SA Media Awards


The winners of the 2017 Awards have been announced


The awards were presented at the SA Media Ball on Saturday, June 3 at the Ian McLachlan Room at the Adelaide Oval. MEAA congratulates all the winners and finalists in the 2017 awards.

SA Media Awards 2017 Winners and Finalists with Judges’ Comments

 

ALL MEDIA

Best Coverage of Social Equity Affairs

Sponsored by:  SACOSS

Winner: Alex Mann: “Body of Work”, ABC 7.30 – Links (one two three)

Judges Comments:

The judges praised Alex Mann’s sensitive and insightful handling of three stories that were highly contentious and very difficult to report.  Stories of this calibre are the result of achieving the trust and respect of those at the heart of the issue, diligent research, and carefully considered reporting, where what is omitted is as critical as what is included.

Alex’s exclusive report detailing prominent euthanasia advocate Max Bromson’s suicide required extraordinary deftness to capture the reality of Max’s final moments without compromising Max’s family. Commensurate care was needed to avoid any suggestion of advocacy –  for, or equally, against – the suicide.  His coverage presented the human face of a contentious legal and political issue and arguably promoted understanding of it complexities.

His story “Never Married” elicited an apology from Premier Weatherill for South Australia’s lack of recognition of overseas same-sex marriages. When a freak accident claimed the life of Englishman David Bulmer-Rizzi, honeymooning in Adelaide with his husband Marco, the trust Alex built within 24 hours enabled powerful reportage that is both a respectful tribute to David and testament to Alex’s prowess.

Similarly, trust built with Adnyamathna people enabled Alex to present precious cultural insights to viewers, to inform their considerations of the nuclear waste dump debate through the lens of one of Australia’s first peoples.

All three pieces reflect a journalist of great skill for whom reporting with fairness and equity is paramount.

Finalists

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

Graphic,  Artwork or Cartoon

Sponsored by:  MEAA

Winner: Matt Pike: “100 Unforgettable Olympic Moments”, Adelaide Now – Links (One Two)

Judges Comments:

Matt Pike’s work was well executed and very original. It displays a high level of technical skill as well as many hours of painstaking research. The result is an engaging piece that allows readers to peruse decades of history in a light-hearted and whimsical way. Moments of triumph, scandal, heartbreak and humanity are skilfully captured and presented for readers to consume.

Finalists

  • Raymond Hirst :”Body of Work”, The Advertiser,
  • Peter MacMullin: “MacMullin All Sorts”, Sunday Mail

 

Coverage of Sport

Sponsored by:  Lion

Winner: Alex Mann: “Body of Work”, ABC 7.30 – Links (one two three)

Judges Comments:

This was an incredibly impressive portfolio of work from a reporter who obviously loves sport and is powerful at communicating that. Alex’s beautiful portrait of the terminally ill Leicester City fan gave the viewer goose bumps. The emotion was beautifully portrayed, never maudlin, and conveyed the unifying aspect of sport that speaks the same language around the world. The basketballer story showed skilful scripting to take this story well beyond the stock standard “player done good” yarn. And he showed his craft again with a great story on Chalmers, touching on what was missing in many other stories about this surprise swimming package – his incredible relationship with his father. Alex Mann knows how to build a compelling sport story.

Finalists

  • Richard Earle: “Footy firsts – contracts, drugs and racism”, The Advertiser
  • Michael McGuire: “Sport in three acts”, The Advertiser

 

Rural/Regional Journalist

Sponsored by:  Stories Well Told

Winner: Kate Hill, Selina Green, Courtney Howe and Alexia Atwood: “Ambulance cover backlash”, ABC South East – Links (one two three)

Judges Comments:

This group effort demonstrates what can be achieved when newsroom journalists work together to cover a story.

The ABC South East team identified a political decision that would impact thousands of residents in their community and persisted in covering the topic, speaking to a wide range of stakeholders and members of the community as the issue evolved over time.

The extensive coverage played a key role in the public debate of this issue and no doubt helped influence policymakers who eventually amended a controversial decision.

Finalists

  • Nicola Gage: “Body of Work”, ABC 7PM News South Australia
  • Peri Strathearn: “Body of Work”, The Murray Valley Standard

 

Commentary, Analysis, Opinion & Critique

Sponsored by:  Law Society South Australia

Winner: Michael McGuire: “Three columns”, The Advertiser – Links (one two three)

Judges Comments:

This competitive category features – as it always does –  a large number of entries from a range of media and journalists, including freelancers. The breadth of topics and diversity of views submitted was equally wide ranging.

The finalists represent the high standard of work across the category by all entrants.

Michael Maguire’s winning entry stood out for its presentation of clear and incisive arguments in short, sharp, and occasionally – witty – prose. His unequivocal stance on issues in the public interest clearly invites and generates further discussion and debate.

