Wednesday, 9 December 2009

National media award for Sue Corrigan

Effective media intervention in Australia

Sue Corrigan of the Weekend Australian Magazine has taken out the Evangeline Ireland Award at the inaugural 2009 Yooralla Media Awards 
Sue Corrigan of the Weekend Australian Magazine has won the Evangeline Ireland Award, presented for the most outstanding contribution of the year at the 2009 Yooralla Media Awards. 
The award presentation was held at the Melbourne Recital Centre on December 3rd.  
Ms Corrigan, who also won the Best News Feature in the Print category with her article ‘A Struggle for Care’, was one of fifteen finalists from print and broadcast media Australia-wide.  
The Yooralla Media Awards were created to recognise and reward media coverage that contributes to public awareness and understanding of disability. 
As Dr Rhonda Galbally AO, Chair of the National People with Disabilities and Carer Council and a member of the judging panel said “This initiative is intended to raise awareness and improve the accuracy, quality and integrity of reporting about people with a disability, their achievements and the issues they face.”   
“We aim to encourage greater community acceptance of people with a disability.”  
Dr Galbally said the judges were unanimous in their decision to award Ms Corrigan the Evangeline Ireland Award. 
“Sue’s article raised the level of reporting on disabilities by highlighting the need for a National Disability Insurance Scheme.  It helped to stimulate a long-overdue conversation on disability and public policy”. 
“I think Sue is a worthy recipient of the inaugural award and I want to congratulate her on this outstanding effort,” she said.  
Judges for the awards were Maree Curtis, Director of Journalism Programs, RMIT; Dr Rhonda Galbally, AO Chair, National People with a Disabilities and Carer Council; Alan Howe, Executive Editor, Herald & Weekly Times; Sanjib Roy, CEO, Yooralla; and Stella Young, Disabilities Activist. 

A little recent Australian background

Corrigan, S. (2009) Fight on, Conductive World, 12 April

Sutton, A. (2009) Parent power rises against official neglect: Sue Corrigan's campaign gathers force down under, Conductive World, 18 November

Sutton, A. (2009) Australia to clean up its act,Conductive World, 24 November

Sutton, A. (2009) Fresh and enthusiastic new generation in Oz: Manifesto of the Friends of Australian Conductive Education (FACE), Conductive World, 25 July

Sutton, A. (2008) A giant awakes? Conductive World, 30 May

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