Congratulations to all the ABC winners in the Rural Press Club of Victoria Awards.
Journalists and photographers from across regional and rural Victoria gathered in Geelong on Friday 27 October to celebrate their craft at the awards night, which was hosted by ABC Regional Statewide Drive presenter Prue Bentley.
ABC journalists, teams and programs were awarded for Media Outlet of the Year, Best News Story TV, Best Feature Story Radio, Best Feature Story Online, Best on Farm Story, Best Feature Story TV, Best Sports Story, and Best News Story Radio.
A multi award winner on the night was Tim Lee whose work for Landline won Best Feature Story TV and Best on Farm Story.
ABC Central Victoria was named Media Outlet of the Year for the team’s coverage of the October 2022 floods at Rochester and Echuca, ongoing problems at Malmsbury Youth Justice centre, phone scams and cemetery controversies.
Sky News Australia’s Northern Territory correspondent Matt Cunningham has been named 2023 NT Journalist of the Year.
The stories entered by Cunningham into this year’s NT Media Awards shined a light on the domestic and family violence against Aboriginal women in Alice Springs, and a disastrous government-sponsored affordable housing project in Darwin. His reporting on a wave of crime in Alice Springs, also included in the submission, prompted a snap visit by the Prime Minister and his TV reporting and coverage on this issue received 105,000 video views on YouTube.
“Only the best reporting can make a nation stop and listen – Matt Cunningham’s brilliant and sensitive coverage of Alice Springs did exactly that,” the judging panel said.
Cunningham was also recognised as winner of the ‘Television/Radio Best News Coverage’ and ‘Print/Text Feature Writing’ awards at the NT Media Awards ceremony held at Darwin City’s Smith St Social on Saturday, November 4.
An initiative of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, delivered in partnership with the NT Press Club, the annual NT Media Awards support and encourage professional and ethical reporting and celebrate excellence in Territorian journalism.
Other notable winners included ‘Marchbanks Young Journalist of the Year’ Riley Walter, who also won the ‘Text Formats: News’ category at the 2023 MEAA SA Media Awards, and triple J Hack reporter Myles Houlbrook-Walk who picked up two NT Media Awards awards in ‘Excellence in Radio Broadcasting’ and, for the second straight year, ‘Best Sports Journalism’.
The Australian journalist Liam Mendes also clinched two NT Media Awards: ‘Print/Text: Best News Coverage’ and ‘Visual Storytelling’, as did ABC Darwin journalist and digital producer Matt Garrick – for ‘Best Current Affairs or Feature’ and ‘Best Online Coverage’ (with colleagues Hamish Harty, Emily Sakzewski and Steve Vivian).
The annual NT 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.
Eleven panels of judges, composed of media professionals, academics and previous award winners, chose this year’s winners on the basis of journalistic excellence.
Tiffany Venning, the MEAA Regional Director for the Northern Territory, and NT Press Club president, Sarah Spina-Matthews, applauded the incredibly high standard of entries this year.
“I would like to congratulate all of the winners, finalists and entrants, as well as all of the members of the NT media industry who work hard every day to keep the public informed and hold those in power to account – quality journalism is incredibly important in the Northern Territory and these awards demonstrate the calibre of work being produced here,” said Ms Spina-Matthews.
“I consider myself lucky to work alongside the reporters, producers, editors, operations staff, camera operators and managers who make what we do possible.”
Ms Venning said the high ethical standards, creativity and indefatigable passion of the journalists in the Territory continues to impress.
“This year’s NT entries are full of stories that changed the political landscape and had a profound impact on the national dialogue,” she said. “Congratulations everyone!”
After being beaten to the post by commercial radio in the area…
ABC journalists, teams and programs have dominated the NT Media Awards with finalists across 12 categories and six awards.
In the Television/Radio category ABC journalists won for Best Current Affairs or Feature and Excellence in Radio Broadcasting.
Wins in the All Media awards were for Best Online Coverage, Best Sports Journalism, the Pete Davies Memorial Campaigning Journalism Award and Indigenous Affairs Reporting.
Matt Garrick and Myles Houlbrook-Walk won two awards each with Jane Bardon and Roxanne Fitzgerald also picking up prizes.
The Australian’s editorial director and host of the daily The Front podcast, Claire Harvey, took out the Chairman’s Award at the annual News Corp Australia awards last night.
Herald Sun’s Mark Robinson and Lauren Wood won the Sport category for their reporting on the secret racism review at AFL club Hawthorn.
Herald Sun photographer Mark Stewart was named Photographer of the Year. His portfolio included a portrait of White Island volcano survivor Stephanie Browitt after she and her family were caught up in the eruption tragedy.
