Chief reporter wins media award
THE FRASER Coast Chronicle has again been recognised in national media awards, this time for a series of stories by chief reporter Toni McRae.
The stories revolved around the fight by local Vietnam War veterans to seek proper recognition for the heroic action of Australian soldiers during the Battle of Long Tan.
Ms McRae's series was partly responsible for persuading the Australian Defence Force to finally embrace that request.
The series was recognised by the Department of Health and Ageing as part of its “Older People Speak Out” awards.
The OPSO National Media Awards aim to encourage the media to break down negative stereotypes of older people by portraying the positive contributions made by older Australians.
The OPSO People's Choice Awards also give the community the ability to nominate something they have seen or heard in the media as an excellent example of the positive portrayal of older people.
Ms McRae's series “Recognition of the battle of Long Tan Veterans” was named as the best in Regional Queensland and was runner-up in the National Regional Print category.