Eliminating Violence Against Women Media Awards

The 2013 EVAs

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Congratulations to all our winners and finalists of the 2013 EVAs Media Awards for Excellence in the Reporting of Violence Against Women.


The 2013 EVAs Media Awards were held on the 19th July 2013 at the ANZ Pavillion. Nominees from print, television, radio and online media joined distinguished guests to honour journalists for their excellent reporting and to celebrate media contributions to the prevention of violence against women.


Among the night’s winners:

  • Nicole Brady (former) The Sunday Age journalist won the GOLD EVA for her exceptional series 'Lifting the Lid'.
  • Nicole Ferrie from the Bendigo Advertiser won Best News Report in Print for her brilliant series 'Real Action Needed'.
  • Daily Life's Clementine Ford worn Best Opinion/Commentary in any Medium for her thought-provoking piece 'Can we please stop the victim blaming?'
  • The ABC's Guy Stayner won Best Television Current Affairs/Feature (less than 15 mins) for his impressive piece 'Restraining Orders'.
  • Madison Magazine's Clair Weaver won Best Magazine Report/Article in Print for her commanding piece 'Silent Witness'.
  • Moreland Leader's Tessa Hoffman won Best Suburban Report in Print for her important piece 'Stop the Violence'.

 

Winners and Finalists pieces can be viewed via the links provided below. 


2013 Award Winners & Judges' Comments

 

GOLD EVA: Best Media Across Categories

 

Nicole Brady

Lifting the Lid (Series) 

The Sunday Age          

Congratulations on an excellent piece of journalism.

    

Judge's remarks

Nicole Brady’s series is an original, measured and insightful exploration of violence and its impacts. The extensive research, coverage of issues and people interviewed is near unparalleled on this topic within the print media. The pieces link gender roles, inequality between men and women, and the attitudes that support violence against women. Victim blaming is explored, as is the role of the media and the need for prevention initiatives. Nicole’s series includes stories of men who use violence, exemplifying their need to take responsibility for their behaviours, whilst also breaking down the myth that violent men are inhuman monsters. A statistical map demonstrates the spread of violence across all socio-eco groups. Great statistics are used, as are the right contact services and over a two week period, the audience has time to absorb the content and information. The elements covered in this series, are accomplished excellently.

 

PRINT & ONLINE


Best News Report in Print

 

Nicole Ferrie

Real Action Needed (Series)

Bendigo Advertiser

 

Nicole Ferrie covers enormous ground in a series of three articles which are succinct and non repetitive. The series consistently links back to the need and real possibility for social change, calling government and community to account for their responsibility in ending violence. The pieces give critical and practical information to the community including listing types of violence, avenues for support, and behaviours of perpetrators - in particular the excuses made for violence. Each piece successfully frames a local issue into a broader state and global context, and includes statistics and reputable spokespersons.

 

Best Feature in Print (Newspaper)

 

Nicole Brady

Lifting the Lid (Series)    

The Sunday Age

 

Judge's remarks

Nicole Brady’s series is an original, measured and insightful exploration of violence and its impacts. The extensive research, coverage of issues and people interviewed is near unparalleled on this topic within the print media. The pieces link gender roles, inequality between men and women, and the attitudes that support violence against women. Victim blaming is explored, as is the role of the media and the need for prevention initiatives. Nicole’s series includes stories of men who use violence, exemplifying their need to take responsibility for their behaviours, whilst also breaking down the myth that violent men are inhuman monsters. A statistical map demonstrates the spread of violence across all socio-eco groups. Great statistics are used, as are the right contact services and over a two week period, the audience has time to absorb the content and information. The elements covered in this series, are accomplished excellently.

 

Highly Commended - Tessa Hoffman

Taking a Stand

Moreland Leader

 

Judge's remarks

Tessa Hoffman’s three segment feature describes family violence and communicates a consistent message from diverse angles. Shocking statistics and strong accounts from a local police officer drive home the breadth of the issue within the community. The feature also incorporates the story of a woman who has experienced violence and the failure of the system to support and protect her. This is further supported by information on local services struggling to keep up with demand. An excellent break out box gives prominence to a comprehensive list of support numbers.

