The Recorder’s senior journalist, Greg Mayfield, has been honoured with a state award from the Victim Support Service for his work in the campaign against domestic violence.
Mayfield was named Victim Worker of the Year (Professional) at the service’s annual general meeting at its offices in Adelaide on Monday.
The service’s acting chief executive, Jodie Sloan, said Mayfield had a strong connection with the campaign, provided coverage of White Ribbon Day and, using high ethical standards, interviewed victims of domestic violence and reported on their plight.
About 60 people at the meeting watched a video originally organised by Mayfield to promote the inaugural White Ribbon Trophy football match between Port and Solomontown at Memorial Oval last year.
Mayfield thanked local area co-ordinator with the service Jenny Lewis, who he described as an old school friend, and MAV Media’s Kim Mavromatis who created the video. He also thanked Port Pirie Regional Council chief executive officer Andrew Johnson and Recorder editor Dylan Smith.
The video featured interviews with then Spencer Gulf League president Ken Jeffrey, the Bulldogs’ Greg Phillips and the Cats’ Zak Siemer.
It featured on Southern Cross Television and Fairfax Media websites around the state.
Mayfield said that when Ms Sloan had phoned him the week before about the award, he was preparing to take notes about someone else winning it.
“I was absolutely thrilled to be named as the recipient and it highlights just how strong the role of media is in the work of the service and the battle against domestic violence,” he told the audience.
“There is something about journalism where you get up close and personal to gain a unique view of society.
“My role developed with the support of Ms Lewis, of the service’s local office, and my wife Ros who sits on the Family Safety Meetings that involve the service.
“I encourage workers in the field to contact their local media to get them involved – you will find them sympathetic to the cause and highly professional.
“We have come a long way with the portrayal of domestic violence on our television screens, radio airwaves and in our newspapers, but still more can be done.
“On behalf of the media, I thank you all for your untiring efforts.”