Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Premier’s Multicultural Media Awards. Their outstanding work has given voice to diverse and often underrepresented communities.
Dear Syria, Francesca Rizzoli, SBS Radio
Dear Syria is one of a series called Dear Homeland which shows Syrian refugees living in Australia telling the audience how they feel about their home country. This piece powerfully increases our understanding of what it feels for Syrian refugees to flee civil war and rebuild their lives.
The Logan Project, John Birmingham and Gina McKeon, SBS Australia
After violent clashes erupted in the Logan suburb of Woodridge in 2013, it was portrayed as a racist hub and home to the underclasses. A visit to Woodridge two years afterwards discovered that things aren’t so simple, with music providing a bridge of hope for many indigenous and Pacific Australians.
The Australian Jewish News
Covering domestic, community and international news, The Australian Jewish News spans a range of topics of interest to the Jewish community along with a weekly eight-page liftout of community events and supplements to celebrate festivals such as Passover and Rosh Hashanah.
I See Humans, Sejal Madan, Fiji Times
Sejal Madan wrote a powerful poem during NAIDOC Week in 2015 as a tribute to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have suffered injustices over generations. The poem reflects the sentiments of the stolen generation in an effort to reflect our multicultural diversity in Australia.
Communal lobby faces fraud investigation, Joshua Levi, The Australian Jewish News
When an unknown group formed called the Australian Jewish Communal Lobby, Joshua investigated the group to find out who was behind it after it offered legal aid to neo-Nazis and posted inflammatory comments. He also discovered that some members had been listed as directors without their knowledge, leading to an investigation by ASIC.
Loyalty to one’s nation, Zia Ahmad, Australian Muslim Times
This piece was a plea for Australian Muslims living in our secular country to remain loyal to their nation state, which guarantee freedom and equal rights to all citizens. While providing opportunities for education, freedom of thought, speech and religion, all citizens have a duty to safeguard the safety and security of fellow citizens.
Noel Kessel, The Australian Jewish News
A captivating moment of multicultural solidarity was taken by photographer Noel Kessell as Jewish student Yitzi Tuvel embarked on an eight-hour walk to Lakemba Mosque to deliver a message of peace and reconciliation from Sydney’s Jewish community. At the mosque he met MP Jihad Dib and Imam Sheikh Yahya Safi.
Joshua Levi, The Australian Jewish News
This series of insightful articles uncovered allegations of child sexual abuse at Yeshiva in Sydney and Yeshivah in Melbourne. The articles contributed to the evidence given at the Royal Commission into Institutional Reponses to Child Sexual Abuse. The emails and documents Joshua collected were offered as testimony.
Raymond Selvaraj and Kulasegaram Sanchayan, SBS Radio
Caste-based discrimination fell under the spotlight in this examination of Indian migrants from lower castes in Australia. Those interviewed included people experiencing discrimination in Australia who tell of their pain and lack of legal recourse, as well as community leaders, sociologists and social activists.
Australian Jewish News
A series of facebook and twitter coverage on the allegations of child sexual abuse at Yeshiva in Sydney and Yeshivah in Melbourne contributed to the evidence given at the Royal Commission into Institutional Reponses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Ana Sevo, Meraki TV
Meraki TV is a community show broadcast through Foxtel’s Aurora channel highlighting the challenges and opportunities faced by second and third generation Greek Australians. It features children helping their grandparents in the vegetable garden, cookery, and segments featuring Greek Australian artists and film makers.
Bernard Sullivan, Charles Sturt University
The film Yindyamarra Yambuwan (Respecting Everything) is a creative collaboration with Wiradjuri elders exploring their culture, lifestyle and communities. This journey of discovery and connection highlights the significance of language, land and law while celebrating the enduring power of Wiradjuri culture.
Armando Tornari OAM
Known for his services to La Fiamma, Armando has covered all aspects of the Italian community in Australia. He founded the Young Italo-Australians Association, organised scholarships for young Australian fashion designers, singers and artists, and is a founding member of the Father Atanasio Gonelli Charitable Fund.
Pri Kumar, The Indian Telegraph
Pri explains the role of social media in relation to her own success in fundraising at the age of just 14, describing how mentors taught her valuable lessons, using carefully crafted anecdotes to support her arguments and entice readers. Her talents make her an engaging spokesperson for youth.
Francesca Rizzoli, SBS Radio, “Dear Syria” Sheryl Dixit and Chandrika Subramaniyam, The Indian Telegraph, “Hidden stories behind Indian-Australian marriages” Zeddy Lawrence, The Australian Jewish News, “Lest We Forget: Centenary of Anzac”
Billy Cotsis, Neos Kosmos, “The Lesvos Odyssey” John Birmingham, SBS, “Boyz N The Wood” Usha Ramanujam Arvind, Indian Link, “First medical cannabis trial”
Divya Venkataraman, Tharunka, “Tonal Imbalances” Manan Luthra, Indian Link, “The House is Sitting” Sejal Madan, Fiji Times, “I see humans but no humanity”
Pri Kumar, The Indian Telegraph Mobinah Ahmad, Australasian Muslim Times Omar Dabbagh, SBS News
Joshua Levi, The Australian Jewish News, “Communal Lobby faces fraud investigation” Rajni Anand Luthra and Kira Spucys-Tahar, Indian Link, “Temple controversy”
Pawan Luthra, Indian Link, “Tackling youth radicalisation” Michael Mystakidis OAM, The Greek Herald, “Immigration is a blessing to Australia” Zia Ahmad, Australasian Muslim Times, “Loyalty to one’s nation: a universal, Islamic and Australian value”
Grishm Bhatt, Indian Link, “Cricket camaraderie” Mobinah Ahmad, Australasian Muslim Times, “People of Persia” Noel Kessel, The Australian Jewish News, “A walk for peace”
Brianna Roberts, SBS News, “Pink sari campaign” Joshua Levi, The Australian Jewish News, “Royal Commission into child sexual abuse” Royston Rebello, Indian Link, “Indian links at Gallipoli”
Pallavi Jain, SBS Radio Hindi, “Skewed ratios at birth” Peggy Giakoumelos, SBS Radio, “40 years of SBS” Raymond Selvaraj and Kulasegaram Sanchayan, SBS Radio Tamil, “Untouchables’ amongst us”
Ana Sevo, Meraki TV Raj Natarajan, OzIndian Media, “Deepavali celebrations 2015”
The Australian Jewish News, Facebook and Twitter coverage of the “Royal Commission into child sexual abuse” Indian Link, “International cricket series”
Bernard Sullivan, Charles Sturt University, “Yindyamarra Yambuwan (Respecting Everything)” Marina Belkina, Russian News Times, “Lest we forget” Sheryl Dixit and Chandrika Subramaniyam, The Indian Telegraph, “Hidden stories behind Indian-Australian marriage”
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