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MEDIA ALERT: BANKING BAD TEAM WINS GOLD AT 59TH WALKLEY AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM
Fairfax Media’s Adele Ferguson and the Four Corners team of Deb Masters and Mario Christodoulou have won Australian journalism’s top honour – the Gold Walkley Award – for their courageous and extraordinary work in uncovering unconscionable banking practices among some of our biggest banks.
“Banking bad” is the culmination of two years of vigorous investigation by Ferguson, who this year took her investigation to a wider audience with the compelling Four Corners report. Her research exposed the impact of highly risky advice on the individuals who trusted their financial affairs to the Commonwealth Bank, and also uncovered the failure of corporate regulator ASIC to respond to the concerns of whistle blowers inside the nation’s largest financial institution.
The Walkley judges said: “Financial stories aren’t traditionally photogenic, but the team has elevated business journalism by capturing the human side and through dogged investigation.”
Taking out the Walkley for Outstanding Contribution to Journalism, Peter Greste was recognised for his courageous and ongoing fight, not only for his personal freedom, but also for a free press and an open democracy in the most difficult of circumstances.
The Nikon-Walkley Press Photographer of the Year Award went to Andrew Quilty for a compelling and moving portfolio of local and international photojournalism. Quilty also took out Nikon-Walkley Photo of the Year.
The West Australian’s Editor-in-Chief, Bob Cronin, was awarded the Walkley Award for Journalism Leadership for the outspoken and uncompromising leadership that has marked his 54-year career. He was praised by peers for his unflinching loyalty to his staff when standing up to mining billionaire Gina Rinehart.
The 59th Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism were presented in 34 categories.
More than 800 journalists and media identities gathered at Sydney’s Dockside Pavilion for the gala event hosted the ABC’s Sarah Ferguson.
The full list of winners is published at www.walkleys.com and in the December issue of The Walkley Magazine, online from midnight at walkleymagazine.realviewdigital.com.
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