Journalism awards

A pity the Walkleys aren’t streamed.

ABC journalists Anne Connolly, Stephanie Zillman and Ali Russell won the Gold Walkley at the annual Walkley Awards on Thursday night but their speech was distracted by Peter Fray shouting “what about Crikey ” from his table at the International Convention Centre in Sydney.

The Australian reported

Crikey’s editor-in-chief caused a scene at the awards night by yelling at two ABC reporters as they gave an acceptance speech.

ABC wins 2022 Gold Walkley Award

The ABC’s journalism has been richly awarded at the 2022 Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism, including winning top honour the Gold Walkley.

Anne Connolly, Stephanie Zillman and Ali Russell took the Gold, as well as the award for Public Service Journalism, for their gripping investigation “State Control”, the year-long investigation into Public Guardian and Trustee agencies, which control the lives of around 50,000 Australians.

The judges said: “This was enlightening and determined reporting, giving power to voiceless people and allowing them to tell a story of complete powerlessness. Prompting debate about law reform in various states, it has the potential to effect large-scale public policy reform.”

In all the ABC had 26 finalists across 15 categories in this year’s Walkley Awards, which were announced in Sydney on Thursday night.

Former Four Corners Executive Producer Sally Neighbour was also honoured for Outstanding Contribution to Journalism.

“These awards are testament to the talent, hard work and incredible dedication of our people,” said ABC Director, News Justin Stevens.

“Our journalists and teams are passionate about bringing the best public interest journalism to Australians and it’s wonderful to see their hard work recognised by their peers.

“The ABC’s journalism has never been stronger, more impactful or more accessible to all Australians.”

Sally Neighbours’ acceptance speech for Outstanding Contribution to Journalism in the 2022 Walkley Awards last night

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2022 SA Press Club Awards

WINNERS: SA Press Club congratulates all recipients of this year’s Media Awards.

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This seems awfully familiar…

Includes list of winners.

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A huge congratulations to all the ABC’s winners and finalists at the NT Media Awards. Our teams in Darwin and Alice Springs had a brilliant night, winning an incredible nine of the 14 categories.

The top honour of NT Journalist/Photojournalist of the Year went to Samantha Jonscher for her coverage of the controversial approval of a water licence to Singleton Station, which also won the award for Best Online Coverage.

It was an enormously successful evening for the ABC at the 2022 SA Press Club Awards.

The SA news team’s State election coverage “SA votes 2022” won Best Special or Extended Coverage of a News Event, Television Radio or Online.

Lincoln Rothall won for Best Camera News Coverage and Best Broadcaster Television, Radio or Online for his incredible coverage out of Ukraine.

He was also highly commended in the categories of Best News Photograph, which was won by ABC colleague Che Chorley, and Best Features Photograph, which went to the ABC’s Bec Whetham .

Whetham, from ABC South-East SA, was also named Young Journalist of the Year.

Isabel Dayman won Best Long-Form Television Report, Eric Tlozek Best Finance or Business Reporting and Evelyn Leckie and Trent Murphy Best Regional or Rural Reporting for “A Second Chance”.

Best News Feature, Podcast or Long Form Radio Report went to ABC Radio Adelaide for “Big red car road trip”.

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The Walkley Foundation will withdraw an award given to Nine News reporters Peter Fegan and Rebeka Powell for an investigation into former federal politician Andrew Laming after an internal review.

“The Federal Court proceeding settling on confidential terms and the limited apology by Nine was not decisive by itself to justify the withdrawal of the award, but in all the circumstances the Board resolved the award could not be maintained in respect of the third report.” There were three news reports in the series.

Fegan and Powell were also awarded best TV news report and named joint journalist of the year at the Queensland Clarion awards. The Clarions are yet to comment on the award.

Laming welcomed the decision to withdraw the award and called on the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance to take similar action in respect of the duo’s Clarion award.


State Media Awards Review

The Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance will conduct a review of State Media Awards rules, including entry and awards criteria. These awards run each year in Queensland, Tasmania, Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory

The review follows the conclusion of last week’s NT Media Awards — the last for the year — and the Walkley Foundation’s withdrawal of an award to Nine News journalists in 2021.

MEAA acknowledges and understands the need for reporting to be ethical and culturally sound. It is important that any future standards that apply to state media awards are widely supported. A review will enable the union to consider whether the standards that have now been in use for many years require updating and modernisation.

