Best Industrial Relations Reporting Award

The Helen O’Flynn & Alan Knight Award for Best Industrial 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. Established in 2017, it honours the two individuals within the award’s title – Helen O’Flynn (1920-1984), one of Australia’s most respected industrial journalists, and Alan Knight, an Emeritus professor and newspaper, radio and TV journalist for over 40 years.

2019 entries have closed. Finalists will be announced May 29.

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 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, 2018 to April 26, 2019.  

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.

Terms & Conditions
Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any further questions, please contact either:

Lauren Dixon or (02) 9158 3820

Gemma Courtney or (02) 9158 3822

Barbara Blackman or (02) 9158 3821

Past winners

Congratulations to the 2018 industrial reporting award winners Emma Field and Vanessa Marsh with their story in The Weekly Times, The Courier-Mail, Townsville Bulletin, Bundaberg NewsMail and The Rural Weekly, “Pacific worker program death count”.

See the full announcement of the mid-year award winners here.

Best Industrial Reporting judges 2018: Elizabeth Byrne, Osman Faruqi and Paddy Manning

See the 2017 winners


Winners of the 2018 Industrial Reporting Award: Emma Field and Vanessa Marsh, “Pacific worker program death count”.