2017 Walkley Business Journalism Award Finalists Announced

The three finalists in the prestigious Business category of the Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism were announced today in Sydney, at a lunch hosted by ING.

The 2017 finalists for the Walkley Award for Business Journalism are:

Neil Chenoweth, David Marin-Guzman and Les Hewitt, Australian Financial Review, “Plutus: The Gen Y crime wave”

The AFR team parsed more than 180 ASIC company searches, tracking dates and connections behind Plutus Payroll as well as key players in an alleged syndicate led by son of deputy tax commissioner Michael Cranston. They followed the money, showing the flow of about $165 million meant for the ATO. Fine writing, infographics and an online interactive explained the complicated scheme.

Read the stories:

ATO tax fraud: Behind a $191m Gen Y crime wave
Sex, tax and Instagram
The bug that caught Cranston

Adele Ferguson and Mario Christodoulou, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, “The Domino’s Pizza Expose”

These stories lifted the lid on the brutal business model driving Domino’s franchisees to cut corners, with workers collectively underpaid millions of dollars. Ferguson and Christodoulou coaxed workers and franchisees to speak about their treatment. The company’s share price halved and it admitted that thousands of workers had been underpaid, spurring Government’s push for a new Vulnerable Workers Bill.

Read the stories:

Boxed In What life is really like inside pizza giant Domino’s
Domino’s Scandal – Franchisees ‘selling visas’
A small serve Domino’s deal not so fair

Leo Shanahan, Sky News Business, “Budget Bank Levy Exclusive”

The night before the 2017 budget was announced, Sky News Business broke the news that the Federal Government was planning to hit big banks with a levy. Based on newsgathering in the weeks before the budget, Shanahan followed up the break with reports and analysis, while the markets reacted with billions wiped from the banks’ stocks.

Watch the story:

Budget Bank Levy Exclusive

To read all finalists’ work, visit www.walkleys.com. The remaining finalists for the Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism will be announced on the evening of Thursday, October 19th. Register here to attend events in Sydney and Melbourne.

The winners of the 62nd Walkley Awards will be announced at a gala dinner on Wednesday November 29 in Brisbane. The ceremony will be broadcast live on Sky’s APAC channel and streamed live on walkleys.com from 8pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time).

The judges for the 2017 Walkley Business Journalism Award were:

  • Chris Pash, business editor, Business Insider​
  • Whitney Fitzsimmons, executive producer, Small Business Secrets, SBS
  • Mike Osborne, editor, AAP

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