Journalism awards


The Sydney Morning Herald and The Daily Telegraph both nominated for stories on the Parramatta Eels salary cap scandal. Both very well done. And the gobsmackingly brilliantly bizarre interview with Kathy Jackson and Michael Lawler by Caro Meldrum-Hanna got a well deserved nomination. Waleed Aly was congratulated on The Project for his three nominations.


2016 WA MEDIA AWARDS - Winners Announced

The Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA), the union and industry advocate for Australia’s journalists, is delighted to announce the winners of the 2016 West Australian Media Awards – the pre-eminent state-based awards celebrating journalistic excellence in print, broadcast and digital media platforms. The winners were announced this evening at the awards’ gala function at the Empire Function Centre in West Perth.

The annual awards – proudly supported by MEAA – promote quality journalism and reward media professionals whose commitment and excellent media coverage best informs and entertains West Australians.

This years’ WA Media Awards attracted 243 entries across the 24 award categories. The panel of 34 judges said they were impressed by the high quality of submissions this year.

Andrew Probyn of The West Australian won the Daily News Centenary Prize - West Australian Journalist of the Year 2016 award. The judges said: “Probyn’s stories were a stand out in a competitive field – detailed, clearly written and providing astute analysis, they had a major impact on federal politics. Probyn wrote: “Reforms don’t get much bigger, or more politically dangerous, than this… Turnbull will have to decide whether a massive privatisation of national health payments is worth the political pain. Does he roll the dice or will this be another bright idea left for another time?" The “Mediscare” story, as it became known, dominated much of the debate throughout the election campaign with the issue dogging the federal government and Malcolm Turnbull abandoning the plan two weeks out from the poll.”

Probyn’s stories on the Medicare privatisation issue also the award for best News Report – Print/Text and shared the award for The Beck Prize for All Media Political Report with Rebecca Turner and Jessica Strutt of ABC News Perth for their story: “The big money and politics behind the Kwinana buffer protests”.

###Winners of the 2016 West Australian Media Awards

Outstanding Journalism Student Award
• Thomas de Souza, Stories from the Scenic Route, University of Notre Dame

New Journalist or Cadet - The Eaves-Prior-Day Prize
• Nathan Hondros, Body of Work, Mandurah Mail

News Photograph
• Marta Pascual Juanola, Falcon Beach Fatal Shark Attack, Mandurah Mail

News Photograph- Community/Regional
• Jon Gellweiler, Body of Work, Ampersand Southwest Magazine

Feature Photographic Essay
• Colin Murty, Eradication of pests on Dirk Hartog Island, The Australian Newspaper

Broadcast Camerawork - All Media
• Cameron Wallis, Devil Inside - Power of Meth, Seven News 6pm

Regional and Community – Best Three News Stories or Features- All Media
• Nathan Morris, Preservation of Aboriginal languages of the Goldfields, Esperance ,ABC Local Radio, ABC News Online, ABC News 24

Freelance Journalist- All Media
• Kerry Faulkner, Special report WA’s accident towing industry among worst in Australia, Sunday Times

Culture and Arts Report - The A.H. Kornweibel Arts Prize- All Media
• Victoria Laurie, Through the Lens; Mavis Walley, The Weekend Australian

Health/Medical Report - All Media
• Emma Young, A child’s ‘best interests’, WAtoday

Science and Environmental Report - All Media
• Emma Young, Lancelin residents win development battle, get dunes rezoned for conservation, WAtoday

Social Equity Report- All Media
• Paige Taylor and Victoria Laurie, The reality of everyday life for our most vulnerable kids, The Weekend Australian

Business, Economics or Finance Report - All Media
• Courtney Bembridge, Subcontractors lose millions on airport build, ABC News - Online

Political Report - The Beck Prize- All Media
• Andrew Probyn , Mediscare, The West Australian
• Rebecca Turner and Jessica Strutt, The big money and politics behind the Kwinana buffer protests, ABC News Perth

Sports Report - The Gilmour-Christian Prize- All Media
• John Townsend, Eagles dodge drugs bullet, The West Australian

Columnist - The Matt Price Award- All Media
• Liam Bartlett, Weekly Columns, The Sunday Times

• Yarloop and Waroona Fire Coverage Team Entry, Simon White, Emma Young , Tim Carrier, Heather McNeil and David Baker, and Fairfax Media national network

News Story or Feature- Radio/Audio Journalism
• Lauren Day, Man facing deportation despite living in WA since infancy, ABC PM

News Story or Feature - Television/Audio-Visual Journalism
• Jessica Page, Parents Versus Doctors, Seven News 6pm

Suburban – Best Three Stories or Feature - Print/Text
• Sarah Brookes. Body of Work, Echo Newspaper

Three Headlines - Print/Text
• Martin Saxon, ”Too Boo or Not Taboo”,” A Day of Whine and Roses” and “Its Fancy Op The Overflow”, The Sunday Times STM magazine

Feature Writing- Print/Text
• Andrew Burrell, The Utopia Project, The Weekend Australian Magazine

News Report- Print/Text
• Andrew Probyn, Medicare Privatisation, The West Australian

The Arthur Lovekin Award
• David Cohen- The Post

The Clarion Award for Outstanding Contribution to Journalism
• Nick Evans- The West Australian

West Australian Journalist of the Year - Daily News Centenary Prize 2016
• Andrew Probyn, Medicare Privatisation, The West Australian


###SA Press Club Awards

Following are the winners from today’s awards hosted by Jane Doyle - link also shows “highly commended” in each category.

