Journalism awards

Finalists for the 2022 Mid-Year Celebration of Journalism have been announced today.

Peer-judged and selected on the basis of journalistic excellence, the Mid-Year Celebration suite administered by the Walkley Foundation includes the John B Fairfax Family Young Australian Journalist of the Year Awards, June Andrews Award for Industrial Relations Reporting, June Andrews Award for Freelance Journalist of the Year, June Andrews Award for Women’s Leadership in Media, Our Watch Award, Media Diversity Australia Award, Humanitarian Storytelling Award, June Andrews Award for Arts Journalism and The Pascall Prize for Arts Criticism.

The John B Fairfax Family Young Australian Journalist of the Year Awards

These awards recognise the hard work of our most outstanding young Australian journalists. They reward the efforts of journalists aged 28 and under who demonstrate excellence in the fundamental tenets of the profession, as well as the ability to present distinctive and original journalism that pushes the boundaries of the craft.

The winner of each of the six categories below will be eligible for the overall Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Award. The ultimate winner will receive a two-week international trip to newsrooms (flights included) and a mentorship program to boost their career.

Shortform journalism

Longform feature or special

Coverage of community and regional affairs

Visual storytelling

Public service journalism

Student journalist of the year

June Andrews Award for Industrial Relations Reporting

June Andrews Award for Freelance Journalist of the Year

June Andrews Award for Women’s Leadership in Media

Our Watch Award

Administered by The Walkley Foundation

Humanitarian Storytelling Award

Media Diversity Australia Award

Arts Journalism

The following two awards recognise excellence in journalism about the creative arts, from the perspectives of both practitioners and critics. Through the generous support of the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and the Hantomeli Foundation, the winners of the June Andrews Award for Arts Journalism and The Pascall Prize for Arts Criticism will each receive $5000 in prize money.

June Andrews Award for Arts Journalism

The Pascall Prize for Arts Criticism

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2022 Tasmanian Media Awards

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ABC’s Emily Baker named Tasmanian Journalist of the Year


The ABC’s Emily Baker has been named Tasmanian Journalist of the Year and won two other awards at the State’s annual media awards.

Baker also took Best News Story for “‘I’m real see’: The Adam Brooks saga” and won in the Comment and Analysis category.

The judges said Baker was the clear winner of the 2022 award.

“Emily broke exclusive stories and showed great bravery in bringing them to light and pursuing them, despite considerable pressure from both the Government and Opposition,” the judges said.

“She explained the significance of her stories, bringing them into context for a much wider audience. She was able to gain the trust of people to allow her to tell their stories.

“Emily’s stories were original, impactful and had far greater reach than just the Tasmanian market.”

The ABC had 20 finalists in 11 categories for the annual awards, including a clean sweep in three categories, for Journalist of the Year, Health reporting and Science, Technology and Environment.

Our other award winners were April McLennan , who was named Best New Journalist, Luke Bowden (Best News Image), Ellen Coulter (Science, Technology and Environment), Lachlan Bennett (Health Reporting) and Lucy Shannon (Feature, Documentary or Current Affairs).

Luke Bowden and Lucy Shannon were also finalists for Journalist of the Year.

Zoe Kean was named Best Freelance Journalist, including for work she did for ABC Everyday, ABC News and ABC Science.

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists.


ABC’s Nas Campanella named Confident Changemaker of the year

The ABC’s Nas Campanella has been named Disability Confident Changemaker of the year at the Australian Network on Disability’s inaugural Disability Confidence Awards.

The AND is an employer-led national not-for-profit that helps organisations engage with people with disability. Its awards, announced in Melbourne on Wednesday 8 June, celebrated the organisations and individuals who have shown commitment to disability confidence in 2022.

Campanella started her career at the ABC as a cadet journalist in Sydney in 2011 before working as a regional reporter in Bega, NSW. She then spent seven years working as a newsreader, reporter and senior producer for triple j and other ABC platforms.

In 2020 she was named the ABC’s first disability affairs reporter, covering issues relevant to the disability community. She has also undertaken projects with ABC International Development, running initiatives for people living with disability across the Pacific.

