2014 Winners Announced

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The Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA), the union and professional association for Australia’s journalists, is delighted to announce the winners of the 2014 West Australian Media Awards – the pre-eminent state-based awards promoting journalistic excellence in print, broadcast and digital media platforms.

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

The winners were announced this evening at the awards’ gala function in the Geoff Gibbs Theatre at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

The 2014 WA Media Awards attracted more than 250 entries. The judges were greatly impressed by the high quality of the submissions.

Jonathan Barrett of the Australian Financial Review was named 2014 Daily News Centenary Prize Journalist of the Year. Barrett also won the award for Social Equity Report and Best Print/Text Feature Writing for his story in the AFR Weekend: “The Intersection”. The judges said Barrett “captured in one powerful and compelling piece the whole suite of virtues so strongly present in a number of entries this year.”

Barrett also won the award for Business Economics or Finance Report for “Digging Up Home Truths”.

The judges noted that Barrett’s win was earned against “some of the best entries” they had seen in recent years, particularly from the ABC’s Caitlyn Gribbin and industry veteran Geof Parry.

Gribbin won Best News Story or Feature in TV/Audio-visual Journalism and Best Health/Medical Report for her ABC 7:30 story “Who is Doctor Nitschke advising?” She also won the award for Radio News Story or Feature for her ABC Local Radio story: “The Kununurra Midnight Prowlers”. Parry won Best Political Report for his Seven News Perth exclusives: “Troy Buswell’s Big Night Out”.

The West Australian’s Neale Prior won the Clarion Award for Outstanding Contribution to Journalism. The judges noted Prior had a: “selfless attitude to his high-calibre work; journalistic versatility; acumen for finding industrial solutions and the healthy respect of his colleagues.”

Cathy Saunders and Martin Saxon won the award for Best Print/Text News Report for their Sunday Times story “Blood & Money”. Sharon Smith of The West Australian won Best News Photograph for “The Shark Cull Begins”.

MEAA congratulates all the award winners on their fine achievement.

For more information, contact Anna Magnus 0423 363 725

2014 WA Media Award

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2014 Judges' comments

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2014 Daily News Centenary Prize: Journalist of the Year

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Winner: Jonathan Barrett: Fairfax Media

Judges’ Comments:

The 2014 West Australian Journalist of the Year has captured in one powerful and compelling piece the whole suite of virtues so strongly present in a number of entries this year. Great storytelling; grappling with complex issues that matter; detailed research; new information and insights; varied perspectives; thoroughness; and great use of language, all neatly packaged in a confronting, consuming and irresistible style.

The winner has earned the award against some of the best entries seen in recent years, particularly from the ABC’s Caitlyn Gribbin whose interview of Doctor Philip Nitschke for 7.30 was exceptional, and industry veteran Geof Parry whose series of Troy Buswell exclusives also put him in strong contention for the top honour.

But ultimately it was the story of a horror crash near Perth airport – and the cleverly woven fabric of angles, stories and issues behind it - that earned the Financial Review’s Jonathan Barrett The Daily News Centenary Prize.