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2016 Winners

Best long-form feature

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.

Francesca Rizzoli from SBS Australia for Dear Syria. Diala Alazzeh accepted the award on Francesca's behalf

Best story

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 Logan Project by John Birmingham and Gina McKeon from SBS Australia.

Best print publication

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.

The Australian Jewish News for Best Print Publication 2016

Best student work

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.

Winner of Best Student Work, Sejal Madan from the Fiji Times, Sydney, Australia

Best investigative story

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.

Joshua Levi, winner of Best Investigative Story from The Australian Jewish News 2016

Best editorial commentary

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.

Winner of Best Editorial Commentary, Zia Ahmad from Australasian Muslim Times AMUST

Best image

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.

Minister Ajaka with winner of Best Image, Noel Kessel from The Australian Jewish News

Best news report

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.

Joshua Levi, winner of Best News Report from The Australian Jewish News 2016

Best radio report

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.

Best Radio Report went to Raymond Selvaraj and Kulasegaram from SBS Australia

Best use of social and digital media

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.

The Australian Jewish News for Best use of Social and Digital Media 2016

Best community TV or radio report

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.

Ana Sevo, from

Best creative and innovative design

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.

Winner of Best Creative and Innovative Design went to Bernard Sullivan from Charles Sturt University - CSU

Lifetime achievement award

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.

Premier of NSW with Winner of the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award, Armando Tornari OAM.

Emerging journalist under 30

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.

Winner of Best Emerging Journalist under 30 was Pri Kumar from The Indian Telegraph