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Meet our 2017 judges

David Terrazas

Californian born David Terrazas has 35+ years experience working in the Australian ad, design and digital media industry. In a previous life, David was NSW and National President of AGDA (Australian Graphic Design Association) and involved in a number of other industry organisations. An early adopter of digital technologies in communications, David has served on a number of awards panels over the years including AGDA (Australian Graphic Design Association), PIA (Print Industry Association), AWARDS, and the London International Advertising Awards. David and team have worked on a wide variety of projects and assignments for a range of Australian national and international companies over the years, across the gamut of print, film, video; and now focus predominantly on various facets of digital and online media.

David Terrazas

Kathy Lipari

Kathy Lipari is Editor in Chief of NewsLocal, NewsCorp Australia's community newspaper division for NSW.
During her career as a journalist for more than 20 years, Kathy has covered a range of areas from general news to education and politics to business, finance and court reporting.

Kathy was the Daily Telegraph's Head of News and Chief of Staff before becoming the website editor for Sydney's largest newspaper.

She served a stint as Editor of  the Manly Daily before moving onto head up the national digital network for News Corp.

Kathy hails from western Sydney and has a proud Italian heritage.

Kathy Lipari

Ky Chow

Ky Chow is a freelance journalist and media consultant currently working for ABC Radio Current Affairs as a reporter. For over 10 years, he has worked as a reporter and editor at SBS Radio, Sky News Australia, the Australian Financial Review and the ABC. Ky was the first Chinese man to report in Australian television news and is a founding member of Media Diversity Australia, a not for profit that promotes diverse cultural representation in Australia's news media. He has also been involved with corporate diversity and development initiatives for NESB workers.

Ky Chow

Majida Abboud-Saab

A media specialist, pioneer in multicultural and multilingual broadcasting, who joined SBS from inception and continued for 38 years as a journalist, manager and executive producer on SBS Radio, TV, online and social media. 

Her experience includes broadcasting, managing and inspiring teams of journalists in all languages on SBS, programming multicultural multimedia formats and promoting communication strategies to engage non-English speaking background communities in the media.

Majida is recognised with many prestigious awards for her distinguished accomplished journalistic career, professional excellence and cutting edge programs.

Since retiring from SBS in 2013 Majida has been active in media excellence.

Majida Abboud-Saab

Natalie O'Brien

Media professional with more than 25 years’ experience in newspapers, online and digital platforms. Formerly an investigative reporter with Fairfax Media in Sydney working for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun-Herald. Previously worked in senior roles for The Australian Newspaper based in Perth and Sydney. Also held media relations and outreach roles for The International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia in The Hague and for the United Nations Development Program based in Amman, Jordan.

Natalie O'Brien

Nicola Joseph

Nicola Joseph has worked in the Australian radio industry for thirty-five years. In 1982, she helped to establish Radio Skid Row-Radio Redfern in Sydney while freelancing in the SBS and ABC newsrooms. She went on to become an Executive Producer and Presenter at the ABC and station manager of SBS in Sydney. Throughout her career Nicola has trained and mentored hundreds of young ethnic and Indigenous youth in media skills. Most recently established the Community Media Training Organisation. She is currently undertaking a Phd on Diversity and the Australian Media.

Nicola Joseph

Peter Brown

Currently Peter Brown holds the position of Senior newsroom leader at the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph, Sydney, Australia.

More than two decades in the media has offered Peter a wealth of experience editing both print and digital publications across multiple platforms (newspapers, desktop, tablet and mobile).

Peter is a digital editorial strategist with a sharp news-sense and strong desire to help mainstream media transition from old to new.

His career editorships include:
Editor of the Sunday Territorian in Darwin, Northern Territory.
Deputy editor of the Northern Territory News in Darwin, Northern Territory
Production (newspaper) editor the Daily Telegraph
Mobile Devices Editor of the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

Peter Brown

Prof. Peter Fray

Professor of Journalism Practice Peter Fray is one of the country's most experienced and innovative media professionals. A former editor or editor-in-chief of The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sun-Herald, The Canberra Times and The Sunday Age, Fray has lived the reality of the digital revolution that's forever changed the way journalism is practiced, received and distributed.

His startup PolitiFact Australia brought the fact-checking revolution to Australia for the 2013 Federal election and instilled in him the need to collaborate, innovate and find new ways of connecting audiences with journalism — and making it pay. Fray joined UTS in late 2015 after a stint as deputy editor of The Australian.

He's been appointed a 2016 Tow-Knight Fellow at City University New York and has previously been the First Decade Fellow and adjunct professor in media and politics at Sydney University. A former foreign correspondent for The Age and SMH, Fray has reported widely on media, politics, religion, national affairs and agriculture. He is a failed gossip columnist.

Professor Peter Fray

Peter Lynch

Peter is  publisher at Big Splash Media, a multimedia publisher with websites and magazines in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He is a formed editor of the South China Morning Post,  a former group executive editor at Fairfax Media, News Editor of The Financial Review,  night editor at The Times of London, and show Business Editor and The Daily Mail, London, Peter has run major news operations, launched new titles in Europe and Asia and has extensive experience in Australia. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Peter Lynch

Russell Anderson

Russell is a media and communications specialist with extensive experience from 28 years in various media roles: as a journalist, in media production and management, as a trainer and as Senior Media Advisor for East Timor’s national radio and television station. He has worked for international organisations including the United Nations, UNICEF, UNDP, AusAID and for national and international NGOs and local government. Russell has significant experience in the community broadcasting sector and has worked in Ethnic community media for 9 years as CEO of the National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters Council (NEMBC).

Russell Anderson

Tanja Dreher

Tanja Dreher is ARC Future Fellow and UNSW Scientia Fellow at the University of New South Wales, and Associate Professor in Media in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UNSW. Tanja’s research focuses on the politics of listening in the context of media and multiculturalism, Indigenous sovereignties, feminisms and anti-racism. Her current Fellowship, funded by the Australian Research Council, analyses the political listening practices necessary to support the potential for voice in a changing media environment characterised by the proliferation of community and alternative media in the digital age.

Tanja Dreher

Tuong Quang Luu AO

Winner of the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ of the 2014 NSW Premier’s Multicultural Media Awards.

Head of SBS Radio from 1989 to 2006.

A recipient of Australia’s Centenary Medal in 2001 for “service to Australian society in broadcasting”, and named by the Prime Minister, an Australian Achiever of the Year on Australia Day 2002.

In June 2002 on the Queen’s Birthday, appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), for “service to the development of multicultural radio broadcasting in Australia and to the community particularly through promoting understanding between diverse cultural groups”.

Tuong Quang Luu AO