 

Best Suburban Report in Print

 

Tessa Hoffman

Stop the Violence

Moreland Leader

 

Judge's remarks

Tessa Hoffman’s article highlights the importance of cultural and religious understanding in the provision of family violence services. Tessa gives voice to women’s experiences of family violence compounded by cultural misunderstanding in Australia. Safiya’s comments of her experiences are frank and give insight into why women don’t and can’t leave violent situations. The piece importantly includes broader suburban statistics and makes it apparent that this is an extensive community problem. The ‘Where to go for help’ box is excellent in both content and placement.

 

Highly Commended - Angus Livingston

Shelter in the storm/Mum back from the brink (Series) 

Maroondah Leader

 

Judge's remarks

Angus Livingston’s piece highlights the importance of support services and the positive outcomes that can be achieved when these are available to women and children in crisis. Angus identifies the effects of dislocation on women and children, highlighting the intergenerational impact of violence on children. The piece includes strong and clear recounts of the emotional damage of living in a violent home.

 

Best Rural/Regional Report in Print

 

Elaine Cooney

Michelle opens up about abuse 
Campaspe News

 

Judge's remarks

Elaine Cooney’s article is a positive story of recovery for Michelle and her children, and successfully highlights Michelle’s courage in surviving violence and telling her story. It is largely told in Michelle’s voice and portrays sympathy without gloss, all the more commendable within a small community context. The article captures Michelle’s fear and helps the reader understand forms of violence and the complexity of why women may not leave. Uncommonly, the story defines and details familial rape, and strongly names both its violence and its use as a form of control. It includes contact information and what to expect from services and courts.

 

Best Opinion/Commentary in any Medium

 

Clementine Ford

Can we please stop the victim blaming?

Daily Life

 

Judge's remarks

Clementine Ford’s opinion piece is an edgy critique of community and media response to the disappearance of Jill Meagher. She makes a compelling argument against the blaming of women facing or experiencing situations of violence. She takes to task two senior Melbourne journalists for their focus on Jill’s choices and behaviour, rather than on those of the potential perpetrator. In particular she puts forward the strong statement that this is unprofessional, sloppy and sensationalist reporting. It is a commanding opinion piece reminding us where the blame really lies in crimes of violence.

 

Best Magazine Report/Article in Print

 

Clair Weaver

Silent Witness

Madison Magazine

 

Judge's remarks

Clair Weaver communicates a commanding message that family violence is not a private issue. She explores patterns of violence and control and makes firm suggestions for change including the importance of intervention and support from friends, family and onlookers. The piece speaks on a number of different levels, incorporating statistics, expert sources, and women’s personal experiences. The statement “No one ever asked me if I was ok” is used as a powerful platform to present the multiple and less obvious forms of family violence as well as the damaging silence and lack of understanding within the community.

 

Highly Commended - Fiona MacDonald

Branded: Scarlet Women

Madison Magazine

 

Judge's remarks

Fiona MacDonald’s well researched article covers sexual harassment in the workplace. This is an issue that is rarely reported on, and even less so this comprehensively. Women’s stories are given central positioning in this piece with detailed and disturbing accounts of the power that sexual harassers have in the workplace. Fiona’s report shows the lack of systemic supports currently in place and calls on judicial processes to recognise and act responsibly to charges of sexual harassment. It also places collective responsibility on workplace colleagues and superiors to intervene in situations of harassment. 

 

Best Online News/Feature

 

Andria Cozza

Standing up to family violence

The Weekly

 

Judge's remarks

An incredibly well written and powerful piece giving voice to a survivor and revealing the reality of living with family violence, including rape and sexual assault. Andria Cozza’s article honestly articulates the horrors of sexual assault whilst avoiding being graphic or voyeuristic. Andria challenges existing social acceptability of family violence by including damning statements by Judiciary against the excuses made by perpetrators. Forms of family violence are listed in detail, providing critical information and also reminding the reader of the criminality of family violence. Andria finally includes a range of family violence support service contacts.

