SA Media Awards


Finalists have been announced


 

The awards will be presented at the SA Media Ball on Saturday, June 3 at the Ian McLachlan Room at the Adelaide Oval. Book your tickets for the ball here.

Entries in the SA Media Awards are made in the following category sections, and are judged by the advisory board and industry and community member:

•  All Media
•  Radio & Television
•  Print/Digital
•  Photography
•  Gold Awards

Entry to the awards has now closed.

  • The All Media awards recognise all forms of media, including photography, print news and features, radio and television news and documentaries, online publications and/or a collaborative effort by a group of journalists or a media organisation.

    BRONZE AWARDS

    BEST GRAPHIC, ARTWORK OR CARTOON BRONZE AWARD

    Judges will be looking for illustrations or photo illustrations, graphics or cartoons displaying creativity, innovation and style, combined with artistic technique. The piece entered may have been created in a limited time in relation to deadlines, usually for a news section, publication or broadcast, or for feature stories or sections for which an appropriate amount of time has been allowed.  The time frame allowed to create the entries should be specified in the 200 word supporting statement.

    Entrants should submit THREE pieces, NOT NECESSARILY RELATED, to be judged as indicative of their work.

     

    COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS, OPINION & CRITIQUE BRONZE AWARD

    This category is open to journalists involved in comment and analysis and includes leader writers, reviewers, opinion columnists and bloggers across the spectrum of discussion and debate, including arts, sports, business and politics.

    Entrants should submit THREE pieces, NOT NECESSARILY RELATED, to be judged as indicative of their work.

     

    BEST COMMUNITY JOURNALIST BRONZE AWARD

    This category is open only to journalists working in Community media and recognises their role in reporting on and informing their local communities.

    Entrants should submit THREE pieces, NOT NECESSARILY RELATED, to be judged as indicative of their work.

     

    BEST RURAL/REGIONAL JOURNALIST BRONZE AWARD

    This category is open only to journalists working in the regional media and recognises their role in reporting on and informing their local communities.  The resources available to the entrant in creating the work should be specified in the 200 word supporting statement.

    Entrants should submit THREE pieces, NOT NECESSARILY RELATED, to be judged as indicative of their work.

     

    BEST COVERAGE OF SOCIAL EQUITY AFFAIRS BRONZE AWARD

    This award recognises media reporting which addresses issues relating to social and economic equality, human rights and participatory democracy. In addition to the general judging guidelines, judges will have special regard for the public impact and/or benefit of the journalism and also to the size, resources and location of the medium.

    Entrants should submit THREE pieces, NOT NECESSARILY RELATED, to be judged as indicative of their work.

     

    BEST COVERAGE OF SPORT BRONZE AWARD

    Covering both print and electronic media, this category recognises the contribution of journalists and photographers covering sporting events and issues. Entrants should submit their best coverage of a sport, an event or an issue.

    Entrants should submit THREE pieces, NOT NECESSARILY RELATED, to be judged as indicative of their work.

     

    BEST INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM BRONZE AWARD

    Recognising its valuable role, this category will reward well-researched and presented investigations. Works will be judged on accuracy, ethics, tenacity and public benefit.

    Up to THREE pieces may be submitted on the SAME issue or subject

     

    BEST PUBLIC RELATIONS CAMPAIGN (GOVERNMENT OR PRIVATE)  BRONZE AWARD

    This award recognises a government or private sector PR campaign for successfully addressing a client\’s objective within the budget allocated. Campaigns may be short or long-term in nature, and may range from public education programs to community relations, issues/crisis management, integrated marketing communication, internal communication or corporate communication. Entries must outline the campaign strategy and delivery and include at least two pieces of evidence demonstrating results (e.g. survey results, phone inquiries, measures of outcomes) in addition to media coverage obtained. The campaign should be carefully researched, planned and implemented. The campaign must have clear goals and objectives which have been benchmarked, with results measured and evaluated

     

    BEST FREELANCE CONTRIBUTION BRONZE AWARD

    This award recognises freelance journalists, photographers & camera operators. The entry must show editorial independence, resourcefulness, originality, journalistic ability and newsworthiness as well as commitment to the Code of Ethics.

    Entrants should submit THREE pieces, NOT NECESSARILY RELATED, to be judged as indicative of their work.

     

    SILVER AWARDS

    THE MAX FATCHEN AWARD FOR BEST YOUNG JOURNALIST SILVER AWARD

    Entrants must be aged 25 or under as at 31 December 2016 b and must display creativity, research, technical skills, newsworthiness, writing flair and impact. Entries are not confined to reporting of youth issues – any media coverage may be entered in this category providing the entrant is aged 25 or under.

    Entrants should submit THREE pieces, NOT NECESSARILY RELATED, to be judged as indicative of their work.

     

    JULIE DUNCAN MEMORIAL AWARD FOR STUDENT JOURNALISM SILVER AWARD

    This category is open to students of the University of South Australia\’s Journalism program.  Items will have been published or broadcast as part of the Journalism program, and will reflect outstanding initiative and/or newsworthiness and technical skill, and adhere to appropriate ethical and legal standards.  Finalists and winners will be selected by the University of South Australia.

  • RADIO

    In radio, judges will take into account the resources available for the preparation of the work entered, and the collaborative nature of this medium.

    BEST RADIO NEWS OR CURRENT AFFAIRS OR FEATURE REPORT BRONZE AWARD

    The criteria  includes newsworthiness, courage, impact, immediacy and making use of the qualities of the medium in reporting news and pursuing excellence in journalism.  High regard will be paid to research, writing, production, incisiveness, public benefit and ethics.

    One entry only however up to THREE pieces may be submitted on the SAME issue or subject.

    BEST RADIO BROADCASTER  SILVER AWARD

    THREE radio broadcast items are required which may include news, features, sport or commentary, which may already have been submitted in other radio categories.

    Entrants must enter the BRONZE AWARD in the Radio section to be eligible.

    TELEVISION

    In television, judges will take into account the resources available for the preparation of the work entered, and the collaborative nature of this medium.

