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2017 Winners

Lifetime Achievement Award

Endre Csapó

Endre Csapó is this years' recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award based on his contribution to written media as a journalist and editor of multiple Hungarian publications in Australia. Endre has uninterruptedly served the Hungarian community in NSW for more than 50 years. His valuable insights have been reproduced world wide. At 96 years old, Endre remains stringent in objectivity, writing without bias or prejudice, conveying honour and integrity in all his work.

 

Best Investigative Story

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.

Read the story here

 

Best Editorial/Commentary

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.

Read the story here

 

Photo of the Year

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.

 

Best News Report

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Exclusively uncovering the unpublished poetry of Australian Jewish girl Thalia Hakin, who was tragically killed in the Bourke Street Mall attack, Thalia’s voice lives on through her poetry, and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.

Read the story here

 

Best Radio/Audio Report

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

 

Best TV/Audio-Visual Report

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.

 

 

Young Journalist of the Year

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.

 

Best Long-form Feature

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

 

Public Interest Award

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.

Read the story here

 

Student Award

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.

Read the story here

Premier’s Multicultural Media Awards Finalists

Best Investigative Story

Usha Ramanujam Arvind, Indian Link, “Challenging the eurocentric bias in HSC history”
Xinyu Li, Australian New Express Daily, “Dear women in darkness, why are you silent?”
Mark Whittaker, Simon Vandore and Jeremy Lord, SBS, “Out of sight: the untold story of Adelaide’s gay-hate murders”

 

Best Editorial/Commentary

Vijay Badhwar, Indian Down Under, “Old age is catching up, so plan”
Sam Wallman, Kylie Boltin and Genevieve Dwyer, SBS Online, “Winding up the window: the end of the Australian auto industry”
Gurcharn Singh Kahlon, Punjabi Herald, “Rising levels of domestic violence in Australia”

 

Photo of the Year

Noel Kessel, The Australian Jewish News
Tony Palliser, Fiji Times
Ravinder Singh Virk, Indian Link

 

Best News Report

Joshua Levi, The Australian Jewish News, “Recalling the words of an angel”
Iman Riman, SBS Arabic24, “Voices from inside Nauru and Manus detention centre”
Pawan Luthra, Indian Link, “Too close to call”

 

Best Radio/Audio Report

Soraya Caicedo, Esther Lozano, Claudianna Blanco, SBS Spanish, “The untold story of the SBS broadcaster who died on 9/11”
Jarni Blakkarly, SBS, “In one church, an apology for treatment of gays”
Diana Bogueva-Koprinkova, SBS Bulgarian, “The spirit of Victoria Zabukovec”

 

Best TV/Audio-Visual Report

Omar Dabbagh, SBS, “Teen Syrian refugee dreams of becoming a professional pianist”
Hasan Tariq, Jamuna Television, “Days for girls”
Jia He, Jia He Production, “Creating a purpose driven life”

 

Best Use of Digital Media

Boris Etingof, Gina McKeon, Joh-Paul Marin and Matt Smith, SBS, “My Grandmother’s lingo”
Rajni Anand Luthra and Charu Menon, Indian Link Media Group, “Aussies who belong in India”

 

Publication of the Year

The Australian Jewish News
Indian Link
Australasian Muslim Times (AMUST)

 

Best Short-form Feature

Michele Grigoletti and Silva Pianelli, Migrantes Foundation, “88 days on Australian farms”
Kassahun Negewo, SBS Amharic, “Leaders say traditional cultural practices led to woman’s death in Australia”
Neena Badhwar, Indian Down Under, “Is India’s dowry culture coming to Australia”

 

Young Journalist of the Year

Omar Dabbagh, SBS
Nitasha Bhatia, Indian Down Under
Tia Singh, Indian Link Media Group

 

Best Long-form Feature

Trinh Nguyen and Olivia Nguyen, SBS, “Exploitation of Vietnamese businesses rampant”
Kathy Marks, SBS (freelance), “A brutal history – the killing of Wubanchi Asfaw”
Susan Cheong and Lucy Fahey, ABC, “Escape from the north – the long and perilous journey of a North Korea defector”

 

Public Interest Award

Ben Hills, Simon Vandore and Marshall Heald, SBS, “Dangerous love – death and violence on Australian visas”
Saba Vasefi, The Guardian (freelance), “It’s not enough to speak up for refugee women. We have to listen to them too”
Brooke Boney, ABC, “Aboriginal death in custody: inmate died in Sydney prison after being ‘restrained and sedated’”

 

Student Award

Yenee Saw, “Why a racist ArtsSoc blog matters”
Leyla Kaya, “Weaving my own tapestry”
Sargun Bhatia, “The leaders of tomorrow”