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National Features & Documentary Series doco up for QLD major journalism award

Helen Henry, 18th August 2015

Congratulations to 4ZZZ's Saskia Edwards on being named a finalist in the QLD MEAA Clarion Award for the best Current Affairs, Feature Documentary or Special for Radio.

The Clarion Awards are Queensland's major awards for journalistic excellence, administered by the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA).

Edwards' nominated work, Special K - Hope In A Horse Tranquiliser, is a documentary on Ketamine and was produced for the CBAA's National Features and Documentary Series in 2014. You can find out more and listen to the documentary here.

All of us at the CBAA wish Saskia all the best at the gala presentation dinner on Saturday 29, August, where award winners will be announced.

The National Features and Documentary Series aims to encourage storytelling from new and emerging producers around Australia. All documentaries from 2014 are available here. This year's 12 documentaries are currently rolling in and we can't wait to share them with you soon.

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The program examines our relationship with the kangaroo and questions how our attitudes towards this native animal have shaped government policy, industry practices and media representation.


When I would ask people about ketamine, for those who knew about it, a few ideas were evoked: an animal sedative, a hallucinogenic party drug or an anaesthetic for children. But when I mentioned ketamine to people rarely did anyone think of it as a treatment for depression. However, right now in clinics across Australia ketamine is being developed as a way of tackling mental illness.


The 12 pieces made for the inaugural Documentary & Features Competition, run by the CBAA and the CMTO, are ready for airtime. These will be available to stations for local broadcast through the CRN programming service in October and November.