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2001 Consensus IT Writers Awards

This page contains the complete record of the 2001 Consensus IT Writer Awards. Below you will find details of the gala dinner where the Awards were announced, the list of winners and finalists, the supporters and sponsors, a complete list of Award categories and index to all entries and links to the submitted article and the names of the advisory committee and judges who took part.

Congratulations to all finalists and winners of the seventh annual Consensus IT Writers Awards announced and presented on Wednesday 7 March 2001 at the Merchant Court Hotel SYDNEY. See event photo's for more images from the night. 

From over 150 entries the judging panel selected twenty one entries as finalists. All of the original entries are reproduced on this web-site and will remain in place until the 2002 'call for entries' in November.

In addition to the winners listed below the judges have inaugurated the Kester Cranswick Life Time Achievement Award, which has appropriately been awarded posthumously to Kester himself in recognition of his high standard of journalism and esteem that he was held by his peers. 

Thank you to our judges, the advisory committee, the Australian Computer Society and Sun Microsystems for their the respective endorsement and sponsorship. We hope everyone who entered the competition, attended the dinner or has visited this web-site during the competition have not only enjoyed taking part, but will also recognize and value the importance of maintaining and improving standards of journalism.

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Consensus IT Writers Awards
Finalists' and Winners 2001

Most Controversial

Cameron Tomes
Judgement day (99) 

WINNER 2001

David Richards
Editorial ego sinks Packer's IT site (19)

FINALIST 2001

Most Entertaining 

Kerrie Murphy
Don't call Bill Gates stupid, baby (16)

WINNER 2001

Garth Montgomery
Happiness is a warm Macworld (20)

FINALIST 2001

Paul Zucker
Tiger, tell that woman she's using too much starch (135)

FINALIST 2001

Best Feature

Deanne McIntosh
Online fares: hot prices or hot air? (63)

WINNER 2001

Josh Gliddon
Bits and pieces (127)

FINALIST 2001

Best Investigative 

Michael Sainsbury
Telstra's back end blues (21) 

WINNER 2001

Aldis Ozols
Hackers exposed (61)

FINALIST 2001

Cass Warneminde
Victorian Police call in IT cops
(77)

FINALIST 2001

Best Technical

Shaun Flint
How well do you graph? (79)

WINNER 2001

Darren Yates
1.5GHz Pentium 4 vs 1.2GHz DDR Athlon (15)

FINALIST 2001

Best Headline

Stuart Kennedy
Sun farts, satellites wobble (85)
http://www.itnews.com.au/story.cfm?ID=2033 

WINNER 2001

Aidan Ormond
Floppy disk drives into Sunset (63)
Hardcopy supplied.

FINALIST 2001

Best Editor

Mark Jones 
Australian Reseller News 

WINNER 2001

Amanda Conroy 
PC World 

FINALIST 2001

James Riley
Australian Information Week

FINALIST 2001

Cameron Tomes
Asia Pacific Banking Technology

FINALIST 2001

Best Web-site ARNnet Logo

WINNER 2001

PC World

FINALIST 2001

FINALIST 2001

About the Awards

Now in its fifth year (2001) the Australian Information Technology Writers Awards, now re-named as the Consensus IT Writers Awards, aim is to improve the quality of journalism in mainstream and industry publications. The Awards are structured to reflect both the individual excellence of journalists, and also reward consistency in publication values for titles. The Awards also provide an interface for journalists with respected industry figures enabling better understanding and dialogue between practitioners and journalists.

We thank the Australian Computer Society and Sun Microsystems for their support in 2001.

Consensus IT Writers Awards

Supporters and Sponsors

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Scroll down or click on a category below to review the entries for each topic. Clicking on the title of the work will link to the text of the article or the link/contact details if the subject is best viewed elsewhere. Contact details for those taking part are also included.

