About the award
The Helen O’Flynn & Alan Knight Award for Best Industrial Reporting is an all-media award recognising outstanding journalism which captures the importance of a robust industrial relations ecosystem for Australian workers and businesses, as well as its complexities.
The award seeks to elevate the importance of industrial relations coverage and to encourage it further. Established in 2017, it honours the two individuals within the award’s title – Helen O’Flynn (1920-1984), one of Australia’s most respected industrial journalists, and Alan Knight, an Emeritus professor and newspaper, radio and TV journalist for over 40 years.
Entry is free for MEAA members and $150 for non-members.
The criteria used for judging include:
- Originality (including newsworthiness) and innovation
- Storytelling ability
- Tangible public benefit
- Accuracy and ethics
- Excellent use of the medium/media
Judges will also consider the resources available in the preparation of the work.
Conditions of entry
Journalists working in all media are encouraged to apply and need not be designated Industrial Relations reporters. The winner is chosen on the basis of journalistic excellence.
Entrants may submit one piece of journalism or a body of work comprising up to three related pieces of journalism, published or broadcast in any medium from May 20, 2017 to April 26, 2018.
Entrants must be Australian citizens or permanent Australian residents. To be eligible for entry, work must cover industrial relations and have been published, produced or broadcast in Australia.
All entrants must certify that the entry is their original work. Apart from standard sub-editorial/production treatment, submissions must adhere to the MEAA Code of Ethics in their preparation; undertake to abide by this Code of Ethics; and have complied with all copyright requirements.
If you have any further questions, please contact either:
- Lauren Dixon (firstname.lastname@example.org or (02) 9333 0913
- Barbara Blackman (email@example.com or +61 2 9333 0921
Congratulations to the 2017 industrial reporting award winners, Ben Schneiders, Royce Millar and Nick Toscano, The Age, for their stories:
- Macca’s workers underpaid by millions
- Shopped Out
- Sold out: quarter of a million workers underpaid in union deals
Read the full list of 2017 finalists here.