    BEST TV NEWS REPORT BRONZE AWARD

    In particular, the judges will reward reports demonstrating newsworthiness, courage, impact, incisiveness, public benefit and ethics. Entries in this category may be a single short news report or one or more reports entailing coverage on the same subject.

    One entry only however up to THREE pieces may be submitted on the SAME issue or subject.

    BEST TV CURRENT AFFAIRS OR FEATURE BRONZE AWARD

    This category aims to recognise current affairs, analysis of news events and longer reports. Reports should highlight research, effective storytelling and impact and have been produced ethically. Public benefit and courage in reporting will be considered favourably.

    One entry only however up to THREE pieces may be submitted on the SAME issue or subject.

    BEST TV NEWS OR CURRENT AFFAIRS CAMERA BRONZE AWARD

    This category recognises the special role of the camera operator in news, current affairs and documentary. Entrants should submit three samples, not necessarily related, to be judged as indicative of their work.

    **Entrants should submit THREE pieces, NOT NECESSARILY RELATED, to be judged as indicative of their work.

    BEST TV BROADCASTER (PRESENTER, REPORTER AND/OR CAMERA) SILVER AWARD

    Entrants should submit THREE pieces which show creativity, research, production and technical skill, which may already have been submitted in other television categories.

    Entrants must enter a BRONZE AWARD  in the Television section to be eligible.

  • PRINT/DIGITAL

    BEST NEWS REPORT BRONZE AWARD

    Judges are particularly looking for courageous journalism, as well as writing excellence, accuracy, storytelling, newsworthiness, ethics, research, impact and public benefit.

    Up to THREE pieces may be submitted on the SAME issue or subject.

    BEST NEWS OR LIFESTYLE FEATURE BRONZE AWARD

    Keeping in mind the parameters of the medium, creativity, originality and writing flair will be highly regarded in this category, in addition to the conditions. Entries may come from the news or features sections, supplements or special publications.

    Up to THREE pieces may be submitted on the SAME issue or subject.

    BEST THREE HEADINGS BRONZE AWARD

    Sub editors  enter their THREE best headlines. Judges will be looking for originality, flair and the headlines relevance to the story it heads.

    BEST PRINT JOURNALIST SILVER AWARD

    THREE articles are required which may include sport, business, news, features or commentary pieces, which may already have been submitted in other print categories.

    Entrants must also enter another  BRONZE AWARD  category in the Print/Text  section to be eligible to enter this SILVER AWARD category.

    PRINT/DIGITAL

    BEST NEWS REPORT BRONZE AWARD

    Judges are particularly looking for courageous journalism, as well as writing excellence, accuracy, storytelling, newsworthiness, ethics, research, impact and public benefit.

    Up to THREE pieces may be submitted on the SAME issue or subject.

    BEST NEWS OR LIFESTYLE FEATURE BRONZE AWARD

    Keeping in mind the parameters of the medium, creativity, originality and writing flair will be highly regarded in this category, in addition to the conditions. Entries may come from the news or features sections, supplements or special publications.

    Up to THREE pieces may be submitted on the SAME issue or subject.

    BEST THREE HEADINGS BRONZE AWARD

    Sub editors  enter their THREE best headlines. Judges will be looking for originality, flair and the headlines relevance to the story it heads.

    BEST PRINT JOURNALIST SILVER AWARD

    THREE articles are required which may include sport, business, news, features or commentary pieces, which may already have been submitted in other print categories.

    Entrants must also enter another  BRONZE AWARD category in the Print/Text  section to be eligible to enter this SILVER AWARD category.

  • HALL OF FAME – CONTRIBUTION TO JOURNALISM

    This Award recognises long-term commitment and achievement in the industry. Third party nominations to be submitted with relevant supporting material by close of business, April 30, 2017. Recipient of this award will be chosen by the South Australian Media Awards Advisory Panel.

    JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

    The winner of this Award is chosen by the South Australian Media Awards Advisory Panel. Each bronze and silver category winner, excluding Student of the Year, will be a contender for Journalist of the Year.

  • ENTRY CLOSES FRIDAY,  APRIL 21

     

    • All entries must have been published or broadcast in South Australia in the 12 months from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016. Entries published or broadcast elsewhere will be considered if the entrant is a resident of South Australia.
    • All entrants are required to establish their bona fides as a journalist, photographer or artist and must certify that the entry is their original work. They must certify that apart from normal subeditorial/production treatment, they have adhered to the MEAA Journalist Code of Ethics in the work preparation, undertake to abide by the Code of Ethics in the year to December 31, 2016 and have complied with all copyright requirements.
    • All entrants must be a resident of South Australia at the time of publication or broadcast.
    • A bona fide journalist should be construed as employed either freelance or full-time and be paid for their work.
    • All entries should declare any legal complaints, defamation actions, contempt of court actions, suppression orders, challenges to the accuracy, corrections or claims of plagiarism, relevant to the work.
    • Single Entries: EACH ENTRANT MAY ENTER ONLY ONCE IN EACH CATEGORY and submit only one story, unless specified otherwise. ( For example, in All Media categories, up to three separate pieces may by entered). The same work may be submitted to another category but entrants must complete a new and separate entry for each award category.
    • Group entries may include up to five names, with one person nominated as the primary contact.
    • A group entry should consider only those who have made a significant journalistic contribution to be a part of the entry. REMEMBER: Name order should be according to journalistic input.
    • If you are associated with a group entry, you may be included in up to two entries per category only.
    • The cost of entering the awards for NON MEAA members, including GST, is $55 per entry. Through its support of the SA Media Awards, MEAA covers the entry costs for its financial members as a benefit of membership. Financial members are not required to pay the entry fee except where a non-member is part of a group entry, in which case the normal entry fee ($55 only) is required.
    • The judges reserve the right to nominate entrants and to redirect entries to a more appropriate category. Judges have the right to reject an entry which in their opinion does not comply with the requirements of the competition. The judges decision will be final. The South Australian Advisory Panel reserve the right to withdraw a South Australian Media Award if it later finds the entrant did not comply with the entry conditions. In the event of deception or falsehood in an entry an investigation will be launched by the South Australian Advisory Board led by the Chair.
    • Student entrants must be enrolled in the University of South Australia’s journalism program and be in their final year of study.
    • The entrant acknowledges that MEAA may reproduce, broadcast and communicate materials submitted for the purpose of promoting the Awards, conducting the presentation ceremony and making the finalists and winners entries available to the public and agrees and warrants that the Alliance may use the material for these purposes.
    • Please keep copies of all material submitted. Entries will not be returned.
    • Print and digital entrants are asked to provide an electronic version of their material (PDF and/or Word document on disc) where possible.
    • Hall of Fame: This Award recognises long-term commitment and achievement in the industry.  Third party nominations to be submitted with relevant supporting material to  Angelique Ivanica by mail or angelique.ivanica@meaa.org by close of business April 30, 2017.  The recipient of this award will be chosen by the South Australian Media Awards Advisory Panel.
    • Journalist of the Year: The winner of this award is chosen by the South Australian Media Awards Advisory Panel. Each bronze and silver category winner, excluding the Student category, will be a contender for Journalist of the Year.

