RECONCILIATION

(Sponsored by the Australian Government)

  • Chris Johnston, Fairfax Media – ‘Going Home - The Great Aboriginal Dream’

PROMOTION OF POSITIVE IMAGES OF THE OLDER PERSON

  • Jenny Brockie, Fanou Filali and Kym Middleton, SBS TV Insight – ‘Good Old Sex’

INCREASING AWARENESS AND UNDERSTANDING OF WOMEN’S RIGHTS AND ISSUES

(Sponsored by the Victorian Government)

  • Manpreet Kaur Singh, SBS Punjabi program and Sacha Payne, SBS World News Australia Radio – ‘The Enemy Within’

INCREASING AWARENESS AND UNDERSTANDING OF CHILDREN’S RIGHTS AND ISSUES

  • Matt Brown, Mathew Marsic and Garth Thomas, ABC TV Foreign Correspondent –  Syria:  ‘Ibrahim’s War'

PROMOTION OF MULTICULTURAL ISSUES

(Sponsored by the Australian Multicultural Foundation & the Victorian Multicultural Commission)

  • Tim Soutphommasane and Amanda Smith, ABC Radio National, ‘Mongrel Nation’

 

 

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