Judge: Leigh Radford

Firstly, thanks for asking me to be involved with this award and I enjoyed looking at the work of these individuals.

They all show promise and are clearly working hard to earn their stripes. To mention a few, I was impressed with Molly Taylor from the Border Watch and I think she will be one to watch in the next two years – she was my third choice. My second choice was Sara Gilligan – she’s terrific and clearly is a multi-skilled performer who has made an impact with her employers and readers. There were a couple of things that concerned me about her journalistic objectivity, but it’s clear she has her heart in the job. She could have been the winner.

However I think the clear choice for me was Sam Bradbrook from The Bunyip in Gawler. He has a more obvious ‘news sense’ at this stage his development and clearly likes the harder stories. He’s exactly the sort of aspiring young Journo who would really benefit from a week in Canberra. I think that would be an eye-opening experience for him and may well inspire him to sharpen that news sense more and work harder. So I commend Sam to you as my selection for this year’s award.

 

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