These are the finalists in the 2017 South Australian Media Awards:

Bronze Category

All Media – Best Coverage of Social Equity Affairs

  • Jessica Adamson: “Hindley Street, Kimba’s Battle and Junior Footy”, Seven News
  • Alina Eacott: “Body of Work”,  ABC News
  • Alex Mann: “Body of Work”, ABC 7.30

All Media -Graphic,  Artwork or Cartoon

  • Raymond Hirst:”Body of Work”, The Advertiser
  • Peter MacMullin: “MacMullin All Sorts”, Sunday Mail
  • Matt Pike: “100 Unforgettable Olympic Moments”, AdelaideNow

All Media – Coverage of Sport

  • Richard Earle: “Footy firsts – contracts, drugs and racism”, The Advertiser
  • Alex Mann: “Body of Work”, ABC 7.30
  • Michael McGuire: “Sport in three acts”, The Advertiser

All Media -Rural/Regional Journalist

  • Nicola Gage: “Body of Work”, ABC 7PM News South Australia
  • Kate Hill, Selina Green, Courtney Howe and Alexia Atwood: “Ambulance cover backlash”, ABC South East
  • Peri Strathearn: “Body of Work”, The Murray Valley Standard

All Media – Commentary, Analysis, Opinion & Critique

  • Jane Howard: “Body of Work”, Kill Your Darlings
  • Hendrik Gout: “Body of Work”, Today Tonight Adelaide
  • Michael McGuire: “Three columns”, The Advertiser
  • Daniel Wills: “The State”, The Advertiser

All Media – Investigative Journalism

  • Brad Crouch: “Health System Dramas”, The Advertiser
  • Angelique Donnellan: “Asbestos Scandal”, ABC TV News
  • Hendrik Gout: “Chris Fox Camp Gallipoli”, Today Tonight Adelaide
  • Bension Siebert: “Adelaide Streetlights Tender”, InDaily

All Media – Best Community Journalist

  • Eugene Boisvert: “Local News”, Coast City Weekly Messenger
  • Kate Hill: “Shipwreck Hunters, Emergency Gawkers and Biker Church”, ABC South East SA

Print/Digital News or Lifestyle Feature

  • Deborah Bogle: “Grave injustice”, SAWeekend
  • Michael McGuire: “Fast Eddie”, SAWeekend
  • Lauren Novak: “Yvette Rigney Wilson – Inside Story”, The Advertiser

Print/ Digital News Report

  • Brad Crouch: “Transforming Health Dramas”, The Advertiser
  • Lauren Novak: “Forcing transparency in child protection” , The Advertiser
  • Daniel Wills: “Losing their cool”, The Advertiser

TV Current Affairs or Feature

  • Alex Mann: “Max Bromson’s Battle”, ABC 7.30
  • Mark Mooney: “Preparing for War”, 7 News
  • Sophie Taeuber: “Shamsiya’s Story”, Network Seven, Today Tonight

TV News or Current Affairs Camera

  • Reg Bradshaw: “Body of Work”, 6PM News, Nine News Adelaide
  • Andrew Foote: “Flooding Coverage”, Seven News 6pm

TV News Report

  • Phoebe Bowden: “Privacy Breach”, Ten Eyewitness News
  • Alina Eacott: “Statewide Blackout”, ABC News
  • Edward Godfrey: “ Body of Work”, 9 News
  • Mike Smithson: “NRAH exposed”, 7 News – 6pm

Radio News &  Current Affairs or Feature

  • Carl Smith: “Bionic Bodies”, ABC Radio National’s “The Science Show”
  • Mike Smithson, Tom Rhen and Andy Ruzzgar: “Bastille Day Attack”, FIVEaa Breakfast program
  • Caroline Winter : “Statewide Blackout”, ABC PM program

Sport Photograph or Photographic Series

  • Tom Huntley: “Body of Work”, The Advertiser
  • Dean Martin: “Body of Work”, The Advertiser
  • Sarah Reed: “Body of Work”, The Advertiser

Feature Photograph or Photographic Series

  • Simon Cross: “Body of Work”, The Advertiser
  • Morne De Klerk : “Cool Head celebrates New Years Eve”, The Guardian Online
  • Tom Huntley: “Body of Work”, The  Advertiser

News Photograph or Photographic Series

  • Simon Cross: “Body of Work”, The Advertiser
  • Tom Huntley: “Body of Work”, The Advertiser
  • Tricia Watkinson: “Margo’s Dream Kiss”, The Advertiser

Silver Category

Julie Duncan Memorial Award for Student Journalism

  • Kelly Hughes: Body of Work, Uni SA
  • Emily Pemberton: Body of Work, Uni SA
  • Chloe Szentpeteri: Body of Work, Uni SA

