Young Australian Journalist of the Year, Arts Journalism and more: Winners announced for Walkley mid-year awards

SYDNEY — The Walkley Foundation tonight announced winners for its suite of mid-year awards, as well as projects receiving seed money from the Walkley Media Incubator and Innovation Fund.

The foundation’s annual Mid-Year Award Celebration recognises the best young journalists, freelancers, and projects advancing innovation in journalism. This year, the Walkleys added awards for industrial relations journalists, and for arts journalists and critics.

The full list of winners is below.

Photographs from the celebration will be uploaded here as soon as practicable.

Walkley Media Incubator and Innovation Fund

Five projects were awarded funding, including two data projects, a community-powered news site, a fake-news-fighting news platform, and a podcast recommendation service. Learn more about all the shortlisted projects and the innovation program in the Walkley Magazine.

Burn the Register by Jackson Gothe-Snape: $30,000

Data Explorer by Kaho Cheung: $10,000
(Prize for Data Innovation in Journalism, presented by iSentia)

Tiny Moguls by Sheree Joseph: $10,000

The City Standard by Farrin Foster and Josh Fanning: $5,000

The Podcast Expansion and Recommendation Project by Kristofer Lawson: $5,000

Innovation program partners: Google, iSentia, BlueChilli and the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund

Industrial Relations Reporting Award

Ben Schneiders, Royce Millar and Nick Toscano, The Age
Macca’s workers underpaid by millions
Shopped Out
Sold out: quarter of a million workers underpaid in union deals

Award partners: Unions NSW, UTS, AI Group, ACTU and Australian Super

Women’s Leadership in Media Award

Catherine Fox, ABC Online, The Australian and New South Publishing
Recruitment drive boosts number of women working on railways
Elizabeth Broderick, Lance Hockridge and the Male Champions of Change

Stop Fixing Women (Book)

Award partner: PwC Australia

Freelance Journalist of the Year

Jo Chandler, The Monthly and Background Briefing, ABC Radio National
Climate of Change

Award partners: Media Super and Copyright Agency

Arts Journalism Award

John Shand, Johnshand.com.au and The Sydney Morning Herald
Meaning It: Truth, Trump Universality and Cultural Amnesia

Walkley-Pascall Award for Arts Criticism

Kate Hennessy, The Guardian
The Drover’s Wife review – plot twist leaves Australian classic spinning on its axis

Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Awards

SHORTFORM JOURNALISM

Tom Minear, Herald Sun
Minister’s dog act
Gone to the dogs
Boned

Award partner: ABC

LONGFORM FEATURE OR SPECIAL

Carl Smith, The Science Show, ABC Radio National ABC
Bionic Bodies

Award partner: Fairfax Media

COVERAGE OF COMMUNITY AND REGIONAL AFFAIRS

Michael McGowan and Carrie Fellner, Newcastle Herald
The foam and the fury

Award partner: UNSW

VISUAL STORYTELLING

Dave May, SBS Viceland
Bullying’s Deadly Toll
Australia’s Only Town Against Same-Sex Marriage
Suburban Exorcists

Award partner: SKY NEWS

PUBLIC SERVICE JOURNALISM

Paul Farrell, Guardian Australia
The Nauru Files

Award partner: News Corp Australia

STUDENT JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Christiane Barro, Mojo News, Monash University
‘I would have sat every day of those 20 years in jail’
It’s not our fault’: Dole recipients say they’re not bludging the system
‘It’s safer for everyone’: heroin addicts plead for a safe injecting room

Award partner: Macleay College

JACOBY-WALKLEY SCHOLARSHIP

Lydia Bilton, The University of Sydney

Scholarship partners: Nine Network and AFTRS

WALKLEY YOUNG AUSTRALIAN JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Paul Farrell, Guardian Australia
The Nauru Files

Award partner: Jibb Foundation

The Walkley Advisory Board, represented by Kate McClymont, Claire Harvey, Jonny Richards and Angelos Frangopoulos, said of the overall winner:

“Paul Farrell’s remarkable release of the Nauru Files produced shockwaves that are still reverberating in Australia and around the world. It is the essence of great journalism. We were also impressed by the innovative presentation of the leaked reports. A very deserving winner.”

Thanks to the support of the Jibb Foundation, Farrell will fly to the USA with Cathay Pacific to undertake two weeks’ worth of work experience; he and other category winners will also receive mentoring from the Walkley Advisory Board.

Contact the Walkleys

The Walkley Foundation thanks all category and prize partners for their support: