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The finalists in the prestigious Business Journalism category of the Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism were announced today in Sydney, at a lunch sponsored by ING Australia. 

The 2023 finalists for the Walkley Award for Business Journalism are:

  • Neil Chenoweth and Edmund Tadros, The Australian Financial Review, ‘PwC tax leaks scandal’
  • Peter Ker and Brad Thompson, The Australian Financial Review, ‘The Forrests and Fortescue’
  • Bri Lee, The Monthly, ‘Debt-a-porter’

The judges selected the finalists from entries published across all mediums, and praised the persistence and painstaking research exhibited in the finalists’ stories which were announced at a lunch attended by the Treasurer Jim Chalmers.

Walkley Foundation CEO Shona Martyn said the finalists in the Business Journalism category exemplify the quality reporting, investigative skills and analysis of Australia’s leading business journalists.

“This has been a year when business news has regularly appeared on the front page of all newspapers and headed news bulletins on TV, radio and digital platforms. Incisive and painstaking reporting by our top journalists has revealed stories of concern to all Australians from the depths of the corporate world. Business journalism at its heart is public interest journalism. It casts a spotlight on financial institutions and companies, big and small, whose actions affect everyday Australians. This work calls the big end of town and the privileged to account, when required,” she said.

“Entries in this category showed rigour, analysis and an eye-for-detail and truth so it is no surprise the judges had a challenging time selecting the finalists.”

Melanie Evans, CEO of ING Australia, said: “For more than a decade, ING Australia has proudly supported the recognition of Australian business journalism through our Walkley Foundation sponsorship. At ING we believe it is societally important that business journalism continues to produce exceptional work, like what we’ve seen from the finalists announced today.

“We sponsor the Walkleys as we acknowledge the pivotal role business journalism plays in uncovering truths, disseminating important stories and sharing the success stories of corporate Australia. Congratulations to all the finalists on their achievement in what was a very strong year for entries

Treasurer Jim Chalmers said: “I’m really looking forward to joining with the Walkley Foundation to recognise the role good journalism plays in a healthy democracy, and to celebrate another big year in business journalism.”

The judges made special note that they were incredibly impressed by the calibre of the work entered in 2023. The judges wish to communicate that the quality and excellence of entries was immensely high across the board, and everyone should be proud of their contributions to Australian business journalism.

The rest of the category finalists for the 68th Walkley Awards will be announced on Thursday, October 12. All the Walkley Award winners will be announced at a gala dinner on Thursday 23 November, at the ICC in Sydney. 

You can find information about the Walkley Awards judging process here, and the Terms and Conditions of the Awards here

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