Max Fatchen Award for Best Young Journalist

  • Madeleine Dunne: Body of Work, Seven Network
  • Bension Siebert: Body of Work, Solstice Media/In Daily
  • Gertie Spurling: Body of Work, Seven Network

Best Radio Broadcaster

  • Mike Smithson: Body of Work, Five AA Radio
  • Caroline Winter: Body of Work, ABC

 

Best Print/Digital Journalist

  • Brad Crouch: Health System Dramas, The Advertiser
  • Lauren Novak: Sexism, child protection, domestic violence, The Advertiser
  • Daniel Wills: State rounds, The Advertiser

Photography

  • Tom Huntley: Body of Work, The Advertiser
  • Dean Martin: Body of Work, The Advertiser
  • Sarah Reed: My Year, The Advertiser

Best Television Broadcaster/Presenter

  • Jessica Adamson: Polites Feud , A State in Darkness S, King Kyle, Seven News
  • Stacey Lee: Body of Work, Seven News
  • Alex Mann: Body of Work, ABC 7.30
  • Mark Mooney: Pinery Burnover, Top Cop Investigated, Preparing for War, Seven Network

  • The Nine Network’s Ben Avery was named Journalist of the Year at the 2016 South Australian Media Awards. In 2016, there were a record 184 entries over 22 categories.

    Avery’s award was for a body of work which included his coverage of the investigation of the murder of young Mannum mother Jody Meyers in August 2015, for which he also won Best TV News Report. It was a big night for Avery, who took home a third award for Best Television Broadcaster, the second consecutive year he has won this award.

    The judges said Avery was “one of the best story breakers in the business”. They noted that he has “a naturally engaging style as a TV broadcaster – not only in his delivery but also in how he gathers news, demonstrated by his ability to break stories by forming strong contacts”.

    Margaret Ralston AM was inducted into the SA Hall of Fame for Outstanding Contribution to Journalism. A genuine trailblazer, Ralston began her career as a journalist with the now-defunct Adelaide afternoon daily paper The News in 1972 and was later appointed as Sports Editor, a position she held until 1992. She was the first woman to hold this position at a major metropolitan Australian newspaper.

    Ralston’s citation says: “Marg was a great encourager to young journalists, including providing advice to women reporting on SANFL games which required them to speak to coaches and players after the games in the change rooms.

    In a new category, Hendrik Gout of Network Seven won the award Best Investigative Journalism for his coverage of the collapse of the Interfert network of fertiliser companies. The judges commented: “His skilful unravelling and articulate account of a complex financial scandal with significant ramifications in three states ensured it was accessible and easily understood by a broad audience . . . While foot-in-the-door journalism has its detractors, this series of reports showed it at its effective best and displayed a balance and impartiality that stands out within the genre.

    The ABC’s Natalie Whiting was named Best Radio Broadcaster, with the judges commenting: “Natalie Whiting does a top notch job of telling compelling original stories for people who don’t have a voice -on topics that affect the lives of vulnerable South Australians . . . It’s not easy to shed light and make a difference on topics that aren’t the headline grabbing news of the day, but Natalie Whiting does this with accuracy, sensitivity, strong writing and solid broadcast skills.

    Other big winners included The Advertiser’s Lauren Novak, who was named Best Print/Digital Journalist for a body of work including her agenda-setting and forensic coverage of South Australia’s dysfunctional child protection system and domestic violence epidemic over a number of years. Best Photographer in a high-calibre field was Dean Martin, also of The Advertiser.

    The Max Fatchen Award for Best Young Journalist went to Bension Siebert of Solstice Media/InDaily, while Ashleigh Pisani from the University of South Australia won the Julie Duncan Memorial Award for Student Journalism.


      SA Media Awards Winners and Finalists with Judges’ comments

      ALL MEDIA

      Commentary, Analysis, Opinion & Critique

      Sponsored by: Law Society SA

      Winner: David Washington, InDaily: Body of Work

      Finalists

      • Lauren Novak, The Advertiser: Body of Work
      • Daniel Wills, The Advertiser: The State

      Links to view submissions (one, two ,three)

      Judges’ Comments:

      Increasingly, in this category, journalists are required to make sense of an avalanche of information, while “speaking truth to power”, articulating public concerns and producing entertaining, thought-provoking content. At the same time, there’s increasing competition for attention with many more avenues for comment, analysis, critique and opinion. Not only does everyone have an opinion but they have the means to express it. Commentary Journalism has probably never been more challenging, so standing out in this category is a major achievement!

      With a large number of entrants, the judges were confronted with the difficulty of selecting only one winner. In a high calibre field the three finalists were exceptional in demonstrating the critical qualities of newsworthiness, thorough research, incisiveness, originality and public benefit.

      The winning entry expressed all of these qualities in a diverse and eloquent body of work that was engaging, entertaining and informative.

       

      Best Community Journalist

      Sponsored by: Stories Well Told

      Winner: Kate Hill, ABC: Body of Work

      Finalists

      • Eugene Boisvert, Messenger Community News: Body of Work
      • Dan Jervis-Bardy, Messenger Community News: South Rd

      Links to view submissions (one, two ,three)

      Judges’ Comments:

      Kate Hill’s entry canvassed some fascinating human interest stories specific to her regional patch. All were covered with sensitivity and compassion and written in a highly skilled and engaging manner.

       

      Best Rural/Regional Journalist

      Sponsored by: MEAA

      Winner: Elise Fantin, ABC: Palliative care saved

      Finalists

      • Elizabeth Anderson, Fairfax Media: Body of work
      • Peri Strathearn, The Murray Valley Standard (Fairfax Media): Drugs, dollar signs and a derelict drummer

      Links to view submissions (one, two ,three)

      Judges’ Comments:

      With rural and regional newsrooms particularly under threat by a shrinking media landscape, it is heartening to see the high quality of entries in this important category.

      Elise Fantin’s series on palliative care showed dedication to a difficult topic and undoubtedly contributed to the public pressure that saw services restored. Her focus on rural health and services for critically ill patients gave voice to a community who may not always be able to speak for themselves.

