2016 Our Watch Awards finalists announced

Finalists in the 2016 Our Watch Awards have been announced. The Awards, administered by the Walkley Foundation, recognise exemplary reporting to end violence against women and their children.

Our Watch CEO Mary Barry said:

“Media play a powerful role in bringing the issue of violence against women to our attention and shaping the national conversation.  With this platform comes a great deal of responsibility.

“It is crucial that those doing it well are applauded. The Our Watch Awards recognise those who set a new standard, holding a mirror up to society and highlighting what works to prevent violence from happening in the first place. I look forward to celebrating the finalists and winners at the ceremony in September,” said Ms Barry.

Finalists, in alphabetical order, are:

Best use of social media

All Media: Best news coverage

All Media: Best series or special

All Media: Best local/community journalism

All Media: Best long form

All Media: Best journalism campaign

The winner of each category will go in the running to receive the Our Watch Gold Award. The awards ceremony will be held in Sydney on Wednesday, September 14.

Entries for the 2nd Annual Our Watch Awards opened on June 7, 2016 alongside the publication of new research jointly commissioned by Our Watch and Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) which looked at the nature of reporting of violence against women in Australia in 2015.

The report, Media Representations of Violence Against Women, suggests that while there has been much positive change, best practice reporting of violence against women in Australia is not always the norm, with victim blaming still present in 1 in 6 articles on the issue, minimal use of expert sources and lack of help seeking information such as 1800RESPECT.

The research showed that the volume of reporting on violence against women in Australia is high. During a four month collection period, the research found that 4,516 print, online or radio stories on violence against women were published or broadcast more than 15,000 times. Sensationalist headlines, graphic language and trivialising photographs were present, but in the minority.

About Our Watch:

Our Watch, the national organisation to prevent violence against women and their children, was created to drive nation-wide change in the culture, behaviours and attitudes that lead to violence against women and their children.

To do this the organisation works to increase gender equality and respect in all aspects of everyday life, such as through schools; workplaces; media; sporting organisations; social marketing, and developing and influencing public policy.

About the Our Watch Awards:

Our Watch has developed a national media awards scheme to recognise and reward exemplary reporting of violence against women, in particular reporting that highlights the drivers of violence and what we as a society can do to stop it before it starts. The Our Watch Awards is an initiative under the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022, and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.

For more information about the Awards, which are administered by The Walkley Foundation, please visit the Walkleys’ Our Watch Awards page. For more information on Our Watch and resources for journalists, visit ourwatch.org.au.

For information about the awards please contact:

Lauren Dixon, Awards Manager
The Walkley Foundation for Journalism
02 9333 0913, E. lauren.dixon@walkleys.com, walkleys.com

For information on Our Watch and reporting guidelines and resources please contact:

Hannah Grant, Media Manager
Our Watch
T. 03 8692 9512, M. 0448844930, E. hannah.grant@ourwatch.org.au, ourwatch.org.au

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