2013 SA Media Awards Winners Announced
The Advertiser’s Michael McGuire has been named South Australian Journalist of the Year at the tenth annual SA Media Ball, at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide (Saturday, May 18).
Hosted by award-winning Adelaide journalists Channel Seven’s Mike Smithson and the ABC’s Jessica Harmsen, McGuire was recognised for his outstanding body of investigative and news reporting in the 2012 calendar year.
McGuire also claimed the prestigious silver award for Best Print Journalist with judges stating McGuire’s work has been outstanding and he has been either a winner or a finalist in our bronze and silver sections for numerous years.
“There is a certain elegance of style to McGuire’s work. A thoroughness, an eye for nuance and a way with words that are contained within a silken narrative flow. He is an elite journalist - distinguished and in his prime, the judges have always relished coming upon McGuire’s work.”
Former Advertiser Journalist and Arts Editor Shirley Stott-Despoja was inducted into the SA Media Hall of Fame. An respected journalist and trailblazer who paved the way for women in the industry, Stott-Despoja joins earlier inductees including John Scales, Don Riddell, Patricia Dunstan, Ray Titus and the late Des Colquhoun, Stewart Cockburn, John Doherty, Michael Atchison, Kevin Crease and Max Fatchen in being hailed as one of the greats named on the South Australian Media Hall of Fame honour roll.
Channel 7’s rising star Melissa Wildy won the newly named Max Fatchen Award for Best Young Journalist from a large field of metropolitan and regional contenders. Her Channel 7 colleague Mark Mooney took out the silver award for Best TV Broadcaster. Mooney’s work was judged as being outstanding both behind and in front of the camera, and was fearless, measured all while covering controversial claims of police brutality.
In a clean sweep for radio, ABC’s Nance Haxton was awarded both the Best Radio Current Affairs or Feature award and the prized Best Radio Broadcaster award.
Tricia Watkinson of The Advertiser was named Best Photographer to round out the major Silver Awards. Judges said that her body of work is exceptional and encapsulates the essence of the stories.
In all, twenty-seven bronze, silver and gold awards were presented at this year’s SA Media Ball, with winners representing a wide range of media outlets, including the The Advertiser, ABC, Messenger Community News, The Murray Valley Standard, InDaily, Adelaide Hills Magazine, SBS, Network Ten, Channel Nine and the Seven Network.
A full list of winners follows.
Print & Online
Highly commended – Luke Hemer (News Limited)
Highly commended – Sean McGowan (The Islander)
Highly commended – Sharon Mascall-Dare (Freelance)
Highly commended – Michael McGuire (The Advertiser)