2022 SA Media Awards winners announced

The winners of the 2022 SA Media Awards have been announced, after an unveiled at a cocktail event in Adelaide on Saturday, June 25.

Pictured: Gabriella Marchant and Dr Bonita Mason, UniSA

The winners of the 2022 SA Media Awards have been announced, after an unveiled at a cocktail event in Adelaide on Saturday, June 25.

ABC’s Gabriella Marchant was named 2022 Journalist of the Year.

The judges said Gabriella’s entry, “Rhys’s Final Wish”, which won four additional categories at the Awards, moved them to tears.

“Gabriella is a skilful and compassionate storyteller. Her strong sense of social justice underpins her body of work. Not only has Gabriella highlighted community welfare issues and policy failings, but she has also shown how locals are enacting or proposing their own solutions. Her adherence to ethical principles struck a perfect balance between impact and sensitivity.

“Gabriella’s piece on Rhys Habermann addressed a difficult topic beautifully. Telling this family’s tragic story in such a sensitive way, and with such focus on the broader implications of their experience, took fine attention to detail and balance. Addressing the topic of suicide tastefully and sensitively, too, is a tricky balance to strike, and Gabriella handled this perfectly: giving only minimum detail about the act itself, while also not glossing over the harrowing impact it had on the family. Gabriella demonstrates great flexibility and storytelling prowess as a journalist. The judges can’t speak highly enough.”

“Congratulations to all the finalists and winners this evening. The quality of work coming from South Australia is among the very best in the country, and it was my very great pleasure to be here to celebrate it.” MEAA’s Regional Director for WA, NT and SA, Tiffany Venning added.

The Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance congratulates all 2022 finalists and winners.

Read on to see the complete list of award winners.

2022 SA Media Awards Winners

Commentary, Analyis, Opinion & Critique supported by the Judith Neilson Institute
Tom RichardsonInDaily, “Politics and sport”

Best Rural/Regional Journalist supported by Stories Well Told
Gabriella MarchantABC NewsABC Online and ABC Radio The World Today, “Body of work”

Coverage of Public Service Journalism supported by SACOSS
Gabriella MarchantABC Online and ABC 7.30, “Rhys’s Final Wish”

Sports Journalism supported by Media Super
Michael McGuireThe Advertiser, “This Sporting Life”

Investigative Journalism supported by Media Super
Patrick Martin and Nicholas Harmsen, ABC, “SA Parliament’s expenses scandal continued”

Freelance Contribution supported by the Adelaide Economic Development Agency
Daniel Clarke, Foxtel History Channel, Binge and SA Weekend, “Body of work”

Visual Storytelling supported by the Judith Neilson Institute
Lincoln Rothall and Evelyn Leckie, ABC News, “A line in the Sand”

Best Radio News/Current Affairs or Feature Report supported by Media Super
Sean Fewster and Daniel Panozzo, FIVEaa, “Just Lawful – The Hillier Triple Murders”

Best TV/Video News Report supported by Media Super
Hannah Foord7NEWS Adelaide, “Port Hughes Murder”

Best TV Current Affairs or Feature supported by the Judith Neilson Institute
Gabriella Marchant, ABC 7.30, “Rhys’s Final Wish TV”

Best Print/Text News Report supported by the University of South Australia
Gabriella Marchant, ABC Online, “Rhys’s Final Wish Online”

Best News or Lifestyle Feature supported by the University of South Australia
Gabriella Marchant, ABC Online, “Rhys’s Final Wish Online”

The Max Fatchen Award for Best Young Journalist supported by the Judith Neilson Institute
Bec WhethamABC Landline and ABC Online, “Stories of hope”

Julie Duncan Memorial Award for Student Journalism supported by the University of South Australia
Sarah Herrmann

Journalist of the Year supported by the University of South Australia
Gabriella Marchant, ABC

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