MULTICULTURAL COMMUNICATIONS AWARDS | Two local winners get gongs from the Premier

Two of the winners of the Premier's Multicultural Communications Awards announced on Tuesday last week were from our region: reporter Avani Dias, of Wattle Grove, and AMUST publication, based at Bonnyrigg.

Avani won the Public Interest Award.

As a reporter for Triple J's youth current-affairs program Hack, Avani investigated Mohamed Kamer Nizamdeen's arrest for terror offences. Her reporting showed his family's campaign for Mohamed's release and uncovered police failings and wrongful imprisonment.

The stories reached over 2.5 million people nationally and charges have since been dropped against Mohamed and another arrest made.

AMUST won the Publication of the Year Award.

It's an English-language multimedia community-news platform highlighting positive stories from diverse communities and providing a platform for matters which may not be highlighted in mainstream media.

More than 100 writers representing 35 different cultures and faith groups contribute. 10,000 copies are distributed each month, alongside an online edition with 50,000 subscribers.

Acting Minister for Multiculturalism Geoff Lee said the NSW Government was proud to celebrate the exceptional journalism of multicultural media.

"Tonight's winners displayed courage and tenacity in their reporting, tackling some very difficult topics," he said.

Complete list of winners:

  • Best Audio Report: Manpreet Kaur Singh, Shamsher Kainth, Avneet Arora and Maya Jamieson - SBS Punjabi.
  • Best Audio-Visual Report: Andrea Booth - NITV, The Point.
  • Best Print Report: Zia Ahmad - AMUST.
  • Young Journalist of the Year: Xinrui (Rena) Li - Sydney Today.
  • Best Use of Digital or Social Media: Sirine Demachkie and Kinderling Kids Radio - Mother Tongue.
  • Public Interest Award: Avani Dias - Triple J's Hack.
  • Alan Knight Student Award: Nadine Silva.
  • Publication of the Year: AMUST.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Antoine Kazzi - El Telegraph.
  • Campaign of the Year - Agency: Cultural Perspectives - Your vote will help shape Australia.
  • Campaign of the Year - Business: SunRice and Identity Communications - SunRice the Rice Breaker.
  • Campaign of the Year - Community: Hindu Council of Australia - Deepavali Fair.