This award recognises the vital role of public service journalism and media reporting which addresses issues relating to social and economic equality, human rights and participatory democracy. The award will be given to journalism that measures business, governmental and social affairs against clear ideals of the common good.
Sarah Whyte and Ben Doherty
Made in Bangladesh: unpicking the human price of global fashion
The Sydney Morning Herald
After the collapse of the Rana Plaza commercial building in an outer suburb of Dhaka in April, Sarah Whyte and Ben Doherty produced a series of articles exposing working conditions in Bangladesh’s garment manufacturing industry. Their reporting was rigorous, despite workers being fearful of speaking out and the reluctance of Australian brands using the factories to provide media access. Whyte and Doherty explored the ramifications of radical action to stop Australian brands making clothes in Bangladesh, noting that the industry “employs 4 million poor people, mostly women with little or no education and no other real job prospects.”
Sarah Whyte is the consumer affairs reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald and has written extensively on the ethical implications of consumerism. She started her career at the Phnom Penh Post in Cambodia.
Ben Doherty is the South Asia correspondent for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, covering India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal and Burma. He was formerly the South-East Asia correspondent for Fairfax Media’s newspapers and for The Guardian. He is a previous Walkley finalist and 2008 Walkley Young Australian Print Journalist of the Year.
Following the deaths of more than a thousand Bangladeshi workers when their illegal factory building collapsed, Ben Doherty and Sarah Whyte extensively explored the horrific living and working conditions endured by garment makers supplying Australians with cheap clothing, while also highlighting the moral complexities of terminating the supply.
Tanya Denning and the NITV News & Current Affairs team
“NITV News, Wave Rock”
“Awaken, Cape York”
With dedicated coverage of indigenous issues and voices, NITV leads the way to a fairer representation of indigenous Australia in the media.
The West Australian
The first journalist to enter military-controlled No Man’s Land on the Jordanian/Syrian border, Pennells’ evocative writing brought the face of Syria’s civil war into the homes of ordinary Australians.