  • Best News Report in Print - LAUREN NOVAK, News Corp “Hotline hold-up”
  • Best Feature In Print - LAUREN NOVAK, News Corp “Yvette Rigney-Wilson: Inside Story”
  • Best Sports Story in Any Medium - ALEX MANN, ABC, “Foxes Fan’s Dying Wish”
  • Best News Photograph in Print or Digital - TOM HUNTLEY, News Corp “Bay Tragedy”
  • Best Features Photograph in Print or Digital - BIANCA DE MARCHI, News Corp “Superboy”
  • Best Sports Photograph Print or Digital - MORNE DE KLERK, Freelance News Corp “A New Years Celebration”
  • Best Television News Report - GERTIE TAYLOR, Seven Network “Salt Creek”
  • Best Long Form Television Report - NINE NEWS TEAM, Nine Network “SA Storm Blackout – Breaking News”
  • Best Broadcaster, Television, Radio or Online - ALICE MONFRIES, Nine Network “Flood Emergency, Riley’s Brave Battle and Charity Crash”
  • Best Camera News Footage - MATT BONSER and RAY WARD, Network Ten “Pinery – the first hours”
  • Best Radio Report - CAROLINE WINTER, ABC “Does Zambia have what it takes to become the foodbowl of Africa”
  • Best Community Report Any Medium - NICOLA GAGE, ABC South East Online “Aboriginal leaders take control of their future to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence”
  • Best Regional or Rural Report Any Medium - ANGELIQUE DONNELLAN, ABC “Whyalla’s uncertain future”
  • Transport Journalism in Any Medium - MIKE SMITHSON, Seven Network, “Idiotic Overtaking”
  • Best Graphics, Illustration or Cartoon in Any Medium - SHAUN HOLLIS, News Corp “The Strategy Game”
  • Best 3 Headlines in Any Medium - JOHN WHISTLER, News Corp “I’m a little despot short and stout” , “Prince George meets Obamas – in pyjamas”, “Some of a ditch”
  • Best Columnist/Blogger Print or Online/Digital - LAUREN NOVAK, News Corp “Let’s teach our girls how to deal with scourge from the start”, “Shocking truths”, “Parents must step up”
  • Best Investigative Coverage of An Issue or Event Any Medium - SHERADYN HOLDERHEAD and LAUREN NOVAK, News Corp “Knowing what we’re up against“
  • Scoop of the Year in Any Medium - PHOEBE BOWDEN, Network Ten “Medical Breach”
  • Student Journalism Award - SAMANTHA DAWES, ABC
  • Young Journalist of the Year - PHOEBE BOWDEN, Network Ten
  • Gold Award - LAUREN NOVAK, News Corp
  • Lifetime Achievement Award - DON RIDDELL


TEN’s Big Night At The 2016 SA Press Club Awards.
Phoebe Bowden Named Young Journalist Of The Year.

The eighth annual SA Press Club Awards were celebrated in Adelaide this evening, with Network Ten receiving more accolades than any other commercial television network.

The awards ceremony, which was held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley, delivered Adelaide’s TEN Eyewitness News First At Five three wins, with reporter Phoebe Bowden taking out the coveted award for Young Journalist of the Year.

The SA Press Club Awards are one of the most prestigious media award programs in South Australia.
The industry-judged awards recognise excellence in South Australian journalism across television,
print, radio and online.

Phoebe Bowden was also awarded Scoop Of The Year In Any Medium for her exclusive coverage of
medical privacy breaches within SA Health.

The judges said of Phoebe’s investigation: “[It] not only highlighted the failings of a supposedly
secure and confidential computer system but underscored the importance of whistle-blowers, prepared
to risk their careers and challenge the public service PR machine.”

Network Ten News Manager, Adelaide, Fiona Clark, said: “Phoebe Bowden is a journalist of rare talent. She has carefully cultivated contacts across all rounds and is widely respected for her integrity.

“As such, she is confident covering stories right across the news spectrum. Any journalist who strives to set the news agenda, and not just follow it, should be applauded.

“The fact that Phoebe does so with humility and with a never-ending willingness to learn and improve makes her a stand-out within the Adelaide media, regardless of her age.”

The award winners for Network Ten were:

Best Camera News Coverage: Matthew Bonser and Ray Ward
During the first hours of rolling coverage on South Australia’s devastating Pinery bushfires, Matthew and Ray navigated challenging and extremely dangerous conditions in the heart of the blaze, capturing raw and compelling vision of the horror as it was unfolding.

Scoop of the Year In Any Medium: Phoebe Bowden
For her exclusive investigation on the privacy breaches in the medical industry, revealing 13 individual violations by medical practitioners on the records of high-profile murder accused, Cy Walsh. The revelations prompted a major internal inquiry and review into the conduct of SA Health.

