The June Andrews Award for Industrial Relations Reporting

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  • Entries close Monday April 26, 2021

The June Andrews Awards for Industrial Relations Reporting is an all-media award recognising outstanding journalism which captures the importance of a robust industrial relations ecosystem for Australian workers and businesses, as well as its complexities.

The award seeks to elevate the importance of industrial relations coverage and to encourage it further.

Journalists working in all media are encouraged to apply and need not be designated Industrial Relations reporters. The winner is chosen on the basis of journalistic excellence.

Entrants may submit one piece of journalism or a body of work comprising up to three related pieces of journalism, published or broadcast in any medium from April 27, 2020  to April 26, 2021.

Entry fee

Entry is free for members of MEAA. The cost of entering the award for non-members is $50 including GST.  Inquiries about MEAA membership please contact members@meaa.org for further details or call 1300 656 513.

Judging criteria

The criteria used for judging include:

  • Originality (including newsworthiness)  and innovation
  • Research
  • Storytelling ability
  • Tangible public benefit
  • Accuracy and ethics
  • Excellent use of the medium/media

Judges will also consider the resources available in the preparation of the work.

Conditions of entry

Journalists working in all media are encouraged to apply and need not be designated Industrial Relations reporters. The winner is chosen on the basis of journalistic excellence.

Entrants may submit one piece of journalism or a body of work comprising up to three related pieces of journalism, published or broadcast in any medium from April 27, 2020 to April 26, 2021.  

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.

All entrants must certify that the entry is their original work. Apart from standard sub-editorial/production treatment, submissions must adhere to the MEAA Code of Ethics in their preparation; undertake to abide by this Code of Ethics; and have complied with all copyright requirements.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any further questions, please contact either:

Marcus Raue 
marcus.raue@walkleys.com or 0437 762 715

Lauren Dixon
lauren.dixon@walkleys.com or 0413 212 890

Past winners

2020 Winners of the June Andrews Award for Best Industrial Reporting

Ben Schneiders is an investigative journalist at The Age with a focus on industrial relations, business and politics. He has written extensively on the underpayment of workers, political corruption and on the labour movement. Ben is a Walkley Award-winning journalist and has worked at The Age since 2006 in roles including senior writer and workplace editor.

Nick McKenzie is a Walkley Award-winning investigative journalist with The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. He has also reported for 60 Minutes and Four Corners.

Judges’ comment: These explosive scoops on the CFMEU’s John Setka caused a national political firestorm lasting weeks, plunged the organisation into crisis, and sparked battles between Labor and Australia’s most militant union. The stories were only possible because of years of experience from both Schneiders and McKenzie in dealing with high-level industry and legal contacts.

2019 Winners of the June Andrews Award for Best Industrial Reporting

  • Ben Schneiders and Royce Millar, The Age, “SourDough: Australia’s High-End Restaurant Scandal”

2018 Winners of the June Andrews Award for Best Industrial Reporting