Usha Ramanujam Arvind, Indian Link, “Challenging the eurocentric bias in HSC history”
The draft HSC history syllabus exposed a lack of Indian content, leading academics and the Indian community to fear the degradation of Indian content in history studies. A case is argued for greater Indian history content for high school students to increase understanding between Australia and the emerging global giant, India.
Read the story here
Xinyu Li, Australian New Express Daily, “Dear women in darkness, why are you silent?”
Exposing the devastating, and often silent reality of domestic violence in the Chinese community, this story powerfully highlights why members of migrant communities may feel unable to leave abusive relationships, and calls for governments to do more to empower domestic violence survivors with the courage to leave.
Mark Whittaker, Simon Vandore and Jeremy Lord, SBS, “Out of sight: the untold story of Adelaide’s gay-hate murders”
Little is known about historical gay hate crimes perpetrated in Australia, outside those widely documented in NSW. For the first time, this SBS exclusive investigation exposes the devastating impact of gay hate crimes in Adelaide’s shadowlands, highlighting the impunity of police and indignity of the era.
Vijay Badhwar, Indian Down Under, “Old age is catching up, so plan”
Part of an informative series about aged care and the growing needs of a sizeable number of Indian seniors, Indian Down Under urges the community to start serious conversations about the Indian community’s elderly population.
Sam Wallman, Kylie Boltin and Genevieve Dwyer, SBS Online, “Winding up the window: the end of the Australian auto industry”
An innovative piece of reportage featuring a unique and playful pictorial style interrogating the human impact of the end of Australia’s automobile industry, and the personal consequences for workers who dedicated their lives to making cars in an era of boom and bust.
Gurcharn Singh Kahlon, Punjabi Herald, “Rising levels of domestic violence in Australia”
Shining a light on the issue of domestic violence in the Indian community, in particular the Punjabi community, Gurcharn powerfully urges for a combined effort to eradicate domestic violence in Australia and by citing the words of a Sikh guru who calls for the honour and respect of all women.
Read the story or translation here
Noel Kessel, The Australian Jewish News
Capturing a moving moment when a young Yazidi woman, held captive as a sex slave by ISIS fighters, met an elderly Holocaust survivor. Noel captures the powerful intergenerational solidarity and strength in the face of extreme adversity, highlighting the universal power of courage and empathy.
Tony Palliser, Fiji Times
Promoting cross cultural understanding and diversity in the modelling industry, Tony captures our multicultural society through the lens of the modelling and advertising industry, encouraging models from all religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds to participate in the industry.
Ravinder Singh Virk, Indian Link
Ravinder captures the moment of connection and joy during a new and inspiring program called ‘Turbans and Trust’ which encourages the general public to tie a turban on their head to connect with the Sikh community. This starts a conversation around Sikhism and fosters cross cultural and interfaith understanding.
Joshua Levi, The Australian Jewish News, “Recalling the words of an angel”
Exclusively uncovering the unpublished poetry of Australian Jewish girl Thalia Hakin, who was tragically killed in the Bourke Street Mall attack, Thalia’s voice lives on through her poetry, and reactions to her death expose a broken-hearted community in mourning.
Iman Riman, SBS Arabic24, “Voices from inside Nauru and Manus detention centre”
In spite of attempts to limit journalists’ access to offshore detention centres, SBS Arabic24 built relations with detainees in Nauru and Manus Island to tell their unique and powerful stories first-hand.
and ongoing coverage of the story here
Pawan Luthra, Indian Link, “Too close to call”
An exclusive Indian Link survey provided a comprehensive profile of the Indian community’s voting intentions during the last federal election. Indian Link’s survey outcomes and predictions largely mirrored the final outcome of the election.
Soraya Caicedo, Esther Lozano, Claudianna Blanco, SBS Spanish, “The untold story of the SBS broadcaster who died on 9/11”
This powerful documentary tells the story of the first Australian who died during 9/11, aboard one of the planes to plunge into the twin towers. SBS Spanish reveals the heartfelt and the untold personal story of Alberto “Pocho” Dominguez, a leader and hero in the Australian Spanish community.
Listen here in spanish
Listen here in english
Jarni Blakkarly, SBS, “In one church, an apology for treatment of gays”
This story shines an important light on the experiences of migrants with religious backgrounds and the impact of homophobia in the church. For many migrants, connection to faith is fundamental, highlighting the call for the church to be more accepting of the LGBTI community.
Listen to the report here
Diana Bogueva-Koprinkova, SBS Bulgarian, “The spirit of Victoria Zabukovec”
Part of an interview series demonstrating the important legacy of Bulgarian migrants to Australia, this intimate and personal interview with the first Bulgarian broadcaster in Australia touches on war and oppression, retaining Bulgarian traditions in a multicultural Australia and joyous recollections of food and traditional songs.
Listen here in bulgarian
Omar Dabbagh, SBS, “Teen Syrian refugee dreams of becoming a professional pianist”
Demonstrating the strength of human spirit, teenager Mark Bonja from Aleppo was forced to flee his home during the civil war, and was unable to play piano for years. With the help of new friends in Australia, Mark was able to return to his love of piano and music.
Hasan Tariq, Jamuna Television, “Days for girls”
Telling the heart-warming story a group of Emu Plains volunteers who devote their time to making reusable sanitary pads for underprivileged women and girls in Bangladesh, who without assistance, are forced to use dirty clothes during their menstrual cycle, exposing them to infections.
Watch the story here
Jia He, Jia He Production, “Creating a purpose driven life”
This story instils courage in the multicultural community through the story of Pauline Nguyen who came to Australia with her family on boat from Vietnam, representing a source of hope and encouragement for all migrants to build a life of purpose and meaning in their new home.
