Journalism awards

Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Media Awards 2022

  • Best coverage of a sporting event
    News Corp, Birmingham Commonwealth Games
  • Best coverage of sport for people with disability
    Matthew Carmichael, Seven Network
  • Best Sports Photography
    Quinn Rooney, Diving for gold, Getty Images
  • Best sport profile – broadcast
    Fearless – the inside story of the AFLW, JamTV / Disney+
    Highly commended: RIDE, WildBear Entertainment / ABC
  • Best sport podcast
    Head Noise, The Australian
  • Best reporting of an issue in sport
    Julian Linden, Swimming takes the plunge, News Corp
  • Best coverage of sport by a club or organisation
  • Best coverage of a community sport issue - rural & regional media
    Zoe Keenan and Dinushi Dias, Racism and sexism in country football, ABC South West WA
  • Best sport profile – written
    Emma Kemp and Carly Earl, The Medal Maker, The Guardian
  • Best depiction of inclusive sport
    Johnny Taranto, I’m Not a Runner, Adventure Time Films
    Highly commended: Jamie van Leeuwen and Joey Lynch, Journey of the Afghanistan Women’s Team, ESPN
  • Best sport coverage by an individual – broadcast
    Neroli Meadows, ESPN / Ordineroli Speaking
    Highly commended: Matty Johns, Fox Sports
  • Best sport coverage by an individual – written
    Peter Badel, News Corp

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ABC’s Tracey Holmes awarded ASC Lifetime Achievement Award


ABC journalist and presenter Tracey Holmes has been honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Media Awards held at the MCG last night.

Holmes began her career with the ABC in 1989, hosting Grandstand, and went on to work in radio and television around the world, including covering 14 Olympic Games.

She is presenter of ABC’s The Ticket, a weekly in-depth analysis of the major issues in sports business, politics and governance.

Holmes said: “To be honest, this award is not because of any achievement on my part, but the absolutely privileged position I found myself in that has enabled me to play a part in being a witness to history in telling the stories of others.

“I do my job selfishly because I am intrigued by people and their stories.

“I do my job unselfishly because I hope by telling these stories some of the walls that divide us will be brought down and that some of the inbuilt differences between us politically, culturally and ideologically can be understood even if we may never be entirely on the same page.”

ABC Director, News Justin Stevens: “The ABC is incredibly proud of Tracey. She started her career at the ABC in 1989 and her wonderful work over three decades has seen her become one of Australia’s most senior and respected sports journalists.

“She is a pioneer, a pathsetter and an inspiration to many, and this recognition is very well deserved.”

The ACS described Holmes “as one of the most influential sports broadcasters in Australia”.

ASC Chair Josephine Sukkar: “Tracey’s work has had a profound impact around the world and there’s no doubt she’ll continue to inspire generations of Australians throughout the rest of her career.”

Holmes’ other recent awards include:

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

IOC honours Tracey Holmes for her journalism and leadership

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2022 Quill Awards

Journalist of the year:

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ABC wins Melbourne Press Club Gold Quill for ‘How Many More?’

ABC journalists and teams have won the Gold Quill and eight other awards and were highly commended in five more categories at the Melbourne Press Club’s 28th Quill Awards for Excellence in Victorian Journalism.

Bridget Brennan, Suzanne Dredge, Brooke Fryer and Stephanie Zillman were awarded the top honour for ‘How Many More?’, which explored the crisis of the nation’s missing and murdered First Nations women.

The Four Corners report also won the Quill for Excellence in Indigenous Affairs Reporting.

Brennan, Dredge and Fryer broke new ground as the first female Indigenous reporting team to report a Four Corners.

The citation said: “The judges were deeply moved and impressed by the depth of research, access to strong Aboriginal women and sensitivity of the story telling about a troubling crisis of our time.

“’How Many More?’ placed the horrific reality of femicide being experienced by Aboriginal women into the national spotlight by putting faces to the names of more than 300 women who have gone missing, been murdered or killed since 2000.

“The meticulous research, months of interviews and powerful storytelling led to a national conversation and changes in the way domestic violence prevention and treatment is handled.”

ABC journalists and teams also won for best Business News/Feature, Coverage of Women in Sport, Feature Writing, Multicultural Affairs and Media, Radio News, Radio Current Affairs and TV/Video Feature.