Finalists

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

 

Investigative Journalism

Sponsored by:  MEAA

Winner: Hendrik Gout: “Chris Fox Camp Gallipoli”, Today Tonight Adelaide – Links (one two three)

Judges Comments:

Hendrik Gout’s forensically researched stories display the best qualities of investigative journalism – thoroughness, meticulous attention to detail, compelling narratives that bring clarity to complicated issues, and dogged determination to reveal the truth. This trilogy of stories divulging the fraudulent activities of purported charity Camp Gallipoli and the false claims of its founder Chris Fox required courage and exceptional care to report, given society’s reverence for the ANZAC legacy. The exposure of Fox’s egregious misrepresentation of the organisation and his relatives’ war service in order to profit at the expense of genuine heroes was rendered all the more potent by Hendrik’s masterful storytelling and distinctive presentation, fittingly resulting in the revocation of the organisation’s charitable status.

Finalists

  • Brad Crouch: “Health System Dramas”, The Advertiser
  • Angelique Donnellan: “Asbestos Scandal”, ABC TV News
  • Bension Siebert: “Adelaide Streetlights Tender”, InDaily

 

Best Community Journalist

Sponsored by:  MEAA

Winner: Kate Hill: “Shipwreck Hunters, Emergency Gawkers and Biker Church”, ABC South East SA – Links (one two three)

Judges Comments:

Kate Hill’s stories are interesting and consistently well researched, written and presented.

More importantly, Hill’s work in this entry exemplifies the core skill of a good journalist: the ability to observe the world, identify stories worth investigating, and to then pursue them thoroughly, with fairness and an open mind.

Her biker church story was the result of observing motorcycle riders around town and deciding to follow her journalistic nose. The story was clearly based on some hefty leg work, gentle arm twisting and a determination to provide her audience with a rare glimpse inside the life of a Christian motorcycle group.

Similar, her piece on “gawkers” was the result of her observations and subsequent investigations. The piece raised important and timely issues about how social media is complicating the job of first responders in managing emergency situations.

Finalists

  • Eugene Boisvert: “Local News”, Coast City Weekly Messenger

 

Print/Digital News or Lifestyle Feature

Sponsored by:  University of South Australia

Winner: Lauren Novak: “Yvette Rigney Wilson – Inside Story”, The Advertiser – Links (one two)

Judges Comments:

In Yvette Rigney Wilson: Inside Story, Lauren Novack pieced together a compelling portrait of woman allegedly killed by her partner.

The reporter has seamlessly combined interviews with people who knew the victim and data on child protection in this newsworthy feature, which also highlights the impact of family violence on the indigenous community.

The writing shows flair and sensitivity, with commendable use of anecdotes and quotes.

The judges also note the reporter produced the feature under significant time and workload pressures, while dealing with the emotional toll of reporting on this harrowing case.

We believe Lauren Novack is a worthy winner.

Finalists

  • Deborah Bogle: “Grave injustice”, SAWeekend
  • Michael McGuire: “Fast Eddie”, SAWeekend

 

Print/ Digital News Report

Sponsored by:  Telstra

Winner: Brad Crouch: “Transforming Health Dramas”, The Advertiser – Links (one two three)

Judges Comments

South Australians worried about the Weatherill Government’s shake-up of the health system, and what it means for their access to hospital and health care, should be grateful for the in-depth, expert reporting of Brad Crouch. Brad’s detailed grasp of the complex issues and well-placed sources were on display with a series of exclusives. His story revealing the possible closure of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital was just one of a series of scoops in an excellent portfolio of work that included fears for the future of the QEH and the resignation of the emergency department chief at Modbury Hospital.

Daniel Wills is highly commended for his impressive revelations about the lawsuits, problems, and counter-claims, behind the mysterious delays and costly stand-off between the government and the builder of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Finalists

  • Lauren Novak: “Forcing transparency in child protection” , The Advertiser
  • Daniel Wills: “Losing their cool”, The Advertiser

 

TV Current Affairs or Feature

Sponsored by:  MEAA

Winner: Alex Mann: “Max Bromson’s Battle”, ABC 7.30 – Links (one )

Judges Comments

The winner of this category took a particularly challenging story and treated it with great sensitivity and respect while at the same time exploring a hugely important issue that can affect each and every one of us. This story was a thought provoking piece that without directly demanding it, encouraged the viewer to re-think their stance on euthanasia and one that had an immediate political reaction.

