Walkleys launch new award for Australian reporting on industrial relations

The Walkley Foundation has launched a new national award for exceptional industrial relations reporting by the Australian media.

The Helen O’Flynn and Alan Knight Award for Best Industrial Reporting was created in partnership with the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance, Unions NSW, AiGroup, the Australian Council of Trade Unions and University of Technology Sydney, and with the support of an anonymous donor.

“Times change, but the notion that we are stronger together remains,” said Walkley CEO Jacqueline Park.

“Unions have been vital throughout our nation’s history, helping to forge our egalitarian national character — including the concept of a ‘fair go’. As crucial is the role of journalists in covering this often complex topic. Through this new award, we aim to celebrate great industrial relations reporting and encourage more of it.”

This all-media award will recognise outstanding journalism that captures the importance of a robust industrial relations ecosystem for Australian workers and businesses, as well as its complexities.

Entrants must be Australian citizens or permanent Australian residents. To be eligible for entry, work must cover industrial relations and have been published, produced or broadcast in Australia.

Entrants may submit one piece of journalism or a body of work of up to three related pieces of journalism, published or broadcast in any medium from January 1, 2016, through to May 12, 2017.

Read more about the accomplished industrial relations journalists Helen O’Flynn (1920-1984) and Alan Knight (1949-2017) on the award page.

Entry is free for MEAA members and $150 for nonmembers. For more information, see the award page, terms and conditions and FAQs.

Lauren Dixon, lauren.dixon@walkleys.com 02 9333 0913
Barbara Blackman, barbara.blackman@walkleys.com 02 9333 0921