Former ABC Melbourne radio broadcaster Jon Faine was recognised with the MPC Lifetime Achievement Award.

The full list of ABC finalists and winners

New categories added to the SA Media Awards

Entries are open for the 21st SA Media Awards, with a handful of new categories to celebrate South Australia’s media stars including Culture and Arts Report.

Other new categories are: Business, Economics or Finance Report; Political Report; Feature Based on a Single Story; and Multimedia News or Feature.

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2023 Tasmanian Media Awards finalists announced

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After adding specialty area awards The Walkleys criticised for having no climate or environmental award.

The Guardian

The manager of policy and strategy for the Wilderness Society, Tim Beshara, accused the Walkleys of ignoring environmental and climate issues.

“This reflects very poorly on the Australian media industry in how, when acting as a collective, they are either unable or unwilling to give due attention to the most substantive issues of our time,” Beshara told Weekly Beast.

“It’s the Walkleys, as a proxy for the whole media industry, saying that these issues matter to us, but climate and environment don’t. They can go in the miscellaneous or none-of-the-above award category, where we think they belong.”

Finalists announced for 2023 Mid-Year Celebration of Journalism

Finalists for the 2023 Mid-Year Celebration of Journalism have been announced today (May 25).

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.

Walkley Foundation Chief Executive Shona Martyn said the calibre of the entries was incredibly high. “Judging sessions went into extra time as judges weighed up the top entries in highly competitive fields.” she said. “Everyone selected as a finalist should feel hugely proud. There was a pleasing breadth in the entries too with journalists from across Australia, from news organisations big and small, producing high quality stories on a vast range of topics.”

The John B Fairfax Family Young Journalist of the Year awards showed again the wealth of early career talent in Australia. “Young reporters, under 28, have broken some of the biggest stories of the year and are to be commended for their perseverance, dedication and journalistic excellence. I am thrilled because they are the future of Australian journalism,” Ms Martyn said. “Likewise, the tenacity of our freelancers shone through.”

“For those who did not make the shortlist this year, please do not despair. Start working on your entries for next year now. And remember the Walkley Awards open on July 1, 2023, and cover work published from September 1, 2022 to August 31, 2023.”

Ms Martyn also thanked the judges for their commitment and contribution to the Mid-Years. “The dedication of the judges ensures the integrity of the peer-based process and underwrites the Walkley Foundation’s commitment to excellence in journalism.”

The Mid-Year awards are judged by individual panels of three judges, chosen for their expertise in each category. These panels of journalists select both the finalists and the category winners. In addition, the Walkley Judging Board selects the overall winner of the John B Fairfax Family Young Journalist of the Year Award, chosen from the winners of the six Young Journalist categories.

Winners are chosen on the basis of overall merit and journalistic excellence. The Walkley Foundation encourages a diversity of entries from journalists around Australia, published or broadcast between April 27, 2022 and April 26, 2023. The Walkley Foundation has a mechanism for dealing with any conflict of interest, actual or perceived, that may arise during the judging process. The guidelines are based on the principle that all actual conflicts of interest are to be avoided and that even a perceived conflict may be damaging to all parties.

Winners of all the awards will be announced at the Mid-Year Celebration of Journalism in Sydney on June 15. At the Celebration, winners will also be announced for the Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship with Nine, the WIN News Broadcast Scholarship, the Walkley Young Indigenous Scholarship, the inaugural Esme Fenston Fellowship and the Sean Dorney Grant for Pacific Journalism.

List of finalists

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Tasmanian Media Awards

2023 Tasmanian Media Awards winners announced

ABC News Hobart reporter Katri Uibu has been named the Tasmanian Journalist of the Year following a year-long national crowd-sourced investigation into the abuse and mistreatment of children in state care. The body of work she entered to the 2023 Tasmanian Media Awards also earned her the ‘Best News Story’ award.

“Hearing many graphic disclosures of assault took a toll – but seeing the impact my work had encouraged me to keep going,” Katri wrote in her statement of entry to the Tasmanian Media Awards. “Despite extreme resistance from departments, I went to great lengths to convince whistleblowers to go on the record.”

Katri has been with the ABC for eight years and holds a doctoral degree for her research into domestic violence media coverage.

