Young Albany Advertiser reporter Sarah Makse named best new entrant at WA Rural Media Awards

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Advertiser reporter Sarah Makse was named best new entrant at the 2021 WA Rural Media Awards.
Camera IconAdvertiser reporter Sarah Makse was named best new entrant at the 2021 WA Rural Media Awards.

Albany Advertiser reporter Sarah Makse has shared the title of best new entrant at the Rural Media Association of WA Awards.

Makse, who joined the Advertiser in March last year, was praised for “excellent news values and news-writing skills” at the RMA WA awards ceremony in Perth on July 23.

She was judged on three separate pieces of work published in the Advertiser in the past year.

In August, Makse reported on the backlash from local commercial fishers who said they were “blindsided” by the State Government’s announcement of a vast aquaculture zone off Albany.

Her story on the City of Albany’s dual-naming initiative in December explored one of Australia’s biggest Indigenous recognition projects of its kind.

And her coverage of Albany’s rental crisis, which headlined the April 8 edition of the Advertiser, earned a special mention from the RMA WA judges.

“Of particular note was Sarah’s story about Albany’s rent crisis which featured compelling depictions of the plight of six affected families, as well as multiple other interviews with authoritative sources and thorough background research,” they said.

Makse was the co-winner of the best new entrant award with ABC Rural reporter James Liveris.

“The judging panel couldn’t separate this pair ... Sarah and James are equally adept at telling complex storiesin an engaging and responsible way,” the judges said.

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