Here at Edge Radio we don't often find the time to congratulate our former volunteers for their fantastic achievements. Well times are changing and we're super proud of everyone, but when you win an award then we better make sure the world knows.
The 2018 Tasmanian Media Awards saw two former Edgelings take out prizes. First we have our former Programs Coordinator Imogen Elliott (with Lachlan Bennet) winning the Feature, Documentary or Current Affairs category for their work on Wild Asset: The Tarkine Podcast.
"The judges for Feature, Documentary or Current Affairs were impressed by the high standard of entries which, as a body of work, showed a consistently strong standard of long-form journalism in Tasmania. The hard work by individuals and teams in both print and other platforms was evident, as was the effort to find new stories as well as new ways of looking at long running issues. The short list was rather long. However, the Feature, Documentary or Current Affairs was awarded to the Advocate’s Imogen Elliot and Lachlan Bennett for their digital feature Wild Assets. Imogen Elliot and Lachlan Bennett used interviews with protesters in a logging coupe in the Tarkine to launch an exploration of the Tasmania forestry politics and regional communities that depend on wild places. The three-part online series included long-form podcasts and print features accompanied by video and photos. Imogen and Lachlan approached the controversial subject of forestry in the Tarkine with fresh eyes and tailored their work to ‘tell it best’ for their audience in the North West using contemporary forms of story-telling that was given a national audience via the Australian Media network. In giving this award, the judges also commended the Advocate for investing the time and confidence in two young reporters which resulted in an impressive – and now, award-winning – multi-platform package."
The Second Edgeling to walk away with an award was Rob Inglis, who presented a few different music programs with us in the past. Rob was awarded Best New Journalist.
"The 2018 Best New Journalist category continues to prove that capable, thorough and dedicated young journalists are rising through the ranks. The judges considered 14 entrants and found the foundation of solid ability among young Tasmanian journalists. Particularly impressive was the work of newspaper reporters who went beyond covering the daily, breaking news and were given the opportunity by their editors to dig more deeply into social, cultural and political issues of importance to their communities and Tasmania. The judges also noted the new generation of reporters making increasing use of digital media to complement their work in print and on air – an important development for maintaining the relevance of the formal news media. Of the runners-up, Rhiannon Shine (ABC) showed increasing maturity in story-telling for the electronic media, as did Benjamin Hansen (WIN News) with both breaking news and political issues. For a journalist in his first year, Rob Inglis (Fairfax Media) displayed a sound grasp of breaking news, in-depth reporting and issues of social import and told his stories well."
There's a long list of former volunteer who started their adventure at Edge Radio and now have amazing careers in the media. Huge congratulations to Imogen and Rob. We're cooking the next generation of journalists here at Edge. Make sure you show your support by becoming a subscriber.