“Her work is of huge public interest and benefit, already resulting in one parent being reunited with their child and Federal Attorney General Mark Dreyfuss promising to address these horrific problems,” the judges said. “This was investigative journalism at its best.”

See more judges’ comments below.

Katri was among 13 category winners named at a special cocktail event at Waterside Pavilion in Hobart on Friday, May 26.

This year, the awards attracted 121 entries. Seven panels of judges, composed of media professionals, academics and previous award winners, chose 12 overall winners on the basis of journalistic excellence. Other considerations included the resources available to the entrant/s and the effort expended in the preparation of the submitted work.

“For 23 years now, I have had the honour and privilege of being involved in the Tasmanian Media Awards, recognising excellence and the vital role of public interest journalism,” said Mark Thomas, the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA) President for Tasmania.

“This year’s entries are full of stories that changed Tasmania’s political landscape and led the national conversation.”

Adam Portelli, MEAA Deputy Chief Executive, said journalists continue to serve their communities by reporting on the issues that matter to Tasmanians. “This year’s entries have again highlighted the breadth and quality of journalism in Tasmania,” Mr Portelli said.

Mr Thomas gave special mention to Adam Holmes who has picked up the ‘Excellence in Legal Reporting’ award two years running, and ABC Hobart visual journalist Luke Bowden who was named a finalist in five categories, winning the Feature, Documentary or Current Affairs category with a team entry.

Luke is a two-time winner of ‘Best News Image’ at the Tasmanian Media Awards (2019 & 2021).

“I’d like to thank everyone who entered our awards, and the awards’ sponsors for your great support of Tasmanian journalism,” Mr Thomas further remarked.

The full list of winners and the judges’ comments can be found here.

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ABC’s Katri Uibu named Tasmanian Journalist of the Year

ABC News Hobart reporter Katri Uibu has been named the Tasmanian Journalist of the Year for her work on a year-long investigation into the abuse and mistreatment of children in state care, which involved a national crowd-sourcing project involving around 1300 people.

Bad Parent”, the piece of work that launched Katri’s investigation, was named Best News Story.

The judges described the work as “investigative journalism at its best.”

Lucy MacDonald, Will Murray, Maren Preuss, Luke Bowden, Dane Meale, Paul Strk and James Dunlevie won the Feature, Documentary or Current Affairs category for their story “Inside the Prison for Kids”, a powerful examination of the lives of detainees inside the troubled Ashley Youth Detention Centre.

Chris Rowbottom won the Sport award, in part for breaking the story that ultimately forced the state Liberal government into minority: Its decision to build a costly new stadium as part of the deal to secure an AFL team.

Adam Langenberg won the Health Reporting category for his body of work.

Allie Humphries’ series of exclusive stories on electoral rorts, which led to a parliamentary inquiry, saw her recognised for Public Service Journalism.

Zoe Kean, working for ABC Science, ABC Local Radio and the Guardian, won best Science, Technology and Environment reporting.

Full list of ABC winners

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2021 Clarion Awards Review

The Board of the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance has resolved to withdraw three Clarion awards that were issued for coverage of Dr Andrew Laming in March 2021.

The three awards were for: Broadcast Interview, TV News Report and Journalist of the Year. No substitute awards will be issued.

MEAA’s Board acted on the advice of a panel comprising of journalist members.

The action follows the decision by the Walkley Awards to withdraw an award for the same subject matter in November last year.

MEAA has taken steps to advise the parties affected by this decision of the outcome of the review process.

These were all channel journalists Peter Fegan and Rebeka Powell.

TV News Report supported by MEAA

  • Peter Fegan and Rebeka Powell, Nine News, “Andrew Laming”

Journalist of the Year

  • Peter Fegan and Rebeka Powell

Broadcast Interview

  • Peter Fegan and Rebeka Powell, Nine News, “Andrew Laming”

Walkley Foundation 2023 Mid-Year Celebration

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Idato was named print journalist of the year by the LA Press Club at the 65th Southern California Journalism Awards, and also took home two separate awards: award for a personality profile by a foreign correspondent, for a Spectrum cover story titled “The King and I: Priscilla Presley on Life with Elvis”; and award for entertainment feature by a foreign correspondent for “Rings to Rule them All: Amazon’s epic new series brings to life an unexplored age of Tolkien’s Middle-earth”.

