The Media Diversity Australia Award honours journalists who are making an outstanding contribution through their reporting or coverage of diverse people or issues in Australia. This includes culturally and linguistically diverse communities (CALD) and people with disability (PWD).

It celebrates reporting that demonstrates notable courage in raising awareness of CALD and/or PWD experiences and perspectives, as well as innovation in the telling of these stories. It recognises the significance of media coverage in providing nuanced reporting which serves to alter perceptions and attitudes, challenge stereotypes and fight misinformation.

2022 Finalists

2022 finalists were announced on May 26:

Read the full list of Mid-Year Celebration finalists hereWinners will be announced at the Mid-Year Celebration of Journalism on June 15.

2021 Winners

Jason Om, Alex McDonald and Ake Prihantari, 7.30, ABC, “Price of Convenience” and “Hungry Panda food delivery company under fire from workers”.

The judges said: “Price of Convenience exposed the real-world tragedy of the fast-food industry in a society expecting more immediacy in all aspects of life. The investigation brought the lack of legal and other industry protections to light within fast food delivery services. The research and commitment to find and tell the story of heart-wrenching case studies and push for better protection and support for an often underrepresented part of Australian society is second to none.”

Jason Om
is an award-winning reporter, writer and presenter with the ABC’s 7.30 program. He’s previously worked for ABC News Breakfast, the ABC News Channel, ABC Life and Lateline. His memoir, All Mixed Up, will be released in April 2022. Jason started his career as a cadet at SBS.

Alex McDonald
is a producer with the ABC’s 7.30 program in Sydney. He was a member of the ABC’s National Reporting Team and investigated alleged sexual misconduct at the Australian Defence Force Academy, revealed evidence of allegedly corrupt deals between Nauruan officials and Australian businesses, and worked on a Walkley-nominated investigation into the misuse of funds and defrauding of Indigenous-run organisations. He has worked as a researcher at Four Corners and as a reporter in the ABC’s Sydney newsroom.

Ake Prihantari
has been working at ABC Jakarta Bureau for 17 years. She enjoys being a producer and loves being involved in long-form news stories. Through her work with the ABC, she developed a passionate interest in Indonesian law, more so than when she was a law student. Recently she has just found out that climbing stairs and doing long walks are more therapeutic than writing complaint letters to big corporations – and that yoghurt soju is the best cocktail ever invented.

Judging criteria

Judges will evaluate submissions according to the following criteria:

  • Newsworthiness
  • Research, writing and production.
  • Incisiveness
  • Balance and range of perspectives
  • Courage in trying new innovation and/or in tackling subjects that are difficult
  • Covers issues that are underrepresented in the media
  • Impact and public benefit
  • Adherence to ethical standards
  • Time constraints and resources available

Judges will also consider the pressure and demand of reporting deadlines, and the location of the journalist. They also take into consideration isolation or exposure to outside forces, as well as the real or potential dangers in presenting a story.

Conditions of entry

Submissions are open to all journalists working in mainstream, community or alternative media, as individuals or in collaboration with others on projects.

Entries are open to work produced in languages other than English but a full transcript must be provided.

Entries may be single pieces or may consist of up to three pieces of work to represent a body of work. All forms of media are accepted.

Entries must have been published, broadcast or televised in Australia from April 27, 2021 to April 26, 2022.

Eligibility for the Media Diversity Australia award is based on independent acts of journalism, free from any commercial or corporate interests.

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.

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any further questions, please contact either:

Lauren Dixon or 0413 212 890

Past Media Diversity Australia Award winners