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Cite as: December 2011 85(12) LIJ, p.18

The LIJ was recently awarded a top gong in the 2011 Older People Speak Out (OPSO) Media Awards.

The journal was recognised in the Print – Best article in a magazine category for “A fortunate life”, which appeared in the September 2011 LIJ.

The article, written by LIJ journalist Jason Gregory, told the story of Gordon Franklin who was born on the Nullarbor, fought in Vietnam and is now a La Trobe University law student mentoring a growing number of younger students.

In the article, County Court of Victoria Judge David Parsons described Mr Franklin as an “Indigenous AB Facey”.

The prestigious national OPSO awards, which attracted more than 1500 entries, were handed out during a special ceremony held in Queensland’s Parliament House on 26 October.

LIJ managing editor Mick Paskos congratulated Mr Gregory on his excellent work.

“The article combined a legal focus with a social conscience and was extremely well written.”

The aim of the OPSO Media Awards is to alter the public perception of ageing from negative stereotypes by reflecting older people as positive, active, stimulating, experienced and valuable members of society.

The awards, first held in 1993, also aim to seriously look at the realities and issues facing the over 50s.

A broad range of media outlets took out other categories, including the Australian Financial Review, Courier-Mail, Herald Sun, ABC Radio and TV, Sunday Telegraph (UK), Ten News and the 7pm Project.

In recent times the LIJ also received awards from both the disabilities sector and media industry for its ground- breaking coverage of lawyers with disabilities.

The cutting-edge May 2010 edition of the LIJ, featuring a Braille cover, won the TAC Yooralla Media Award for best print news feature for Mr Gregory’s report “Lawyers with disabilities: ready, willing and able”.

It also collected a Publishers Australia (PA) Excellence Award 2010 for business to business magazine cover of the year.

To read “A fortunate life”, visit


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