Accepting her award, Nas said “When I started at the ABC, I was one of the only people with a disability working, not only in news but across the broadcaster. And, although I was incredibly proud to be there, I knew that there was change that needed to occur.

I’m incredibly proud that now we not only have an (Employee Network Group) we have (employee representation targets) for people with disability.”

“My role is all about changing perception and making the lives of the 4.4 million with disability better. And that’s what drives me every day of my life.”

ABC Inclusive Chair Megan Spindler-Smith said: “Nas has been the driver behind increasing not only the visibility of people with disability at the ABC, but also creating a safe space for many of us — including myself — to share and speak openly about our lived experience of disability.

Her leadership and impact on our audiences and the future of inclusivity has created a path for many talented content makers with disability to be visible and succeed at the ABC and beyond. I know that ABC Inclusive would not exist without her and this award is beyond well deserved.”

The ABC is committed to fostering an inclusive organisation that represents the diversity of our audience. The ABC’s Diversity and Inclusion Plan 2019-22 provides a three-year strategic roadmap to help the ABC develop an inclusive culture throughout the Corporation and in our content and services.

2022 SA Media Awards Finalists

MEAA has announced the finalists for the 2022 SA Media Awards, showcasing the best of South Australian journalism in 2021. MEAA’s Regional Director for SA, Tiffany Venning, said it was a remarkable display of South Australian journalistic talent, and a comprehensive compilation of the state’s best work. “It is pleasing to see such a strong commitment to excellence in journalism as has been shown in the entry level to this year’s SA Media Awards,” Ms Venning said. “The rewards of making this incredibly competitive finalists list are only matched by the rich rewards we are all afforded by journalism of this depth and breadth.”

MEAA thanks all entrants and wishes the finalists the best of luck for the upcoming awards. The winners will be revealed at a cocktail event at The Gallery in Adelaide on Saturday, June 10. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite.

The SA Media Awards are an initiative of the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA) and are the pre-eminent Awards for journalists in South Australia. The Awards recognise and reward excellence and encourage professionalism through ethical reporting.

ABC’s Tracey Holmes wins AIPS Sports Media Award for The Ticket


ABC journalist Tracey Holmes has won first place in the Audio category at the prestigious AIPS Sport Media Awards 2021 in Doha for her life-changing reporting on Afghanistan’s women athletes for podcast The Ticket .

After the Allied forces withdrew from Kabul in August 2021 and it fell to the Taliban, Afghanistan’s women athletes were left in immediate danger. Their interviews and pleas for help on The Ticket prompted a group of Australians, led by former athletes, to mount a hugely difficult international rescue mission.

While still in hotel quarantine in Sydney after returning from the Tokyo Olympics Holmes followed the rescue mission through the night.

Listen to the podcast here: Afghanistan rescue mission, Australia steps up

As a result of The Ticket ‘s coverage, Afghanistan’s two Paralympic athletes were rescued and made it to Tokyo in time to compete.

Said the AIPS: “Holmes created not just a stunning audio piece for her podcast The Ticket , but also managed to set up the rescue mission that saved more than 100 Afghan athletes and their families from the Taliban regime, and she did it all while being in hotel quarantine after coming back from the Tokyo Olympics.”

Director, News Justin Stevens said: “This award is well-deserved international recognition of Tracey’s talent and dedication and, particularly, her expertise in the the area of sports reporting.

“Tracey is one of Australia’s finest and most accomplished journalists and what she achieved with this reporting is testament to that. It is simply a great piece of storytelling.”

Earlier this year Holmes became the first journalist to be awarded the International Olympic Committee’s Women and Sports Award for Oceania, recognising her contribution to reporting on women’s sport and mentorship for the next generation of women sports journalists.

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Emily Baker from the ABC was named the 2022 John B Fairfax Family Young Australian Journalist of the Year, as the Walkley Foundation honoured all the winners in the 2022 Mid-Year Celebration of Journalism in Sydney this evening.

