From scoops to scandals, world events and previously untold stories – the Walkley Award finalists for 2012 demonstrate the ongoing strength and diversity of journalism in Australia.
Finalists in the general categories of the 57th annual Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism were announced at simultaneous events in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane tonight.
In a speech, Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance media director Paul Murphy reflected on todays' announcement of editorial job losses at Channel Ten in light of a "winter of discontent" where hundreds of journalists and editorial staff lost their jobs at Fairfax and News Limited.
He said the Walkley Award judges praised the high standard of award entries from across the media spectrum, despite the turmoil. "Which is no surprise, given the great scoops, the piercing interviews, sustained coverage and digital media innovations we've seen this year," Mr Murphy said.
The 2012 Walkley Awards attracted more than 1300 entries, with winners to be announced on November 30 at the Awards Presentation and Gala Dinner at Parliament House in Canberra, broadcast on SBS.
A special Capital Edition of The Walkley Foundation’s annual media conference What’s the Story will be held at the National Film & Sound Archive in Canberra on November 29 & 30.
The conference features the best line-up of local and international speakers for any media conference in Australia, including New York Times founding interactive news editor Aron Pilhofer, ABC Director of News Kate Torney and Canberra Times editor-at-large Jack Waterford.
Both the Gala Dinner and Conference are sponsored by Centenary of Canberra, an initiative of the ACT Government, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Australia’s capital city in 2013.