Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Awards


Finalists announced: Wednesday May 30, 2018.

About the awards

The Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Awards recognise and reward the hard work of our most outstanding young Australian journalists. In 2018, these the awards will recognise  those aged 28 and under who demonstrate excellence in the fundamental tenets of the craft as well as the ability to present distinctive and original journalism that pushes the boundaries of the profession. 

The 2018 categories:

  • All media: Shortform Journalism (supported by ABC)
  • All media: Longform Feature or Special  (supported by Fairfax Media)
  • All media: Coverage of Community & Regional Affairs (supported by UNSW)
  • All media: Visual Storytelling (supported by Sky NEWS)
  • All media: Public Service Journalism (supported by News Corp Australia)
  • Student Journalist of the Year (supported by Macleay College)

Read full category descriptions 

Judging Criteria

The prize

All category winners will receive mentoring from the Walkley Advisory Board.

The winners all six categories will also automatically go into the draw to be named as the Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year. Through the funding of the Jibb Foundation, the organisation supporting this award, the 2018 prize-winner will receive:

  • A paid two-week trip to US newsrooms
  • A mentorship program from the Walkley Advisory Board

Entry fee

A philanthropic grant from the Jibb Foundation subsidies entry fees, allowing them to remain at $50 for all categories except for the Student journalist of the year award, which is free to enter.

Entry remains free for MEAA union members.

Conditions of entry

The 2018 awards are open to young journalists 28 years and under, employed full-time or freelance, who have self-published or had work published or broadcast through Australian media outlets, including online publishers, between April 27, 2017 and April 26, 2018.

Full Terms & Conditions
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Past Winners

Paul Farrell was announced as the 2017 Young Australian Journalist of the Year in recognition of his work at Guardian Australia on The Nauru Files. Farrell entered his submission into the Public Service Journalism category.

Thanks to the support of the Jibb Foundation, Farrell received a flight to the USA with Cathay Pacific to undertake two weeks’ worth of work experience at a US newsroom. He and other category winners also received mentoring from the Walkley Advisory Board.

View the full list of winners for the 2017 Young Journo Awards, as well as other Mid-Year finalists, here. Shortlisted finalists can be found here.

You can read Q&As with the finalists in the Walkley Magazine, including the most exciting moments of their career so far, what they’re reading, and what their hopes and fears are for the industry.

2016 Winners
2015 Winners
2014 Winners
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