Last updated 13 April 2018
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Seven News takes gold on the world stage for excellence in journalism

Seven's News and Public Affairs team has been recognised with two awards at this year's esteemed New York Festivals International TV and Film Awards.

Seven News earned the Gold World Medal for Coverage of a Breaking News Story for its broadcast of the shooting massacre at the Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Hotel in October last year, the deadliest mass shooting committed by an individual in the United States.

Seven News US Correspondent Ashlee Mullany and cameraman Duncan McLeod were staying inside the hotel, five floors below the shooter, and woke to the sound of rapid gunfire. Both gathered the little equipment they could, raced outside and within minutes were live to air via a mobile phone link. They then broadcast for some 48 hours after the shooting.

Craig McPherson, Seven’s Director of News and Public Affairs, said: “Under enormous uncertainty and pressure Ashlee and Duncan produced extraordinary storytelling as this tragic event was unfolding around them. The mayhem and fear was there for all to see. On a terrible night they accurately brought home to Australia what they were witnessing. For days leading the coverage. The award is great recognition of their commitment to their craft and our audience.”

Sunday Night, Australia’s Number 1 Public Affairs program was awarded a Silver World Medal in the Special Report category for The Wall of the Wild West.

The major investigation saw Seven’s US Bureau Chief Mike Amor and cameraman Duncan McLeod travel to the US border with Mexico to investigate Donald Trump’s rallying cry to “Build the wall”.

The New York Festival’s World’s Best TV & Films awards honour programming across all lengths and forms from more than 50 countries.

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