Entries officially open for the 2020 NRMA Kennedy Awards for Excellence in Journalism

In a historic news year the Kennedy Foundation is calling for entries in the 2020 NRMA Kennedy Awards for Excellence in Journalism.

Now in their 9th year, the NRMA Kennedy Awards are scheduled to be staged August 7 however, if necessary, a later date will be announced for the annual gala presentation at Royal Randwick depending on the timetable for lifting restrictions on social distancing.

Kennedy Foundation chairman Rocco Fazarri said last year’s record for entries looks set to be broken after one of the biggest news years in living memory.

“The outstanding panel of Kennedy Awards judges is looking forward to selecting the best of the best after a year dominated by catastrophic bushfires and the global COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Fazarri said

“Once again Australian journalists have proven they lead the world with quality coverage of major stories and the NRMA Kennedy Awards will be showcasing the talents of our most outstanding colleagues.”

The awards include the richest prize in Australian Journalism – the $25,000 Kennedy Award for Journalist of the Year. The Kennedy Awards continue to have the generous support of the NRMA in the year of its 100th anniversary. The NRMA has partnered the Kennedy Awards since the inaugural event in 2012, sponsoring the Outstanding Political Reporting Award for two years before taking up an historic naming rights sponsorship in 2014.

Mr Fazzari said the foundation was honoured to receive the NRMA’s ongoing strong commitment. “The NRMA’s unwavering support of our Awards has enabled us to go from strength to strength since the first Kennedy’s in 2012,” Mr Fazarri said.

The entry fee for the awards is a tax-deductible donation of $50 to the Kennedy Foundation for each item of work broadcast or published between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. There is no limit to the number of entries if each is registered separately. Entry for every unrelated item of work or for a series of related stories (maximum of five) is covered by the $50 entry fee.

In the category of Outstanding Podcast an edited compilation of relevant material broadcast can be entered and should not exceed five minutes. For video entries we suggest you upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo, if there is not an existing link to the piece. Dropbox and High Tail can also be used to provide video files.

For Journalist of the Year, Best Columnist, Political Reporting, Young Journalist of the Year and Racing Writer you are able to enter a body of work up to a maximum of five pieces under a single $50 entry.

In the Young Journalist of the Year category entrants qualify if they are yet to turn 27 by June 30.

For all other entries competing against one’s self is allowed and an entry fee is applicable for each item of work submitted.

The annual NRMA Kennedy Awards are staged by the Kennedy Foundation, a registered charity supporting colleagues in hardship and promoting excellence in journalism. Entry registration and work from the current financial year are by close of business July 1.

Source: Kennedy Foundation


Sophie Monk beats iso boredom in hilarious new Jimmy Brings videos

When it comes to adding fun to isolation, Sophie Monk has it down to a knack which she demonstrates in a series of new promo videos from drinks delivery service Jimmy Brings.

In the first video, the Aussie starlet gets her limbs in a twist while trying the ‘Aussie pretzel’ yoga move, before opening the door for her wine delivery – stuck in the yoga pose, she’s forced to hold her ID between her toes.

“Jimmy Brings is the best invention since reality TV. When I’m in a rush after a long day on-set, it’s convenient having the drinks come to me. Jimmy is such a good guy, always on time!” she said.

In the second video, Sophie tries her hand at vegetable carving to recreate her dream guest Keanu Reeves, completing his look with a slab of red cabbage leaves, yellow squash and chilli – and then enjoying a pink gin cocktail with her finished work of art.

In the third video, she gets into DIY beauty grooming in preparation for an online date, and opens the door to her Jimmy Brings delivery with facial hair strips all over her face.

The videos are being launched today as part of a digital advertising and TV campaign to promote Jimmy Brings.

“It was a no-brainer for us to work with Sophie Monk on these videos – she’s cheeky, entertaining and delivers the goods, just like we do!” Jimmy Brings Head of Marketing, Jamie Gagliardi said.

Renowned for its carefully curated range of wine, beer and spirits, Jimmy Brings is Australia’s original on-demand drinks delivery service, bringing beverages to your doorstep in 30 minutes or less – in other words, faster than you can do the ‘Aussie Pretzel’, carve your dream movie star guest or get ready for an online date!

Jimmy Brings is now delivering to over 800 suburbs nationwide. To find out if Jimmy Brings to your suburb, head to JimmyBrings.com.au.

Source: Jimmy Brings


Sydney Seafood School Makes any Night Dinner Special

What’s for dinner this Friday night? The team at Sydney Seafood School, the cooking school at the iconic Sydney Fish Market, isn’t letting a virus get in the way of their mission to inspire everyone to eat well together. You might not be able to attend their fun hands-on cooking classes just now, but their presenters – including some of Sydney’s top chefs – have been inspiring Friday night dinners across the city for the past month.

SSS@Home is a ‘virtual cooking class’ with an instructional video, complete kit of fresh ingredients and step-by-step instructions for you to follow in your own kitchen. Whether the recipe is from a leading chef or the School’s collection of deliciously different favourites, each kit contains fresh Australian seafood from Sydney Fish Market along with top quality fruit and veg and premium pantry items.

Launched just 4 weeks ago, the initial offering was a fragrant Moroccan seafood and vegetable tagine with simple chermoula paste and spiced couscous. For Good Friday, SSS@Home guests prepared fregola risottata ai frutti di mare from Lucio Galletto of the iconic Lucio’s Italian Restaurant in Paddington. Next came sweet & sour barramundi from Mark Jensen, chef/co-owner of Sydney’s most popular Vietnamese restaurant, Red Lantern, followed by the Seafood School’s most popular class, Singapore Chilli Crab.