Finalists

  • Mark Mooney: “Preparing for War”, 7 News
  • Sophie Taeuber: “Shamsiya’s Story”, Network Seven, Today Tonight

 

TV News or Current Affairs Camera

Sponsored by:  Mosaic Audio Visual

Winner: Andrew Foote: “Flooding Coverage”, Seven News 6pm- Links (one)

Judges Comments

Andrew Foote’s flood coverage was outstanding, taking the viewer right to the centre of the action. He came up with innovative angles under enormous pressure. Andrew demonstrated consistency in his work and a no-nonsense approach to representing natural disaster.

Finalists

  • Reg Bradshaw: “Body of Work”, 6PM News, Nine News Adelaide

 

TV News Report

Sponsored by:  Uniting Communities

Winner: Phoebe Bowden: “Privacy Breach”, Ten Eyewitness News – Links (one two)

Judges Comments

The entries in the Best TV News Story category were particularly strong this year, making it a very competitive category and a challenge for the judges to choose a winner. The journalist who has won best TV News story, conducted a thorough investigation, uncovering a story which highlighted how the public’s trust is not always honoured. The journalist’s persistence to kept on digging until they uncovered the extent of the problem, led to an internal enquiry in SA Health and as a result, a change in public policy.

Finalists

  • 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

Sponsored by:  Media Super

Winner: Caroline Winter: “Statewide Blackout”, ABC PM program – Links (one two three)

Judges Comments

Caroline Winter’s portfolio is a brilliant example of good old fashioned shoe leather reporting that takes listeners into the heart of the blackout. Caroline could have opted out of this story at any time but instead took it solely upon herself to drive into the blackout and find compelling audio to illustrate the absurdity of a state without power. Tight scripting combined with great talent which she found herself under immense deadline pressure.

Finalists

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

 

Sport Photograph or Photographic Series

Sponsored by: MEAA

Winner: Dean Martin: “Body of Work”, The Advertiser – Links (one two three)

Judges Comments

Timing is everything in this action shot, but knowing your craft is anticipating the sports action, which is the essence of this memorable sports photo by Martin.

Finalists

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

 

Feature Photograph or Photographic Series

Sponsored by:  MEAA

Winner: Simon Cross: “Body of Work”, The Advertiser – Links (one two)

Judges Comments

This is a beautiful eye-catching and arresting image of ‘our best friend’. Cross’ photograph demonstrates that persistence, attention to the details and patience pays off.

Finalists

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

 

News Photograph or Photographic Series

Sponsored by:  MEAA

Winner: Tom Huntley: “Body of Work”, The Advertiser – Links (one two)

Judges Comments

This image captures the devastating moment a family and police officer realises the death, by drowning, of the family’s child at a suburban beach with significant impact and respect.

Finalists

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

 

Silver Categories

Julie Duncan Memorial Award for Student Journalism

Sponsored by: University of South Australia

Winner: Kelly Hughes: “Body of Work”, University of South Australia – Links (one two )

Judges Comments

The Julie Duncan Student Journalist of the Year for 2017 is Kelly Hughes. Kelly is studying a double degree in Journalism and Creative Writing with a sub-major in International Relations. Apart from registering a commendably high grade point average, Kelly has worked hard at gaining experience in the industry. She’s done work experience at Fairfax Media and had articles published in The Age, the SMH, and the Financial Review, and admits she’s fallen in love with financial journalism. As a result, she’s the Editor of The Personal Super Investor, where she both writes her own content and reposts that of others. Kelly says she’s an avid believer in women’s rights and equality between the sexes, and is also interested in politics and world news. She says: “I wholeheartedly believe as a journalist one of our most important roles is to give a voice to the voiceless and empower people with knowledge and information.

Finalists

  • Emily Pemberton
  • Chloe Szentpeteri

 

Max Fatchen Award for Best Young Journalist

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

Winner: Bension Siebert: “Body of Work”, Solistice Media/In Daily – Links  (one two three)

Judges Comments

Bension Siebert’s reports reveal an admirable capacity for digging beneath the surface of local government events and issues to discover relationships and situations that have the potential to go seriously wrong. After one such story, a group of Adelaide councils withdrew a tender for $50 million worth of street lights. Local government might be where citizens are most likely to come in contact with their representatives, but Bension’s reporting is where they are most likely to encounter clear explanations of what their councillors are doing. His ability to inspect complicated documents and complex situations and explain them in a language all his readers can understand is praiseworthy indeed.

Finalists

  • Madeleine Dunne
  • Gertie Spurling

 

Best Print/Digital Journalist

Sponsored by: University of South Australia

Winner: Lauren Novak: “Body of work – sexism, child protection, domestic violence” The Advertiser – Links (one two three)

Judges Comments

Over a number of years Lauren Novak has thrust the issue of domestic violence in SA from the back pages and left hand pages of the daily newspaper, to a regular and rightful position on pages 1, 3 and 5. She has also been at the forefront of reporting as the state continues to grapple with its failures to address child abuse. On domestic violence she has exposed, in a series of exclusive stories, the nature of these dark and often invisible crimes hiding in plain sight, but causing a mounting toll of death and misery in our community. In three works submitted for these awards over the last year she has prised the annual death toll caused by domestic violence from a recalcitrant and ultimately embarrassed South Australian Police force. She has helped expose the appalling treatment of women in that police force, and finally she helped force the State Government to publish regular internal data that quantify the extent of child protection failings in a system under extreme pressure.

