2016 WA Media Awards Winners Announced

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The Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA), the union and industry advocate for Australia’s journalists, is delighted to announce the winners of the 2016 West Australian Media Awards – the pre-eminent state-based awards celebrating journalistic excellence in print, broadcast and digital media platforms. The winners were announced this evening at the awards’ gala function at the Empire Function Centre in West Perth.

The annual awards – proudly supported by MEAA – promote quality journalism and reward media professionals whose commitment and excellent media coverage best informs and entertains West Australians.

This years’ WA Media Awards attracted 243 entries across the 24 award categories. The panel of 34 judges said they were impressed by the high quality of submissions this year.

Andrew Probyn of The West Australian won the Daily News Centenary Prize - West Australian Journalist of the Year 2016 award. The judges said: “Probyn’s stories were a stand out in a competitive field – detailed, clearly written and providing astute analysis, they had a major impact on federal politics. Probyn wrote: “Reforms don't get much bigger, or more politically dangerous, than this... Turnbull will have to decide whether a massive privatisation of national health payments is worth the political pain. Does he roll the dice or will this be another bright idea left for another time?" The “Mediscare” story, as it became known, dominated much of the debate throughout the election campaign with the issue dogging the federal government and Malcolm Turnbull abandoning the plan two weeks out from the poll.”

Probyn’s stories on the Medicare privatisation issue also the award for best News Report – Print/Text and shared the award for The Beck Prize for All Media Political Report with Rebecca Turner and Jessica Strutt of ABC News Perth for their story: “The big money and politics behind the Kwinana buffer protests”.

MEAA congratulates all the award winners on their fine achievement.

For more information: Anna Magnus 0423 363 725

Winners of the 2016 West Australian Media Awards

Outstanding Journalism Student Award
• Thomas de Souza, Stories from the Scenic Route, University of Notre Dame

New Journalist or Cadet - The Eaves-Prior-Day Prize
• Nathan Hondros, Body of Work, Mandurah Mail

News Photograph
• Marta Pascual Juanola, Falcon Beach Fatal Shark Attack, Mandurah Mail

News Photograph- Community/Regional
• Jon Gellweiler, Body of Work, Ampersand Southwest Magazine

Feature Photographic Essay
• Colin Murty, Eradication of pests on Dirk Hartog Island, The Australian Newspaper

Broadcast Camerawork - All Media
• Cameron Wallis, Devil Inside - Power of Meth, Seven News 6pm

Regional and Community – Best Three News Stories or Features- All Media
• Nathan Morris, Preservation of Aboriginal languages of the Goldfields, Esperance ,ABC Local Radio, ABC News Online, ABC News 24

Freelance Journalist- All Media
• Kerry Faulkner, Special report WA's accident towing industry among worst in Australia, Sunday Times

Culture and Arts Report - The A.H. Kornweibel Arts Prize- All Media
• Victoria Laurie, Through the Lens; Mavis Walley, The Weekend Australian

Health/Medical Report - All Media
• Emma Young, A child's 'best interests', WAtoday

Science and Environmental Report - All Media
• Emma Young, Lancelin residents win development battle, get dunes rezoned for conservation, WAtoday

Social Equity Report- All Media
• Paige Taylor and Victoria Laurie, The reality of everyday life for our most vulnerable kids, The Weekend Australian

Business, Economics or Finance Report - All Media
• Courtney Bembridge, Subcontractors lose millions on airport build, ABC News - Online

Political Report - The Beck Prize- All Media
• Andrew Probyn , Mediscare, The West Australian
• Rebecca Turner and Jessica Strutt, The big money and politics behind the Kwinana buffer protests, ABC News Perth

Sports Report - The Gilmour-Christian Prize- All Media
• John Townsend, Eagles dodge drugs bullet, The West Australian

Columnist - The Matt Price Award- All Media
• Liam Bartlett, Weekly Columns, The Sunday Times

• Yarloop and Waroona Fire Coverage Team Entry, Simon White, Emma Young , Tim Carrier, Heather McNeil and David Baker, WAtoday.com.au and Fairfax Media national network

News Story or Feature- Radio/Audio Journalism
• Lauren Day, Man facing deportation despite living in WA since infancy, ABC PM

News Story or Feature - Television/Audio-Visual Journalism
• Jessica Page, Parents Versus Doctors, Seven News 6pm

Suburban – Best Three Stories or Feature - Print/Text
• Sarah Brookes. Body of Work, Echo Newspaper

Three Headlines - Print/Text
• Martin Saxon, ”To Boo or Not Taboo”,” A Day of Whine and Roses” and “Its Fancy Of The Overflow”, The Sunday Times STM magazine

Feature Writing- Print/Text
• Andrew Burrell, The Utopia Project, The Weekend Australian Magazine

News Report- Print/Text
• Andrew Probyn, Medicare Privatisation, The West Australian

The Arthur Lovekin Award
• David Cohen- The Post

The Clarion Award for Outstanding Contribution to Journalism
• Nick Evans- The West Australian

West Australian Journalist of the Year - Daily News Centenary Prize 2016
• Andrew Probyn, Medicare Privatisation, The West Australian