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2015 West Australian Media Award Winners Announced

The Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA), the union and industry advocate for Australia’s journalists, is delighted to announce the winners of the 2015 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 more than 270 entries with the judges commenting that they were greatly impressed by the high quality of the submissions.

For the second year running, Jonathan Barrett of the Australian Financial Review has taken out the Gold Prize: the Daily News Centenary Prize WA Journalist of the Year. This year, Barrett also won the award for Best Business, Economics or Finance Report for his story: “Mine, all mine”. He also shared the award for Best Online report with AFR colleagues Les Hewitt and Edmund Tadros for “The Anaconda gambit”.

Of his Journalist of the Year award, the judges said: “Jonathan Barrett submitted a body of work which was the product of his prolonged and persistent investigations since 2012 into the behind-the-scenes business dealings in the WA mining industry. Barrett’s compelling and readable writing style transforms complex stories into riveting yarns where detailed technical information is rendered accessible for a general audience.”

Paige Taylor of The Australian has won the Gold award for the Outstanding Contribution to Journalism -The Clarion Award. This award is presented to a member who has, in the opinion of the MEAA Media’s section committee, made the greatest contribution to the profession in WA during the year.

Taylor also won the Arthur Lovekin Prize for Excellence in Journalism with colleague Natasha Robinson for their story: “The long, slow undoing of Captain Dragan”. The award is for the best contribution of the year in a newspaper or periodical.

Taylor also won the award for Best Social Equity report in partnership with Victoria Laurie and Andrew Burrell for “Little Peter Rabbit”.

Laurie also won Best Science and Environmental Report for “The future of our rangelands”, as well the award for Best Culture and Arts report for “Art in a distant cave”.

MEAA congratulates all the award winners on their fine achievement.

For more information: Anna Magnus 0423 363 725

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Winners of the 2015 West Australian Media Awards

Outstanding Journalism Student Award
Line Stenseth: Work by Line, The University of Notre Dame Australia

Best New Journalist or Cadet
Annabel Hennessy: Body of work, The Sunday Times

Best News Photograph
Steve Pennells: The execution of Myuran Sukumaran, The West Australian

Best News Photograph- Community/Regional
Jon Hewson: Body of work, Community Newspaper Group

Best Feature Photographic Essay
Ingetje Tadros: Kennedy Hill, Diimex

Best Broadcast Camerawork
Carl Nelson: Bunbury Siege, Seven Network

Regional and Community – Best Three News Stories or Features
Jasmine Bamford: Body of work, Kalgoorlie Miner

Suburban – Best Three Stories or Feature
Lloyd Gorman: Subiaco Scandals, POST Newspaper

Best Freelance Journalist
Kerry Faulkner: Body of work - Aurora to Mark, Various

Best Culture and Arts Report
Victoria Laurie: Art in a distant cave, The Australian

Best Health/Medical Report
Cathy O'Leary: For the love of Riley, Seven West Media

Best Science and Environmental Report
Victoria Laurie: The future of our rangelands, The Australian

Best Social Equity Report
Paige Taylor, Victoria Laurie and Andrew Burrell: Little Peter Rabbit, The Australian and The Weekend Australian

Business, Economics or Finance Report
Jonathan Barrett: Mine, all mine, The Australian Financial Review

Best Political Report
Neale Prior and Nick Evans: Rising star; blurred lines, The West Australian

Jonathan Barrett, Les Hewitt and Edmund Tadros: The Anaconda gambit, The Australian Financial Review

Best Three Headlines
Sheryl-Lee Kerr, Minding your Ps & Qs, STM magazine, The Sunday Times

Best Sports Report
Michael Thomson: WA football crisis, Nine News Perth

Best Columnist - The Matt Price Award
Andrew Probyn: Probyn Columns, The West Australian

Radio/Audio Journalism - Best News Story or Feature
Caitlyn Gribbin: Demanding death in custody answers, ABC

Television/Audio-Visual Journalism – Best News Story or Feature
Grant Wynne: Carlisle siege, Seven News Perth

Best Print/Text Feature Writing
Billy Rule: When Lizzie died, The Sunday Times/PerthNow

Best Print/Text News Report
Nick Evans and Neale Prior: Dean Nalder's disclosure crisis, The West Australian

The Arthur Lovekin Award
Paige Taylor and Natasha Robinson: The long slow undoing of Captain Dragan, The Weekend Australian

Outstanding Contribution to Journalism-The Clarion Award 2015
Paige Taylor, The Australian

West Australian Journalist of the Year - Daily News Centenary Prize 2015
Jonathan Barrett, The Australian Financial Review