RN wins twice at the UNAA Media Awards

ABC Radio National collected two awards at the United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) Media Awards, held at the Grand Hyatt  last Friday in Melbourne.
Mongrel Nation, presented by Dr Tim Soutphommasane, (pictured) Australia’s newly appointed Race Discrimination Commissioner, and Background Briefing were among the winners awarded by judges from the Victorian Division of the UNAA.
Amanda Smith, producer of RN’s Mongrel Nation and Dr Soutphommasane, accepted the top prize for the Promotion of Multicultural Issues. The program was described on the night as “a challenging six-part series which went to the heart of Australia telling of the potency of racialism in the new guise of nationalism.”
Presenter, Dr Tim Soutphommasane said, “Mongrel Nation on RN was a great opportunity to explore what it means to be Australian. It was an invigorating experience for me and I hope the various stories that unfolded in the series brought the issues to life for listeners.”
Journalist Jemima Garret and the Background Briefing production team Chris Bullock and Linda McGinness accepted the Radio Documentary award for their work on the Papua New Guinea land scandal.
Background Briefing Executive Producer Chris Bullock said, “This was an important story, beautifully told, that exposed an Australian-led logging company’s involvement in a land grab of more than two million hectares of land, without the approval of traditional owners. The award recognises both Jemima’s investigative and story-telling skills, and the high production values of the Background Briefing team.”
Attended by Australian journalists and broadcasters across TV, radio, print and online organisations, the UNAA Media Awards recognise the work of media professionals whose contributions champion human rights and social justice issues, some showing remarkable courage in the riskiest conflict zones in the world.

Background Briefing is broadcast on RN on Sundays at 8am and repeated on Tuesdays at 2pm. 
You can listen to the award-winning episode here.
Mongrel Nation is a six-part series that was broadcast on RN in August 2013.


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