The NSW Premier’s Awards for Multicultural Media was held last night with three Filipino-Australians included in the list of finalists for Best Editorial/Commentary of the Year, Best Online Publication of the Year and Young Journalist of the Year.
The three Filipino-Australians are Violi Calvert for her series of articles on the Roger Dean / Quakers Hill Nursing Home case published at The Filipino Australian website, Millie Marcial-Phillips as publisher of Ang Kalatas, and Tristan Filio in the Young Journalist of the Year category.
Ang Kalatas website bested two other finalists to win the Best Online Publication of the Year award.
The NSW Premier’s Awards, now in its second year, recognises “excellence in journalism across the myriad of media outlets” in New South Wales multicultural community.Hosting last night’s awarding at a Sydney’s hotel ballroom were NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell MP and NSW Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello MP.
The panel of judges for this year’s Awards comprised:
* Professor Alan Knight, Head of the Graduate School of Journalism, University of Technology Sydney
* Mr Andrew West, Journalist and Broadcaster, ABC Radio National
* Ms Majida Abboud-Saab, former producer of Arabic programs, SBS Radio
* Professor Lynette Sheridan Burns, Professor of Journalism and Head of the School of Communication Arts, University of Western Sydney
* Mr Rick Feneley, Senior Writer and Journalist, Fairfax Media
* Mr Anwar Harb, Editor, An Nahar
* Mr Brendan Esposito, Chief Photographer, Fairfax Media
* Mr Russell Shakespeare, Freelance photographer
* Mr James Tong, CEO, Chinatown.com, and
* Mr Malik Osman, Founder, Flashpoint Graphics.
The Premier’s Multicultural Media Awards is the second major awards given by the NSW Premier for organisations or services focused on multicultural community.
The NSW National Multicultural Marketing Awards is the first major awards under the Office of NSW Premier and run by the NSW Community Relations Commission. emanila.com, a portal website of which The Filipino Australian is a member, won the Inaugural Award for Technology in 2000. The other multicultural marketing awardee is the annual Philippine Fiesta in Sydney organised by Philippine Association of Sports and Culture which won the award in the 1990s.