      However, all three entrants displayed skilled and creative reporting, and the outcome was certainly close. The judges particularly appreciated both Peri and Elizabeth’s clear desire to seek out unique stories and tell them in an engaging way, as evidenced by the tie for second place.

       

      Best Coverage of Social Equity Affairs

      Sponsored by: SACOSS

      Winner: Natalie Whiting, ABC News 24: Body of Work

      Finalists:

      • Loukas Founten, ABC News: Body of Work
      • Kate Hill, ABC: Inside the Sex Offenders treatment program
      • Kim Robertson, Nine News Adelaide: Deportation Fight

      Links to view submissions (one, two)

      Judges Comments:

      The production values in Natalie Whiting’s body of work are impressive – her balanced treatment of such difficult and disparate topics showcased a high level of skill. Natalie enabled her talent to articulate their stories in challenging surroundings, and overcome their social circumstances in doing so. She allowed those at the heart of the story to tell it their way, and clearly gained their trust over a number of days and weeks. Natalie carefully reported on the many complexities to these difficult stories, treating the subjects with a great deal of dignity. Beautifully executed.

       

      Best Coverage of Sport

      Sponsored by: Lion

      Winner: Richard Earle, The Advertiser: Trailblazers

      Finalists

      • Neil Cross, ABC: Body of Work
      • Michael McGuire, The Advertiser: Body of Work
      • Tom Richardson, InDaily: Body of Work

      Link to view submission

      Judges’ Comments:

      The sports category was hotly contested one and the judges found it very difficult to separate the entries. Richard Earle was selected as the winner for three stories across three different sporting codes that dug deeply into his subjects and their lives. His stories were captivating and well-written.

       

      Best Investigative Journalism

      Sponsored by: MEAA

      Winner: Hendrik Gout, Seven Network : Interfert

      Finalists:

      • Verity Edwards, The Australian: National Geographic
      • Lauren Novak, The Advertiser: Child Abuse Report Line problems
      • Max Opray, Schwartz Media: Solarium Ban

      Links to view submissions (one, two )

      Judges’ Comments:

      In the highly contested category of investigative journalism, the judges’ minds were exercised by an extremely high calibre of entries, confirming the merit of this new category. Hendrik Gout’s winning entry faced stiff competition in a field that provoked extended debate. He prevailed on some compelling counts, foremost amongst them the extended, dogged and thorough research conducted into the collapse of a network of fertilizer companies. His skilful unravelling and articulate account of a complex financial scandal with significant ramifications in three states ensured it was accessible and easily understood by a broad audience. A huge work with tentacles reaching internationally, Hendrik displayed fearlessness and flair to expose the myriad failings that brought a series of rural agricultural suppliers to the brink of failure – while the instigators, the bank and the government regulator seemingly did little to remedy the situation. While foot-in-the-door journalism has its detractors, this series of reports showed it at its effective best and displayed a balance and impartiality that stands out within the genre.

       

      Best Freelance Contribution

      Sponsored by: Media Super

      Winner: Max Opray, Schwartz Media, Guardian News and Media: Body of Work

      Finalist

      • Marie Barbieri, Australian Yoga Journal (Contact Media Pty Ltd): Connecting to place

      Links to view submissions (one, two ,three)

      Judges’ Comments:

      Max Opray’s entry saw a wide range of diverse issues tackled impressively and intelligently, with energetic and captivating writing. A highlight for the judges was his eye-opening expose on an underground network of illegal sun bed.

       

      TV and RADIO

      Best Radio News or Current Affairs or Feature Report

      Sponsored by: Anglicare SA

      Winner: Carl Smith, ABC: Energy Futures

      Finalists

      • Tom Fedorowytsch, ABC: SA Bushfires body of work
      • Mike Smithson, FIVEaa Radio: Jay’s film crew

      Links to view submissions (one, two ,three)

      Judges’ Comments:

      The judges were unanimous in agreeing that Carl’s series on Energy Futures was the strongest radio feature, in terms of depth of coverage and high-level production values. This series is especially pertinent to a South Australian context at the moment, given the closure of the Northern Power Station in Port Augusta and new recommendations that the state host a nuclear waste disposal facility. Carl featured a wide range of talent to provide an in-depth analysis of energy choices available in Australia, placing the listener on the scene in many occasions through strong use of radio production techniques.

       

      Best TV News Report

      Sponsored by: Media Super

      Winner: Ben Avery, Nine News Adelaide: Jody Meyers Murder

      Finalists

      • Angelique Johnson, ABC: Pinery Fire
      • Stacey Lee, Seven News Adelaide: Police Brutality

      Link to view submission

      Judges’ Comments:

      This category drew a high standard of entries making the judging process very hard. The judges would like to commend all the journalist in this category for their strong entries.

      The winner researched for over two weeks in order to break this story. The journalist showed their commitment to being where the news was, and this is how they managed such a breakthrough. Their persistence was rewarded with exclusive interviews and details. It was a story that every media outlet in Adelaide was following and he lead the pack. This journalist produced a narrative that was clear, insightful and had great impact.

       

      Best TV Current Affairs or Feature

      Sponsored by: MEAA

      Winner: Alex Mann, ABC, 7.30 Report: On The Run

      Finalists:

      • Prue Adams, ABC: Q Fever
      • Hendrik Gout, Channel 7: Farah 4 Kidz

      Link to view submission

      Judges’ Comments:

      Another category which drew a very high standard of entries.

      The work of this journalist was followed up by other media, and fed into a national discussion about exploitation of workers. The journalist’s bravery was highlighted when he went up against a very influential business in SA, in the face of legal threats. The journalist uncovered an important issue, got good talent to talk to him despite concerns about repercussions, and explained a complicated issue well.

