Gina McColl has been named the winner of the 2017 Gold Our Watch Award for her entry “Gendered violence at work” for The Age.
McColl’s two-month investigation revealed sexual harassment in the workplace is a daily and damaging occurrence for women across a wide range of industries.
The Our Watch Awards judges said: “Gina’s in-depth investigations gave a voice to employees who had been expected to accept that harassment from customers was harmless and ‘part of the job’.
“In addition to shining a light on an issue that has received little attention, McColl’s work achieved real change, prompting a hospitality industry campaign to keep female staff safe.”
Our Watch Chair Natasha Stott Despoja commended the calibre of this year’s finalists in the Our Watch Awards.
“Journalists want to report on violence against women and their children in a way that is responsible and meaningful,” said Ms Stott Despoja.
“The high quality of entries in the third annual Our Watch Awards reflects the growing determination of journalists to report on these complex issues, despite the challenges that come with reporting such stories.”
“Congratulations to the 2017 Our Watch Awards finalists and winners.
“I acknowledge especially the work of this year’s Gold Award winner, Gina McColl. She exposed entrenched patterns of sexual harassment in Australia’s workplaces,” Ms Stott Despoja said.
More than 150 journalists, industry and media identities gathered at the Establishment Ballroom in Sydney for the gala event hosted by Rove McManus.
Winners, in category order, are:
Best use of social media
- Sherele Moody, “Remembering women and children lost to violence” (on Facebook)
All Media: Best news coverage
- Matt Cunningham, Sky News and NT News, “The crisis no one talks about”
All Media: Best series or special
- Gina McColl and The Age multimedia team, The Age, “Gendered violence at work”
All Media: Best local/community journalism
- Ivy Wise, Riverine Herald, “Our crisis behind closed doors”
All Media: Best longform
- Ava Benny-Morrison, Good Weekend, Fairfax Media, “The death of the Manrique-Lutz family”
All Media: Best journalism campaign
- Nina Funnell and Eryk Bagshaw, The Sydney Morning Herald, “Breaking the silence: sexual assault at Australian universities”
About the Our Watch Awards:
Our Watch developed a national media awards scheme to recognise and reward excellence in reporting on violence against women, in particular reporting that highlights the drivers of this violence and what we as a society can do to stop it before it starts. The Our Watch Awards, now in its third year, 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.
Hannah Grant, Our Watch Media Manager
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