Despite extremely stiff competition, Bay FM’s Community Newsroom producer Mia Armitage was awarded Excellence in Journalism at the 2018 Community Broadcasting Association Radio Awards, held at a gala celebration dinner on the Gold Coast Convention Centre on Saturday night.
Over 150 finalists were nominated for 33 awards from community radio stations across Australia.
Bay FM presenters were also finalists in five other categories: Best Music Program (The Shizzle), Excellence in Innovative Programming and Content (Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond), Excellence in Creative Audio (The Bohemian Beat), Excellence in News and Current Affairs Programming (The Community Newsroom), and Best Station Fundraising Campaign (Radiothon 2017 – Keeping Bay FM Afloat and Our Oceans Pristine).
Ms Armitage was awarded for her coverage of the Adani-Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin.
In 2018, she was the first reporter to visit a protest camp in Bowen QLD and the only journalist allowed to stay unsupervised.
She gave Bay FM listeners a firsthand account of her experiences travelling with anti-Adani protesters, described their secretive plan-making and interviewed fifteen protesters about their intentions (which they carried through) to lock-on to and thereby shut down the Adani coal export facility at Abbot Point.
You can catch Mia and the rest of the Bay FM Community Newsroom team on Fridays from 11am, 99.9FM or online at bayfm.org.
Bay FM has also recently launched its Northern Rivers News (NRN) service, collated by local journalists and presented on weekdays at 9am, 12 and 4pm.
Dione Green is from BayFM.