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Media awarded for excellence in portrayal of senior Australians



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MEDIA RELEASE THE HON. KEVIN ANDREWS MP MINISTER FOR SOCIAL SERVICES ___________________________________________________________________________

Tuesday November 19, 2013

MEDIA AWARDED FOR EXCELLENCE IN PORTRAYAL OF SENIOR AUSTRALIANS

Ten journalists have been recognised for their insightful portrayals of the lives of older Australians at a national awards ceremony in Brisbane.

The Minister for Social Services, Kevin Andrews, today congratulated this year’s winners of the Older People Speak Out Media Awards, for their foresight in embracing and turning the spotlight on positive ageing.

“Today’s older Australians provide valuable input into workplaces, families and the wider community,” Mr Andrews said.

“They are living longer and they are living more active lives than their predecessors.

“Population ageing means that, in time, there will be fewer people of working-age to each person of ‘traditional’ retirement-age in Australia.

“This is opening up opportunities for seniors to continue participating in the workforce.

“Our ageing population remains a resource that has yet to be fully tapped and more can be done to shift our nation’s mindset towards greater acceptance of seniors.”

Mr Andrews said he applauded the Older People Speak Out media awards, for recognising excellence in the media in shaping positive perceptions and understandings of older Australians.

“Congratulations to all of this year’s award winners,” Mr Andrews said.

For further details on the winner and their stories go to www.opso.com.au

Media Contact: Jan Le Maitre 0477721360

The Older People Speak Out Media Awards 2013-media and people’s choice winners

Best investigative report Katrina Yu, SBS

Best photo spread, photo series, body of work or gallery of images (metropolitan) Evan Morgan, Townsville Bulletin

Best photo spread, photo series, body of work or gallery of images (regional, rural and community) Bruce Hunt, Wanneroo Times

Most outstanding image of an older Australian (metropolitan) Nic Ellis, The West Australian

Most outstanding image of an older Australian (regional, rural and community) Jon Hewson, Mandurah Coastal

Times

Most effective news story on an issue relative to older Australians (metropolitan) Katrina Yu, SBS

Most effective news story on an issue relative to older Australians (regional, rural and community) Heather Grant-Campbell, The

Senior - Queensland

Best feature story illustrating positive ageing (metropolitan) Mike Bruce, The Sunday Mail

Best feature story illustrating positive ageing (regional, rural and community) Jessica Hinchliffe, ABC Sunshine

Coast (Radio)

Most effective newsletter or communications vehicle for older Australians (print, online, iPad, community radio, email or community TV)

Jeanette Shepherd and Samantha Ryan, Ethnic Communities Council of Qld

Special award for outstanding contribution or continued excellence in the presentation of older Australians’ issues Kylie Lang, Sunday Mail

The Carne Reidy Herd Lawyers Award for the best Queensland article on abuse of seniors Heather Grant-Campbell, The

Senior - Queensland

People’s Choice Awards

Collect as many quality media items over the last year that show older people ageing positively Dawn Marlene Wright

Choose a media item from the last year that illustrates positive ageing and, in 40 words or less, tell us why the item should win an award

Anne Ring on story in Weekend Australian by Nikki Gemmell, ‘Taking Charge and 100 Not Out’