Sky News NT correspondent Matt Cunningham received the top prize, the Sir Keith Murdoch Award. That’s after he won three categories at NT Media Awards last week including NT Journalist of the Year.
Recently freed Chinese-Australian journalist Cheng Lei was a special guest at the awards ceremony, held at Roslyn Packer Theatre at Walsh Bay.
The Advertiser’s Evangeline Polymeneas and Agnes Gichuhi were named winners in the Human-Interest Storytelling – State/National category, for the heartbreaking story of courageous young Adelaide woman Lily Thai, who used South Australia’s voluntary assisted dying laws to end her life on her terms.
The ABC has had a strong result at the 2023 SA Press Club Awards, with journalists and teams receiving six wins and 22 commendations.
Angelique Donnellan won Best Long Form Television Report or Extended Coverage for “Call for help”. She was also highly commended for Scoop of the Year.
Che Chorley won Best Camera News Coverage for “Set in Stone” and he was commended in the category of Best Community Report.
Best Graphics (including Interactive Illustration or Cartoon) in Any Medium went to Luke Gibbs and Sam McKenzie for Behind the News .
Caroline Winter was the joint winner of Best Podcast Series or Episode for her podcast with PodTalk, “Sick as a dog: an industry in crisis”.
Australia’s finest journalism undertaken by reporters on The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and 60 Minutes was recognised at the 68th Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism tonight, with Nine dominating the ceremony with an astounding 14 Walkleys.
The Financial Review’s Neil Chenoweth and Edmund Tadros were awarded the prestigious Gold Walkley for their explosive investigation into the PwC tax leaks scandal, with the pair also being awarded gongs for Business Journalism, Investigative Journalism and their team effort in Coverage of a Major News Event or Issue.
“Tonight has been one of the Financial Review’s greatest Walkley nights, with Neil Chenoweth and Edmund Tadros’ Gold Walkley and three other Walkleys for the PwC scandal that has been the business story of the year. Recognition of our other winners and finalists – including outstanding contribution to journalism awards for our former editor at large Pam Walkley and former editor Colleen Ryan – confirms the Financial Review newsroom as one of Australia’s best,” said Michael Stutchbury, editor in chief, and Fiona Buffini, editor, of The Australian Financial Review.
One of the country’s most renowned investigative journalists, the Herald’s Kate McClymont, was among eight women awarded the Walkley Award for Outstanding Contribution to Journalism, recognising her fearless reporting during nearly 40 years in journalism.
McClymont’s win sat alongside The Age’s Caroline Wilson, who was also recognised for Outstanding Contribution to Journalism. The Melbourne columnist has been at the forefront of sports journalism for decades and has been a trailblazer for women.
“This award is such an honour and in many ways undeserved, as being a journalist has not only been one of the great joys of my life – along with my three children – but most importantly it’s been such an amazing privilege,” said McClymont.
“The opportunity to expose wrongdoing and hold people to account – for your journalism to actually make a difference to society – that is something for which I will forever be grateful.”
The mastheads’ proud history of undertaking difficult investigative reporting was highlighted by a special award – the first of its kind – given by the Walkley Foundation to Nick McKenzie and Chris Masters on the back of their groundbreaking Ben Roberts-Smith investigation.
Their legacy to investigative journalism will be enshrined with the Walkley Honour for Media Freedom, and an on-going new grant by the Walkley directors named The Masters-McKenzie Grant for Investigative Journalism.
“This award is really in recognition of the brave SAS whistleblowers who made possible our reporting on Roberts-Smith, as well as my colleagues and editors at The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and 60 Minutes who never stopped backing us to do the most difficult story of our lives,” said McKenzie.
“I’m beyond thrilled to learn the Walkley Foundation is announcing a new investigative journalism grant that reporters can access. Hopefully it will help inspire budding reporters to pick the hard yarn to chase when it matters, even if the threat of litigation or other blowback looms large.”
McKenzie, Amelia Ballinger and Joel Tozer were awarded a Walkley for Current Affairs Long for their 60 Minutes investigation Trafficked into the seedy world of human trafficking.
The awards also recognised The Sydney Morning Herald’s Carrie Fellner, Katrina McGowan, Rhett Wyman and Mathew Cornwell with a Walkley for their Coverage of Indigenous Affairs, while The Age’s Paul Sakkal was awarded Print/Text News Report for his Daniel Andrews Under Direct Investigation in Operation Daintree.
