2013 Awards Results

Overview

Our fifth awards night was held on Friday November 15, 2013. See the winners and their winning entries below.

News Ltd Best News Report

CAMERON ENGLAND, The Advertiser “The Grapes of Wrath”

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HIGHLY COMMENDED:

NIGEL HUNT, The Advertiser “Police wanted my scalp – Mary Jo”

COMMENDED:

BRAD CROUCH, Sunday Mail “Savings Drive”

Telstra Best Feature in Print or Digital

Joint Winner: SEAN FEWSTER, The Advertiser “Inside The Mind Of The Pirjo Killer”

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Joint Winner: MICHAEL OWEN, The Australian “School Rape Backlash Keeps Hurting Premier”

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HIGHLY COMMENDED:

SARAH MARTIN, The Australian “Hope in Sight”
DEBORAH BOGLE, The Advertiser “Life Without Kevin”

COMMENDED:

NIGEL HUNT, The Advertiser “Is That My Son? – Drug Overdose”
PENELOPE DEBELLE, The Advertiser “Becoming Heather”

Best Sports Story in Any Medium

IAN SHUTTLEWORTH, Network Ten “Tippett Hearing”

HIGHLY COMMENDED

MICHAEL McGUIRE, The Advertiser “Man of Teal”
RICHARD EARLE, The Advertiser “Adelaide Implodes”

Best News Photograph In Print or Digital

CALUM ROBERTSON, The Advertiser “Horse Rescue”

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HIGHLY COMMENDED:

KELLY BARNES, The Australian “Under Pressure”

COMMENDED:

MATT TURNER, The Advertiser “Creatures Great and Small”

Best Features Photograph Print or Digital

MATT TURNER, The Advertiser “Rice Shower”

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HIGHLY COMMENDED:

MATT TURNER, The Advertiser “Eyes On The Prize”

COMMENDED:

CALUM ROBERTSON, The Advertiser “The Illusionist”

Lion Best Sports Photograph Print or Digital

LUKE HEMER, The Advertiser “Finger Tips”

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HIGHLY COMMENDED:

MICHAEL ERREY, InDaily “Is the sun setting on the SANFL as we know it?”

COMMENDED:

GREG HIGGS, The Advertiser “Karl Evans”

Seven Network Best Television News Report

MARK MOONEY, Seven Network Adelaide “Police Brutality Claims”

HIGHLY COMMENDED:

JEMMA CHAPMAN, Network Ten “Defence Force Rap”

COMMENDED:

JAYNE STINSON, Network Ten “Carbon Monoxide Death”

Kelly & Co Best Television Current Affairs Report

CAROLINE WINTER, ABC Adelaide “Fox Victim Calls For Court Changes”

HIGHLY COMMENDED:

VASSIL MALLANDRIS, ABC Adelaide “Looming Ban on Spreading the Gospel”

COMMENDED:

BRYAN LITTLELY and LYNDAL REDMAN, The Advertiser and Freelance “Evil Up Close – The Family Killer”

Nine News Best Camera News Coverage

MATT BONSER, Network Ten “Crash Driver Arrest,” “Port Lincoln Fire,” and “Train Hitch”

HIGHLY COMMENDED:

BRYAN LITTLELY and LYNDAL REDMAN, The Advertiser and Freelance “Evil Up Close – The Family Killer”

COMMENDED:

ANDREW FODE, Seven Network Adelaide “PKG Quorn Body”

FIVEaa Best Radio Report

MATT DORAN, ABC News “Plane Miss Wrap”

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People's Choice Credit Union Best Community Report in Any Medium

JESSICA BRAITHWAITE, Network Ten “The Busy Bugler”

HIGHLY COMMENDED:

HEATHER KENNETT, Messenger Community News and The Advertiser “Mystery Of The Deep / What’s Killing Our Sea Life?”
BRETT CLAPPIS, Network Ten “Ash Wednesday
AMELIA BROADSTOCK, Messenger Community News “Nurses Carry Weapons”

COMMENDED:

CRAIG COOK, The Advertiser “Bill Ryan The Nicest Man In SA”

Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley Regional or Rural Report Any Medium

SARAH MARTIN, The Australian “Dreaming of Home”

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HIGHLY COMMENDED:

MELISSA WILDY, Seven Network Adelaide “Out of Control”

COMMENDED:

VERITY EDWARDS, The Australian “Ceduna – People Are Just Drinking Themselves To Death”
TOM DAWKINS, Freelance “Jumbuck Evolution”

 

RAA Best Transport Journalism in Any Medium

DAVID NANKERVIS, Sunday Mail and The Advertiser “Dodgy Traffic Cameras”

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HIGHLY COMMENDED:

BEN AVERY, Channel Nine Adelaide “Bus Driver Speaks”

COMMENDED:

BEN AVERY, Channel Nine Adelaide “Major Shake Up”

People's Choice Credit Union Best 3 Headlines in Any Medium

JOHN WHISTLER, Sunday Mail “Biggs Does One Last Stick-Up,” “Eff ’em Radio,” and “Tut, Tut…”

