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Singer, Jill (c. 1957 - 2107)

Born
c. 1957
Korumburra, Victoria, Australia
Died
8 Jun 2107
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Journalist, Print Journalist, Radio Journalist and Television Journalist
Website
http://www.icmi.com.au/Speaker/MCs_Facilitators/Jill_Singer/Biography

Summary

A journalist with extensive experience in the print and electronic media Jill Singer has worked at all levels behind and in front of the camera and microphone across Australia for both commercial and public broadcasters. Jill has produced and presented radio programs from remote rural locations, and designed, produced and presented national television news and current affairs programs. As well as winning awards for television broadcasts on architectural and medical issues, Jill won the Walkley award in 1992 for best television investigative journalist and the Quill award for best television current affairs report in 1999.

Details

Jill Singer won the 1992 Walkley Award for best television investigative journalist for the story called 'Baby M'. The story took six weeks to prepare and was described by the judges as 'an outstanding report which invesitgated the circmstances surrounding very emotional issues - the death of a severely abnormal baby'.

It was a story of national significance because it hinged on fundamental inadequacies in Australian law regarding the rights and obligations of doctors and parents in relation to the treatment of very disabled or sick newborn babies.

In the course of producing the story, Singer negotiated exclusive access to doctors, specialists, Right to Life advocates and 'Baby M's' parents.

As a direct result of the story, the Victorian Law reform Commisssion drew up guidelines for parents and doctors so that the trauma endured by 'Baby M's' parents would never be repeated.

Events

1984 -
Career in journalism active
1992
Walkley Award (Gold Walkley) - Gold Award - Best Piece of Journalism, 'Baby M', Australian Broadcasting Corporation
1992
Walkley Award (Television) - Best Investigative Report (Television), 'Baby M', Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Sources used to compile this entry: Carmody, Broede and Lallo, Michael, 'Inspiring' reporter and journalism educator Jill Singer dead at 60, The Age, 8 June 2017, http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/inspiring-reporter-and-journalism-educator-jill-singer-dead-at-60-20170608-gwmxi9.html; Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (Australia) - records of the W.G. Walkley Awards, 1956 - 1999, 1956 - 1999, MLMSS 6898; Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (Australia); Australian Journalists' Association; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales; http://www.walkleys.com/winners/database.html.

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Archival resources

Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales

  • Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (Australia) - records of the W.G. Walkley Awards, 1956 - 1999, 1956 - 1999, MLMSS 6898; Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (Australia); Australian Journalists' Association; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

Nikki Henningham

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