Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
Landmark IYF media awards announced

Challenging myths and stereotypes surrounding Australian families were a feature of the winning entries in International Year of the Family media awards announced today.

Presenting the awards for excellence in journalism, Federal Minister for Family Services, Senator Rosemary Crowley, said the media had contributed to generating discussion and debate on Australian family life.

"The media coverage during the International Year of the Family has provided us with a window on the many issues facing Australian families today including violence. poverty, adoption, marital breakdown and the tragedy of youth suicide. By learning more about these issues, we will be better equipped to 'look after families', which is the theme of the year," the Minister said.

The Minister presented the International Year of the Family - Family Court of Australia Media Awards at the Sydney Renaissance Hotel with the Hon Justice, Alastair Nicholson, Chief Justice of the Family Court.

The awards were a joint initiative of the Family Court of Australia and the office of the International Year of the Family.

The first prize winners, attracting a cash prize of $5000. in each of the categories of print, radio and television were:

Rosemary Neill for her Weekend Australian article, "Our Shame", published on June 18 and 19.

Kirstyn Lindsay of Public Radio 4ZZZ, Queensland for "When there is love".

Judy Tierney of ABC TV Hobart's 7.30 Report for "Orphan Reunion", broadcast on August 5.

Rosemary Neill recently won the W.G. Walkley Award for best feature writing for "Our Shame".

Senator Crowley said a feature of the awards was the success of entries from outside the mainstream media.

She highlighted the success of Kirstyn Lindsay, a volunteer worker with 4ZZZ and second prize winners in the television section, John Lloyd - Green and the news team from Imparja Television in Alice Springs.

Chief Justice Nicholson said the awards were designed to encourage excellence in journalism.

"These awards have shown how the media play a major role in educating and provoking discussion in the community," Chief Justice Nicholson said.

"The media have a responsibility to report fairly on issues which are of relevance to Australia.

"The more we know about different kinds of family life, the better we are able to address problems such as violence drug and alcohol abuse and family breakdowns," he said.

The awards were judged by a panel including Chief Justice Nicholson, President of the United Nations Association, Roger Shipton, the Federal President of the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance, Jane Singleton and the Assistant Secretary of the Family Services Branch of the Federal Department of Human Services and Health. Marion Dunlop.

Senator Crowley and Chief Justice Nicholson both thanked the sponsors of the International Year of the Family, Kellogg's Australia, Ramada International, the Sydney Renaissance Hotel and Ansett Australia.

Media enquiries:

Virginia Dove (06) 289 7405

(018) 622 989

David Mark (06) 289 7585

International Year of the Family - Family Court of Australia

Media Awards

Winners and Special Acknowledgment Certificates

Print Media

First prize of $5000

Rosemary Neill for her Weekend Australian article, "Our Shame", published on June l8 and l9.

Second prize of $2000

Sally Heath for her series of features in The Age headed "Intimate Families."

Third prize of $1000

Janet Hawley for her article in The Good Weekend Magazine headed "Honey I Flunked the Kids", published on May 14.

Special Acknowledgment Certificate

Noel Rait for her series of features on domestic violence, published in the Yorke Peninsula Country Times.

Radio

First prize of $5000

Kirstyn Lindsay of Public Radio 4ZZZ, Queensland for "When there is love".

Joint second prize of $1500

Tom Morton, Linda McGuinnes, Judy Rapley and Jeune Pritchard of Radio National's Background Briefing for "Disarming Daddy", broadcast on February 13.

Joint second prize of $1500

Bryan Dawe for a Rolly Parks Letter from Kalangadoo episode called "Letting Go", broadcast on ABC Radio 3LO and regionals on August 1

Special Acknowledge Certificates

Terry Laidler for his series Sunday Night Talk on ABC Metropolitan Radio throughout the year.

David Spicer from ABC Radio's The World Today for his Program called "Family Reunion", broadcast on August 25.

Television

First prize of $5000

Judy Tierney of ABC TV Hobart's 7.30 Report for "Orphan Reunion", broadcast on August 25.

Second prize of $2000

John Lloyd-Green of Imparja Television, Alice Springs, for the report called "Back to the Bungalow", broadcast on September 22.

Third prize of $1000

Melinda Smith and David Threlfo of NBN Television, Newcastle, for "By their Own Hands", broadcast on February 26.

Special Acknowledge Certificates

Lexy Hamilton-Smith of BTQ 7 Queensland for a series of special reports called "The Australian Family", broadcast from June to September.

Iain and Jacqueline Gillespie for their documentary called "empty Arms-Broken Hearts" broadcast on SBS Television's The Cutting Edge on November 8.