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SA Media Awards

Freelance journalist and filmmaker Daniel Clarke has been named South Australia’s 2023 Journalist of the Year.

“In a close race of journalistic excellence, Daniel Clarke emerged a narrow but clear winner,” the judging panel said.

Clarke was also recognised as ‘Best Rural/Regional Journalist’ for the second straight year at the 2023 SA Media Awards ceremony held at Adelaide’s The Gallery on Friday, July 8.

It’s been a big year for Clarke, whose feature documentary – about the Kangaroo Island timber plantations saga that has split the community, tainted the highest office in South Australia and left a growing list of dangers in its wake – will premiere across Australia and New Zealand on the popular Fox Docos channel on Tuesday, August 15. It will then be available for streaming on Foxtel Now and Binge.

The documentary has been part-funded by Meta, in partnership with the Walkley Foundation, which helps administer this hotly-contested awards program every year.

Tarntanya/Adelaide-based journalist and author of forthcoming book, Young Rupert: the making of the Murdoch Empire, Walter Marsh also won two awards at the SA Media Awards. These were for Freelance Journalist and for a new award, Culture and Arts Report – a nod to South Australia’s claim as the Festival State.

“Thank you to the SA Media Awards for this recognition, and the broader recognition of culture and arts reporting in the creation of this new category,” said Marsh.

Other award recipients included inDaily reporter Thomas Kelsall, winner of the Max Fatchen Award for Best Young Journalist, supported by Telstra, and Jessica Dempster, winner of the Julie Duncan Memorial Award for Student Journalism, supported by the University of South Australia.

The award, named after late Walkley Award-winning Adelaide journalist Julie Duncan, is open to final-year students of the University of South Australia and recognises both excellence in journalism and academic study.

‘Inspirational storytelling, cutting through the pain of adversity’

Daniel Clarke’s dual-winning entry to the SA Media Awards expertly explored complicated grief in a family bereaved by a suicide, post-traumatic stress symptoms in the wake of the brutal Kangaroo Island bushfires, and processing loss through art.

“These are clear examples of personal experiences through journalism enabling a wider community to better cope with loss and mental anguish,” the judging panel said.

“The stories in this body of work are compassionate, sensitive and skillfully translate his community’s pains and triumphs for a national audience. His nuanced and unflinching account of one community member’s suicide was a particular triumph.”

Deeply affected by the loss of friend Simon Wheaton, a pillar of the Kangaroo Island community who took his own life, Clarke worked closely with his family through grief “to tell his story in the hope of helping others, especially with the continued mental suffering of islanders since the Black Summer bushfires,” he said.

“Receiving this State Media Award is an acknowledgement of the importance of talking openly about this subject and I dedicate it to those we have lost and the families who have shown immense courage and trust to tell their stories. It also acts as a dedication to the tragic loss of community-minded mother Sarah Strong-Law on our roads.”

The SA Media Awards recognise excellence, independence, innovation and originality in storytelling and distinctive reporting. This can be through research and investigations, well-crafted and innovative presentations, news-breaking single stories or features, and engaging, entertaining and/or informative reporting.

Eight panels of judges, composed of media professionals, academics and previous award winners, chose this year’s winners on the basis of journalistic excellence. Other considerations included the resources available to the entrant/s and the effort expended in the preparation of the submitted work.

“It’s terrific to see such a high standard of entries across the board – and there are such deserving winners,” said Karen Percy, the Federal President of MEAA Media and deputy chair of the Walkley Foundation, which helps administer this hotly-contested awards program every year.

“The excellent reporting from SA’s regions is so good to see; those communities benefit so much from rigorous reporting,” she added.

Percy made special mention of South Australia’s freelance community “who are well represented in the winners.”

“We are so grateful for their dedication to bringing important stories to light,” she said.

“Overall I have been struck by how the difficult subject matter by many winners has been handled with sensitivity, empathy and compassion. It leads to the finest ethical, public-interest journalism. The best stories are those that serve their audience and put people first.

“Congrats to all of the winners, but kudos to all entrants for showing pride in your work.”

Winners list:




  • Amelia Moseley – ABC News/Behind The News (BTN) – “Journey from Ukraine”

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  • Ethan Rix and camera operator Steve Opie – ABC News – “River Murray Flood Emergency”
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