The Walkleys also highlighted Nine’s unparalleled investment in photography and illustration by awarding the Herald and The Age’s Badiucao for Cartoon, Justin McManus for Feature/Photographic Essay, and Eddie Jim for Nikon Portrait Prize, while the Herald’s sports reporter Vince Rugari and the Visual Stories Team won a gong for Innovation Journalism for their piece on soccer tactics during the Matildas World Cup campaign
Full list of Nine winners here:
68th Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism:
GOLD WALKLEY – Edmund Tadros and Neil Chenoweth, The Australian Financial Review
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO JOURNALISM – Kate McClymont from The Sydney Morning Herald; Caroline Wilson from The Age
WALKLEY HONOUR FOR MEDIA FREEDOM – Nick McKenzie and Chris Masters in honour of their Ben Roberts-Smith investigation
PRINT/TEXT NEWS REPORT – Paul Sakkal, The Age, ‘Daniel Andrews Under Direct Investigation in Operation Daintree’
ALL MEDIA: COVERAGE OF INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS – Carrie Fellner, Katrina McGowan, Rhett Wyman and Mathew Cornwell, The Sydney Morning Herald, iKandy Films, ‘Paradise Poisoned’
ALL MEDIA: CARTOON – Badiucao, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, ‘Badiucao’
DIGITAL MEDIA: INNOVATION JOURNALISM – The Visual Stories Team, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, ‘How to Lay a Perfect Offside Trap – and How to Break It’
ALL MEDIA: COVERAGE OF A MAJOR NEWS EVENT OR ISSUE – The Australian Financial Review Team, The Australian Financial Review, ‘PwC Tax Leaks Scandal – AFR Coverage’
ALL MEDIA: BUSINESS JOURNALISM – Neil Chenoweth and Edmund Tadros, The Australian Financial Review, ‘PwC Tax Leaks Scandal’
FEATURE/PHOTOGRAPHIC ESSAY – Justin McManus, The Sunday Age and The Age Online, ‘Leaving the Land of Plenty’
TELEVISION/VIDEO: CURRENT AFFAIRS LONG (OVER 20 MINUTES) – Nick McKenzie, Amelia Ballinger and Joel Tozer, Nine, 60 Minutes, ‘Trafficked’
ALL MEDIA: INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM – Edmund Tadros and Neil Chenoweth, The Australian Financial Review, ‘PwC Tax Leaks Scandal’
NIKON PORTRAIT PRIZE – Eddie Jim, The Age
Karla Grant’s pioneering contribution to journalism recognised with major Walkley and First Nations Media Awards
SBS World News, The Feed and Living Black also win awards at events held on Thursday night.
Presenter, producer and journalist, and proud Western Arrernte woman, Karla Grant, has been honoured for her Outstanding Contribution to Journalism at the 68th Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism, and on the same night also received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the First Nations Media Awards, in recognition of more than three decades of leadership in Indigenous affairs coverage in Australia.
Grant, the Executive Producer and host of NITV’s Living Black – the longest running Indigenous current affairs show on Australian television and a program she was instrumental in establishing at SBS more than 20 years ago – has been at the forefront of investigating and elevating issues impacting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The awards acknowledge the work Grant has done throughout her career to explore and uncover stories of national importance which have shone a light on social disadvantage and injustice, and given a voice to First Nations communities. From extensive reporting on Country, to presenting in studio, and her insightful interviews, Grant has interrogated the systems and policies impacting First Nations peoples, held power to account, and celebrated Blak excellence. She has also continued to actively champion greater representation in the industry and career pathways for emerging Indigenous journalists.
“It’s a remarkable achievement to receive these two prestigious accolades,” said SBS Managing Director, James Taylor . “Congratulations to Karla for this well-deserved recognition of her pivotal contribution to the media’s coverage of First Nations stories, and impact on the wider media landscape.
“Throughout her career, Karla has worked tirelessly to provide a voice for the voiceless, and to ensure the issues being experienced in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are recognised as matters of significance for all Australians. Her dedication is underpinned by her integrity, kindness and empathy, which are among the reasons she is trusted by communities and widely respected by her peers, and extends beyond the screen through her active support for future generations of Indigenous journalists.
“Congratulations to SBS teams for awards across news and current affairs at the Walkleys, and further recognition for Living Black at the First Nations Media Awards. I also want to take this opportunity to congratulate our deserving nominees and acknowledge all those across the SBS network who contribute to delivering our distinctive, constructive and impactful Australian journalism, every day. Thank you for your dedication to your craft, our audiences, and to each other.”
SBS World News ’ coverage providing a unique global perspective for Australians was recognised, with SBS’s Chief International Correspondent, Ben Lewis and producer Colin Cosier receiving the Walkley Award for Television/Video: News Reporting for their compelling coverage reflecting on the impact of the ongoing conflict in the Ukraine for SBS World News in ‘Ukraine: One Year On’.
