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Filipino-Australian Joel Magpayo was the recipient of the Second Multicultural Media Awards in the Editorial Cartoon category in last Monday’s (September 2) awards presentation.
Magpayo’s illustrations published at the Melbourne-based The Philippines Times won for him the Awards’ new Editorial Cartoon category.
Magpayo is an artist-painter. Some of his commissioned works are displayed in public places in Victoria and Manila.
Consul Marford Angeles accepted the award on Magpayo’s behalf who was unable to fly to Sydney for the Awards presentation.
The First Multicultural Media Awards (MMA) was held in September 2012. It was initiated by Mr Shaoquett Moselmane MLC for the NSW Parliament as a “tribute to migrant and indigenous journalists that have worked tirelessly with little recognition”.
In his message, Mr Moselmane said: “For me, the idea of having a MMA was simple, but long overdue,” said Mr Moselmane in his Awards presentation message last Monday.
“In 165 years of multicultural and indigenous media, there had never been a specific event acknowledging the achievements of the talented migrant and indigenous Journalists who have been serving their communities through multicultural media.
“Multicultural journalists bring communities together and break down social and cultural barriers. They inform, they inspire and they involve and they turn challenges into opportunities.”
Other guests and speakers included Minister Tony Burke and Minister Kate Lundy.
TFA editor and publisher Romeo Cayabyab was the winner for Coverage of Community Affairs in Australia in the First Multicultural Media Awards.
The complete list of Award and category winners:
Multicultural Journalist of the Year – Gerry Georgatos (The Stringer, The National Indigenous Times)
Coverage of Community Affairs in Australia – Linna Lee (TOP Media)
Coverage of Community Affairs Abroad – Pawan & Rajni Luthra (Indian Link)
Multicultural Photographer of the Year – Oi LIng Jojo Lee (Sing Tao Daily)
Online Coverage of Multicultural Community Affairs – Steve Giannakouras (Mycities.com.au)
Feature Writing – Helen Velissaris (Neos Kosmos)
News Reporting – Wing Yam Lee (Sing Tao Daily)
Editorial Reporting – Patrick Zhu (Oursteps)
Contribution to Social Inclusion and Multiculturalism – Jan Smith (3ZZZ Radio)
Coverage of Indigenous Affairs – Gerry Georgatos (The Stringer)
Investigative Reporting – Gerry Georgatos (The Stringer)
Online Innovation of News Blog or News Website Design – Pawan & Rajni Luthra (Indian Link)
Editorial Cartoon – Joel Magpayo (The Philippine Times)
Ed’s Notes: Congratulations to Mr Shaoquett Moselmane MLC for sustaining the Awards, and to Joel Magpayo and other awardees.