Indigenous Issues Reporting entries open in our 2017 Media Awards

Entries are now open for the 2017 Indigenous Issues Reporting award, part of the annual Amnesty International Australia Media Awards.

This award celebrates insightful, excellent reporting on human rights issues that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

It recognises those journalists at media outlets large and small, across Australia, who shine a light on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues and amplify Indigenous voices.

The award has changed this year, to acknowledge single stories on Indigenous issues, as well as series of stories by those journalists who expose different facets of an issue over time.

Journalists are invited to enter items published or broadcast between 1 August 2016 and 1 August 2017. Entries close on Wednesday 2 August.

2017 Judges:

Three distinguished professionals from the industry will judge the Indigenous Reporting Category:

*Tanya Denning Orman, Birri and Guugu Yimidhirr woman from North Queensland, and Channel Manager at NITV.

*Daniel Browning, descendant of the Bundjalung and Kullilli peoples and presenter of Awaye! on ABC RN.

*Bernard Namok Jnr, Torres Strait Islander, son of the Late Bernard Namok Snr who designed the Torres Strait Flag, and senior broadcaster/trainer at TEABBA (Top End Aboriginal Bush Broadcasting Association) .

Advisers for the 2017 Indigenous Issues Reporting Category:

*Michelle Aleksandrovics Lovegrove, Ngarrindjeri woman, Senior Communications Officer at NSW Aboriginal Land Council, and former journalist with SBS and NITV.

*Daniel Featherstone, General Manager of the Indigenous Remote Communications Association.

See here for this year’s ad, featuring some of last year’s finalists. To enter and for further information, including the entry criteria and process, visit For any other queries, please email