       

      Best TV News or Current Affairs- Camera

      Sponsored by: Mosaic Audio Visual

      Winner: Scott Perry, Nine Network Australia: Sampson Flat Bushfire Coverage

      Finalists

      • Nine News Group Entry, Nine News Adelaide: Pinery Fires
      • Tony Salvatore, Channel Seven: Body of Work

      Link to view submission

      Judges’ Comments:

      In a field of entries dominated by natural disasters, Scott Perry’s work stood out. Working alongside a reporter, they were the only crew on frontline of the fire ground as the blaze changed direction and double backed. In a difficult and dangerous workplace environment, Perry filmed up close the elements for the report to paint a comprehensive picture of the battle on the ground to save Kerbrook. He captured the urgency and confusion of the remaining residents, closely following them as they tried to douse the flames with hoses and buckets of water. He did this in isolation from other media crew, in an environment with rapidly changing risks and among people who were clearly highly stressed. His work demonstrates courage and a high level of commitment to his craft.

       

      PRINT/DIGITAL

      Best Print /Digital News Report

      Sponsored by: Telstra

      Winner: Penelope Debelle, Advertiser Newspapers: Chemotherapy bungle exposed

      Finalists:

      • Bradford Crouch, Advertiser Newspapers: Hospitals’ ED overhaul
      • Lauren Novak, The Advertiser: Child Abuse Report Line problems

      Link to view submission

      Judges’ Comments:

      A top-notch expose from a reporter with a strong contact list, a keen eye for news, and an ability to think on her feet as the story developed. The page one pieces led to a state inquiry and once again underscored pressures on the health system. The scoop revealed how the health of cancer patients had been potentially compromised by inadequate doses of chemotherapy due to a typographical error. Worse still was the follow-up revelations that the doses continued for some patients even when the problem was supposed to have been fixed. A great exclusive which benefited the victims of the bungle, the broader public interest, and kept the health system under scrutiny.

       

      Best Print /Digital News or Lifestyle Feature

      Sponsored by: University of South Australia

      Winner: Verity Edwards, The Australian: Chloe Valentine

      Finalists:

      • Andrew Dowdell, The Advertiser: 20 years after murder acquittal, servo gunman speaks
      • Michael McGuire, The Advertiser: Hopeless

      Link to view submission

      Judges’ Comments:

      Verity Edwards’s piece on the death of four-year-old Chloe Valentine brings the detachment of the professional journalist to an intensely emotive issue. Chloe’s mother Ashlee Polkinghorne and her partner Ben McPartland were both jailed on charges of manslaughter by neglect, and Edwards’s account of that neglect makes for harrowing reading. She documents the numerous occasions where Families SA failed to act, the missed opportunities where intervention by Families SA would have saved Chloe’s life and – through it all – the heartbreak of Chloe’s grandmother Belinda Valentine, who sought in vain to adopt Chloe and so keep her safe. Edwards doesn’t spare her readers the anguish, but this nevertheless is an empathetic article, told with great sensitivity. Most importantly, it reminds us of our collective responsibility to protect the vulnerable.

       

      PHOTOGRAPHY

      Best News Photograph or Photographic Series

      Sponsored by: MEAA

      Winner: Kelly Barnes, The Australian: John Lush – Pinery Fires, at son’s burnt-out home

      Finalists:

      • Tom Huntley, Advertiser Newspapers: She’s got talent – car overturned next to park ’n’ ride sign
      • Dean Martin, Advertiser Newspapers: Kung Fu chaos – fire in the CBD

      Links to view submissions (one, two ,three)

      Judges’ Comments:

      This is a powerful human interest photograph which depicts the personal loss and devastation from the Pinery fires. Kelly has conveyed the power of Australian bush-fires through the quiet emotion of a father standing in the ruins of his son’s home.

       

      Best Sport Photograph or Photographic Series

      Sponsored by: MEAA

      Winner: Ryan Schembri, SMP Images/Australian Baseball League: Twilight pitching – Baseball

      Finalists:

      • William Bailey, Murray Valley Standard: No Hurdle to Great
      • Morne De Klerk, Getty Images: Knockout – Soccer net

      Link to view submission

      Judges’ Comments:

      Ryan has brought us three images that illustrate the course of a baseball series – Adelaide Bite v Melbourne Aces. This important encounter was the decider for minor premiership. The photographs show off Ryan’s technical skills as well as an understanding of the game and the ability to adapt in various situations to make best use of available light and action. The before, during and after-game photos from this four-game encounter tell us a story and bring us closer to the players, the event and ultimate victory for Adelaide.

      The judges were pleased to see in this category the wide range of sports being covered and many entries displayed the photographer’s passion for the contest.

       

      Best Feature Photograph or Photographic Series

      Sponsored by: MEAA

      Winner: Simon Cross, The Advertiser: Sky-high wind power

      Finalists:

      • Tom Huntley, The Advertiser: Beekeeping kids
      • Dean Martin, The Advertiser: Tomato ally, Port Augusta tomatoes

      Links to view submissions (one, two)

      Judges’ Comments:

      Again this winning photograph is a unanimous decision by the judges. Embodying the strong concepts of photojournalism, Simon showed a fearlessness in climbing the wind turbine. The unusual angle shows careful planning, creative thinking and an eye to capture new technology from a different perspective.

       

      SILVER AWARD CATEGORIES

      Julie Duncan Memorial Award for Student Journalism

      Sponsored by: University of South Australia

      Winner: Ashleigh Pisani, University of South Australia

      Finalists

      • Bonnie McBride, University of South Australia
      • Daniel Whyntie, University of South Australia

      Link to view submission

      Judges’ Comments:

      Ashleigh Pisani is a journalism and international relations student at the University of South Australia, who dreams of becoming a political journalist one day.

      Ashleigh, who’s edited UniSA’s student publication On The Record, says she “wants to be in the thick of it in our nation’s capital, reporting on all the important goings on, as well as the often colourful invective and drama that dominates the Australian political landscape”.

      As well as reporting for On The Record and publishing her own blog, Breakfast at Parliament, Ashleigh has an eye-wateringly high grade point average. She is a recognised leader in the university’s journalism program and her lecturers predict a bright future for her in the news industry.

