The Our Watch Award for excellence in reporting on violence against women and children recognises the work of an individual, team or news organisation in highlighting the drivers of gendered violence and the way these intersect with other forms of discrimination and abuse faced by victims.
Eligible formats include rolling coverage or a series of news reports or features, or one longform piece. Entries can be examples of journalism of any medium (text, radio or visual) and published on any platform (print, broadcast, online and through social media).
Entries must demonstrate how the reporting was realised and how intersecting forms of discrimination were considered and represented in it and provide evidence of its impact.
Entries may be a single piece of work, or may consist of up to three pieces of work to represent a body of work.
Judging will take into account deadlines, resourcing and other pressures faced by the entrant/s, as well as ongoing reactions to the work, or social or legislative outcomes arising from it.
Judges will evaluate submissions according to the following criteria:
- Representation of the drivers of gendered violence
- Representation of intersecting forms of discrimination
- Research, writing and production values, including ensuring expert opinions on gendered violence are heard
- Strict adherence to ethical standards and guidelines on the treatment of victims sharing their stories
- Inclusion of information for readers experiencing violence or abuse – such as 1800RESPECT
- Innovation, enterprise or courage
- Impact and public benefit
- Time constraints and resources available
Judges also take into consideration isolation or exposure to outside forces, as well as the real or potential dangers in presenting a story.