Gavin Blyth, Michelle Elias, Jennifer Luu and Jodie Noyce from SBS’s current affairs team at The Feed won the Walkley Award for Television/Video: Current Affairs Short (under 20 minutes ), for their two-part investigation into Australia’s hidden incel community, Uncovering Incels. Speaking to current and former incels, they gained unique access to peel back the curtain on the movement of celibate men.
The First Nations Media Awards celebrate exceptional achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander media, and at the gala dinner in Canberra last night, NITV’s Living Black was also recognised as the Best News and Current Affairs Program for 2023, in the same year the show marked its two-decade broadcasting milestone. The program was also awarded Best Interview for ‘Deborah Cheetham: Forging Her Own Path’, for Grant’s in-depth interview with the Yorta Yorta Soprano and actor.
ABC journalists and teams have won seven top honours at the 2023 Walkley Awards for Excellence in Australian Journalism, including two prizes for work on international reporting flagship Foreign Correspondent.
Global Affairs Editor John Lyons won for Commentary, Analysis, Opinion and Critique, Communities Reporter Jeremy Story Carter for Short Feature Writing and National Sport Reporter David Mark for Sports Journalism.
Sean Rubinsztein-Dunlop won the Audio Short category for his AM reporting on the Türkiye Earthquake Disaster. The ABC had all the finalists in this category.
The prize for TV/Video Camerawork went to Matt Davis for his work on Foreign Correspondent programs ‘Surviving in Somalia’ and ‘Canada on Fire’.
Marty Smiley and Leah Donovan won the International category for their Foreign Correspondent report ‘Inside Iran: The Fight Continues’.
The team behind The Dark Emu Story , from Blackfella Films and the ABC, won the Longform Journalism: Documentary Award.
Eight notable women were recognised for their Outstanding Contribution to Journalism, including several whose distinguished careers have included significant contributions to the ABC: Geraldine Doogue, who currently presents RN’s Saturday Extra, and Marian Wilkinson, who formerly worked on Four Corners.
ABC Director, News Justin Stevens said: “It’s terrific to receive this recognition from our peers of the quality and value of our work.
“Congratulations to all our ABC finalists and winners for your terrific achievement.
“And thank you also to the many other people across our teams whose talent and hard work contributes hugely to this success.”
interesting observation doing the rounds on twitter from a few people had this one almost had universal standing ovation, but one table remained firmly seated.
The Board of The Walkley Foundation has reviewed documents uploaded to the Federal Court this week which show an exclusivity agreement made between Seven and Bruce Lehrmann in April 2023 and a leasing arrangement which provided Mr Lehrmann with 12 months of accommodation from 13 April 2023 to 12 April 2024.
It is the responsibility of The Walkley Foundation management to determine the eligibility of entries for consideration by the judging panels in each round of judging for the Walkley Awards.
Following a review of these documents, The Walkley Foundation Board has come to the unanimous conclusion that the Seven Spotlight story “Trial and Error” was not eligible for consideration in the All Media Scoop of the Year category for the 2023 Walkley Awards as the entry did not accurately describe the extent of benefits provided to Mr Lehrmann in exchange for interviews, information and exclusive access.
The Walkley Foundation has revoked the story’s finalist status in the 68th Walkley Awards.
2023 WA Football Media Awards
Seven presenter Ryan Daniels was again crowned the state’s best overall footy media performer, snaring a fourth consecutive Geoff Christian Medal for Excellence after another strong year of breaking news stories and comprehensive coverage.
It was an award he shared with former Docker turned The West Australian columnist Paul Hasleby, who helped set the agenda and provide hard-hitting analysis around WA football’s biggest issues.
Huge night for @10NewsFirstPER at @WAFootballMedia awards— Lachy Reid (@Lachy_Reid) December 6, 2023
Best Umpires story @rebeccaperrie
Best @WAFLOfficial story @ScubaStv
Best Breaking TV News Story @rebeccaperrie
George Grljusich Award for Best Overall News Story @rebeccaperrie
Geoff Christian Medal @PaulHasleby
Tim Gossage was presented with life membership of WA Football Media Guild.
Thrilled to be presented with Life Membership of the @WAFootballMedia tonight.— Tim Gossage 🤓 (@TimGossage) December 5, 2023
Honoured and surprised.
Thanks to all my peers, past and present for putting up with me. WA footy media punches above its weight and great to be involved for many decades. pic.twitter.com/LbpgfBywSw