 

Best Use of the Online Medium

 

Joint Winners!

 

The Courier

Ballarat

White Ribbon Day live blog    

 

Judge's remarks

The Courier’s White Ribbon Day live blog and supporting materials are a lively and interactive use of the online medium. This is a thoughtful and useful addition to media contributions on violence against women. The Courier created an open process that encouraged questions from participants during a live “q and a” session. Experts were well selected and complex issues were covered in a relaxed way. The informal structure allowed answers from different perspectives, encouraging reflection. The blog engages the community, especially those that may not ordinarily connect with the issue. 

 

Raelene Wilson & Jason Edwards

Silent Scars   

Diamond Valley Leader

 

Judge's remarks

Raelene Wilson and Jason Edwards’ multimedia piece offers information and discussion of family violence during and after the Black Saturday bushfires. Using balanced and complementary text and video, Raelene and Jason present personalised accounts and key findings of a recent report in simple language and digestible chunks. After bushfires there are incredible barriers to reporting and receiving help for family violence. The first-hand accounts and expert commentary in this piece offer the possibility of breaking down the isolation of women in similar situations. Policy changes are recommended and referral numbers are provided. 

 

Best Radio Feature/Current Affairs  

 

Clemmie Wetherall

Women on the Line - 3CR Community Radio

Is Domestic Violence Different in Hollywood?      

 

Judge's remarks

Clemmie Wetherall’s piece explores domestic violence by using a well known Hollywood incident of family violence and makes it relevant to the ordinary person. It is an innovative use of the medium, weaving excerpts from movies, talk shows and other popular culture into a discussion of community reactions and views to violence. It highlights the fact that violence affects all women and groups and notably that fame does not protect a woman from violence or from the victim blaming that often ensues. The piece unpacks concepts of gender and their impact on the way violence is viewed. It is engaging, interesting listening and importantly offers contact information for support services.

 

 

Highly Commended - Keiren McLeonard & Cameron Wilson

Natural disasters increase violence against women   

Bush Telegraph program - ABC Radio National

 

Judge's remarks

Cameron Wilson and Keiren McLeonard’s radio program explores the issues of domestic violence after natural disasters through interviews with local and overseas experts. Through the interviews, listeners learn about the various elements that increase women’s vulnerability after natural disasters, many of which often go unrecognised. This works to break down myths that violence stems from life stresses rather than the reality of the interaction between power and vulnerability. A well rounded piece that presses for recognition of violence against women within a context where it is often overshadowed.

 

Best Television News

 

Dean Felton

Education program to curb violence against women

Seven News Melbourne

 

Judge's remarks

Within a restrictive one and a half minute news segment, Dean Felton impressively presents the issue of violence against women with relevance to a broad audience. He takes local stories and links them with state and national statistics, contextualising the issue of violence against women. Included are an interview with a woman who has experienced violence, excerpts from a high school respectful relationships program for young men, and the AFL Respect and Responsibility program. Dean includes comment from broadly accepted role models to add weight to the story and promote the need for broader community involvement and action around violence against women. It is an engaging good news story promoting possibilities for change. 

 

Best Television Current Affairs/Feature (less than 15 minutes)

 

Guy Stayner

Restraining Orders   

7.30, ABC

     

Judge's remarks

Guy’s story is an impressive and comprehensive analysis of the human cost of systemic failures. The story confronts the viewer with the acute vulnerability of women when intervention orders are breached and police and courts fail to act protectively. Among other issues, the story argues that the lack of ongoing funding for the Coroners Family Violence Review Process is a critical failure in being able to understand and reform the systems at fault. The combination of hard-hitting research along with women’s personal experiences make the issues relevant and informative and is a call to action for Victoria.

