Stanthorpe Border Post - - FRONT PAGE - MATTHEW PUR­CELL

IF THERE’S one thing the

Stan­thorpe Bor­der Post has man­aged to suc­cess­fully do over the years, it’s nur­tur­ing young jour­nal­ists.

One of those suc­cess sto­ries is Ella McEvoy (nee ArchibaldB­inge).

She found her feet in the pro­fes­sion at her home­town pa­per as a cadet and sev­eral years later has just won a Walk­ley Award, the pin­na­cle for jour­nal­ists.

“The Bor­der Post of­fered me my first full-time jour­nal­ism gig out of uni,” Mrs McEvoy said.

“At the time, I was strug­gling to find work and con­sid­er­ing mov­ing into com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

“I will al­ways trea­sure my time work­ing at the Bor­der

Post, and with­out that job, I hon­estly don’t know if I would have gone on to pur­sue a jour­nal­ism ca­reer.”

This year she took up a role with the Syd­ney Morn­ing Her

ald, af­ter de­part­ing SBS and its Na­tional Indige­nous Tele­vi­sion plat­form.

It was for her work at NITV that Mrs McEvoy was re­cently recog­nised.

Her story about Indige­nous peo­ple and wage theft could hardly be more per­ti­nent in the pre­sent cli­mate.

“The piece looks at the prac­tice of stolen wages, whereby the wages of Indige­nous peo­ple were with­held and mis­man­aged un­til the 1970s.

“Lawyers, his­to­ri­ans and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials have said the prac­tice was tan­ta­mount to slav­ery.

“Given re­cent de­bate around slav­ery in Aus­tralia, I hope this award will en­cour­age peo­ple to watch the story and learn more about our his­tory, as I did while we were putting the story to­gether.”

While per­son­ally proud of the story, she didn’t ex­pect it to land her a Walk­ley Award.

“I was ab­so­lutely thrilled to win this award. Work­ing in Indige­nous af­fairs can be a tough slog, and it of­ten feels like you’re plug­ging away with­out much to show for it. So it was re­ally heart­en­ing to get this recog­ni­tion, which shows this story has cut through and res­onated with au­di­ences.

“I found out I’d been listed as one of three fi­nal­ists for the long­form fea­ture cat­e­gory in late May.

“Due to health re­stric­tions, the win­ners were an­nounced at a vir­tual pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony on June 17.

“Win­ning a Walk­ley is the pin­na­cle for any jour­nal­ist, so I was hon­oured just to be listed as a fi­nal­ist. To ac­tu­ally then win the award was hugely ex­cit­ing — even with­out the usual awards night glam­our.”

When news came through that the Bor­der Post would print its last edi­tion on Thurs­day, June 25, Mrs McEvoy was as dis­ap­pointed as any­one.

“I’m dev­as­tated to think that Stan­thorpe will soon be with­out a printed news­pa­per.

“The Bor­der Post has been a con­stant in my life — whether it was the ex­cite­ment of get­ting my photo in the pa­per as a kid, flick­ing through the pages to catch up on lo­cal news dur­ing uni hol­i­days or brows­ing the web­site to stay in­formed af­ter mov­ing in­ter­state.

“I re­ally feel that the Bor­der

Post has been vi­tal in fos­ter­ing a sense of com­mu­nity on the Gran­ite Belt, and I hope lo­cals will con­tinue to sup­port the mast­head through dig­i­tal sub­scrip­tions.”

Pic­ture: Con­trib­uted

PRIZE WIN­NER: Former Bor­der Post jour­nal­ist Ella McEvoy (nee Archibald-Binge) has just won the Young Walk­ley award.

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