Peer-judged and selected on the basis of journalistic excellence, the Mid-Year Celebration suite includes the John B Faifax Family Young Australian Journalist of the Year Awards, June Andrews Award for Industrial Relations Reporting, June Andrews Award for Freelance Journalist of the Year, June Andrews Award for Women’s Leadership in Media, Our Watch Award, Media Diversity Australia Award, Humanitarian Storytelling Award, June Andrews Award for Arts Journalism and The Pascall Prize for Arts Criticism.

Winners were also announced for the Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship with Nine, the WIN News Scholarship, the Walkley Young Indigenous Scholarship and the Sean Dorney Grant for Pacific Journalism.

Andrew Quilty has been announced as the winner of the 2022 Humanitarian Storytelling Award supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and administered by the Walkley Foundation.

Winner: Andrew Quilty , Harper’s Magazine , “When the Raids Came

ABC’s Emily Baker is Young Australian Journalist of the Year


ABC journalist Emily Baker from the Hobart newsroom has been named Young Journalist of the Year at the Walkley Foundation’s Mid-Year Celebration of Journalism, announced in Sydney last night.

Kate Ashton from ABC News Darwin won for Coverage of Community and Regional Affairs and Joey Watson for Longform Feature or Special.

Sally Sara and Victoria Pengilley were awarded the June Andrews Award for Women’s Leadership in Media for their series of ABC Radio reports on the Taliban’s resurgence in Afghanistan, “Taliban interview”, “Shukria Barakzai” and “Hasina Safi”.

Baker’s award was for her series of articles exposing the behaviour of Tasmanian politician Adam Brooks – a story that also won the Public Service category.

Baker said: “Regional journalism really matters. Tasmania doesn’t always get a lot of attention but things that happen in Tasmania really matter. The work that we do makes an impact.”

Last month Baker was also named Tasmanian Journalist of the Year for this reporting.

The Walkley Judging Board said Baker’s entry stood out among a strong field.

“Emily Baker’s extraordinary series of stories unearthed shocking revelations of harassment, deception and denial at the highest levels of Tasmanian politics,” they said.

“Her persistence in the face of attempts by political leaders to block her investigations with threats of defamation and to belittle her publicly, showed determination and dedication. These stories may never have come to light otherwise.

“The stories were powerful and impactful, they encouraged public debate about the conduct expected of our political representatives. And importantly they forced resignations and changed Tasmanian politics for the better.”

The full list of ABC winners:

The winners of the 2022 SA Media Awards were announced at a cocktail event in Adelaide on Saturday, June 25.

2022 SA Media Awards Winners

Commentary, Analysis, Opinion & Critique supported by the Judith Neilson Institute
● Tom Richardson, InDaily, “Politics and sport”

Best Rural/Regional Journalist supported by Stories Well Told
● Gabriella Marchant, ABC News, ABC Online and ABC Radio The World Today, “Body of work”

Coverage of Public Service Journalism supported by SACOSS
● Gabriella Marchant, ABC Online and ABC 7.30, “Rhys’s Final Wish”

Sports Journalism supported by Media Super
● Michael McGuire, The Advertiser, “This Sporting Life”

Investigative Journalism supported by Media Super
● Patrick Martin and Nicholas Harmsen, ABC, “SA Parliament’s expenses scandal continued”

Freelance Contribution supported by the Adelaide Economic Development Agency
● Daniel Clarke, Foxtel History Channel, Binge and SA Weekend, “Body of work”

Visual Storytelling supported by the Judith Neilson Institute
● Lincoln Rothall and Evelyn Leckie, ABC News, “A line in the Sand”

Best Radio News/Current Affairs or Feature Report supported by Media Super
● Sean Fewster and Daniel Panozzo, FIVEaa, “Just Lawful – The Hillier Triple Murders”

Best TV/Video News Report supported by Media Super
● Hannah Foord, 7NEWS Adelaide, “Port Hughes Murder”

Best TV Current Affairs or Feature supported by the Judith Neilson Institute
● Gabriella Marchant, ABC 7.30, “Rhys’s Final Wish TV”

