Huge congratulations to Indian Link contributor Tia Singh who took the Young Journalist of the Year honour at the prestigious NSW Premier’s Multicultural Media Awards 2017.
Tia received the award at the hands of Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams at a ceremony on 30 August.
Tia’s work at Indian Link has straddled many genres: literature, Sikh history, entertainment. Yet, it was her work on gender equality and domestic violence that stood out this past year.
As the community reeled under the shock news of yet another case of horrific domestic abuse – this time in a high-profile Sydney family – Tia vented her frustration in a piece that was widely read and shared (http://www.indianlink.com.au/an-open-letter-to-my-fellow-indian-australian-youth-on-violence-against-women/)
Her work reflects the need for diverse voices to be heard in our media landscape, just as much as it does for community youth to tell their stories – whether they are of dancing the bhangra in gay abandon, or angsting about growing up “different”, or even calling out the idiots amongst us who openly treat women as less than equals.
“My connection with Indian Link has reiterated my flair for writing and voice the issues of my demographic,” Tia observed.
Tia, 24, began her association with Indian Link in 2015. Her first appearance on our pages, though, was way back in 2010, and on our cover, no less. It is an edition that her mum has preserved carefully, even displaying it at the family home’s formal room. (Tia was one of the HSC high achievers we profiled that year.)
It is quite clear that family support has been a huge deal for this up and coming youngster.
“I owe a lot to my mum; her belief in me has been unwavering,” she said. “But I dedicate my award to my grandad, my Nanu, who we lost six months ago. As a lover of the arts – he was a poet and a photographer – he encouraged my creative endeavours ever since I was a child, especially to write. He kept cutouts of every single article of mine. I wish he was here to see me win the award.”
Congratulating her, CEO Pawan Luthra said, “Tia’s knack for finding leads and seeing them through to conclusion is commendable. She has also impressed with her infectious enthusiasm, good-natured vivacity and ready smile. I congratulate her on behalf of the Indian Link family and wish her all the best.”
At Indian Link, we are proud to be able to provide a platform for emerging talent. This latest award marks our third for young journalists, following Ritam Mitra (2014) and Namita Gohil (2016).
It also boosts Indian Link’s reputation of being Australia’s most awarded multicultural media group, taking the group’s tally of multicultural media awards to 21.
Read some of Tia’s pieces here: