Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello today launched the inaugural Premier’s Multicultural Media Awards.
Conducted by the Community Relations Commission of NSW, the awards recognise excellence in journalism across the myriad of media outlets in the state’s multicultural communities.
“The Premier’s Multicultural Media Awards acknowledge the valuable contribution multicultural media plays in our society,” Mr Dominello said.
“As well as connecting people to their original language, culture and identity, multicultural media helps contribute to media diversity in NSW.
“It is time that this significant segment of our news media is given the recognition it deserves,” Mr Dominello said. “There are more daily newspapers published in Sydney in Chinese than in English.”
The awards recognise excellence among journalists, photographers, editors and publishers in print, radio, television and new media across 10 award categories including: Best News Report; Best Investigative Story and; Best Print Publication.
“I urge all sectors of the multicultural media to stake their claim for public recognition by entering these awards,” Mr Dominello said.
“We want to give all kinds of work, in all media, in all languages, a chance to shine.
“The awards will also assist mainstream media and the broader NSW community to recognise multicultural media as a powerful resource in our community.”
Nominations opened today and will close on 25 January, 2013. The winners will be announced at the awards dinner on 28 February.
Information and nomination forms are available at www.multiculturalnsw.com.au
The awards dinner is part of the inaugural Multicultural March – a month-long celebration of our state’s cultural diversity.
Other Multicultural March events include the free Voices in Harmony Choral Concert in Sydney on 23 March and the Premier’s Harmony Dinner on 10 April.