Chronicle scoops prize for seniors
THE FRASER Coast Chronicle scooped the pool this week in the national and state Older People Speak Out media awards.
In a packed Monday night event at the Queensland State Library in Brisbane, the Minister for Communities, Housing and Women, Kay Struthers and Noeline Brown, the Office for an Ageing Australia’s Ambassador for Ageing, presented the Chronicle with the premier state print award celebrating Q150 and the national regional newspaper award.
The Q150 award was presented to the Chronicle for a Saturday Weekend – now Fraser Life – story on the Coast’s unique Over Bloody Eighty club.
SBS and ABC Radio and ABC TV’s Stateline won the radio and TV sections.
The national regional newspaper award went to the Chronicle for a Fraser Life story on local community and pioneering icon Joan McFie.
The runners up were the Townsville Sun, Tweed Daily News and Bendigo Weekly.
Both winning stories were written by Chronicle journalist Toni McRae.
Last year the Chronicle’s Hervey Bay bi-weekly newspaper the Observer won an OPSO award and in 2006 Chronicle Journalist Jocelyn Watts won the regional newspaper award.
OPSM president Val French AM said this was “not a world that takes kindly to ageing”.
“To achieve our aims in giving older people a voice we work with journalists and value the friendship of politicians and public servants because they are the catalysts for change.”