Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Awards


Entries are now open. Entries close April 26.

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These 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.

To make the awards even more accessible and valuable to a diverse range of young reporters, a philanthropic grant from the Jibb Foundation subsidies entry fees allowing them to remain at $50. (Entry remains free for MEAA union members.) The Jibb Foundation’s funding will also support a bumped-up prize for the overall Young Australian Journalist of the Year award winner, now to be a two-week trip to US newsrooms, and a mentorship program to further boost promising young careers.

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 
  • 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)
  • The Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year ** ( supported by the Jibb Foundation) – Winners from each category are automatically nominated. Not open for self nomination.

Read full category descriptions here.

All entrants are required to establish  must certify that the entry is their original work; apart from normal sub-editorial/production treatment, they have adhered to the MEAA Code of Ethics in its preparation; they undertake to abide by the Code of Ethics; and have complied with all copyright requirements.

The 2018 awards are open to young journalists 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.

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2017 Young Australian Journalist of the Year

Congratulations to the 2017 Young Australian Journalist of the Year, Paul Farrell, for his work at Guardian Australia on The Nauru Files.

The Walkley Advisory Board, represented by Kate McClymont, Claire Harvey, Jonny Richards and Angelos Frangopoulos, said of the overall winner:

“Paul Farrell’s remarkable release of the Nauru Files produced shockwaves that are still reverberating in Australia and around the world. It is the essence of great journalism. We were also impressed by the innovative presentation of the leaked reports. A very deserving winner.”

Thanks to the support of the Jibb Foundation, Farrell will fly to the USA with Cathay Pacific to undertake two weeks’ worth of work experience; he and other category winners will also receive mentoring from the Walkley Advisory Board.

See all the Young Journo winners and the full announcement from the mid-year award celebration here.

Finalists were previously announced here. And you can read Q&As with the finalists in the Walkley Magazine: their favorite moments so far, what they’re reading and what their hopes and fears are for the industry.

Past Winners

Look back on the past winners of the Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Awards

 2016: Winners announced for Walkley Young Journalist of the Year Awards.

2015 Winners
2014 Winners
2013 Winners
2012 Winners
2011 Winners
2010 Winners
2009 Winners
2008 Winners