Young Journalist of the Year: Phoebe Bowden
For a series of outstanding reports including the medical privacy breaches at SA Health, the result of the Federal Election and the forgotten voices of the Child Protection Royal Commission.

Network Ten received further honours, with the following reporters and camera operators commended or highly commended:

Highly Commended, Best Camera News Coverage: Matthew Bonser
Highly Commended, Best Three Headlines In Any Medium: Christie Peucker
Commended, Best Broadcaster Television, Radio Or Online: Gia Loukes

Gia Loukes was also recognised as a finalist in the RAA Transport Journalism In Any Medium category and Matthew Bonser was a finalist for the Best Broadcaster Television, Radio or Online.

Network Ten Executive Director, News, John Choueifate, said: “I’m exceptionally proud of Phoebe and her achievements. What an outstanding result for the entire TEN Eyewitness News First At Five team.”


Herald Sun political reporter Annika Smethurst has been named the winner of the Wallace Brown Award “for the best and fairest early career parliamentary journalist” by the Canberra Press Gallery.


###Winners announced for the 2016 Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism

Print/Text News Report
Grant McArthur, Herald Sun, “Bacchus Marsh Baby Deaths”

Social Equity Journalism
Ben Schneiders, Royce Millar and Nick Toscano, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Canberra Times, Fairfax Media, “Sold Out: Australia’s biggest wages scandal”

Multimedia Storytelling
SBS Online Team, SBS Australia, “My Grandmother’s Lingo”

Nikon-Walkley Photo of the Year
Andrew Quilty, Foreign Policy, “The Man on the Operating Table”

Headline Journalism
Matthew Quagliotto, The Daily Telegraph, “Thirst Degree Murder”, “Law & Snorter”, “Tyred & Demotional”

Coverage of Indigenous Affairs
Dan Box, Eric George and Stephen Fitzpatrick, The Australian, “Bowraville”

Coverage of Community and Regional Affairs
Newcastle Herald Staff Reporters, Newcastle Herald, “The Foam and the Fury”

Sports Journalism
Adrian Proszenko, The Sydney Morning Herald, “Parramatta Eels salary cap scandal”

Sport Photography
Cameron Spencer, Getty Images, “The Defining Moment”

Radio/Audio News and Current Affairs
Sophie McNeill and Fouad Abu Gosh, PM and AM, ABC Radio, “Voices from Besieged Syria”

Radio/Audio Documentary, Feature, Podcast or Special
Dan Box and Eric George, The Australian, “Bowraville Podcast”

Print/Text Feature Writing Long (Over 4000 Words)
Jess Hill, The Monthly, “Suffer the Children: Trouble in the Family Court”

Scoop of the Year
Nick Tabakoff, The Daily Telegraph, “The Parramatta Eels NRL scandal”

Mark Knight, Herald Sun, “Subway”, “Census night in the Senate”, “Reg Grundy RIP”

David Rowe, The Australian Financial Review and The Sun Herald, “New clothes”, “Malcolm X and Ali”, “White ribbon”

Coverage of a Major News Event or Issue
Sky News Team, Sky News, “2016 Election Coverage”

Print/Text Feature Writing Short (Under 4000 Words)
Ben Doherty, Guardian Australia, “Crushed by the unblinking regime: the life and tragic death of Fazel Chegeni”

Nikon-Walkley News Photography
Andrew Quilty, Foreign Policy, “The Man on The Operating Table”

Business Journalism
Adele Ferguson, Klaus Toft and Mario Christodoulou, Fairfax Newspapers and ABC TV Four Corners, “Money For Nothing

Nikon-Walkley Feature/Photographic Essay
David Maurice Smith, Guardian Australia, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Globe and Mail and Mother Jones Magazine, “Refugee Crisis in the Balkans”

International Journalism
Sophie McNeill, Aaron Hollett, Mark Corcoran and Matt Walker, Foreign Correspondent, ABC TV, “Yemen: The War on Children”

Andy Taylor, 60 Minutes, Nine Network, “Predator”

TV/AV News Reporting
Chris O’Keefe, Nine News, Nine Network, “Bankstown Hospital”

TV/AV Daily Current Affairs
Anne Connolly, Suzanne Smith and Lesley Robinson, 7.30, ABC TV, “Anglican Church Paedophile Ring”

TV/AV Weekly Current Affairs
Linton Besser, Louie Eroglu, Jaya Balendra and Elise Worthington, Four Corners, ABC TV, “State of Fear”

Investigative Journalism
Adele Ferguson, Klaus Toft and Mario Christodoulou, Fairfax Newspapers and ABC TV Four Corners, “Money For Nothing”

Caro Meldrum-Hanna, Four Corners, ABC TV, “Jackson and Lawler”

Commentary, Analysis, Opinion and Critique
Greg Jericho, Guardian Australia, “Politics, the planet and the personal”

Walkley Documentary Award
Sarah Ferguson, Nial Fulton and Ivan O’Mahoney, In Films and ABC TV, Hitting Home

Walkley Book Award
Stan Grant, Talking to My Country, HarperCollins Publishers

Nikon-Walkley Press Photographer of the Year
Alex Coppel, Herald Sun

Journalistic Leadership
Rebecca Wilson

Outstanding Contribution to Journalism
Bruce Petty

Gold Walkley
Andrew Quilty, Foreign Policy, “The Man on the Operating Table”

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Photojournalist Andrew Quilty has won the Gold Walkley for his photograph “The Man on The Operating Table”

The image was shot by Quilty inside the Médecins Sans Frontières Kunduz Trauma Center in Afghanistan, following the Oct. 3, 2015, attack by an American AC-130 gunship on the hospital in which 42 were killed, including MSF staff, patients and patient carers.