Best Print/Text News Report supported by the University of South Australia
● Gabriella Marchant, ABC Online, “Rhys’s Final Wish Online”

Best News or Lifestyle Feature supported by the University of South Australia
● Gabriella Marchant, ABC Online, “Rhys’s Final Wish Online”

The Max Fatchen Award for Best Young Journalist supported by the Judith Neilson Institute
● Bec Whetham, ABC Landline and ABC Online, “Stories of hope”

Julie Duncan Memorial Award for Student Journalism supported by the University of South Australia
● Sarah Herrmann

Journalist of the Year supported by the University of South Australia
● Gabriella Marchant, ABC

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The Kennedy Awards announced its 2022 finalists this morning and launched a new logo as well.

The 2022 awards gala will be held at The Ballroom at Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse on Friday evening, August 12.

According to Nick Tabakoff in The Australian, Kennedy Awards organisers will ban speeches for all awards this year except for the four major categories on awards night this Friday: Journalist of the Year, Young Journalist of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award and the Cliff Neville Award for Outstanding Team Player. A spokeswoman for the awards claimed the move was about giving gathered journalists “more opportunity to talk”, as well as shortening a ceremony that had been previously been too long, and not about last year’s controversy in which Australian Financial Review’s Michael Roddan’s acceptance speech was cut short.

10’s Sarah Harris, Hugh Riminton and Lachlan Kennedy will host this year’s Kennedy Awards.

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Kennedy Award winners 2022


Nick McKenzie named Journalist of the Year as Nine’s Journalism recognised at the 2022 Kennedy Awards

Nick McKenzie named Journalist of the Year as Nine's Journalism recognised at the 2022 Kennedy Awards

Nine’s journalism was recognised at the prestigious 2022 Kennedy Awards last night, with Nick McKenzie named as Journalist of the Year for his series of investigations for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and 60 Minutes.

The awards were held last night with a gala dinner, with Nine winning eight awards across its publishing, television and digital divisions – and showcased the power of Nine’s cross-platform investigative reporting, with McKenzie also winning the Outstanding Finance Reporting category alongside 60 Minutes producer Joel Tozer, while Adele Ferguson and Tozer were awarded for Outstanding Consumer Affairs Reporting.

Tom Steinfort’s brave reporting and interview with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky earned him and the 60 Minutes team the award for Outstanding Foreign Correspondent, while Brooke Campbell from took out Outstanding Team Player or Mentor.

Rounding off the night of awards was the Herald’s Alexandra Smith and Lucy Cormack winning Outstanding Political Reporting, and Adele Ferguson collecting her second award for Outstanding Investigative Reporting.

Congratulations to all Nine’s journalists.

Nine’s full list of winners of the 2022 Kennedy Awards:

2022 Journalist of the Year – Nick McKenzie (60 Minutes/The Age/The Sydney Morning Herald)

Outstanding Finance Reporting – Joel Tozer and Nick McKenzie (60 Minutes)

The Jim Oram Award: Outstanding Feature Writing – Tim Elliott (Good Weekend)

The Tom Krause Award: Outstanding Foreign Correspondent – Tom Steinfort, Sheree Gibson, Laura Sparkes, Luke Wilson, Matthew Brown, Andrew Page and Renee Hudson (60 Minutes)

Outstanding Political Reporting – Lucy Cormack and Alex Smith (The Sydney Morning Herald)

Outstanding Consumer Affairs Reporting – Adele Ferguson and Joel Tozer (60 Minutes, The Sydney Morning Herald)

Outstanding Investigative Reporting – Adele Ferguson, Lauren Day and Klaus Toft (The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age & Four Corners)

The Cliff Neville Award for Outstanding Team Player or Mentor – Brooke Campbell (

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ABC winners and finalists honoured at NSW Kennedy Awards

ABC journalists and teams were honoured with major awards at the 2022 NSW Kennedy Awards, for regional broadcast journalism, radio journalism, portrait photography, nightly and long-form TV current affairs, court and legal affairs reporting and investigative reporting.

