Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Media Peace Awards Presented

11 November 2004

Media Peace Awards Presented

The Media Peace Awards were presented in Auckland’s Maidment Theatre this evening at a ceremony M.C.d by John Campbell and Carol Hirschfeld.

The Awards, now in their twenty first year, are organised by the Peace Foundation to recognise and reward journalists and others working in the media who use their skills and opportunities to 'shed light rather than heat' on violent, difficult and contentious issues. The Peace Foundation's Director, Marion Hancock, says "Given the current international situation it is particularly vital that people working in the media recognise the crucial role that the media does play in shaping the public's understanding of issues and events and strive to fulfill their role as conscientiously and rigourously as they possibly can"

The finalists’ entries in the Media Peace Awards have again addressed a diverse range of topics. From the story of two Cambodian refugees to young people in gangs, from Treaty settlements to the legacy from nuclear testing. “Entries this year have certainly covered a wide range of issues and that’s what the Awards are about - peace in all its aspects” said Ms. Hancock.

The Rangatahi section, for media students, once again accounted for a third of the 89 entries and the judges were impressed by their calibre. Judging convenor for this category, Stephen Stehlin commented that “Overall standards have improved and the wealth of stand out entries made judging difficult at times”.

The Rangatahi Print section was won by Matt Nippert, who was an AUT student, for his article about penal reform and tougher sentencing ‘When the Human Zoo Outgrows it’s Cages’, published in the NZ Herald. Muy-Cheng Lov, also from AUT, won the radio section for ‘Fight or Flight: A Journey to Freedom’ which told the story of her parents’ flight from Cambodia. The Film/TV section for students was won by Janna Sicely from UNITEC, for ‘Alexander’ - a powerful study of a family coping with a child severely disabled by autism.

In the media professional’s section the print judges, convened by Jim Tully, Head of the Canterbury School of Journalism, described the entries as "The strongest they had seen for a number of years". North and South continued its excellent record in the Print category with Peta Carey winning with her entry - ‘Guardian Angels’ which, the judges said, ‘”Told the story of Guardians of Fiordland, a little-known group who have resolved division over the future of their marine environment without any government agency involvement. This tale of conciliation managed from within the community, voluntarily and amicably holds lessons for the upcoming debate over our Ocean's Policy”. North and South have now won 7 of the 21 Premier Print Awards over the years.

In the radio category there was a joint Premier Award. It was shared by Phil Smith of National Radio for his programme ‘The Gujarat Experiment’ which the judges described as a remarkable programme describing the rise of an extreme Hindu nationalist government in the Indian state of Gujarat and Keith Richard and Paul Brook for Fatal Legacy - a Nuclear Story.
'Fatal Legacy' aired on Star FM Wanganui. The Wellington based judges said it “carefully and potently explores the mostly hidden history of New Zealand’s involvement with nuclear weapons testing, through interviews with eye-witness members of our armed forces. A staggering series of cover-ups, blunders and instances of sheer ignorance are described in a gripping and wholly convincing way, building a story which remains vitally important and relevant today”.

The TV/Film honours went to Jane Reeves and Kiwa Productions for ‘Gang Kids’, which screened on TV3. The Auckland based judging panel were impressed by the rapport the filmmakers had with their subjects and by the honest and moving way the young people talked about how growing up in a gang shaped their lives and continued to shape the choices they make today.

A Special Achievement Award was given to Access Radio/Planet FM in recognition of the enormous contribution that it had made over its 17 year history to giving a voice to the many diverse cultures, ethnicities and belief systems which make up the city of Auckland now.

The Peace Foundation says it is very pleased by the way the mana and prestige of the Media Peace Awards have been steadily growing over the years. “It is all too easy to level criticisms at the media sometimes for their poor handling of sensitive and contentious issues that leads to plenty of heat but very little light being shed” said Ms. Hancock. “However, it’s very important that we recognise and encourage the excellent work that is being done by a good number of people working in the media. And it’s very encouraging to see the value that is placed on these Awards now by media professionals and students”.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On Why Herd Immunity Isn’t A Valid Option, And What’s With Our Reluctance To Wear Masks?

Herd immunity has recently bounced back into the headlines as a tool for managing Covid-19, and as a supposed alternative to lockdowns. In the US, a group of scientists was recently brought together in the town of Great Barrington, Massachusetts by a think tank funded by the Koch brothers. The assembled scientists signed the so called Barrington Declaration, which promotes herd immunity as a rational means of re-opening US public schools and the economy at large... More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On National Being Shafted By Its Own Creation

As it licks its wounds, let’s hope the National Party can still find time to look back with some pride at what it has achieved in Epsom. The Act Party’s nationwide success on Saturday night has been a tribute to National’s foresight, and to its ... More>>

ALSO:

Green Party: 'Fruitful Discussions ... Further Discussions To Have'

The Green Party says there is a negotiation going on with the Labour Party, but there are more discussions to be had. More>>

ALSO:


Border: No Changes To Border Exemptions After Fishing Crew Test Covid-19 Positive

The cases were detected after routine day three testing but the immigration minister and air commodore agree there's no need to change border exemptions. More>>

PSA: Labour-Led Government Has Mandate For Transformation, Equality And Transparency

The Public Service Association welcomes the progressive electoral landslide New Zealand voters delivered on Saturday, and the union says its members look forward to implementing policies that reduce poverty and inequality, support affordable housing ... More>>

ALSO:


Stats NZ: New Report Shows Significant Changes To New Zealand’s Climate

Climate change is already happening in New Zealand and could have a profound impact on future generations of New Zealanders, a new report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ says. Our atmosphere and climate 2020 , released today, includes analysis ... More>>

ALSO:

Judith Collins: Obese People Must Take Responsibility For 'personal Choices'

National Party leader Judith Collins has described obesity as a weakness and says people should not 'blame systems for personal choices'. More>>

Māori Party: Poll Reveals Tamihere On Cusp Of Historic Māori Movement Election Victory

John Tamihere’s election campaign is on the rise and on track to return the Māori Party to parliament, a new Māori TV poll has revealed. The poll released on 11 October during the seventh and final Māori TV Maori Electoral campaign coverage has Tamihere ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Four-Year Terms Of Parliament, And On How The US Courts Are Dismantling Democracy

Last week, the issue of four-year parliamentary terms surfaced again. Infuriatingly, it is being discussed purely in terms of its convenience for political parties. They’d get so much more time to enact their policies, free of scrutiny or sanction by voters ... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels