Our Watch Awards
About the Our Watch Awards
Our Watch has developed a new national media awards scheme to be administered by the Walkley Foundation to recognise and reward exemplary reporting of violence against women, in particular reporting that highlights the causes of violence and what we as a society can do to ‘stop it before it starts’. The Our Watch Awards 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.
The Our Watch Awards are open to all journalists and media organisations for work produced in Australia during the eligibility period of July 8, 2017 through to July 7, 2018.
- Best Use of Social Media
- All Media: Best News Coverage
- All Media: Best Series or Special
- All Media: Best Local/Community Journalism
- All Media Best Longform
- All Media: Best Journalism Campaign
- The Our Watch Gold Award winner is selected from the above categories.
Entries across all Our Watch Awards categories are free and open to all journalists and media organisations for work produced in Australia.
The Awards are designed to recognise and reward exemplary reporting to end violence against women, in particular reporting that highlights the causes of violence and what we as a society can do to prevent it from happening in the first place. The Our Watch Awards are administered by the Walkley Foundation.
“Time and time again, national and international research tells us that the public is heavily influenced by the way violence against women is portrayed in the media,” Our Watch Chief Executive Officer Mary Barry said.
“The Our Watch Awards, administered by the Walkley Foundation, acknowledge this level of influence. They are a chance to celebrate those journalists and outlets doing an exemplary job in reporting on violence against women and their children in Australia, and highlight best practice to others in the field.”
“In recent years, as violence against women has dominated the headlines as never before, many in the media industry are contributing to a new era in the reporting of the issue,” Ms Barry said.
The Our Watch Awards are 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.
Entries across all Our Watch Awards categories are free.
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.”
For award entry questions please contact Lauren Dixon, email@example.com / 02 9333 0913.
For information on Our Watch, or reporting guidelines and resources, please contact Hannah Grant, media relations officer for Our Watch: 03 8692 9512, M. 0448844930, E. firstname.lastname@example.org, ourwatch.org.au.
Background and more information
The creation of the Our Watch Awards in 2015 coincided with the launch of the Media Representations of Violence Against Women report, which examined the nature of reporting of violence against women in Australia in 2015. This research from Our Watch and Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) was the first national study of its kind.
If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au.
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For more resources for journalists visit the Our Watch website.
Lauren Novak and Sheradyn Holderhead from the Sunday Mail and The Advertiser were named the winners of the 2016 Our Watch Gold Award for their campaign “Knowing what we’re up against”. The project combined shoe-leather reporting, Freedom of Information requests and lobbying to reveal, for the first time, key government data on the extent of domestic violence in South Australia.
See the media release for the full list of winners.