Photojournalist Andrew Quilty wins Gold at 61st Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism

Freelance photographer Andrew Quilty has won the Gold Walkley Award for his extraordinary body of work, “The Man on the Operating Table”.

As a freelance photojournalist based in Kabul, Quilty has relentlessly pursued complex and important stories in a country that — after some 14 years of war — may have receded from the world’s front pages, but is no less dangerous or critical to understand. Since moving to Afghanistan in 2013, Quilty has won six Walkley Awards, including this year’s Nikon-Walkley Photo of the Year and the News Photography category.

After an errant US airstrike destroyed the Médecins Sans Frontières hospital and killed 42 people in Kunduz, Afghanistan, in Oct. 2015, Quilty was the first journalist to reach the scene. He found bodies still in the rubble; with fighting still going on in the vicinity, it had been too dangerous to remove them. He discovered one man lying on an operating table who was later identified as Baynazar Mohammad Nazar, a 43-year-old Afghan civilian. Quilty’s image of “The Man on the Operating Table” is shocking and powerful, while his series of the same name introduces Baynazar the man, who rode a bicycle to work and shared a small house with his family.

Bruce Petty was awarded the Walkley for Outstanding Contribution to Journalism, recognising a 55-year career of drawing political cartoons as well a career in animation and film directing that has also won him an Oscar.

The Nikon-Walkley Press Photographer of the Year Award went to News Corp Australia’s Alex Coppel for a body of work that showcased his technical skill and storytelling ability.

Rebecca Wilson was posthumously awarded the Walkley Award for Journalistic Leadership for her constant drive to challenge conventions and to pave the way for younger female reporters. The award was accepted by her son Tom Sacre.

Commenting on the Walkley judging process, Advisory Board Chair Kate McClymont said, “The judging process is what gives the Walkley Awards its credibility. The judges are senior journalists — people who know the skill, quick wit, depth of research and analysis, resourcefulness and even physical courage that it takes to create the best journalism.”

The 61st Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism were presented in 34 categories.

More than 600 journalists and media identities gathered in the Plaza Ballroom of Brisbane’s Convention and Exhibition Centre for the gala event hosted by Sky News’ David Speers. The Walkley Awards were held in Brisbane with the support of Tourism and Events Queensland.

Final winners list posted above.



The ABC won eight awards at last night’s 2016 Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism, Australia’s most prestigious media prizes.

The ABC had the most finalists of any media outlet, with 28 finalists across 14 categories.

Jerusalem-based Middle East Correspondent Sophie McNeill won two awards, for the radio report “Voices From Besieged Syria”, with Fouad Abu Gosh, and for the Foreign Correspondent episode “Yemen: The War on Children”, with Aaron Hollett, Mark Corcoran and Matt Walker.

The team of Adele Ferguson, Klaus Toft and Mario Christodolou also won two Walkleys, for business and investigative journalism, for their Four Corners/Fairfax Media expose of the CommInsure scandal.

ABC Managing Director Michelle Guthrie congratulated all of the Walkley winners and said the results highlighted the dedication and professionalism of the ABC’s journalists.

“Our news teams have had a very strong year in breaking stories and setting agendas at the international, national and local level,” she said.

“The Walkley Awards our journalists have won tonight reflect not only the great journalism the ABC produces but its value to our audiences.”

The ABC’s winners encompassed radio and TV current affairs, investigative journalism, documentary, international reporting, interviewing and business journalism.

Director of News Gaven Morris said: “This demonstrates the breadth as well as the quality of the news and current affairs journalism ABC News provides for all Australians, delivered by some of the nation’s best journalists.
“Well done to all of our finalists and award-winners.”

Stan Grant, who this month joins ABC News as Editor, Indigenous Affairs Coverage, won the Walkley Book Award for “Talking to My Country”.

The ABC winners are:

Radio News and Current Affairs Journalism
Sophie McNeill and Fouad Abu Gosh, PM and AM: “Voices from Besieged Syria”

Business Journalism
Adele Ferguson, Klaus Toft and Mario Christodolou, Fairfax Newspapers and Four Corners: “CommInsure scandal”

International Journalism
Sophie McNeill, Aaron Hollett, Mark Corcoran and Matt Walker, Foreign Correspondent: “Yemen: The War on Children”

Television/Audio-Visual Daily Current Affairs
Anne Connolly, Suzanne Smith and Lesley Robinson, 7.30: “Anglican Church Paedophile Ring”

Television/Audio-Visual Weekly Current Affairs
Linton Besser, Louie Eroglu, Jaya Balendra and Elise Worthington, Four Corners: “State of Fear”

Investigative Journalism
Adele Ferguson, Klaus Toft and Mario Christodoulou, Fairfax Media and Four Corners: “CommInsure scandal”