Finalists

  • Brad Crouch
  • Daniel Wills

 

Best Radio Broadcaster

Sponsored by: MEAA

Winner: Caroline Winter: “Body of work”, ABC- Links (one two three)

Judges Comments

Caroline Winter is a genuine storyteller.

With her naturally engaging style and crafty use of the medium, she produces compelling stories that humanise the issues of the day.

She provides a voice to South Australians dealing with the most difficult of situations and clearly earns the trust of those who open up to her.

Caroline’s winning entry is just a sample of a strong body of work that makes her a deserved winner of this award.

Finalist

  • Mike Smithson

 

Best Photographer

Sponsored by: Serafino Wines

Winner: Tom Huntley: “Body of Work”, The Advertiser – Links (one two three four five)

Judges Comments

The calibre of photographs across the board in this category, meant to come out as the winner, took something truly special. The judges were impressed by the breadth of Tom’s work, and by his ability to capture small ordinary moments, and make them extraordinary. That skill, best demonstrated by his image Leon and the Mummy. The drummer boy spoke to Tom’s ability to create a piece of art with his lens, while his technical skill was on full display in the image of women in science. And his photograph on Glenelg beach of a police officer with a hand on his heart, as he spoke to a mother who’d lost her son to drowning, was a fine example of the photographer as news gatherer: that image alone, told the entire story in a single frame.

Finalists

  • Dean Martin
  • Sarah Reed

 

Best Television Broadcaster (Presenter, Reporter or Camera Person)

Sponsored by: Media Super

Winner: Alex Mann: “Body of Work”, ABC 7:30 – Links (one two three)

Judges Comments

Alex has shown an exemplary ability to handle complex and sensitive narratives within the broadcast medium. His piece on the Leicester City fan staying alive for his team, is extraordinarily moving – Alex found the joy and celebration, rather than the sadness. In a media landscape full of stories about Cy Walsh, Alex’s is beautifully crafted and utterly compelling. His piece on the euthanasia death of Max Bromson is insightful, balanced, and deftly navigates a legal and ethical minefield. That story alone, is worthy of the highest praise.

Finalists

  • Jessica Adamson
  • Stacey Lee
  • Mark Mooney

 

Hall of Fame for Outstanding Contribution to Journalism

Sponsored by: MEAA

Winner: Samela Harris

Judges’ comments:

Samela Harris, the 2017 SA Media Hall of Fame inductee is described by colleagues as possessing “restless energy”, delivering “innovative and witty reporting”, and having “very wide perspectives on the world”.
While Adelaide had a long tradition of social and society notes in newspapers written by women, it had few women who worked at the hard end of news reporting until Sa came along.
She was the first non-social pages female writer at Rupert Murdoch’s, The News, and broke ground on stories such as the banning of women from front bars, the moratorium marches, and opposition to the death penalty. She was also the first female football columnist, not just at The News, but so far as is known, anywhere in Australia.
An early adopter of new technology, Samela was out in cyberspace when no one knew what it was. Out in virtual communities when no one had heard of them and became the inaugural online editor of The Advertiser. She created a ground-breaking Internet column that continued weekly for seven years called Net Adventures, created a website for it and even introduced Twitter to her peers (and taught them how to use it).

Samela Harris is one of the pioneering examples of female professional journalists in Australia.

 

2017 Journalist of the Year

Sponsored by: University of South Australia

Winner: Alex Mann, ABC 7:30

Judges Comments

If ever a journalist held a judging panel hostage to their emotions, it was this entrant in the 2017 Awards.

Exceptional versatility and insight, patience with research and well-honed presentation characterise this extremely worthy Journalist of the Year.

A highly controversial and very difficult subject to cover, in an exclusive report, this journalist delivered a sense of intimacy and immediacy which drew hearts and minds of judges and public alike, into the depths of an agonising human dilemma.

A superbly researched and edited feature – it was just one of their stories recognised this year.

The degree of excellence was so outstanding, they were awarded first place in four different categories this evening.

The same compassionate insight and delicacy of touch that told the euthanasia story of Max Bromson, came to bear in a fastidiously-researched analysis of the Cy Walsh Verdict and yet again, on the coverage of a dying Foxes Fan willing himself to stay alive, for just one more victory by his team.

The 2017 Journalist of the Year… is Alex Mann.

 

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  • 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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