Meet the best of the future generation of journalists ...
2014 ENTRIES OPEN MARCH 17, 2014
Since 2008, this hotly contested award for Australian journalists aged 26 and under has identified and celebrated the rising stars of the new generation, opening doors for young talent in Australia and kick-starting careers.
Today’s young journalists are more dynamic and must work harder than ever before.
They are multi-skilled and adept across platforms, drawing on interactive tools and technologies to tell their stories and capture the attention of audiences.
Celebrating and encouraging the excellence of their work is critical to breeding a robust new generation of journalists.
Award-winners are chosen on the basis of journalistic excellence in the fundamental tenets of the craft including newsworthiness, balance, accuracy, ethics and public impact as well as their ability to present distinctive and original journalism that pushes the boundaries of the profession.
KEY DATES FOR 2014
- ENTRIES OPEN: Monday March 17, 2014
- ENTRIES CLOSE: Monday April 28, 2014
- FINALISTS ANNOUNCED (via press release): Wednesday May 21, 2014
- WINNERS ANNOUNCED at the Young Journalist of the Year Awards ceremony in Sydney on Tuesday June 24, 2014
Ashley Argoon of The Border Mail named the 2013 Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year
Persistence, sensitivity and adaptability in combining hard news and feature reporting with social media use has led to 24-year-old Ashley Argoon being named the 2013 Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year.
Ashley won the the text-based journalism category and the overall prize after impressing judges with her body of work on youth suicide and services in her region, which included 44 feature articles, hard news leads and columns.
Her win means she will soon wing her way to either the BBC headquarters in London or a CNN newsroom in either New York or Atlanta for valuable work experience to enhance her career.
Judges said Ashley was chosen as overall winner in recognition of the outstanding depth of her work and contribution to changing the status quo through a major campaign in The Border Mail, “Ending the suicide silence”
“It is an impressive achievement for someone at an early stage of their career and showcases the importance of journalism that is connected to and responsive to the needs of its local community,” they said.
Ashley had attended her first Albury-Wodonga Suicide Prevention in 2011, having securing a cadetship at The Border Mail following work experience at The Age. Finding people suffering and unwilling to speak, she persisted and kept listening until eventually they opened up.
A year on, The Border Mail launched its campaign, building relationships with people who had lost loved ones, mental health experts, crisis counsellors and those who had tried to take their own lives. The campaign won the newspaper two Walkley Awards last year.
Ashley’s contribution to the campaign stood out for its dedication and sensitivity, excellent hard news reporting and skilfully compassionate writing as well as her personal and humane treatment of mental illness.
She was also involved in coordinating the Albury-Wodonga Needs Headspace initiative and its Facebook site, which now has more than 5000 followers.
Ashley said she chose to pursue journalism because “no other career felt right” and she was inspired by courage.
She credited those who believed in her – “from my university tutor who set me up with work experience to journalists and editors who I’ve met along the way” – for giving her the encouragement and support she needed.
“Without them, I would probably still be working in a café,” she said.