Consensus IT Writers Awards
Award Categories

Most Controversial Writer

Most Entertaining Writer

Best Feature Writer

Best Investigative Writer

Best Technical Writer

Best By-line/headline

Best Editor

Best IT Web-site

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Journalists Choice

 


Most Controversial Writer

Journalist

Title of work

Rob Irwin

www.robirwin.isnotfair (107)

Byron Kaye

Porn a "winning hand" (75)

Rachel Lebihan

Online medicine a legal nightmare  (71)

Banks herd customers online with higher branch fees (73)

Megan McAuliffe

South Australian government censors the Net (74)

Scott Mendham

Risky business - Drug cheats (54)*

Selina Mitchell

Delays risk $2.6bn spectrum sell off (02)

Airwave sale nets bonanza - New economy pays $1.3bn (03)

PM hints at USO to soothe CDMA rage (04)

David Richards

Editorial ego sinks Packer's IT site (19)

Cameron Tomes

Dawn of a new fear (95)

Great expectations (97)

Judgement day (99)

Bigger fish to fry (104)

Cass Warneminde

Union slams air traffic computers (72)

Paul Zucker

Only when I cough (41)

Too Much Information (131)

My email address is 1526GHTY09876QOOT (132)

Charity begins @home (134)

 


Most Entertaining Writer

Journalist

Title of work

Ed Dawson

Diablo 2 Review (85)

Homeworld: Cataclysm Review (86)

Grand Prix 3 Review (87)

Megan McAuliffe

Will the real Bill Gates please stand up? (83)

Scott Mendham

Mutual appreciation: Cybersex (35)*

Selina Mitchell

Alston's broad spectrum protection (09)

Garth Montgomery

Happiness is a warm Macworld (20)

Kerrie Murphy

Don't call Bill Gates stupid, baby (16)

Cameron Tomes

Bob's legacy lives on (44)

Tender twists and turns (47)

When waiting becomes a pain (100)

What price good advice (101)

Cass Warneminde

Olympic cheers (84)

Paul Zucker

'What happened in Y2K?' (12)

Tiger, tell that woman she's using too much starch (135)

 


Best Feature Writer

Journalist

Title of work

Mark Abernethy

Dot communism (120)

The digital underground (121)*

The alchemists (122)*

David Braue

Like bees to the honey (08)

Why you should filter users' email (43)

Helen Dancer

Living dolls (114) 

A view from up high (115)

No privacy, Scott's honour (116)

Josh Gliddon

Goodnight's dream (112)

A byte worse than it's bark (123)

The sound barrier (124)

True blue (125)

Click go the bids (126)

Bits and pieces (127)

The be's knees (128)

Conditions Apply (129)

Their numbers up (130)

Helen Han

Customer vital signs (14)

Ashley Hay

I, Robot (118)*

Stuart Kennedy

Space launch long shots (01)

Josh Mehlman

The quirky and the dead (119)*

Scott Mendham

Beyond Napster (51)*

Search engine secrets (53)*

Deanne McIntosh

Online fares: hot prices or hot air? (63)

Broadband special: Your complete guide to fast web access (64)

Selina Mitchell

Shrinking silicon (11)

On the e-hustings (19)

Battle for the box (22)

Bush telegraph (23)

James Riley

Industry looks to get hacked to bits (36)

Cameron Tomes

The right stuff (45)

Big game hunters (46)

Onwards and upwards (48)

Helping hand (49)

No regrets (50)

Onwards and upwards (90)

Changing channels (91)

Journey of a lifetime (92)

Culture clash (93)

Dabbling in denial (94)

Decisions, decisions (96)

Image is everything (98)

Hold me close or let me go (102)

When the chips are down (103)

Keith Power

The no frills way (65)

Test drive (66)

Michael Sainsbury and
Benjamin Woodhead

Solution 6: Does it add up? (39)

Stephen Withers

State of the ark (105)

Ben Woodhead

Federal outsourcing - How Canberra stuffed up (34)

Durelle Zucker

Why call centres are now contact centres (42)*

 