Caro Meldrum-Hanna, Four Corners: “Jackson and Lawler”

Walkley Documentary Award
Hitting Home, Sarah Ferguson, Nial Fulton and Ivan O’Mahoney (ABC TV and In Films)


The 2016 Melbourne Press Club Quill Awards were held at Melbourne’s Crown Casino tonight. ABC’s Louise Milligan and Andy Burns won the Gold Quill for their reporting for ABC 7.30 on George Pell & sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. The Age was the biggest winner claiming nine awards, two more than the Herald Sun. The Age’s Caroline Wilson was named the Harry Gordon Australian Sports Journalist of the Year for her AFL journalism. Caro Meldrum-Hanna from ABC’s Four Corners was crowned the 2016 Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year for her investigation into the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre saga which led to a Royal Commission into the country’s entire juvenile justice system.

List of winners:
The 2016 Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year
Caro Meldrum-Hanna, ABC Four Corners

The 2016 Harry Gordon Australian Sports Journalist of the Year
Caroline Wilson, The Age

The Gold Quill
Louise Milligan and Andy Burns, ABC 7.30

Lifetime achievement award
Niki Savva, ABC Insiders

Breaking News Coverage
Brianna Travers, Sunday Herald Sun for Moomba riots

Grant Hattam Quill for Investigative Journalism
Ben Schneiders, Royce Millar and Nick Toscano, The Age for “Sold out: Australia’s biggest wages scandal”

TV/Video Feature (long form)
Adele Ferguson, Klaus Toft and Mario Christodoulou, ABC Four Corners and The Age for the Comminsure scandal

TV/Video Feature (short form)
Nick McKenzie and Gus Goswell, ABC 7.30 and The Age for “foreign bribery allegations”

TV/Video News
Brendan Donohoe, Seven News for “Euthanasia cabinet leak”

Camera Work
John Parsons, Nine News for Westgate Bridge police chase

Coverage of an Issue or Event
Louise Milligan & Andy Burns, ABC 7.30

Radio News
Seb Costello, Triple M for “Usain Bolt wins gold”

Business News
Adele Ferguson, Klaus Toft and Mario Christodoulou, ABC Four Corners and The Age for the Comminsure scandal

Radio current affairs
Richard Baker and Michael Bachelard, The Age for “Phoebe’s fall” podcast

Andrew Dyson, The Age for “Elbow Room”

Innovation in journalism
Soren Frederiksen, Conal Hanna, Craig Dixon, Fairfax Media for Real Footy on Messenger

Sports feature
Emma Quayle, The Age for “Anthony McDonald Tipungwuti’s long journey”

Sports news
Michael Gleeson, The Age for “Lachie Whitfield drugs affair”

Victorian Government Quill for Reporting on Disability Issues
Beau Donelly, The Age for “MS sufferer Anthony Virgona’s decision to die”

Best News Report in Writing
Tom Minear and James Campbell, Herald Sun for “Minister’s dog act” (state minister Steve Herbert abusing his taxpayer-funded limousine by transporting his dogs around Victoria)

RACV Transport Quill
Matthew Johnston and Alex White, Herald Sun for “Skyrail”

News photo
Jake Nowakowski, Herald Sun for his image of a police officer pepper-spraying Moomba rioters

Best cartoonist
Mark Knight, Herald Sun for “Hair Force One”

Features photo
Jason Edwards, Herald Sun for “beautiful balance”

Sports photo
Alex Coppel, Herald Sun for capturing Fernando Alonso’s high-speed crash at the 2016 Australian F1 Grand Prix

The 2016 Student Journalist of the Year
Tess Ikonomou, Monash University

TAC Towards Zero Road Safety Quill
Seamus Bradley, Meredith O’Shea, Nick Place and Miguel Rios, RACV RoyalAuto for “Impact - Victoria’s hidden road toll”

Suburban/regional Quill
Melissa Cunningham, Ballarat Courier, for her reporting on child sex abuse in the Catholic Church

The 2016 Ray Frawley Young Journalist of the Year
Bridget Judd, ABC News

Keith Dunstan award for commentary
Tim Colebatch, Inside Story magazine

Business Feature
Ben Butler, The Weekend Australian Magazine for “Keeping up with the Oswals”

Feature Writing
Margaret Simons, The Monthly for “Duterte’s Dirty War”


The winners of the 2017 Awards have been announced


Sunday Herald Sun political journalist Annika Smethurst has been named the 2017 Press Gallery Journalist of the Year by the National Press Club.

The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age have won a Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) award for Excellence in Journalistic Innovation for interactive multimedia story Saving the Reef. Written by Adam Morton with images by Jason South, Saving the Reef highlights the challenge the Great Barrier Reef faces daily and offers possible solutions to restore it to its former glory. The final package integrates text, images, graphs and video into six digital chapters.


Walkley Mid-Year Awards

The Walkley Foundation tonight announced winners for its suite of mid-year awards, as well as projects receiving seed money from the Walkley Media Incubator and Innovation Fund.
The foundation’s annual Mid-Year Award Celebration recognises the best young journalists, freelancers, and projects advancing innovation in journalism. This year, the Walkleys added awards for industrial relations journalists, and for arts journalists and critics.
The full list of winners is below.

