25 March 2004

Intrepid Tuffin: Award for fierce commitment to getting the news ...

Linday Tuffin, intrepid journo behind the online newspaper, The Tasmanian Times, has been awarded this year's Keith Welsh Award for Outstanding Contribution to Journalism. Belated congrats, Lindsay!

Lindsay received a Peer Nomination for the Keith Welsh Award for his creation of the Tasmanian Times website. The Peer nomination said: “Since its first issue in October 2002, tasmaniantimes.com has tackled significant issues including forestry, gambling, refugees, war and more - aiming to fill in the gaps left by the general media. The e-newspaper has also spurred the general media to follow its lead on a number of stories, be they news or features. It has become a source of information for journalists - and those in powerful positions. It has also become a source of inspiration for journalists'.

The Award is given "…in recognition of contribution and commitment to Tasmanian Journalism, and of consistently good journalism, achievement and outstanding leadership demonstrated throughout the year in any medium".

The judges of the Award consider factors including: "…journalistic excellence, courage and creativity as well as the entrant’s contribution to the promotion of the professional interests of journalists within the industry and in the broader community".

In making the Keith Welsh Award to Lindsay Tuffin, the judges stated that:
"Lindsay has made an outstanding contribution to Tasmanian journalism over many years - most recently as editor of the Sunday Tasmanian and sub-editor at The Mercury. He is renowned among his colleagues for his fierce commitment to “getting the news”, “telling the story” and giving people “a good read” and for his encouragement and support for younger colleagues.

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