Terms & Conditions

  • Entries are open to all Australian journalists aged 28 years or under on April 26, 2017.
  • Entry is open to all Australian journalists, employed full-time or freelance, who have had work published or broadcast through Australian media outlets between April 27, 2016 and April 26, 2017.
  • Entry is also open to Australian journalists who have self-published during the entry period.
  • Entrants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia.
  • All entrants are required to establish their bona fides as journalists and 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.
  • Self-published entrants should provide relevant URL links to entries and provide verification of the work’s authenticity, including endorsements where possible. If entrants are verifying their own work they should make this clear to the judges.
  • All entrants must declare, in their entrant’s statement, any subsequent formal corrections, challenges to the accuracy of an entry or claims of plagiarism or defamation against the work.
  • Each entrant may enter only once in each category. The exception is with joint or group entries. In this instance you may submit up to two entries per category, provided the entries are different stories. That is: one single entry and one joint or group entry, or two joint or group entries.
  • Entries may comprise up to three pieces of work.
  • Team and group entries are accepted for up to five members where all are under 28 years of age.
  • Those entering more than one category must complete a separate entry form for each category.
  • The same work cannot be entered in more than two categories.
  • Young journalists may enter work produced in collaboration with a team that included journalists above the age of 28, provided they can define which parts they have done.
  • Entrants may also choose to supply a testimonial from a senior colleague of no more than 400 words.
  • The cost of entering the awards is $95 per entry (inc. GST) for non-members. Through its support of the Walkley Foundation, MEAA covers the entry costs for its financial members as a benefit of membership.
  • The cost of entering multiple times is capped at $150.
  • The winner in each category will be a contender for the Young Australian Journalist of the Year award.
  •  Additionally, for the Young Australian Journalist of the Year award, young journalists (including those who have not entered any category) may nominate themselves, or be nominated by another more senior colleague.
  • Those nominating someone for the Yong Australian Journalist of the Year award or entrants who have not entered in any single categories are required to pay the entry fee of $95. However, MEAA members will not pay this fee.
  • Entrants in the Young Australian Journalist of the Year award must supply a body of work in which they played a major role (no more than three pieces) and a testimonial of no more than 400 words.
  • 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. The Walkley Foundation Advisory Board reserves the right to withdraw an Award if it later finds the entrant did not comply with the entry conditions.
  • The Walkley Foundation reserves the right to use all material submitted for presentation and media use and to reproduce it for the purposes of promoting the awards and for allowing a telecast of the presentation ceremony.
  • Please keep copies of all material submitted. Entries will not be returned.
  • For further information about the awards, visit Frequently Asked Questions

Student Journalist of the Year Award

  • Entries are open to all Australian students (undergraduate and postgraduate) enrolled in a journalism, media or communications course between April 27, 2016 and April 26, 2017.
  • Entrants must be aged 28 or under.
  • Entrants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia.
  • Entrants must have their entry verified by their lecturer via email through the online entry system.
  • Entries must have been produced and submitted for assessment between April 27, 2016, and April 26, 2017. If you were a professional journalist or received the majority of your income from journalism during this period, you are not eligible to enter.
  • Publication or broadcast is not necessary, but entries must be verified by the tertiary institution.
  • Each entrant can only enter once.
  • Entries will not be returned.
  • Entry for the Student Award is free.
  • The winner of this category will be a contender for the Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Award.

Special conditions for photographers

  • No cloning, montaging or digital manipulation other than cropping, ‘digital spotting’, burning and dodging is permitted.
  • Only photographers working in community or regional media are eligible to enter the ‘Community and Regional’ category.

Lauren Dixon on (02) 9333 0913 / lauren.dixon@walkleys.com

Barbara Blackman on (02) 9333 0921 / barbara.blackman@walkeys.com