Industrial Relations Reporting Award
Ben Schneiders, Royce Millar and Nick Toscano, The Age
Macca’s workers underpaid by millions
Shopped Out
Sold out: quarter of a million workers underpaid in union deals

Women’s Leadership in Media Award
Catherine Fox, ABC Online, The Australian and New South Publishing
Recruitment drive boosts number of women working on railways
Elizabeth Broderick, Lance Hockridge and the Male Champions of Change
Stop Fixing Women (Book)

Freelance Journalist of the Year
Jo Chandler, The Monthly and Background Briefing, ABC Radio National
Climate of Change

Arts Journalism Award
John Shand, and The Sydney Morning Herald
Meaning It: Truth, Trump Universality and Cultural Amnesia

Walkley-Pascall Award for Arts Criticism
Kate Hennessy, The Guardian
The Drover’s Wife review – plot twist leaves Australian classic spinning on its axis

Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Awards

Tom Minear, Herald Sun
Minister’s dog act
Gone to the dogs

Carl Smith, The Science Show, ABC Radio National
Bionic Bodies

Michael McGowan and Carrie Fellner, Newcastle Herald
The foam and the fury

Dave May, SBS Viceland
Bullying’s Deadly Toll
Australia’s Only Town Against Same-Sex Marriage
Suburban Exorcists

Paul Farrell, Guardian Australia
The Nauru Files

Christiane Barro, Mojo News, Monash University
‘I would have sat every day of those 20 years in jail’
‘It’s not our fault’: Dole recipients say they’re not bludging the system
‘It’s safer for everyone’: heroin addicts plead for a safe injecting room

Lydia Bilton, The University of Sydney

Paul Farrell, Guardian Australia
The Nauru Files

The Walkley Advisory Board, represented by Kate McClymont, Claire Harvey, Jonny Richards and Angelos Frangopoulos, said of the overall winner:
“Paul Farrell’s remarkable release of the Nauru Files produced shockwaves that are still reverberating in Australia and around the world. It is the essence of great journalism. We were also impressed by the innovative presentation of the leaked reports. A very deserving winner.”
Thanks to the support of the Jibb Foundation, Farrell will fly to the USA with Cathay Pacific to undertake two weeks’ worth of work experience; he and other category winners will also receive mentoring from the Walkley Advisory Board.


The nominations for the 2017 NRMA Kennedy Awards (which I believe is the award for NSW-specific journalism) were announced today:

The ceremony itself will be held on August 11.


2017 Newspaper of the Year Awards finalists announced


2017 NRMA Kennedy Awards for Excellence in Journalism


Announced at the Grand Ballroom, Royal Randwick, Friday August 11

2017 Coca-Cola KennedycJournalist of the Year: Chris O’Keefe (Nine News)

Les Kennedy Award for Outstanding Crime Reporting: Allan Clarke (NITV and BuzzFeed News)

Paul Lockyer Award for Outstanding Regional Broadcast Reporting: Lucy Langtry, Rod Smith (Prime 7 North Coast)

Chris Watson Award for Outstanding Regional Newspaper Reporting: Jack Morphet (The Daily Advertiser)

Rod Allen Award Racing Writer of the Year: Ray Thomas (The Daily Telegraph)

Outstanding Turf Reporting: Greg Bearup (The Australian)

Sean Flannery Award for Outstanding Radio Reporting: Natalie Peters (2GB)

Outstanding Radio Current Affairs and Audio Blog: “Phoebe’s Fall” (Fairfax Media)

Cliff Neville Award – Team Player: Shaun Besgrove (7 News Sydney)

Peter Frilingos Award – Outstanding Sport Reporting: Chris Barrett, Adam Collins (The Sydney Morning Herald)

2017 Young Journalist of the Year: Jack Morphet (The Daily Advertiser)

2017 Participation Award: Crinkling News

Outstanding Travel Writing: Catherine Marshall (The Weekend Australian)

Lifetime Achievement Award: Ita Buttrose

John Newfong Award – Outstanding Indigenous Affairs Reporting: Caro Meldrum-Hanna, Mary Fallon, Elise Worthington (Four Corners)

Gary Ticehurst Award – Outstanding Television News Camera Coverage: Adam Bovino (Nine News)

Harry Potter Award – Outstanding Television News Reporting: Chris O’Keefe (Nine News)

Outstanding TV Current Affairs: Michael Usher (7 News)

Outstanding Nightly TV Current Affairs: James Thomas, Lesley Robinson (ABC 7.30)

Peter Ruehl Award – Outstanding Columnist: Rick Morton (The Weekend Australian)

Outstanding Finance Reporting: Michael Smith, Angus Grigg, Lisa Murray (The Australian Financial Review)

Outstanding Consumer Affairs Reporting: Sophie Scott, Meredith Griffiths (ABC 7.30)

Outstanding Online News Breaking: Emily McPherson (

Outstanding Court Reporting: Emma Partridge (The Daily Telegraph)

Outstanding Reporting on the Environment: Caro Meldrum-Hanna, Jaya Balendra, Alex McDonald (Four Corners)

The Rebecca Wilson Award – Scoop of the Year: Chris O’Keefe (Nine News)

