2014 Winners Announced

2014 SA MEDIA AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED


The Australian’s Sarah Martin has been named South Australian Journalist of the Year at the SA Media Awards announced at the 11th annual SA Media Ball held tonight at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide (Saturday, May 31). The event was hosted by the Seven Network’s Amelia Mulcahy and Will McDonald from the Nine Network. The awards are administered by MEAA, the largest and most established union and industry advocate for Australia’s creative professionals.


The judges described Martin as astute, determined and fearless in pursuit of a story and often, the story behind the story. Her investigative skills are “targeted not only to the round that they are known for, but also for pursuing stories lesser known but just as important. The subjects handled are diverse. In each case, the work is not only thoroughly engrossing but richly informative.”


Martin also won three bronze awards for Commentary, Analysis, Opinion & Critique for stories on the shifting fortunes of South Australia’s political leaders during the pre-election year; Best News Report in Print, Online or wire for her coverage of Holden’s exit from South Australia; and Best Coverage of Social Equity Affairs in all media. She also won the Silver SA media award as Best Print/Online/Wire Journalist for her body of work.


In awarding her the Silver, the judges said: “The best print journalists are the ones who break significant news stories but are equally adept at keeping the reader engaged when writing long-form features. Sarah Martin’s work demonstrates that ability in spades.”


Keith Conlon was inducted into the Hall of Fame for his contribution to journalism over five decades. The judges said: “Once he was known as Mr South Australia... earned from his Postcards days - the days of the weekly Channel 9 television program which explored almost everywhere and everyone in South Australia for 16 seasons and some 600 shows… Keith (was) a founder producer manager of the University Radio station 5UV (followed by) years with ABC radio as an 891 broadcaster and as a TV news presenter. He hosted State Affair on Channel 7. He was top dog on commercial radio with 5AA and up until his retirement in 2013.”


The Silver category Max Fatchen Award for Best Young Journalist went to Lia Harris of The Advertiser for her body of work. The judges said: “Lia's entries for Best Young Journalist displayed maturity as a reporter. Two of her stories covered the ramifications for women of domestic violence from unique angles. Her ability to build contacts and establish trust was exhibited clearly in her interview with the grieving family of a young woman killed in a car crash. All were front-page leads, reflecting the esteem in which this young journalist is held in her newsroom.”


Caroline Winter of the ABC won Best Radio Broadcaster. Best Rural/Regional Journalist went to Adelaide Hills Magazine’s Noel Probert. Best Photographer was won by freelancer Grant Nowell. Best TV News Report was taken out by Mike Smithson of Seven News 6pm. Best Freelance Contribution was won by Max Anderson. The Julie Duncan Memorial Award for Student Journalism went to Isabella Pittaway of the University of South Australia.


A full list of the 2014 SA Media Awards’ winners follows…


Winners - SA Media Awards 2014


Best Rural/Regional Journalist          All MEDIA

Winner:

Noel Probert       

Adelaide Hills Magazine     

Mount Barker used to stink, You call that coffee?, Feral Peril

               
Best Coverage of Social Equity Affairs             All MEDIA

Winner:

Sarah Martin

The Australian

Dreaming of home, Watarru viable if services are restored


Best Sport Photograph or Photographic Series            

Winner:

Sarah Reed           

Network News/Adelaide Now          

Happy New Year Klinger    


Best Coverage of Sport      All MEDIA             

Winner:

Richard Earle        

Sunday Mail/The Advertiser             

Adelaide United divided, Ryan's turning point, Empty test


Best TV Current Affairs or Feature 

Winner:

Vassil Malandris  

7:30 Report         

Ceduna


Best News or Lifestyle Feature        PRINT/ON-LINE/WIRE       

Winner:

Verity Edwards   

The Weekend Australian Magazine 


Commentary, Analysis, Opinion & Critique   

Winner:

Sarah Martin        

The Australian

Battlelines drawn as competing ideologies go head to head, Labor should have saved for a rainy day             

                
Best Feature Photograph or Photographic Series

Winner:

Grant Nowell       

Freelance

Holy glasses


Best Coverage of Youth Affairs        

Winner:

Marcus Thompson

ABC News/ABC Open         

Foster carer’s perspective


Best Community Journalist                              

Winner:

Amelia Broadstock             

The City North Messenger

Don't leave us in the dark, Cathedral fit for a cat, Oval clashes

               
Best News Photograph or Photographic Series           

Winner:

Mike Burton        

The Sunday Mail and The Advertiser              

Hindlet Street 3am lockout


Best Artwork or Cartoon

Winner:

Peter MacMullin 

The Sunday Mail  

Selfie, The three R's, Welcome back

               
Best TV News or Current Affairs Camera

Winner:

Jason Bliss             

Chanel 9 News Adelaide

Body of work


Best Radio News & Current Affairs or Feature

Winner:

Caroline Winter  

ABC Radio, Radio National, ABC online           

Holden closure


Best TV News Report        

Winner:

Mike Smithson    

Seven News 6 pm               

Holden closure, Holden horribilis

               
Best Freelance Contribution            

Winner:

Max Anderson     

Sydney Morning Herald and The Age             

Whirlwind of rich rewards, Welcome to Aussiewood, Veterans               


Best News Report               PRINT/ON-LINE/WIRE

Winner:

Sarah Martin        

The Australian     

Holden's exit from SA, Holden $18m loss with handouts, Now Holden needs another handout


Julie Duncan Memorial Award for Student Journalism                SILVER

Winner:

Isabella  Pittaway

Student

University of South Australia


Max Fatchen Award for Best Young Journalist              SILVER

Winner:

Lia Harris              

The Advertiser    

Body of work       


Best Radio Broadcaster SILVER        

Winner:

Caroline Winter  

ABC Radio, Radio National, ABC online           

Body of work


Best Print /Online/Wire Journalist SILVER   

Winner:

Sarah Martin        

The Australian     

Body of work


Best Photographer              SILVER   

Winner:

Grant Nowell       

Body of work

               
Best Television Broadcaster (Presenter, Reporter or Camera Person)    SILVER   

Winner:

Mark Mooney      

Seven News         

Line of fire, School porn bombshell, SAHMRI revealed


Hall Of Fame – For Contribution to Journalism:

Keith Conlon


Journalist of the Year:

Sarah Martin

 
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