Boris Etingof, Gina McKeon, Joh-Paul Marin and Matt Smith, SBS, “My Grandmother’s lingo”
My Grandmother’s Lingo is an interactive online documentary highlighting the plight of endangered Indigenous languages, through the story of a young Aboriginal woman. The beautiful interactive journey of discovery and connection enables learning of the endangered language Marra, and highlights the beauty of language, land and country.
Rajni Anand Luthra and Charu Menon, Indian Link Media Group, “Aussies who belong in India”
Indian Link’s video series investigates members of the Australian community who have a deep interest in the languages and cultures of India. The series breaks barriers, draws connections and highlights similarities over difference.
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 lift out of community events and supplements to celebrate festivals such as Passover and Rosh Hashanah.
The fortnightly publication serves Australian from India and all those who have an interest in India. Designed in-house and featuring a range of styles, images, cartoons and online content, Indian Link is a compelling read for anyone interested in news from the Australian Indian community.
Australasian Muslim Times (AMUST)
AMUST is an English language community newspaper for all Australians, covering topics of interest to multicultural communities, in particular the Australian Muslim community. The monthly publication promotes peace, tolerance and mutual respect for all members of the community.
Michele Grigoletti and Silva Pianelli, Migrantes Foundation, “88 days on Australian farms”
This short film and multiplatform production takes a journey through the hopes, dreams and perspectives of young Italians in Australia, who are required to work 88 days on Australian farms. This production follows a two year investigation visiting farms in Griffith, Leeton and Shepparton, interviewing backpackers and migrants.
Kassahun Negewo, SBS Amharic, “Leaders say traditional cultural practices led to woman’s death in Australia”
This exclusive investigation uncovers dilemmas between traditional Ethiopian marriage mediation and Australian law in dealing with domestic violence, following the tragic death of a 25 year old Ethiopian woman at the hands of her husband.
Neena Badhwar, Indian Down Under, “Is India’s dowry culture coming to Australia”
Interrogating the role of India’s dowry culture as a possible cause for domestic violence in the Indian community, Indian Down Under calls for the strict ban of dowries in Australia noting women are pressured and traumatised by the tradition.
Omar Dabbagh, SBS
Omar’s Arabic language skills and wide community contacts have enabled him to cover many breaking news stories across multimedia platforms for SBS, highlighting issues and topics from voices not normally heard in mainstream media and gaining insights form new migrants to Australia.
Nitasha Bhatia, Indian Down Under
Nitisha is a talented student who has written articles of Indian match making and domestic violence. She is a voice for young women and girls in her community through her writing and her active role in the Indian local media.
Tia Singh, Indian Link Media Group
Tia is an active young contributor to Indian Link and writes about matters relevant to Indian-Australian youth. She has previously been published in Marie Claire Australia and writes regularly for Indian Link and the NSW Law Society Journal.
Trinh Nguyen and Olivia Nguyen, SBS, “Exploitation of Vietnamese businesses rampant”
Exposing the exploitation and underpayment of migrant workers in Vietnamese restaurants in Australia, this multi-platform feature employs undercover investigative journalism to explore how some cultural practices may enable exploitation.
Watch here in vietnamese
Watch here in english
Kathy Marks, SBS (freelance), “A brutal history – the killing of Wubanchi Asfaw”
The result of a year-long operation to penetrate the close-knit Ethiopian community in Australia and address the underrepresentation of reporting on Ethiopian domestic violence in mainstream media, Kathy calls for new conversations around domestic violence in multicultural communities.
Susan Cheong and Lucy Fahey, ABC, “Escape from the north – the long and perilous journey of a North Korea defector”
A young North Korean defector’s pursuit for freedom and her subsequent journey of self-discovery as she finds peace and acceptance in Australia are chronicled in this tale of survival. This story reveals the power and strength of Australia’s multicultural society and invites us to celebrate the journey of Soo-jung Ra as she discovers her dreams.
Read part 1 of the story here
Read part 2 of the story here
Ben Hills, Simon Vandore and Marshall Heald, SBS, “Dangerous love – death and violence on Australian visas”
This piece powerfully interrogates the consequences of online romances and partner visas on female migrants looking to start a new life in Australia, exposing unreported experiences of exploitation, abuse and even murder of e-brides.
Saba Vasefi, The Guardian (freelance), “It’s not enough to speak up for refugee women. We have to listen to them too”
This editorial piece demands readers listen to and learn from females with refugee backgrounds, highlighting the importance of understanding refugee women's identities and issues from their own perspective.
Brooke Boney, ABC, “Aboriginal death in custody: inmate died in Sydney prison after being ‘restrained and sedated’”
As incarceration of Indigenous people continues to rise, Brooke builds a relationship with the family of the Indigenous man to uncover the true cause of their son’s death, and calls for transparency in reporting on Aboriginal deaths in police custody.
Yenee Saw, “Why a racist ArtsSoc blog matters”
A poignant self-reflection which opens a conversation on unconscious bias and racism, Yenee says international students feel isolated at university because English is their second language and pledges to embrace her cultural identity and urges her readers to do the same.
Leyla Kaya, “Weaving my own tapestry”
Leyla uses this highly personal account to examine the ways forced identities are impacting upon the lives of Muslim women in Australia’s 21st century. She interviews Muslim community leaders and gathers evidence and statistics to demonstrate how media portrayals of Muslims impact identity.
Listen to the story here
Sargun Bhatia, “The leaders of tomorrow”
Sargun reveals her insights following an internship at Harvard University, reflecting on identity in a globalised world. Gaining an understanding of 'otherness', especially in the context of the fear of the unknown leads to a discussion around how young people can work towards increasing understanding and promoting tolerance.
The winners will be announced at an invitation-only gala event in Sydney on Wednesday 30 August 2017. We wish all our finalists Good Luck!
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