Hosts announced for young journo awards!

Every year, The Walkley Foundation must find hosts for the Walkley Young Australian Journalist Awards – and it’s a tough job.

Our dynamic duo have to be young (or young-ish!), talented in their field, inspiring to other journalists on the rise and making waves in the industry with their work – these two certainly fit the mould!

We’re delighted to announce that this year’s pair is … drum roll please … Jessica Irvine (News Corp Australia) and Patrick Abboud (SBS 2 The Feed).

Jessica Irvine

Jessica Irvine is News Corp Australia’s chief numbers nerd and economic policy wonk. Her official title is National Economics Editor. Her columns appear in all of Australia’s best selling tabloids, including The Daily Telegraph, The Herald Sun, The Courier Mail and The Adelaide Advertiser.

She is a regular commentator on television and radio and the author of two books: Zombies, bananas and why there are no economists in heaven and her second book, which applies economic theory to weight loss, The Bottom Line Diet, was released in January.

Before moving to News, Jessica spend eight years as an economics writer for The Sydney Morning Herald where she wrote regular opinion columns, editorials and news features.

Jessica’s mission in life is to explain complex economic things – like interest rates, house prices, government budgets, sharemarkets and currencies – in language anyone can understand. Jessica has an honours degree in Economics and Social Sciences from The University of Sydney.

Patrick Abboud (@PatrickAbboud) is a storyteller working across television, radio, online and the arts. Pat currently presents, reports and produces documentary features for The Feed on SBS2 – a nightly news,

Patrick Abboud

Patrick Abboud

technology and culture program which he pitched the initial concept for. He also co-hosted SBS2’s coverage of the 2014 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

In 2013 Pat was nominated for a Walkley award for excellence in journalism (best multi-media storytelling) and reported from The Middle East and Asia. Before coming to SBS, Pat was cross media reporter on ABC Triple j’s popular current affairs program HACK. 2014 will see Pat continue his work on The Feed, while also joining the SBS Dateline team of video-journalists reporting international current affairs.

This year Pat has also been commissioned to collaborate with ground-breaking documentary theatre company Version 1.0. He writes a column for SX magazine and the national Gay News Network and has directed numerous arts events at venues across Australia including the Sydney Opera House. He once had the gig of a lifetime traversing the globe working for Lonely Planet.



Young journos, there’s less than a month left to go into the running for a huge reward for your outstanding journalistic efforts: a trip to the USA courtesy of Cathay Pacific for amazing work experience with CNN’s and Twitter’s editorial teams!

Have you entered yet?

NOTE: If you have submitted an entry in the past two weeks, please email to double check that it has been received. We’ve had a few server gremlins and want to be sure no-one misses out!

Entry is open to employed or freelance journalists aged 26 and under who have self-published or whose work has been published or broadcast in Australian media outlets between April 27, 2013 and April 28, 2014.

Students aged 26 and under whose coursework has been submitted for assessment between April 27, 2013 and April 28, 2014 and verified by their tertiary institution are also eligible to enter the student category, with eligibility for the main prize.

It’s easy to enter: Visit Don’t forget to check out the previous winners, all of whom have gone on to great things.

Three finalists in each category will be judged by a three-person jury, who will also select the winner. The overall Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year will be selected from category winners by Walkley Board members and announced on June 25 at the awards. Click here to read terms and conditions.

The Walkley Foundation thanks our generous partners in this award: Sky News Australia, Curtin University, Fairfax Media, News Corp Australia, UNSW, the ABC and Nikon, as well as Cathay Pacific, CNN and Twitter.

Enquiries: Flip Prior, The Walkley Foundation communications and partnerships manager

T: +61 2 9333 0956 | M: +61 409 912 955 | E: | @walkleys

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