Hooray! It’s The Finalists For The 2016 Walkley Awards

Hooray! It’s The Finalists For The 2016 Walkley Awards

Finalists in the prestigious Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism were announced last night at simultaneous events in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. This year marks the 61st annual Walkley Awards.

Journalists around the nation submitted over 1,300 entries, which were judged by more than 100 senior industry representatives.

The finalists for the 2016 Nikon-Walkley Awards for Excellence in Photojournalism and the Walkley Documentary Award were announced last week.

Award winners will be announced at a gala dinner on Friday, December 2, at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. The awards will be broadcast live on the SKY NEWS Public Affairs Channel, A-PAC (channel 648), from 8pm AEDT and live-streamed on walkleys.com and a-pac.tv.

The 2016 finalists:

Print/Text News Report

  • Grant McArthurHerald Sun, “Bacchus Marsh Baby Deaths”
  • Ben Schneiders, Royce Miller and Nick ToscanoThe Age, “Sold Out: Australia’s biggest wages scandal”
    Nick TabakoffThe Daily Telegraph, “The Parramatta Eels NRL Scandal”

Social Equity Journalism

  • Linton Besser, Ali Russell and Alex McDonaldFour Corners, ABC TV, “Ripped Off”
  • Sharon Davis and Helen GrasswillAustralian Story, ABC TV, “Into the Fog of War”
  • Ben Schneiders, Royce Millar and Nick ToscanoThe AgeThe Sydney Morning Heraldand The Canberra Times, Fairfax Media, “Sold Out: Australia’s biggest wages scandal”

Multimedia Storytelling

  • Paul Farrell, Nick Evershed, Helen Davidson, Ri Liu, Josh Wall and Guardian Team AustraliaGuardian Australia, “The Nauru Files”
  • Gina McKeon, Boris Etingof, Jake Duczynski and John-Paul Marin, SBS Australia, “My Grandmother’s Lingo”
  • Shirtfronted multimedia storytelling team, Fairfax Media, “Shirtfronted: The story of the Abbott government”

Headline Journalism

  • Mathew Quagliotto, The Daily Telegraph, “Thirst degree Murder”, “Law and Snorter”, “Tyred & Demotional”
  • Rob Stott, BuzzFeed Australia, “Old Abbotts Die Hard”, “Make Australia Hate Again”, “It Gets Bitter”
  • Chris TinklerHerald Sun, “Chopped Stuey”, “Last of the Mohicans”, “Deadly, with a chance of meatballs”

Coverage of Indigenous Affairs

  • Bronwyn AdcockBackground Briefing, ABC Radio National and The Saturday Paper, “Aboriginal Fishing: When culture becomes criminal”, “Indigenous fishing rights caught in the net”
  • Dan Box, Eric George and Stephen FitzpatrickThe Australian, “Bowraville”
  • Caro Meldrum-Hanna, Clay Hitchens and Mario ChristodoulouFour Corners, ABC TV, “Callous Disregard”

Coverage of Community or Regional Affairs

  • Jane Bardon, ABC 1 NT and ABC News 24, “Exposing injustice in remote corners”
  • Melissa CunninghamThe Courier, Ballarat, “Royal commission into child sexual abuse: a path of hope to Rome
  • Newcastle Herald Staff ReportersNewcastle Herald, “The foam and the fury”

Sports Journalism

  • Sarah DingleBackground Briefing, ABC Radio National, “Inside the Matildas’ Strike”
  • Quentin McDermott, Peter Cronau and Mario ChristodoulouFour Corners, ABC TV, “Whatever it Takes”
  • Adrian ProszenkoThe Sydney Morning Herald, “Parramatta Eels salary cap scandal”

Radio News and Current Affairs Journalism

  • Dan Box and Eric GeorgeThe Australian, “Bowraville Podcast”
  • Sophie McNeill and Fouad Abu GoshPMand AM, ABC Radio, “Voices from Besieged Syria”
  • Ben MillingtonAM,ABC Radio, “Abuse inside Cleveland”

Radio Documentary, Feature, Podcast or Special

  • Jane BardonABC NewsDarwin, “Glencore’s acid test”
  • Dan Box and Eric GeorgeThe Australian, “Bowraville Podcast”
  • Sarah DingleBackground Briefing, ABC Radio, “Is the Joint Strike Fighter the right plane for Australia?”

Feature Writing Long (over 4,000 words)

  • Jess HillThe Monthly, “Suffer the Children: Trouble in the Family Court”
  • Mark MorriThe Daily Telegraph, “Serial Killer with a Badge”
  • Laura TingleQuarterly Essay 60, “Political Amnesia: How we Forgot How to Govern”

Scoop of the Year

  • Laura Banks and Anthony de CeglieThe Daily Telegraph, “The hideous betrayal of Girl X”
  • Andrew ProbynThe West Australian, “Mediscare!”
  • Nick TabakoffThe Daily Telegraph, “The Parramatta Eels NRL scandal”


  • Mark KnightHerald Sun, “Subway”, “Census night in the Senate”, “Reg Grundy RIP”
  • Glen Le LievreThe Sydney Morning Herald, “Paper planes”, “Surprise witness”, “Cage”
  • Peter NicholsonThe Australian, “Boris Brexit”


