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[creative-radio] Bougainville community radio wins communication award


Title – 6386 GLOBAL: Bougainville community radio wins communication award
Date – 23 August 2009
Byline – Media release
Origin – Pacific Media Watch
Source – University of Queensland News, 22/08/09
Copyright – UQ
Status – Unabridged
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BRISBANE (UQ Online/Pacific Media Watch): A pioneering community radio
station in Papua New Guinea's autonomous province of Bougainville has won
the University of Queensland's School of Journalism and Communication 2009
Communication and Social Change Award.

Based in the town of Buka, locally-owned New Dawn FM 95.3 was founded to
help rebuild Bougainville's civil society in the wake of a devastating
10-year internal conflict with a death toll of 20,000 people, and 40,000
others being displaced.

UQ's annual Communication and Social Change Award was launched in 2006, to
honour outstanding contributions by individuals or organisations around
the world to the theory and practice of communication for social change

Announcing the 2009 Award-winner, the head of UQ's School of Journalism
and Communication, Professor Michael Bromley, said it was significant that
a South Pacific media organisation had won for the first time since the
award began.

"New Dawn FM's mission is to restore freedom of expression and promote the
reconciliation process on Bougainville, by giving a voice to local
communities that have been dispossessed by civil war.

"Our independent 2009 award jury panel, which included senior
representatives of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the
Australian government's overseas development agency, AusAID, unanimously
agreed that New Dawn FM 95.3 Community Radio's brave and pioneering work
is in the best tradition of international grassroots activism to promote
communication for social change," Professor Bromley said.

This year there was a strong international field of 19 nominations for the
award, which comprises a plaque and A$2500.

As well as Papua New Guinea, award nominees came from organisations or
individuals based in Bangladesh, Burundi, Canada, the Congo, Fiji, India,
New Zealand, Nigeria, the Philippines, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Uganda and
the USA.

Reflecting the consistently high-calibre of entries, the CSC jury also
awarded a special Meritorious Commendation for Communication and Social
Change Award to Indian graphic designer and artist Lakshmi Murthy for her
innovative and ground-breaking use of graphic design to promote
communication and social change.

The winner of this award receives A$1500 and a plaque.

The awards are administered by the UQ School of Journalism and
Communication's Centre for Communication and Social Change. The
fast-growing social science discipline of CSC promotes the use of various
forms of communication (including community media, and information and
communication technologies, or ICTs) to bring about positive participatory
development and social change.

The 2009 CSC award jury was chaired by Professor Ken Wiltshire, AO (JD
Story professor of public administration, UQ).

Other jury members were: Annmaree O'Keeffe (Deputy Director-General,
AusAID), Peter Cave (foreign editor of ABC News), Hugh Leonard (former
secretary-general of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union), Professor
Michael Bromley (head of the School of Journalism and Communication, UQ),
and Dr Zala Volcic (Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, UQ),
Associate Professor Pradip Thomas (research director, School of Journalism
and Communication, UQ).

The executive secretary to the jury was Associate Professor Martin Hadlow
(director, Centre for Communication and Social Change, School of
Journalism and Communication.)

The 2009 CSC awards will be presented at an official ceremony at UQ's St
Lucia campus in Brisbane later this year.

* More information: Marsali MacKinnon, Centre for Communication and Social
Email: telephone: +61 7 3346 3092

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