The Media Award is one of 10 categories in Victoria’s Multicultural Awards for Excellence. This award acknowledges journalists or media organisations which have made an outstanding effort to highlight issues of importance to diverse communities, and to contribute to Victorians’ cross-cultural understanding and awareness of diversity.
- Increases awareness and understanding of multicultural affairs in Victoria
- Shows sensitive understanding of a relevant issue
- Is of public benefit and makes a constructive impact or change
- Individual journalists or media organisations for work published/broadcast between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018
- Self-nominations accepted
- Proof of original work is required
Maribyrnong Weekly journalist Benjamin Millar has been reporting news in Melbourne’s Western suburbs since 2010, and has been a strong voice of reason in this year’s media narrative around “African gangs”. In January he published a series of viral tweets, highlighting the many crimes he had covered over the years, and how few of them were committed by African-Australians. His Twitter thread went on to discuss how crime can and should be reported without unnecessarily citing race, and was shared thousands of times on social media and in online news articles. Mr Millar subsequently wrote articles for The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and Meanjin, and has participated in a number of panel discussions on the topic. Members of the African-Australian community have indicated that Millar’s viral Twitter thread was a turning point in the debate and an important intervention in what was fast becoming a damaging narrative.
Eugenia Pavlopoulou has worked in the Greek-language media for almost two decades, first at Radio 3AB in the early 2000s, and now at Neos Kosmos – Australia’s widest circulating Greek newspaper – where she has worked as a journalist and editor for the past 16 years. Her work shines a light on issues often overlooked in mainstream media, and keeps first generation Greek Australians – who may otherwise be isolated because of their age and language abilities – up to date with both Australian and Greek news. A decade ago Ms Pavlopoulou lead the development of Neos Kosmos’ website, and she has stabilised the newspaper’s future by creating content in English and Greek that will appeal to a new generation of readers. For example Ms Pavlopoulou has recently been investigating and writing about the uncertain future of the Modern Greek program at La Trobe University, which is the only tertiary modern Greek language program in Victoria.