Walkley Foundation 2016 Event Calendar

The foundation’s mission is to celebrate and encourage Australian journalism, telling the stories of our nation and strengthening our democracy. Through our events, outlined here, we aim to promote Australian journalism here and abroad, demonstrate the value of journalism to the general public, recognise and honour great journalism, and guide the craft through an age of major disruption.

Whether you’re a student or a senior journalist, a partner or a regular Australian, we’ve got something going on for you in 2016. Check our Events page for details and registration on upcoming talks, trainings and other get-togethers.

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Korea Media Exchange

April 9-17, Sydney, Dubbo and Melbourne

The Walkley Foundation will host four South Korean journalists in Australia for a series of meetings with media organisations and businesses. This two-way exchange aims to build ties and facilitate more accurate and nuanced reporting about Australia in Korea. Our journalists will be visiting Korea in September; applications open later this year.

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Press Freedom Australia Media Dinner

May 6, Sydney

The Australian media and supporters come together each year to highlight issues in Australia and the Asia Pacific, and to raise money for the ongoing campaign for press freedom and journalists’ safety.

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Australia-India Media Exchange

May 21 – 28, Darwin, Melbourne, Canberra

The Walkley Foundation will host two Indian journalists in Australia for a series of meetings with media organisations and businesses. Similar to our Korea program, this reciprocal exchange aims to build ties and facilitate more accurate and nuanced reporting about Australia in India.

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June 9, Melbourne

A must for anyone in corporate and public affairs, brand management or a media advisory role, this event focuses on crafting messages, targeting audiences and using the best emerging tools of the trade.

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Walkley Mid-Year Awards

July 27, Sydney

Innovation, independence and creativity are celebrated at the Walkley Mid-Year Awards program. The night includes awards for Women’s Leadership in Media (new in 2016), the Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year, the Best Freelancer of the Year, the Walkley Grants for Innovation in Journalism and the Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship.

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August 10-12, Sydney

Our three-day festival of storytelling attracts entrepreneurial thinkers, digital gurus and storytellers from Australia and around the globe. Satellite talks and trainings engage our journalist community across Australia.

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Our Watch Awards

September 8, Sydney

This national media awards program, administered by the Walkley Foundation, recognises and rewards exemplary reporting of violence against women, particularly reporting that highlights the causes and prevention of violence.

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Photography and Documentary Award Finalists Announcements

October 13, Sydney

A popular event for both media and the public, this event showcases nominees for the Nikon-Walkley Awards for Excellence in Photojournalism and the Walkley Documentary Award.

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General Finalists Announcements

October 20, Sydney and Melbourne

This is the night when journalists’ dreams of winning a Walkley come a step closer to reality, with the announcement of the finalists in each category. Popular with entrants and Walkley partners alike, these simultaneous events attract hundreds of industry professionals.

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Walkley Awards Gala Dinner

November/December, location to be announced

Every journalist dreams of an invitation to this exclusive gala event, where finalists rub shoulders with judges, former winners, and industry and corporate supporters.

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Walkley Media Talks

Monthly, State Library of NSW, Sydney

These talks are a cornerstone of the Walkley public program, encouraging discussion in the broader community about the value of journalism in our society. Recorded for the Walkley Talks podcasts, these free talks attract a varied audience, regularly selling out.

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Future Fridays & Training

Nationally throughout the year

Talks and workshops on the state of the industry, craft and technology of journalism. These discussions will be focused on innovation, with practical takeaways and networking drinks – an accessible format to complement our digital training program.

Partnership opportunities

To partner with The Walkley Foundation on any of these events, please contact Walkleys marketing and partnerships manager Bridie Moran at bridie.moran@walkleys.com or (02) 9333 0963.