Best Investigative Writer

Journalist

Title of work

David Braue

Customers on the line: Call wait times and your bottom line (37)

Trouble brews in paradise for ISP franchise holders (07)

Byron Kaye

Telstra cable sliced (76)

Rachel Lebihan

Olympic scalpers (78)

Kids selling porn (79)

Megan McAuliffe

Triple J live and well (80)

HP Slammed by ex-employee (81)

Aussie financial companies fake credit card security (82)

Scott Mendham

Risky business - Drug cheats (55)*

Selina Mitchell

Fahey's IT agent stripped of power (10)

Michael Sainsbury

Telstra's back end blues (21)

Aldis Ozols

Hackers exposed (61)

Cass Warneminde

Victorian Police call in IT cops (77)

 


Best Technical Writer

Journalist

Title of work

David Braue

Walking on Webs (38)

Light-speed WAN's (06)

Ed Dawson

3D Blaster (70)

Shaun Flint

How well do you graph? (79)*

Ann-Maree Moodie

Case Studies/Sanitarium and Ansett Australia (117)

Documents on Veritas web-site as PDF's

Aldis Ozols

Speed Kings (60)

Elias Plastiras

Take the Next Speed Step (62)*

Keith Power

Inside Waynet (67)

Knowledge capture (68)

Darren Yates

1.5GHz Pentium 4 vs 1.2GHz DDR Athlon (15)

 


Best By-line/headline

Journalist

Title of work

Stuart Kennedy

Sun farts, satellites wobble (85)
http://www.itnews.com.au/story.cfm?ID=2033 

Buy.com sniffs Harris Technology's back end (86)
http://www.itnews.com.au/story.cfm?ID=2253 

Why Ingram is still micro  (33)*

Scott Mendham

Cyberdildonics - What's the buzz? (52)*

Aidan Ormond

Floppy Disk Drive Into Sunset

20 November 2000

Storm in a ITeacup

6 November 2000

The Grapes of Froth

October 2000Various (17)*

Paul Zucker

Is Microsoft the antichrist or just a naughty boy (40)*

ISkrang fruggle ding (109)*

The solution is, don't tell the cows (110)*

. _ _ . . . _ . _ . . . . . . . . _ . . . . . _ _ _ 
(Morse code for Paul is a ham)
(111)*

 


Best Editor

Editor

Publication

Byron Connolly

Amanda Conroy

PC World

Helen Dancer

eBulletin

Rob Irwin

Mark Jones

Australian Reseller News

Stuart Kennedy

Garth Montgomery

James Riley

Cameron Tomes

Asia Pacific Banking Technology

Ben Woodhead


For VAR Business

 


Best Web-site

ARNnet Logo 

 

 

LinuxWorld 

PC User

for 'Help Station' 

PC User Help Station

PC World 

 

 


Lifetime Achievement Award

Journalist

Title of work

Stuart Kennedy

 

Kester Cranswick

 

 


The Journalists Choice

Journalist

Title of work

Luke Chambers

From Touchtone to Voice  (05)

Garth Montgomery

Noose tightens at News Interactive (32)

Consensus thank the Advisory Committee for their contribution to the new look Consensus IT Writers Awards.

Consensus IT Writers Awards

Advisory Committee

Name

Position

Phil Argy

Immediate Past Chairman, NSW Branch, Australian Computer Society (ACS)

Kate Caruthers

Business Solutions Leader,
GE Mortgage Insurance Services

Alistair Gordon

Managing Director, Strategic Publishing Pty. Ltd.

Alan Manly

Managing Director, Group Colleges Pty. Ltd.

Jonar Nader

Managing Director, Logictivity Pty. Ltd.

Steve Townsend

Managing Director, Recognition Public Relations Pty. Ltd.

Consensus IT Writers Awards
Judges' 2001

Phil Argy

Bhupendra Mistry
Kate Caruthers Jonar Nader
John Costello John Ridge
Mark Hollands Steve Townsend
Alan Manly Nikki Waters 

End of Lists 

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