Walkley Awards 2015: Business finalists announced

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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 Direct.

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The Walkley Business Journalism Award finalists for 2015 are:

Beau Donelly and Nick Toscano, The Age, “Belle Gibson Exposed”
Donelly and Toscano revealed that “wellness” blogger Belle Gibson had failed to hand over money promised to charities, and their report contributed to the collapse of her business, The Whole Pantry, which she had built on the back of claims she’d cured herself of terminal brain cancer with a healthy diet.

Charity money promised by ‘inspirational’ health app developer Belle Gibson not handed over
Friends and doctors raise doubts over ‘Healing Belle’ cancer claims
Supporters turn on Belle Gibson as cancer claims unravel

Adele Ferguson, Sarah Danckert and Klaus Toft, Four Corners, ABC TV and Fairfax Media, “7-Eleven: The Price of Convenience”
Shining a light on the fraudulent wage practices and staff exploitation happening every day inside one of the world’s biggest brands was a complicated undertaking which involved leaked documents, whistleblowers and surveillance by the Four Corners team. Tracking the illegal operations all the way to the top of the franchise revealed gaping holes in Australia’s visa and corporate arrangements.
7-Eleven: The Price of Convenience

Adele Ferguson and Ruth Williams, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, “NAB”
Ferguson and Williams’ dive into the alleged misconduct, forgery and fraud around consumer loans made by the NAB uncovered a corporate culture that had financially damaged hundreds of customers. Their revelations of the bank’s quiet sacking of 37 financial planners for misconduct (of whom NAB referred only five to the regulator) exposed the bank to multiple investigations. NAB changed its internal policies and established a compensation scheme for affected customers.

Secret documents blow the lid on forgery, poor compliance and ‘rogue’ advisers in NAB’s financial planning arm
NAB’s scandal deepens
NAB has left a trail of destruction in the United Kingdom

The judges selected the finalists from more than 40 entries, and said this year’s entries demonstrated the value of business journalism done well.

The winners of the 60th Walkley Awards will be announced at a gala dinner on Thursday, December 3 at Crown Palladium in Melbourne. The ceremony will be broadcasted live on SKY APAC or streamed live on the Walkley website from 7pm.

The judges for the 2015 Walkley Business Journalism Award were:
• Ros Childs, presenter, ABC News 24 and ABC Melbourne
• Anne Hyland, senior writer, Fairfax Media
• Judith Sloan, Melbourne University and contributing economics editor, The Australian

Enquiries: Bridie Moran, The Walkley Foundation partnerships and marketing manager on (02) 9333 0963 / bridie.moran@walkleys.com

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