A joint team entry from ABC journalists on the north coast won for the ABC’s coverage of the extreme weather and floods that devastated northern NSW this year.

ABC Chief Photographer Brendan Esposito won the Outstanding Portrait Photography prize for his moving images of refugees fleeing Ukraine.

Two Four Corners reports were awarded: “Ghosts of Timor”, reported by Mark Willacy, which revealed allegations of misconduct during Australia’s 1999 East Timor intervention; and “Cosmetic Cowboys”, reported by Adele Ferguson, which exposed alarming practices in the cosmetic industry.

Other winning stories included 7.30‘s coverage of the the housing crisis by Ella Archibald-Binge and of the controversies surrounding former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, led by Paul Farrell and Alex McDonald.

Sally Sara and Victoria Pengilley received another award for their radio coverage of the fall of Kabul to the Taliban for RN Breakfast and The World Today.

Full list of ABC winners and finalists:

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Kennedy Awards: 7NEWS scores top gongs

Chris Reason, Bruce McAvaney and 7NEWS Spotlight honoured for journalism excellence

The Seven Network’s 7NEWS has been recognised for excellence in journalism, blitzing the top TV gongs at the 2022 Kennedy Awards in Sydney on Friday night.

7NEWS Chief Reporter Chris Reason was recognised for his extraordinary reportage from the war zone, for his entry entitled “Frontline Ukraine”, dedicating his Harry Potter Award: Outstanding Television News Reporting to the people of the besieged country.

‘Reaso’, who was also one of only three finalists in the prestigious Journalist Of The Year award, said: “the TV journalist is the front face of a truly team effort, including the extraordinary work of my cameramen, producers and especially the local team on the ground in Ukraine. The hardest part of this assignment was having to farewell them. I pay tribute to them and the incredible resilience of the people of Ukraine.”

Seven’s Director of News and Public Affairs, Craig McPherson said: “Chris took the audience into the heart of the Ukraine crisis, masterly capturing the human tension and toll while saturating his nightly reports with up-to-the minute war status.

“Chris put himself in the middle of the war zone with the people of the Ukraine, giving our viewers a complete understanding while capturing the ‘feeling’ of what was occurring. All this complemented with extensive live reporting across all hours of the day and night. It is a fitting award for journalistic excellence.”

Hard on the heels of his masterful commentary of track and field for Seven’s broadcast of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, 7SPORT icon Bruce McAvaney was inducted into the Lifetime Achievement Hall of Fame, accepting the honour via video message after it was presented by leading horse trainer, Gai Waterhouse.

A humbled Mr McAvaney said: “Looking back at who’s stood where I am tonight, I know I am in very good company. I am struck, not just by the big names, but the diversity of talent.”

7NEWS Spotlight also took out the Rebecca Wilson Scoop of the Year prize for its insightful and compelling storytelling in “Melissa Caddick: The Vanishing”.

Executive Producer Mark Llewellyn, Presenter Michael Usher, Producer Taylor Auerbach and Camera Operator John Varga toasted the program’s first-ever win.

Mr Llewellyn said: “We may be the new kid on the block. We may not have the vast resources of the established players. But, as they say, it’s not the size of the dog in the fight that counts, it’s the size of the fight in the dog – and my small team fought tirelessly to get this huge scoop. I’m so proud.”

Continuing the network’s success, 7NEWS camera operator James Cannon won the Gary Ticehurst Award for Outstanding News Camera Coverage for his frontline footage during 2022 invasion of Ukraine and Russian retreat from Irpin.

Mr McPherson said: “Jimmy has worked through war zones from Syria, Iraq and now, his longest stint on the front line, in Ukraine, His pictures and technical ability to get the product out of the most grim locations is to world standard.

“Multi-talented, Jimmy has an eye for recording standout scenes and then editing them for broadcast on location wherever is required. In the Ukraine, all his skills came together, and his work rightfully acknowledged with this award’.”

Fellow 7NEWS camo Simon Hydzik was also nominated in the same category for his entry, “War in Ukraine”, which was recently nominated for a TV Week Logie Award.