The Mother’s Day menu features a simple but delicious seafood barbecue (so Dad can get on the burners) with scallops and swordfish plus some great salsas, hummus and grilled bread. Alessandro Pavoni from Ormeggio at the Spit will be teaching SSS@Home guests to make the perfect risotto this month too.

Seafood School manager Roberta Muir and her team have been overwhelmed by the response: “It’s been really heart-warming!” she enthuses. “People have ordered multiple kits for friends and family and held Zoom dinner parties, others are ordering each week for their iso-date-nights and lots of people are sending kits to loved ones in self-isolation. I love how innovative people are being.”

She adds: “We’ve had wonderful feedback emails, often with photos and some even letting us know their wine matches! People are really embracing the opportunity to expand their culinary horizons and create a delicious meal together!”

There’s a new recipe each week, kits feed 2 people generously and are available on Fridays for collection from Sydney Fish Market or select Harris Farm stores (Drummoyne, Wetherill Park, Bondi Beach, Potts Point, Lindfield, St Ives, Manly) as well as delivery (for a fee) within 15km of Sydney Fish Market.

Source: Sydney Seafood School


Sofia Vergara supports Dolce&Gabbana’s AMORE for Scientific research

Dolce&Gabbana are working together with Humanitas University to strengthen their efforts toward scientific research benefitting global health.

To show their devotion to the cause, a new campaign is being launched that celebrates life and the beauty of Italy, starring actress Sofia Vergara, showcasing the iconic Devotion bag. A portion of proceeds from the sales of these bags through Dolce&Gabbana e-commerce will be donated to Humanitas University to aid their critical global health initiatives.

“The whole world and all of our lives will never be the same again. We truly hope that all of this will lead to a rebirth, and want to do our part so that all of us, especially future generations, can one day benefit from these fundamental scientific discoveries.” Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana

Vibrant, sensual, and elegant: the Dolce&Gabbana SS2020 Advertising Campaign enchants viewers by conjuring up the glamour and radiance of the iconic Italian seaside. Its natural splendor is enhanced by the beautiful Sofia Vergara, who lounges in a classic Dolce&Gabbana dress while clutching her Devotion bag.

Captured by photographer Branislav Simoncik in Portofino and centred on the iconic Devotion Bag, the images transport the mind and heart to the rocks of the Ligurian country, bringing to life the memory of a sunny summer day in the Bel Paese.

Sofia Vergara lounges beside the bright blue Mediterranean sea, surrounded by lush local flowers, creating a living painting of Italian vibrancy. The beauty of the scene is further enhanced by the elegance of the Devotion bag.

“Sofia Vergara perfectly embodies the Dolce&Gabbana woman: beautiful, sunny and feminine. The shots of the new ADV Campaign are illuminated by her smile and energy!” Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana.

Source: Dolce&Gabbana


Foxtel news as SBS On Demand lands on iQ3 and iQ4

Foxtel has announced that the SBS On Demand app is available to its customers with the iQ3 or iQ4 set top box. The move broadens Foxtel’s already significant streaming footprint and means customers now have access to content from three of Australia’s most popular streaming providers: Netflix*, ABC and SBS.

The arrival of SBS On Demand brings a host of streamed content including SBS-produced news, documentaries and entertainment as well as curated international drama and movies.

This includes complete seasons of shows such as Years and Years (season 1); The Handmaid’s Tale (season 3); The Young Pope (season 1) and The New Pope (season 1); On Becoming A God In Central Florida (season 1) and SBS’s award-winning local drama, The Hunting (season 1). SBS On Demand also offers complete box sets of fan favourites such as The Bridge (seasons 1-4); New Girl (seasons 1-7); The X-Files (seasons 1-11); Harlots (season 1-3); You’re The Worst (seasons 1-4) and Borgen (season 1-4).

Foxtel’s Chief Product and Strategy Officer Alice Mascia said: “We are pleased to add the incredibly popular SBS On Demand app to our iQ3s and iQ4s providing customers an even broader range of content directly on their Foxtel set top boxes while also giving SBS access to an highly engaged TV audience.

“The addition of SBS On Demand comes at particularly relevant time for customers as they settle in at home supporting social distancing measures. Since its launch last year, feedback from customers on the New Foxtel Experience has been exceptionally positive with more than one million homes now experiencing the best of TV and on demand all in one place.”

SBS On Demand General Manager Chris Tangye said: “SBS On Demand is home to some of the world’s best and most distinctive programming, providing a truly unique collection of content for Australians. With everything from culinary adventures, global cinema, compelling drama, thought provoking documentaries and trusted news and current affairs. There couldn’t be a better time to be bringing this to more audiences through Foxtel iQ3 and iQ4 as we all look for opportunities to escape and be entertained, as well as informed.”

“Foxtel audiences will also be able to access SBS On Demand’s extensive multilingual offering, including many locally-made programs available with subtitles through our Arabic and Chinese Collections.”

SBS On Demand will begin arriving for iQ3 and iQ4 customers from tomorrow morning and will download automatically to set top boxes putting its content, along with Netflix, ABC iview and Foxtel’s own live and on demand programming, at customers’ fingertips.

Source: Foxtel