 

Tara Brown & Stephen Rice

Licence to Kill 

60 Minutes, Channel Nine

 

Judge's remarks

This investigative expose by Tara Brown and Stephen Rice reviews and links several cases where men have been excused and punished leniently for the killing of their partners or ex partners. Licence to Kill argues that archaic attitudes are prevailing in the community and legal system, putting women at risk and protecting the criminals. The story highlights the excuses successfully used by men in court to diminish their responsibilities and challenges the stereotypes around the role women are said to play in provoking lethal brutality against them. This is a powerful and well researched piece, which draws community attention to systemic prejudice in favour of violent men.

 

Best Television Current Affairs/Feature (more than 15 minutes)

 

Peter Cronau, Quentin McDermott & Mario Christodoulou

A Matter of Life and Death

Four Corners, ABC

 

Judge's remarks

Cronau, McDermott & Christodoulou must be praised for the depth of detail and analysis within this feature piece. This as an exceptionally well told story with a compelling narrative and a powerful message. The impact of family violence on children and families is powerfully portrayed. Women and their families let down by the systems meant to support them are given real voice. The devastating and fatal consequences of threats, stalking and assaults are sensitively reported and the blatant dismissal by police and government systems of women in need are exposed. A powerful story of painful experiences told with the aim of holding authorities to account and showing up the barriers that women face in seeking protection and justice.

 

 

 

2013 Award Finalists

 

PRINT & ONLINE

 

Best News Report in Print

 

Nicole Ferrie

Real Action Needed (Series)

Bendigo Advertiser

 

Ben Schneiders

Domestic Violence Leave Surges (Series)

The Age   

 

Best Feature in Print (Newspaper)

 

Nicole Brady

Lifting the Lid (Series)    

The Sunday Age

 

Andria Cozza

Behind closed doors

The Weekly

 

Tessa Hoffman

Taking a Stand 

Moreland Leader

 

Ben Schneiders 

The Right to Leave

The Saturday Age

 

Best Suburban Report in Print

 

Tessa Hoffman

Stop the Violence

Moreland Leader

 

Angus Livingston

Shelter in the storm/Mum back from the brink (Series) 

Maroondah Leader

 

Best Rural/Regional Report in Print

 

Elaine Cooney

Michelle opens up about abuse 

Campaspe News

 

Nicole Ferrie

Real Action Needed (Series)  

Bendigo Advertiser

 

Best Opinion/Commentary in any Medium

 

Clementine Ford

Can we please stop the victim blaming?

Daily Life

 

Ruby Hamad

A feminist reading of the Koran         

Eureka Street

 

Best Magazine Report/Article in Print

 

Fiona MacDonald

Branded: Scarlet Women

Madison Magazine

 

Clair Weaver

Silent Witness

Madison Magazine

 

Best Online News/Feature

 

Andria Cozza

Standing up to family violence

The Weekly

 

Esther Han

Fury over pop star's tweet on domestic violence      

The Sun Herald

 

Best Use of the Online Medium

 

The Courier

Ballarat

White Ribbon Day live blog    

 

Michael Sheather

Wife beater given a bravery award (Series)

The Australian Women’s Weekly online

 

Raelene Wilson & Jason Edwards

Silent Scars   

Diamond Valley Leader

 

Best Radio Feature/Current Affairs

 

Keiren McLeonard & Cameron Wilson

Natural disasters increase violence against women        

Bush Telegraph program - ABC Radio National

 

Clemmie Wetherall

Is Domestic Violence Different in Hollywood?      

Women on the Line - 3CR Community Radio

 

Best Television News

 

Dean Felton

Education program to curb violence against women

Seven News Melbourne

 

Best Television Current Affairs/Feature (less than 15 minutes)

 

Tara Brown & Stephen Rice

Licence to Kill   

60 Minutes, Channel Nine

 

Guy Stayner

Restraining Orders         

7.30, ABC

 

Best Television Current Affairs/Feature (more than 15 minutes)

 

Peter Cronau, Quentin McDermott & Mario Christodoulou

A Matter of Life and Death

Four Corners, ABC

 

 

 

Please note - the following categories were not be awarded in 2013 due to insufficient entries:

  • Best Photograph/Cartoon/Illustration in any Medium
  • Best Radio News
  • Best Radio Talkback Segment