Seven took home its four awards from seven nominations, which also recognised Glenn Connley from Prime7 Local News (now 7NEWS), nominated for the Cliff Neville Award for Outstanding Team Player Or Mentor.

In a brand-new category recognising outstanding long form current affairs – and named in memory of former Seven Chief Executive David Leckie – Denham Hitchcock, Mr Auerbach and Mr Llewellyn from 7NEWS Spotlight were again nominated for their exclusive with NT police officer Zac Rolfe over two episodes, “The Shooting” and “The Trial”.

The Kennedy Awards are named in honour of veteran police reporter Les Kennedy, who died in 2011 at the age of 53.

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Australian Football Media Association Awards 2022 winners

The Age’s Peter Ryan won in best opinion and analysis in print and online media.

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Andrew Laming defamation proceedings and independent review

The Walkley Foundation notes that in Federal Court of Australia defamation proceedings commenced by Dr Andrew Laming against the Nine Network, Nine issued the following apology to Dr Laming:

On 27 March 2021, Nine News Queensland broadcast a report about Dr Laming who was at the time a member of federal parliament. Serious allegations were made about Dr Laming in that report and he sued Nine because of it. Nine News has now seen material which indicates that the photograph Dr Laming took was not lewd in nature. Nine News unreservedly withdraws those allegations about Dr Laming and apologises to him and his family for the hurt and harm caused by the report.

The proceedings have otherwise settled on confidential terms.

The Walkley Foundation Directors have resolved to commission an independent review of the awarding of the 2022 Walkley Award for Television/Video News Reporting to Peter Fegan and Rebeka Powell.

The Walkley Foundation has given awards to recognise Australian journalism since 1956, and regularly reviews its processes. The review of this particular award will be conducted by individuals with no connection to the work under examination.

Caroline Jones award winner announced


Women in Media is delighted to announce that the winner of the Caroline Jones Women in Media Young Journalist’s Award for 2022 is Samantha Jonscher.

Samantha is the lead reporter for the ABC in Alice Springs and has also spent time reporting for ABC in Darwin.

She is the sixth recipient of the award since its inception in 2017.

Runner-up is Briana Fiore from ABC’s Great Southern region in Western Australia.

Samantha impressed the judges this year with a multi-platform selection of stories covering domestic violence, Indigenous femicide, and water rights. Her stories were of national significance and showed a deep commitment to elevating the voices of First Nations people while telling their stories with compassion.

Samantha is also a keen visual journalist, overlaying her reportage with powerful images that enhance its value and impact.

Her stories have come about only after years of dedicated work to establish trust with Indigenous communities, made more challenging when communities have a legacy of colonisation and suspicion of media.

This year, Samantha was awarded The Walkley Foundation’s Our Watch Fellowship.

She was last year’s runner up in the Caroline Jones Award for another series of excellent articles on Indigenous affairs, which Caroline described at the time as being “powerful and impeccably objective” and prepared with the utmost “cultural sensitivity”.

Caroline tragically passed away in May, having taken enormous joy in her involvement with the award and its recipients each year.

Judges, including Women in Media Patron Victoria Laurie, former Women in Media national co-chair Cath Webber and Women in Media Canberra Convenor Emma Macdonald, praised Samantha for her dedication to the Indigenous communities she writes about and for producing highly principled journalism.

Ms Laurie said Samantha displayed “a deep understanding and empathy in reporting Indigenous stories in a way that gives the subjects power over their own story”.

The award is supported by the National Press Club and seeks to shine a light on outstanding reportage by female journalists working across our regions.

It is named in honour of Caroline Jones AO, a ground-breaking journalist who joined the ABC in 1963 and became the first female reporter for This Day Tonight. She reported for Four Corners between 1972-1981 before presenting Radio National’s Search for Meaning program. In 1996, she became the presenter of Australian Story.

Samantha has won a $2500 personal development grant and the opportunity to spend a week in Canberra being mentored by Women in Media members working in the Press Gallery and national capital media outlets.