Positive focus on young leaders
Geraldton Guardian reporter Letitia Busniak has won the Charmaine Dragun Memorial Award for her report on millennials defying stereotypes.
The award, named after late Channel 10 anchor Charmaine Dragun, recognises balanced reporting on young people by young people.
Busniak spoke to four local women aged under 23 who had recently started businesses.
“One has a dance studio, one has a clothes shop in the CBD and there are two with their own make-up and beauty parlours,” Busniak said. “They’re just all really ambitious.
“Sometimes young people get a bad rap and I think it’s important for us to show the positive achievements of what’s going to be the future of our State.
“It’s something that could inspire other young people and other women in particular to get into the business sector and start their own business — and it shows you can do it.”
Busniak has been reporting for the Guardian for five years.
She said she was proud to win an award in honour of Ms Dragun, who took her own life in 2007.
“Charmaine was obviously an amazing reporter,” she said. “I got to meet her parents as well who were really beautiful. It’s fantastic that they support the awards.”