       

      Max Fatchen Award for Best Young Journalist

      Sponsored by: Office for Youth — Department for Communities and Social Inclusion

      Winner: Bension Siebert: Solstice Media/InDaily

      Finalists:

      • Phoebe Bowden: Network Ten
      • Fraser Goldsworthy: Seven Network

      Links to view submissions (one, two ,three)

      Judges’ Comments:

      The Max Fatchen Award for Best Young Journalist is open to young journalists working in any media. The judges were encouraged by the breadth and strength of the entries submitted in this category this year

      The winner is Bension Siebert from InDaily for a series of articles on the new South Road Superway

      Bension reported serious allegations about construction practices on the Superway, the most expensive road project in the state’s history.

      His dogged persistence investigating claims by workers and structural engineers led eventually to a state parliamentary committee inquiry.

      The judges considered that Bension’s carefully crafted and balanced articles reflected an impressive depth of investigation and succeeded in raising serious concerns without either sensationalising or trivialising the subject matter.

      The judges highly commended the entry of the ABC’s Elise Fantin for her reports that Country Health SA was going to reduce palliative care services in the state’s south-east.

      Elise’s impressive and balanced reports followed the issue through from the initial announcement of the cuts through a funding dispute between the federal and state governments to the state government’s eventual decision to reinstate the positions.

       

      Best Radio Broadcaster

      Sponsored by: MEAA

      Winner: Natalie Whiting: ABC

      Finalist

      • Mike Smithson:FIVEaa Radio

      Links to view submissions (one, two ,three)

      Judges’ Comments:

      Natalie Whiting does a top notch job of telling compelling original stories for people who don’t have a voice -on topics that affect the lives of vulnerable South Australians. In this winning entry it’s the Stolen Generations, Kidney Disease and Disability. The fact her stories have contributed to change speaks for itself. It’s not easy to shed light and make a difference on topics that aren’t the headline grabbing news of the day, but Natalie Whiting does this with accuracy, sensitivity, strong writing and solid broadcast skills.

       

      Best Print/Digital Journalist

      Sponsored by: University of South Australia

      Winner: Lauren Novak: The Advertiser

      Finalists:

      • Penny Debelle: The Advertiser
      • Tom Richardson: InDaily

      Links to view submissions (one, two ,three)

      Judges’ Comments:

      For a number of years Advertiser reporter Lauren Novak has led the Adelaide media in her forensic coverage of South Australia’s dysfunctional child protection system and domestic violence epidemic, while also as a young journalist furthering her studies in Europe and participating in a media exchange to Cambodia.

      In the current judging period she again displayed news-breaking excellence by revealing in her piece ‘Urgent pleas put on hold’ that pressured Families SA call centre workers were being directed as an efficiency measure to deliberately leave calls for help on hold, potentially putting children at risk.

      Further, her Freedom of Information investigation titled ‘Abusing the system’, quantified the extent to which offenders are breaching court protection orders to get at their victims.

      In her final exclusive titled ‘SA police officer’s racism disgrace’, Lauren revealed Police Commissioner Gary Burns had allowed an officer to avoid serious punishment despite the officer telling an Aboriginal man he would like to tie a hose around his neck and then quote; “set you on fire and drag you around the streets attached to our car”.

      The judges paid tribute to Lauren’s courageous efforts to expose these issues to the South Australian public.

       

      Best Photographer

      Sponsored by: Serafino Wines

      Winner: Dean Martin: Advertiser Newspapers

      Finalists:

      • Sarah Reed: News Corp/The Advertiser
      • Tricia Watkinson: News Limited

      Links to view submissions (one, two ,three, four, five)

      Judges’ Comments:

      It was a matter of the agony of the ecstasy for judges assessing the entries in this category of the 2016 Media Awards.

      To say they were of high calibre is an understatement. All the 2016 entrants impressed. Some dazzled.

      Hours were spent. Judges had images up for days, looking at the glories of light and composition, the quick reflexes of those photographers who captured historic moments and emotions in lightning-fast action candids, those who snatched action from a sporting fray and froze it in sharp death-defying precision, those who touched the heart with pathos and melancholy in the aftermath of tragedy…

      Those, also, who took a tired old theme and breathed new life into it. Let us not forget the media has to cover so many classic stories and predicaments over and over again.

      This year’s winner is an old hand at all of this.

      Decades in the job have not wearied his artist’s eye or jaded his view of the world. They have just further honed him as a great exponent of his art.

      He is DEAN MARTIN, veteran ‘Tiser ‘Tog.

      He wins for his body of work, from sport to on-the-spot hard news, from eye-catching sparkle to sweet, timeless humanity.

      His photograph of the new tomato economy of Port Augusta is a feast for the eye. HIs shot of the firefighters aloft in a pall of smoke as the city Kung Fu Academy burned down is unforgettable. He saw St George fighting the dragon in that scene. His imagination is always working. And when he came to illustrate what could be a pretty ordinary Anzac Day story about buglers, he brought in a 3-year-old boy and lifetime’s expertise with light and produced a work of art, one of the great shots of the year and any other year.

      Dean Martin. Master of his art.

       

      Best Television Broadcaster (Presenter, Reporter or Camera Person)

      Sponsored by: Media Super

      Winner: Ben Avery: Nine News Adelaide

      Finalists:

      • Prue Adams: ABC
      • Graham Archer: Seven Network

      Links to view submissions (one, two ,three)

      Judges’ Comments:

      The judges were impressed with Ben’s naturally engaging style as a TV broadcaster – not only in his delivery but also in how he gathers news, demonstrated by his ability to break stories by forming strong contacts.

      His live crosses are flawless yet conversational – a difficult balance to master.

      Ben’s entries showed deftness in covering major news events with calm authority and an ability to hit the right tone in a variety of situations, from the urgency of an unfolding bushfire, to the shock death of Phil Walsh, including breaking the news to South Australians on morning radio before updating through a series of live crosses and a comprehensive evening news package.

      His script writing blends simplicity with a fine turn of phrase – all while detailing the facts and letting the stories speak for themselves.

