RN doco team wins award

Staff Writer

On the weekend, Radio National’s 360documentaries team – Kirsti Melville (presenter/producer), Meri Fatin (researcher), and David Le May (sound engineer) were awarded the Daily News Centenary Prize for the WA Journalist of the Year at the 2013 West Australian Media Awards.

The 2 part series, ‘Red Dirt Dreaming’, was presented by Kirsti Melville (right), who has been with RN for nearly 20 years. She says her love of radio is driven by an insatiable need to hear and share people’s stories coupled with a strong sense of social justice.

“The two weeks I spent with Neil Trevithick recording in the red dirt of the Kimberley and the Pilbara were the highlight of my career. I fell in love with the story, with the place and with the people," says Melville.

“Resource development and native title are dividing Aboriginal communities and there’s no replacement to being on the ground to see the fallout from these issues. There’s so much at stake and it was an extraordinary privilege to speak to traditional owners on both sides of the fence, on their own country, about the dilemma of how best to move forward.”

Hear part 1 of the winning series – Red Dirt Dreaming : The Kimberley

or hear it here

Hear part 2 – Red Dirt Dreaming : Pilbara

or hear it here

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