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People's Choice Credit Union Best Illustration or Graphics in Any Medium

RAYMOND HIRST, Sunday Mail “Brutal Circus”

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HIGHLY COMMENDED:

BIANCA COCHRANE, The Advertiser “The Courage Of Kiki”

Jeff Tims Manufacturing Jeweller Best Cartoon

PETER McMULLIN, Sunday Mail “River Reform”

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Best Columnist/Blogger Print or Online Digital

TOM RICHARDSON, InDaily “Summer Lull,” “Rewind…,” and “A History of Spin”

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HIGHLY COMMENDED:

SARAH MARTIN, The Australian “Various”

COMMENDED:

MICHAEL OWEN, The Australian “Various”

Indaily Best Investigative Coverage in Any Medium

NIGEL HUNT, The Advertiser “Murder in Brunei – Who Killed Anthea?”

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DEREK PEDLEY, The Advertiser “Dead By Friday”

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HIGHLY COMMENDED:

SARAH MARTIN, The Australian “It’s All In The Blood
MICHAEL OWEN, The Australian “Email Puzzle Dogs Premier”

Network Ten Scoop of the Year in Any Medium

LAUREN NOVAK, The Advertiser “School Abuse”

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HIGHLY COMMENDED:

MICHAEL OWEN, The Australian “State Libs Are A Sad Tale, Says Downer”

COMMENDED:

KEVIN NAUGHTON, InDaily “Julia Gillard’s New House”
DANIEL WILLS, The Advertiser “Conlon Quits”
LAUREN NOVAK, Sunday Mail “Dumped Minister Tells All”

University of South Australia Student Journalism Award

JEMMA PIETRUS, “Community Comfort, Tiny Dancer, Community Despair”

FINALISTS:

SARAH SPENCER
VICTORIA MOORE
DIANE OSBORNE
EMILY ERICKSON

Young Journalist of the Year

GIA LOUKES, Network Ten “Luke,” “Torched,” and “One Direction”

FINALISTS:

AMELIA BROADSTOCK, News Ltd
MATTHEW DORAN, ABC News
LIA HARRIS, News Ltd
LIAM MANNIX, InDaily
ALFIE TIEU, Network Ten
MELISSA WILDY, Seven Network Adelaide
SHERADYN HOLDERHEAD, News Ltd
STECEY LEE, Sky News Australia

Lifetime Achievement Award

Presented To: GRANT HEADING

I am truly overwhelmed by this award – it’s perhaps the most humbling moment of my life to stand before my colleagues and friends, past and present, and be honoured in this way.

I guess the first thing you do when you accept an award like this is to reflect on where the hell a lifetime in journalism has gone. I can still vividly recall walking into the old ABC building in Hindmarsh Square to begin what would turn out to be a 45 year career. I was a first year cadet, barely 16 and extraordinarily naive. Immediately though I was able to experience and observe how reporters and sub-editors covered one of the state’s, indeed one of the nation’s biggest ever stories…the Beaumont children had disappeared 5 days earlier.

For me, those early years were so stimulating. Looking and learning from some of the best in the business. It certainly didn’t pay to be precious about your copy. The subs would take you aside and tear your story apart – all the while explaining where it could be improved. They were wise old heads whose lessons would stay with me for the rest of my life. That uncompromising search for quality is something I’ve always tried to pass on to young journalists throughout my career.

After 20 something years of reporting and chief of staffing for the ABC I went over to the dark side. Commercial tv was the right move at the right time – and there was money to spend back then too.

Over the next 20 or so years with the Ten Network I was able to employ some of the finest journalists I’ve ever known and we put together a bloody good news.

For me, a newsroom is a fantastic working environment – full of energy, enthusiasm and egos. Throw in the brilliance of formidable writers, creative minds and unique personalities and no wonder I enjoyed every moment of my career.

One of the most rewarding aspects of my job was being able to identify, recruit and encourage young journalists – to help them develop their talents and then see them go out into the world and make a name for themselves….to fulfil their potential.

But it’s not getting any easier. I don’t envy young journalists today. Cost cutting pressures and time constraints are enormous and you are expected to deliver across multiple platforms in an environment where more and more obstacles are put in your way. The need for resourcefulness and determination has probably never been greater. Hopefully though, you’ll still enjoy the rewards of a fascinating and fortunate life.

I’ve made lasting friendships and have wonderful memories…and precious among those memories will be tonight.

My only regret is that my parents, who encouraged me throughout my career, couldn’t have lived a few weeks longer to have shared the moment.

I’d like to thank my wife Jean and my children Emily, Tim and Sam who are here tonight and who had to put up with a lot as I travelled extensively and worked the long hours that come with the job.

Thanks too, to all those of you who shared my wonderful journey – it certainly was a great ride….and finally thanks to the press club for this award…it means a hell of a lot…let’s all enjoy the rest of the night.

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