  • Sturt KrygsmanThe Australian, “Not so Trojan Horse”, “Dangerous Waters”, “Michael Brand: The Gallery Director with the Hard Edges”
  • David RoweThe Australian Financial Reviewand The Sun Herald, “New clothes”, “Malcolm X and Ali”, “White ribbon”
  • Sam Wallman, Kylie Boltin and Genevieve Dwyer, SBS, “Brick by Brick: A Comic from Eastern Europe’s Border Crisis”, “Winding Up The Window: The End of the Australian Auto Industry”

Coverage of a Major News Event or Issue

  • David Marr and Melissa DaveyGuardian Australia, “Cardinal Pell before the royal commission”
  • Grant McArthur, Andrew Jefferson, Ruth Lamperd, Evonne Madden and Matthew JohnstonHerald Sun, “Bacchus Marsh Baby Deaths”
  • Sky News Team, Sky News, “2016 Election Coverage”

Feature Writing Short (under 4,000 words)

  • Ben DohertyGuardian Australia, “How the Australian immigration detention regime crushed Fazel Chegeni”
  • Julia MedewThe Age, “The big sleep”
  • Gabbie StroudGriffith Review, “Teaching Australia”

Business Journalism

  • Adele Ferguson, Klaus Toft and Mario Christodolou, Fairfax Newspapers and Four Corners,ABC TV, “CommInsure scandal”
  • Panama Papers Team, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, Australian Financial Reviewand Four Corners, ABC TV, “Panama Papers”
  • Ben Schneiders, Royce Millar and Nick ToscanoThe Age, “Sold out: Australia’s biggest wages scandal”

International Journalism

  • Paul Farrell, Helen Davidson, Ben Doherty, Nick Evershed,  Will Woodward and Guardian Australia TeamGuardian Australia, “The Nauru files exposed”
  • Sophie McNeill, Aaron Hollett, Mark Corcoran and Matt WalkerForeign Correspondent, ABC TV, “Yemen: The War on Children”
  • Sally Sara, Matt Davis and Gregory NelsonForeign Correspondent, ABC TV, “#BlackLivesMatter”


  • Aaron HollettForeign Correspondent, ABC TV, “Yemen:The War on Children”
  • Greg Nelson and Matt DavisForeign Correspondent, ABC TV, “#BlackLivesMatter”, “Get Up, Stand Up” and “Freedom Riders”
  • Andy Taylor60 Minutes, Nine Network, “Predator”

Television/Audio-Visual News Reporting

  • Waleed Aly and Tom WhittyThe Project, Network Ten, “Milked Dry”
  • Chris O’KeefeNine News, Nine Network, “Bankstown Hospital”
  • Robert Ovadia and Chris MaherSeven News, Seven Network, “Parramatta Police Shooting”

Television/Audio-Visual Daily Current Affairs

  • Anne Connolly and Suzanne Smith30,ABC TV, “Anglican Church Paedophile Ring”
  • Louise Milligan and Andy Burns30, ABC TV, “George Pell Investigation”
  • Matthew Peacock30, ABC TV, “St Vincent’s Chemotherapy”

Television/Audio-Visual Weekly Current Affairs

  • Linton Besser, Louie Eroglu, Jaya Balendra and Elise WorthingtonFour Corners, ABC TV, “State of Fear”
  • Sharon Davis and Helen GrasswillAustralian Story, ABC TV, “Into the Fog of War Parts 1 & 2”
  • Caro Meldrum-Hanna, Mary Fallon and Elise WorthingtonFour Corners, ABC TV,  “Australia’s Shame”

Investigative Journalism

  • Adele Ferguson, Klaus Toft and Mario Christodoulou, Fairfax Media and Four Corners, ABC TV, “CommInsure scandal”
  • Dan Box and Eric GeorgeThe Australian, “Bowraville Investigation”
  • Caro Meldrum-Hanna, Mary Fallon and Elise WorthingtonFour Corners, ABC TV, “Australia’s shame”


  • Caro Meldrum-HannaFour Corners, ABC TV, “Jackson and Lawler”
  • Leigh Sales30, ABC TV, “Bill Shorten interview”
  • Michael Usher, Laura Sparkes and Grace Tobin60 Minutes, Nine Network, “Where is William?”

Commentary, Analysis, Opinion and Critique

  • Waleed Aly and Tom WhittyThe Project, Network Ten, “ISIL is Weak”, “Click Something Else”, “Milked Dry”
  • Greg JerichoGuardian Australia, “Scott Morrison’s car-crash logic and the real story behind the ‘taxed-nots’”, “I spend my time writing about the economy, but the climate data hits me right in the gut”, “I no longer see my daughter’s Down syndrome, I only see a beautiful girl called Emma”
  • Jacqueline MaleyThe Sydney Morning Herald, “Trump, tax and terror”

Walkley Book Award Longlist

  • Mark BakerPhillip Schuler: The remarkable life of one of Australia’s greatest war correspondents, Allen & Unwin
  • Yoni BashanThe Squad, HarperCollins Publishers
  • Sarah Ferguson and Patricia DrumThe Killing Season, Melbourne University Press
  • Madeline GleesonOffshore: Behind the Wire on Manus and Nauru, NewSouth Publishing
  • Stan GrantTalking to My Country, HarperCollins Publishers
  • Thornton McCamishOur Man Elsewhere: In Search of Alan Moorehead, Black Inc.
  • Sebastian SmeeThe Art of Rivalry, Text Publishing
  • Luke WilliamsThe Ice Age, Scribe
  • Ashleigh WilsonBrett Whiteley: Art, Life and the Other Thing, Text Publishing


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