      But some stories are only able to speak for themselves because of strong investigative reporting, and in Ben’s standout work covering the Jody Meyers murder case he broke many exclusive elements, including a breakthrough arrest.

       

      Hall of Fame – For Outstanding Contribution to Journalism

      Sponsored by: MEAA

      Winner: Margaret Ralston AM

      Judges’ Comments:

      The 2016 inductee to the South Australia Media Hall of Fame, Margaret (Marg) Ralston AM began her career as a journalist with Adelaide’s afternoon daily paper The News in 1972 and was later appointed as Sports Editor, a position she held until 1992. She was a trailblazer, being the first woman to hold this position at a major metropolitan Australian newspaper.

      Margaret was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Australia’s Day Honours List in 2001 for service to amateur and professional sport, particularly in South Australia, as a journalist and administrator.

      Marg was a great encourager to young journalists, including providing advice to women reporting on SANFL games which required them to speak to coaches and players after the games in the change rooms.

       

      Journalist of the Year

      Sponsored by: University of South Australia

      Winner: Ben Avery

      Judges Comments:

      The Journalist of the Year for 2016 is one of the best story breakers in the business, and they certainly proved that over the past twelve months.

      They have the natural flair to earn the trust of people from all walks of life, and the determination to keep asking questions to find out the truth.

      They have proven they can hold to account those people, who are clearly trying to conceal the truth.

      Their story telling is done with a natural ease and warmth, and has given people dealing with the most dreadful of situations a voice.

      Not only do they have the ability to doggedly pursue a story over days or weeks, but this year’s journalist of the year, has shown repeatedly the skill to react to breaking news, whether that’s human tragedy or natural disaster, and bring live rolling coverage to the people of Adelaide, while also discovering what others didn’t.

      This was exemplified in their coverage of the biggest story of the year, the death of Phil Walsh, when they were the first to deliver the news of the stabbing of the Crows coach, that left so so many in disbelief.

      This year’s winner is a compassionate, and determined and versatile reporter, and also a great bloke.

      The journalist of the year for 2016… Is Ben Avery.

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    The SA Media Ball, incorporating the SA Media Awards is a non-profit entity with all the monies gained from sponsorship invested into the Gala Event and Awards program.  Four types of sponsorship are available: Gold, Silver, Bronze and Media Partnership.

    What date did entries close?

    Entries closed at midnight, Wednesday April 26 2017.

    Who can enter the South Australian Awards?

    Entry is open to all South Australian-based journalists and media professionals across all forms of print and electronic media.

    How can I enter the 2017 South Australian Media Awards?

    You must register by completing the electronic registration form.

    What are the conditions of entry?

    All work must have been published or broadcast in South Australian in the 12 months from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016. Entries published or broadcast elsewhere will be considered if the entrant is a resident of South Australia.

    What does it cost to enter the awards?

    The cost of entering the awards, including GST, is $55 per entry for non-MEAA members (note this is the new reduced price for 2017). Through its support of the South Australia Media Awards, MEAA covers the entry costs for its financial members as a benefit of membership. Financial members are not required to pay the entry fee except where a non-member is part of a group entry, in which case the normal entry fee ($55 only) is required. You can call 1300 65 65 13 to discuss membership options or join online.

    What do I need to include with my entry?

    Signed entry confirmation email via email or post.

    Please send ONE digital version of your entry if you are NOT providing URL links or uploading.

    Please send your entry material on a CD or USB to:

    2017 SA Media Awards, Locked Bag 526 Spring Hill Qld 4004  or  EMAIL ALL ENTRY MATERIAL DIRECTLY TO anna.magnus@meaa.org

    Do I have to include an entry statement of up to 200 words?

    Yes, your entry statement is to assist the judging process and should outline the case for consideration for an award. You may address the judging criteria and explain the circumstances in which the entry was produced.  You may write less than 200 words, but no more.  The online entry form submission process will not accept more than 200 words so please write them in a word document first and do a word count before dropping it into the entry form.

    Do I need to have the entry form authorised?

    Yes, it is compulsory that you have it verified by your employer or employer representative to validate the work.  This process is done online.  Once you enter their details into the system it will generate an email to them asking them to verify the correct details you have submitted.  Their verification entry email will come directly to us and a copy also sent back to you.  An entry will not be considered until all steps have been completed.

    Can I enter into a category more than once?

    Each entrant may only enter once in each category but may submit one or more related reports on the same subject (up to three). The same work may be submitted in another category but entrants must complete a new and separate submission for each award category.

    What is a Group entry?

    A Group entry is permitted to include up to five people as entrants.

    What are the criteria for judging?

    Award winners will be chosen on the basis of journalistic excellence. This will vary according to individual categories but, in general, criteria will include:

    • newsworthiness
    • research
    • writing
    • production
    • incisiveness
    • impact
    • public benefit
    • ethics
    • originality
    • innovation
    • creative flair

    Judges will take regard of the resources available and effort expended in the preparation of the work.

    Members of the SA Media Awards Advisory Panel are senior working South Australian journalists and media professionals, each respected in his or her field.  This panel, representing a cross-section of the industry, has responsibility for judging the silver and gold awards and may oversee the categories and criteria for the awards.

    Will entries be returned?

    Please keep copies of all material submitted. Entries will NOT be returned.

    How are finalists notified?

    Finalists are announced via the website and email to all entrants. A press release is sent out to all news rooms across South Australia.

    When are finalists announced?

    All finalists are due to be announced by Wednesday, May 10, 2017

    When will winners be announced?

    The winners will be announced at the  South Australian Media  Ball on Saturday, June 3, 2017 in the Ian McLachlan Room, Adelaide Oval

    What do winners of the South Australian Media Awards categories receive?

    The winner of each category in 2017 receives a certificate and a trophy.

    Where can I find further information?

    For further information on all matters related to the South Australian Media Awards, please contact Anna Magnus, National Manager, MEAA State Media Awards, on 0423 363 725 or email at anna.magnus@meaa.org

    For all inquiries, contact:

    Anna Magnus, National Manager, State Media Awards

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