Finalists in the 2018 Our Watch Awards have been announced. The Awards, administered by the Walkley Foundation, recognise excellence in reporting to end violence against women and their children.
Finalists, in alphabetical order, are:
All Media: Best Use of Social Media
- Jan Fran, The Feed, SBS VICELAND and The Feed‘s Facebook page, “The Frant”
- Nina Funnell, www.endrapeoncampusau.org, “End Rape On Campus”
- Krystal Keller, Tom Whitty and Lisa Wilkinson, The Project, Network Ten, “A Word Of Advice: Keeping Women Safe”
All Media: Best News Coverage
- Bridget Brennan, 7.30, ABC TV, ABC News Online, AM, ABC Radio, “Aboriginal women ask Australians to pay attention to assaults and murders”
- Janet Fife-Yeomans, Mark Morri, Ashleigh Gleeson, Danielle Gusmaroli and Christopher Harris, The Daily Telegraph, “Coward”
- Jason Walls, NT News, “Women fleeing domestic violence forced to ride in paddy wagons”, “Domestic crisis: It’s time to stop this cycle of violence” “ Survivors forced to relive the nightmare” “Former NT cop assaulted his police officer wife”
All Media: Best Series/Special
- Julia Baird, Hayley Gleeson, Debra Jopson, Sarah Malik and Rocco Fazzari, ABC News Online, “Religion and domestic violence investigation”
- Lorna Knowles, Kate McClymont, Tracey Spicer, Alison Branley and Jo Puccini, 7.30, ABC TV, “#metoo Australia”
- Lauren Novak, The Advertiser, “Leveraging an election to fast-track change”
All Media: Best Local/Community Journalism
- All Media: Best Local/Community JournalismElizabeth Byrne, Susan McDonald and Louise Maher, ABC Radio Canberra, ABC Radio news, ABC TV News, ABC News Online, ABC Instagram, “How verbal abuse of Tara Costigan escalated to murder”
- Claire Campbell, ABC News Online, ABC News, ABC TV, “Aboriginal women empowering schoolgirls in Central Australia to fight domestic violence”, “Prison inmates tackle domestic violence in ‘No More’ match against Central Australian Redtails,”Spike in rough sleepers sparks calls for female homeless shelter in Alice Springs” “Remote cops” and “Urgent calls for public housing to improve child welfare”
- Nicole Ferrie, Emma D’Agostino and Natalie Croxon, The Bendigo Advertiser, “Together, we are an ocean”
All Media: Best Journalism Campaign
- Nina Funnell, news.com.au, “The Red Zone”
- Julia Baird, Hayley Gleeson, Debra Jopson, Sarah Malik and Amani Haydar,, ABC News Online, “Religion and domestic violence investigation”
- Edmund Tadros, The Australian Financial Review, “Big 4 and MeToo”
All Media: Best Longform
- Elizabeth Byrne, Susan McDonald, Alice Brennan, Jess O’Callaghan and Leila Shunnar, Background Briefing, ABC Radio National, “From verbal abuse to axe murder: The death of Canberra mum Tara Costigan”
- Julia Baird, Hayley Gleeson and Rocco Fazzari , ABC News Online, “Clergy wives speak out about domestic violence”
- Louise Milligan, Mary Fallon, Sashka Koloff and Lucy Carter, Four Corners, ABC TV, “I Am That Girl”
The winner of each category will go in the running for the Our Watch Gold Award. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony will be held in Sydney on Thursday September 12.
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 is now in its fourth year.
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.
The Our Watch Awards are funded by the Department of Communications and the Arts.
Lauren Dixon, Walkley Foundation Awards Manager: (02) 9333 0913 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Clare Kermond, Senior Advisor, Media & Communications, Our Watch: 0448 844 930 / email@example.com
*If you cover this story, or any story regarding violence against women and children, please include the following tagline:
“If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000. For more information about a service in your state or local area download the DAISY App in the App Store or Google Play.”