[ASC-media] Congratulations to winners of the Journalism Eurekas

Niall Byrne niall at scienceinpublic.com.au
Wed Aug 23 01:21:21 CEST 2006

§	Whale Wars win prize for ABC Four Corners team

§	Do some of us have cancers we don't need to know about - an ABC Health Report series wins Eureka

§	Munga Munga imagery gives Sydney photographer a second Eureka

§	Prison, oil and parrots - three stories win for ABC Catalyst.

Four of this year's 20 Eureka Prizes recognise the best in journalism and communication - in medical research, environment, science reporting, and astronomy. 

Here's more information on them. Full press releases are available online - details below. 

Whale Wars win prize. In July 2005 an ABC TV Four Corners team revealed new evidence of Japan's secret deals to resume commercial whaling.  Their story has won them the $10,000 Australian Government Peter Hunt Eureka Prize for Environmental Journalism. 

The prize is shared by Matthew Carney, Morag Ramsay and, receiving her second Eureka prize for environmental journalism, Anne Connolly.

Prison, oil and parrots. Jonica Newby and Chris Spurr created a set of three television stories for ABC TV's Catalyst, that highlighted the social impact of shifting scientific paradigms - from the teen brain, to the oil crisis, and the threat to survival of New Zealand's Kakapo.  The three stories win Jonica and Chris the $10,000 Australian Government Eureka Prize for Science Journalism.

Munga Munga imagery gives photographer a second Eureka. A stunning image of a ceremonial site in the Northern Territory that captures the uniquely indigenous quality of the Australian landscape has won Sydney photographer Barry Slade the $10,000 New Scientist Eureka Prize for Photographic Journalism in Science, Technology and the Environment.

Do some of us have cancers we don't need to know about? Is early cancer detection necessarily a good thing? These were some of the challenging questions posed by Associate Professor Alex Barratt's three part series for ABC Radio National's Health Report, Cancer Screening: Benefits and Harms. For her provocative series of three programs, she receives the $10,000 Pfizer Australia Eureka Prize for Health and Medical Research Journalism.

Bringing the stars down to earth. Measuring the orbits of a million stars, and managing a multi-million dollar telescope isn't enough for Fred Watson, the Astronomer-in-Charge at the Anglo-Australian Observatory, Coonabarabran in rural New South Wales. For his outstanding success in using the medium of radio to inspire a wide public appreciation of astronomy and space science, Fred receives the $10,000 Australian Government Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science.

Releases on all twenty prizes are now available online at www.amonline.net.au/eureka. 

Further information: Sue Nelson, 02 9907 8241, 0403 343 275 or qtcom at optusnet.com.au.


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