The Filipino Australian (TFA) Community Blogs Editor and Freelance Writer Violi Calvert last night (November 11) was the recipient of the award for Coverage of Community Affairs of the 2015 Multicultural & Indigenous Media Awards (MIMA).
MIMA, now on its fourth year, is a NSW Parliament project initiated and hosted by Mr Shaoquett Moselmane MLC to recognise the contributions of multicultural and Indigenous media in “bringing communities together and breaking down social and cultural barriers, and being at the forefront of multiculturalism.”
The award was presented in a ceremony at the NSW Parliament House attended by dignitaries, and representatives and officials from the government, academe, business, and media.
Ms Calvert’s nomination to this year’s MIMA highlights the story of Filipino nurse Maria Sevilla’s fight for her, and her autistic son Tyrone, to remain permanently in Australia.
Her winning the Coverage of Community Affairs brings to three awards the TFA publication has received from the national annual media awards.
Last night’s award is also the second time that MIMA has recognised TFA for its news stories and articles on community-related affairs. In September 2012, TFA Editor and Publisher Romy Cayabyab won the Inaugural Award for Coverage of Community Affairs in Australia. In 2014, Mr Cayabyab also won MIMA’s Photographer of the Year award for his “Walk for Respect” photos.
The other award categories awards presented last night are News Reporting, Online News Blog or News Coverage, Photographer of the Year, Editorial Reporting, Encouragement Award, Hall of Fame, Young Journalist of the Year, and Journalist of the Year.