The proposed terms of reference will include ensuring the terms and conditions for the State and Territory Media Awards reflect community, professional, ethical and legal standards as well as an examination of processes associated with nomination, deliberation and provision of awards.

The review will be conducted in the first half of 2023. A report arising from the review will be provided to the union’s National Media Section for its consideration and action.

MEAA intends to make no further comment at this stage.

7NEWS team honoured at WA Football Media Guild Awards

Ryan Daniels wins top prize for overall excellence

From left: Adrian Barich, Ryan Daniels, Anna Hay and Andrew Henryon

7NEWS Perth Sports Presenter Ryan Daniels has claimed the prestigious Geoff Christian Medal for a third straight year at the WA Football Media Guild Awards, held last night at Optus Stadium.

Awarded for overall excellence during the football season, it’s the first time the medal has been won by the same person three years in a row since its inception.

Daniels’ outstanding 2022 season began with him taking over the role as full-time sports anchor for 7NEWS Perth and included a national media award for his football reporting.

Daniels also received the George Grljusich Medal for the second straight year, for his story on former Eagle Daniel Venables battle with concussion, along with the Best TV Feature for his piece on draftee Jedd Busslinger.

Adrian Barich received the Dennis Cometti Award for Excellence During a Career, for his outstanding contribution to the football media industry in a career spanning more than 30 years, and still going strong.

An inaugural player for the West Coast Eagles, Barich started his media journey in 1987 on Perth radio and has thrived since arriving at Channel 7 in 1996.

Anna Hay was named as winner of the Tracy Lewis Emerging Talent award, recognised as a rising star of football media. Hay joined the 7NEWS sports team in January this year on a full-time basis, excelling in feature and match reporting, while filling in as sports anchor on a number of occasions, and joining Seven Sport’s AFLW broadcast team for all WA matches.

Hay was also awarded the Best TV Match Report for her story on Josh Kennedy’s final AFL game.

Seven Perth producer Andrew Henryon was also recognised for his outstanding work behind the scenes, with the award for Best Contribution Off Camera.

Ryan Daniels said, “I’m so proud of our team for what we’ve achieved this season, we love footy, and love telling the stories that make up the essence of our great game.”

“I’m personally so humbled to win these awards, named after icons of our industry in George Grljusich and Geoff Christian.”

27 categories were given out last night, 17 of which went to Seven West Media. Twitter thread for the award winners start here

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Best sport profile – broadcast

  • RIDE, WildBear Entertainment / ABC
  • Sidelined – the fight for equality in women’s basketball, Undefeater Films / Fox Sports / SBS
  • Shayna Jack battles back, Sam Squiers, LiSTNR
  • Fearless – the inside story of the AFLW, JamTV / Disney+
  • Giddey and Gaze, ESPN

Best sport coverage by an individual – broadcast

  • Gerard Whateley, SEN / Fox Footy
  • Alister Nicholson, Seven Network
  • Neroli Meadows, ESPN / Stan Sport / Ordineroli Speaking
  • Matty Johns, Fox Sports

Best coverage of a sporting event

  • Seven Network, Birmingham Commonwealth Games
  • News Corp, Birmingham Commonwealth Games
  • Fox Sports, The Ashes
  • SBS, Tour de France (Femmes and Hommes)
  • Seven Network, Beijing Winter Olympic Games
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Yeah I know that but I mean it wasn’t really that good.

According to The Australian, The Kennedy Awards has announced that the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance’s code of ethics will apply to all future awards. A note to journalists from the Kennedy Foundation last week stated that a thorough examination of “all our award eligibility criteria” was underway to “make sure they adequately reflect the fundamental ethical frameworks of a profession at its best”.

“South Australia has long been known as the Festival State, so I think it is only fitting that we should have a journalism award for the arts. We have called this new Awards category: ‘Culture and Arts Report’.

“Other new categories in the SA Media Awards are Business, Economics or Finance Report; Political Report; Feature Based on a Single Story; and Multimedia News or Feature.

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Max Maddison, the NSW political correspondent for The Australian, was named winner of the annual Wallace Brown Award for the best and fairest early career parliamentary journalist. He was presented with the award by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese at National Press Club yesterday afternoon.

Maddison worked in the Federal Press Gallery in 2021-22.

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Melbourne Press Club yesterday revealed the finalists for the 2023 Quill Awards, which will be held at Crown Palladium on Friday, March 24. The full list can be seen via the link.

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