An Australia-based Filipino journalist was recognized for her coverage of a Filipina nurse's fight to stay in Australia together with her autistic son.
Violi Calvert, community blog editor of The Filipino Australian (TFA), won the award for Coverage of Community Affairs of the 2015 Multicultural & Indigenous Media Awards (MIMA), marking the third time the TFA won an award from MIMA.
Calvert's story focused on the struggles of nurse Maria Sevilla to stay in Australia with her son Tyrone, who has autism.
Sevilla and her son were eventually granted permanent visas after more than 120,000 signed a petition asking Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to allow them to remain in the country.
The TFA won the Inaugural Award for Coverage of Community Affairs in Australia in 2012, while publisher and photographer Romy Cayabyab won the Photographer of the Year award in 2014 for his “Walk for Respect” photos.
MIMA, now on its fourth year, is a project of the New South Wales parliament. The award was presented in a ceremony at the NSW Parliament House attended by dignitaries, and representatives and officials from the government, academe, business, and media. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News