The Vince O’Farrell Award – Outstanding Illustration: Cathy Wilcox (The Sydney Morning Herald)

Outstanding Investigative Reporting: Caro Meldrum-Hanna, Mary Fallon, Elise Worthington (Four Corners)

Jim Oram Award – Outstanding Features Writing: Stephanie Wood (The Good Weekend)

Outstanding Political Journalist: Chris O’Keefe (Nine News)

Coca-Cola Journalist of the Year: Chris O’Keefe (Nine News)


Outstanding News Photo: Toby Zerna (The Daily Telegraph)

Outstanding Portrait: Phil Hillyard (The Daily Telegraph)

Outstanding Sports Photo: Phil Hillyard (The Daily Telegraph)

Outstanding Online Video: Nathan Edwards, Sarah Blake, Toby Zerna (The Daily Telegraph)

People’s Choice Award: Dylan Robinson (The Daily Telegraph)




Last night the who’s who of Australian news celebrated the talents of the country’s finest journalists at the 6th Annual NRMA Kennedy Awards, with Nine News reporter Chris O’Keefe crowned Journalist of the Year.

O’Keefe’s exclusive on gross negligence at Bankstown Hospital which led to the death of a newborn baby and left another infant with brain damage after a nitrous oxide gas mix-up secured him the prestigious win. The story also earned him the award of Scoop of the Year.

In a stellar night for O’Keefe, he also received awards for Outstanding Political Journalist and Outstanding Television News Reporting,

O’Keefe, who has been with Nine News for six years, said he was honoured to receive the prestigious Journalist of the Year Award.

“I am so humbled. To win awards named in honour of two of the giants of our industry is really something special. Nothing we achieve can be done without the team at Nine News. We know we have a duty to our viewers to deliver accurate and top-quality stories every night. It’s a privilege to do what we do,” he said.

“Most importantly, to have been allowed to tell the Ghanem family’s story was an honour. I’m proud we gave them a voice in such a horrible situation. There is nothing that will rectify what happened to them, but telling their story demonstrated just how important journalism is.”

Director of Nine News Sydney, Simon Hobbs, congratulated O’Keefe on his well-earned win.

“We are immensely proud of Chris and his contribution to Nine News. One of his greatest strengths as State Political Reporter is that he fundamentally understands that his role is not about politics or politicians – it’s about the people of NSW,” Hobbs said.

“He is always the first to ask, ‘How will this decision impact on mums and dads, kids and grandparents?’ He is, and will continue to be, a fierce advocate for the people of this great city and state.”

Adding to the accolades for Nine News was Adam Bovino’s award for Outstanding Television News Camera Coverage. senior journalist Emily McPherson was also recognised in the Outstanding Online News Breaking category for her series of online articles highlighting the tragic death of 15-year-old Victorian schoolgirl, Cassidy Trevan.

Cassidy Trevan committed suicide after a group of schoolyard bullies orchestrated her gang rape. McPherson broke the story of her death online and revealed the full circumstances that led to her tragic suicide.


• 2017 Coca-Cola Journalist of the Year: Chris O’Keefe (Nine News)
• Rebecca Wilson Award, Scoop of the Year: Chris O’Keefe (Nine News)

• Harry Potter Award, Outstanding Television News Reporting: Chris O’Keefe (Nine News)

• Outstanding Political Journalist: Chris O’Keefe (Nine News)

• Gary Ticehurst Award, Outstanding Television News Camera Coverage: Adam Bovino (Nine News)

• Outstanding Online News Breaking: Emily McPherson (


Seven News receives three Kennedy Awards for excellence in NSW journalism

Seven News has been recognised with three Kennedy Awards; Outstanding Television Current Affairs Reporting, the 2017 Cliff Neville Award for Outstanding Team Player and the Paul Lockyer Award for Outstanding Regional Broadcast Reporting.

Hosted by Seven News presenter Michael Usher, the sixth annual NRMA Kennedy Awards was celebrated at a gala ceremony in Sydney last night.

On behalf on Channel Seven we would like to congratulate:

• Seven News presenter Michael Usher who was honoured with the Kennedy Award for Outstanding Television Current Affairs Reporting for Murder Uncovered, a breakthrough investigative news series that blew open some of the worst, most infamous cases of unsolved killings and crimes in Australian criminal history.

• Seven News cameraman Shaun Besgrove who accepted the 2017 Cliff Neville Award for Outstanding Team Player.

• And, Lucy Langtry and Rod Smith from Prime7 Local News on the North Coast who received the Paul Lockyer Award for Outstanding Regional Broadcast Reporting for their coverage of the devastating Northern Rivers floods.

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



I’m not sure if I agree with Seven claiming an award for their regional affiliate as one of their own in their press release!

Congrats to all winners of the 2017 Kennedy Awards in any case! :slight_smile:



The winners of this year’s Clarion Awards, Queensland’s major awards for journalistic excellence, at a gala presentation dinner on Saturday 26 August at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre, Southbank, Brisbane.

