Finalist for Microsoft IT Journalism Awards of 2010

I’m a finalist at the ninth annual Microsoft IT Journalism Awards of 2010 – also known as the ‘Lizzies’ – under the category of ‘Best New Journalist’. Details below:

2010 Lizzies finalists announced

MediaConnect is proud to present the finalists in the individual categories for the Microsoft IT Journalism Awards for 2010. The winners will be anno unced on Friday April 8th at the Awards ceremony held at Doltone House, Sydney.

More than two hundred entries were received for the 9th Annual Awards, which will recognise excellence in technology media and journalism for the year of 2010.

Best New Journalist

Andrew McMillen
Ben Grubb
James Hutchinson
Josh Taylor
Lisa Banks
Luke Hopewell
Spandas Lui

For the full list of nominees, visit the Lizzies website.

This nomination is a result of my coverage of the Australian games industry for IGN Australia. Key stories include:

Krome Studios: Things Fall Apart, November 2010

It’s the question that’s been reverberating around the corridors of the Australian game industry for three weeks: what causes Australia’s largest video game development studio to close its doors? Andrew McMillen investigates, and discovers that Krome’s current situation isn’t as clear-cut as first reported.

Australian Games Education: A 2010 Report Card, December 2010

Do you want to work in the games industry? The good news is that over two dozen education institutions across Australia offer games-related degrees. But how valuable is having a degree? Are they keeping up with the changing face of development in Australia? And with so many studio closures how many jobs are there anyway? IGN AU finds out…

A Matter Of Size: The State of Triple-A Game Development in Australia, February 2011

IGN AU looks at whether the Aussie scene can still support big studios… and whether it should even want to.

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