Australia-China Media Exchange


In partnership with the Australia-China Council, the Australian Embassy in Beijing and the All China Journalists Association, the Walkley Foundation will run a series of university masterclasses and public speaking engagements this November in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai.

Walkley Award winning journalists Trent Dalton (The Weekend Australian Magazine), Caro Meldrum-Hanna (Four Corners, ABC) and Steve Pennells (Seven and The West Australian) will run masterclasses at leading universities across China facilitating an ongoing exchange of ideas and expertise. The Australian journalists will also meet with recent graduates and partake in public events with The Beijing Bookworm festival and AustCham in Shanghai.

“The Walkley awards have been bench marking excellence in journalism since 1956. We are incredibly proud to share the stories with china’s next generation of storytellers and journalists in China with three Walkley winning journalists. And we look forward to learning more about China and building lasting relations with the journalism community there.” Jacqui Park – Walkley Foundation CEO
2016 participating journalists:

trent-for-websiteTrent Dalton writes for the award-winning The Weekend Australian Magazine on The Australian newspaper. A former assistant editor of The Courier-Mail, he has won two Walkley Awards for excellence in journalism, been a four-time winner of the national News Awards Feature Journalist of the Year Award, and was named Queensland Journalist of the Year at the 2011 Clarion Awards for excellence in Queensland media. His journalism has twice been nominated for a United Nations of Australia Media Peace Award. In both 2014 and 2013, he was named Best Feature journalist at the annual Kennedy Awards for excellence in NSW journalism.

Caro Meldrum-Hanna

Caro Meldrum-Hanna is a Walkley Award winning reporter with ABC TV’s Four Corners program. Prior to joining Four Corners in 2014, Caro reported for the ABC’s nightly current affairs program, 7:30 from 2011 – 2013, where she was nominated for six Walkley Awards, winning two. In 2014 Caro was also nominated for the Logie Award for Most Outstanding Current Affairs Report for her exclusive series of reports on the sports supplements saga involving several NRL and AFL clubs. In 2015 Caro won the Gold Walkley Award and was named NSW Journalist of the Year by the Kennedy Foundation.
Steve Pennells

Steve Pennells is a five-time Walkley Award winner who also took out the coveted Gold Walkley in 2012. He works for The West Australian as the paper’s Sydney-based chief writer, a roving brief which has seen him on assignment across Asia, Africa and the Middle East. But he is probably better known for his two-year court battle against Gina Rinehart, who tried to force him to reveal the sources behind his award—winning series which exposed her multi-billion dollar battle with her children. He also works as an occasional guest reporter on Channel Seven’s Sunday Night.