The Courier-Mail‘s David Murray was named the 2017 Queensland Journalist of the Year. The Clarion judges said: “After being approached by the parents of missing schoolgirl Rachel Antonio, David conceived the idea of a podcast that could uncover seemingly neglected aspects of the investigation into her disappearance. It took him four months of research, planning and travel as he traced and recorded witnesses, sourced material and scripted five episodes of 35-40 minutes each, with the assistance of digital editor Sean Callinan… David’s work has opened the door to the possible solving of the mystery of her disappearance and giving her grieving parents some resolution.”

John Henningham of Brisbane’s JSchool was acknowledged for his 40 years of service by being awarded the Clarion for Most Oustanding Contribution to Journalism. The judges commented: “It is difficult to over-emphasise the impact that John Henningham has had on Australian journalism… John broke ground by gaining the first Australian doctorate in journalism and becoming the country’s first journalism professor, then continued his pioneering work with JSchool, which for decades has imparted the professional skills that young journalists need, coupled with rigorous academic teaching.”

The All-Media Clarion for New Journalist of the Year went to the Townsville Bulletin’s Chris McMahon. “His coverage of major crime events in North Queensland was thorough, comprehensive and well-written. Chris used his contacts and initiative to find fresh leads and new angles to produce pages of gripping content,” the judges said. MEAA proudly congratulates all the winners of the 2017 Clarion Awards.

The complete list of winners, finalists and judges’ comments can be found here.


All Media – Business Journalism

• Liam Walsh: The Courier-Mail: Caught in a corrupt web

All Media – Commentary, Analysis, Opinion & Critique

• Sherele Moody: The Daily Telegraph‘s Rendezview, Various: Agent of Change

All Media – Health and Wellness

• Elissa Lawrence: QWeekend, The Courier-Mail: True Grit

All Media – Broadcast Interview

• Bruce Atkinson: Various ABC Radio programs: Drama At Long Tan

All Media – Indigenous Issues Reporting

• Michael Atkin: ABC TV’s 7.30 Program: Rough justice: The Treatment of Young Indigenous Offenders in North QLD

All Media – Most Outstanding Journalism Student

• Jessica Stewart: QUT: Body of Work

All Media – Multicultural Queensland Award

• Kristine Taylor, Roger Carter, Greg Hassall: ABC TV’s Australian Story: Australian Story: A Field of Dreams

All Media – Rural Journalism

• Dominique Schwartz: ABC TV’s 7pm News: Death Row Dingos

All Media – Social Issues Reporting

• Kirstin Murray, Roger Carter: ABC TV’s Australian Story: Tough Love

All Media – Sports Journalism

• Grantlee Kieza: The Courier-Mail: The Jeff Horn-Manny Pacquiao fight

All Media – New Journalist of the Year

• Chris McMahon: Townsville Bulletin: Body of work

All Media – Investigative Journalism

• Michael Atkin: ABC TV’s 7.30 Program, ABC News Online: Investigating the Rise and Fall of Careers Australia

All Media – Freelance Journalism

• Andrew McMillen: The Weekend Australian: Body of Work

All Media – Multimedia Journalism

• David Murray, Sean Callinan: The Courier-Mail, The Courier-Mail Online: Searching for Rachel Antonio

All Media – Cartoon Illustration or Graphic

• Tony Bela: The Courier-Mail: Dreamworld Tragedy

Photography – News Photograph- Metropolitan

• Annette Dew: The Courier-Mail: Faces of Tragedy

Photography – Photographic Essay

• Zak Simmonds: Townsville Bulletin: Crim Reality

Print/Text – Feature Article

• Andrew McMillen: The Weekend Australian: Dying Wish

Print/Text – News Report

• Mark Willacy, Alexandra Blucher: ABC News Online: Environment Series

Print /Text – Best Three Headings

• Daniel Johnson: Qweekend Magazine/The Courier-Mail: “Give a Dog a Clone”, “Four Legs and a Funeral” and “Winging It at Yoga Can Be a Real Gas”

Radio/Audio – Current Affairs, Feature Documentary or Special

• David Murray, Sean Callinan: The Courier-Mail Online: Searching for Rachel Antonio

Radio/ Audio – News Report

• Mark Jeffery: ABC Radio North & Far North Queensland: Farmers Attack Defence

Regional & Community – Print/ Text: News Report

• Paul Weston: Gold Coast Bulletin: Thin Grim Line

Regional & Community – Broadcast Report

• Ben Millington: ABC TV’s Landline and AM Current Affairs Radio: Inside Cleveland Youth Detention

Regional & Community – Print /Text: Feature Article or Opinion

• Alexandria Utting, Paul Weston, Wayne Watson: Gold Coast Bulletin: Control Freak: The Tara Brown Murder

Regional & Community – News Photograph

• Justin Brierty: The Cairns Post: Don’t Shoot

Television – Current Affairs, Feature Documentary

• Paula Doneman, Michael Usher, Duncan McNab, Stephen Peters, Mark Llewellyn: Channel Seven: Murder Uncovered – Who killed Leanne Holland?

Television – The John Bean Award for News and Current Affairs Camerawork

• Scott Kyle: ABC TV’s 7.30 Program: Quinkan Country

Television News Report

• Nine News Team: Nine Network: Cyclone Debbie

Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism

• John Henningham

2017 Queensland Journalist of the Year

• David Murray