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.
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:
Apologies for the self-indulgence!