All entries must have been published, broadcast or televised in Australia in the period between July 8, 2017 and July 7, 2018. Eligibility for the Our Watch Awards are based on independent acts of journalism, free from any commercial or corporate interests.
All entrants must certify that their entry, apart from normal subeditorial/production treatment, is their original work and that they have adhered to the MEAA Code of Ethics in the work preparation, undertake to continue to abide by the Code of Ethics and have complied with all copyright requirements. All entrants must be Australian citizens, permanent residents or journalists residing in Australia working for an Australian media outlet.
Entry is open to Australian journalists who have self-published, including blogs.
Self-published entrants should provide relevant URL links and where possible, verification of the work’s authenticity. If the entrant is verifying their own work they must make this clear in their supporting statement.
All entries must declare any legal complaints, defamation actions, contempt of court actions, suppression orders, challenges to the accuracy, corrections or claims of plagiarism, relevant to the work at the time of entry.
Entrants must declare if the creation of the work involved payment for information or an interview.
Entrants are allowed to submit the same entry into any three categories either as an individual, a joint or team entry. Entrants must complete a new and separate submission for each award category.
Each entrant may enter only once in each category The exception is with joint or team entries. In this instance you may submit up to two entries per category. That is: one single entry and one joint or team entry.
Joint or group entries may include up to five names, with one person nominated as the primary contact.
Team entries may include any number of people with the name of the team clearly stated. One person will be the primary contact for this entry, but all names, positions and membership details should be submitted on a separate piece of paper attached to the numbered entry form when submitted with the entry. The exception is for entries to the “best news coverage” category where entries can be made by a news organisation.
Journalists entering more than one category must complete a separate entry form for each category.
Judges have the right to reject an entry which in their opinion does not comply with the requirements of the competition. The judges’ decision will be final.
To facilitate easy access for judging, entrants should place URLs outside any pay wall. If that proves infeasible, the entry should provide a username and password for judges, plainly indicated in the supporting statement.
The entrant acknowledges that the Walkley Foundation and Our Watch may reproduce, broadcast and communicate materials submitted for the purpose of promoting the Awards, conducting the presentation ceremony and making the finalist and winners entries available to the public and agrees and warrants that the Foundation may use the material for these purposes.
Please keep copies of all material submitted. Entries will not be returned.