Radio National




Young Journalist of the Year Awards
Radio/audio journalism

John Connell is an award winning Irish born journalist, author and filmmaker. He is a former honorary research fellow with the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism, an author and playwright. He has spent the past two years working on his debut novel, The Ghost Estate, on the collapse of Celtic Tiger Ireland, to be published by Picador in 2015. His most recent web documentary China to Australia has just launched with SBS online. He is currently a regular contributor to the Journal of Foreign Affairs in the US. He also worked with Paul Farrell and Radio National staff on the production of Whatever happened to OV78?

Judges’ comments:

“The weaving together of powerful interviews, sculpted soundscapes and in-depth research, demonstrates a creative engagement with the parameters of this medium. What ever happened to OV78? is a finely-crafted and insightful piece of radio – a powerful and timely contribution to the refugee debate in this country.”