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Michael Daley award for excellence in science and technology journalism



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The Hon. Barry O. Jones Minister for Science, Customs and Small Business.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Science and Technology.

149/89 8 NOVEMBER 1989 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MICHAEL DALEY AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

JOURNALISM

Entries are now being sought for the fifth annual Michael

Daley Award for Excellence in Science and Technology

Journalism.

The Award will be presented at the ANZAAS Congress in Hobart

in February 1990, the Minister for Science, Customs and Small

Business, Mr Barry Jones, announced today.

Mr Jones said the Michael Daley Award was now Australia's

foremost prize for excellence in science and technology

journalism and would contribute to the Government's program

for increasing science and technology awareness within the

community.

The Government has a firm commitment to raise awareness and

understanding of the role of science and technology in

economic and social development as set out in the May 1989

Statement, Science and Technology for Australia.

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Prize money for the Award has been increased to $15,000, with

four categories this year:

. $5,000 print media award

. $5,000 broadcast media award

. $2,500 print media 'newcomers' award

. $2,500 broadcast media 'newcomers' award.

Mr Jones said he was pleased to announce the 'newcomers' award

for entrants who have not previously won a Michael Daley

Award, to encourage all journalists to enter.

The Award is named after the late Michael Daley, Executive

Producer of the ABC TV Science Programs, who died in May 1982

aged 41.

Entries close on 31 December 1989 and application forms are

available from Public Relations, Department of Industry,

Technology and Commerce, phone (062) 76 1804.

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MICHAEL DALEY AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY JOURNALISM

BACKGROUND BRIEFING

The Michael Daley Award was instigated in 1983 in memory of an Executive Producer of science programs for ABC television.

Michael Daley died in May 1982 aged 41 and has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to science journalism in Australia.

The Award aims to encourage quality reporting of science and technology and provide recognition to outstanding science journalists and 'newcomers'.

This is in line with the Government's commitment to raise awareness and understanding of science and technology within the community, outlined in the May 1989 statement 'Science and Technology for Australia'.

Other measures include: . The Australia Prize to be inaugurated in 1990 . an Industry-Science Foundation . support for public speakers and conferences on

science and technology issues.

The Michael Daley Award is sponsored by the Commonwealth Government and is presented at ANZAAS Congresses.

In 1984, the first Award was presented to David Parer for his ABC television program, a two part series 'Antarctic Man', which dealt with an International Biomedical Expedition to the Antarctic.

The second Award was presented in 1985 to Robyn Williams, ABC Science Show, for a five-part radio series on scientific ideas.

In 1987, the third Award was won by Bob Beale, Science Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald for a series of articles on Australia's involvement in Antarctica.

Last year, the fourth Award was won by Graeme O'Neill of The Age for his article on gene shears and also by Dr Norman Swan of the ABC for his programs on the Dr McBride case.

The Michael Daley Award is Australia's foremost prize for science and technology journalism and the fifth Award will be presented at the ANZAAS Congress in Hobart in February 1990.