Aug 12, 2011

Clarions

I was very chuffed to learn that I have been nominated for a 2011 Queensland Media Award - also known as the "Clarions".

The report that got the nod was from 22 March, the day rumours about Campbell Newman's impending switch from local to state politics.


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I'm up against some pretty big heavyweights from the ABC and SBS, so I'm very realistic about my chances. But this is the first time I've been nominated for any kind of journalism award, so I'm just pleased for that reason.

I've always been keen to make my voice reports lively and interesting. I find state politics to be generally quite entertaining - but then, I do see a lot of parallels with the theatre. And I'm the first to admit that the there are often swathes of information and detail that can get overwhelming, and let's face it, dull. So it's always a good challenge to try to distil important information in just 30 to 50 seconds of a voice report, and make it easy on the ear.

Yesterday Premier Anna Bligh gave a speech to the Queensland Media Club, in which she blamed politics and politicians for an increasingly negative public discourse. She admitted there is a mood for change in the state, but rather than accept this meant a shoo-in for the LNP at the next election, said it was up to her government to be more positive, and spread optimism.

I love opportunities to throw in different audio pieces into my voice reports, and so I had a lot of fun putting this one together:


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Apologies for the self-indulgence!

15 comments:

  1. Remember: it is an honor just to be nominated.

    But it is GREAT to win. Fuck honor. It is great to win.

    Hey, when I am in Brisneyland, can I get a tour of the theatre?

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  2. Well done! Crossing fingers for you!

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  3. Kat and Sharon - thank you!

    Paul - seriously, I judged a couple of categories this year (not my own!), and it's all floods/cyclones. It's going to be very tough to beat that, which is entirely fair enough. :)

    And yes! Of course, would be happy to show you around. When are you coming out?

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  4. And no it is NOT entirely fair enough.

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  5. I don't remember hearing Natalie's radio voice before (I don't listen to radio) but think she could probably win based on the voice alone.

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  6. Paul - dang it! Come out in November, when my next play (based on a couple of Birmingham books) goes on! We start on the 12th. If you are out in October though, I'd be happy to have you come sit in on a rehearsal! :)

    And Sam - thanks very much. Very few people in my social circle have probably heard my radio voice. Not very many people listen to me! Sadly I don't know that the voice counts for much, it's mostly content!

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  7. I've heard your journalist character voice at impro, but surely that's a played up version of what you hear at work. And I certainly don't mean to diminish the quality of the content, you're more than a pretty voice :p

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  8. Damn it, Birmingham told me October was the best time to visit Oz! Now I hate him. But only a little bit. I mean, really: you can't stay angry at that face.

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  9. Sam, Nat's radio voice is a little deeper than Regular-Nat. Recognisable but not quite the same.

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  10. Congratulations Nat! I would listen to you on the radio but I'm embarrassed to admit ... I don't know how to switch my car radio onto AM. :(

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  11. Good Work Ms Nat! I loved the Premier's speech last week - right up to the bit about fucking over the great Artesian Basin with Coal Seam Gas -> Export Liquefied Natural Gas.

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  12. you were nominated for Clarions orthe 2011 Queensland Media Award?? that is such an honor, congratulations dear!

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