The Walkley Foundation is delighted to announce the finalists for our 2020 Mid-Year Celebration of Journalism.

Peer-judged and selected on the basis of journalistic excellence, the Mid-Year Celebration suite includes the Young Australian Journalist of the Year Awards, June Andrews Award for Industrial Relations Reporting, June Andrews Award for Freelance Journalist of the Year, June Andrews Award for Women’s Leadership in Media, Our Watch Award, Media Diversity Australia Award, June Andrews Award for Arts Journalism and The Pascall Prize for Arts Criticism.

Winners will be announced at the (virtual) Mid-Year Celebration of Journalism on June 17. 

In each award below, the finalists are listed in alphabetical order.

Young Australian Journalist of the Year Awards

These awards recognise the hard work of our most outstanding young Australian journalists. They reward the efforts of journalists aged 28 and under who demonstrate excellence in the fundamental tenets of the profession, as well as the ability to present distinctive and original journalism that pushes the boundaries of the craft.

All media: Shortform journalism
Supported by ABC

All media: Longform feature or special
Supported by The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age

All media: Coverage of community and regional affairs
Supported by Google News Initiative

All media: Visual storytelling
Supported by Sky News

All media: Public service journalism
Supported by News Corp Australia

All media: ​Student journalist of the year
Supported by Macleay College

Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year
Supported by Jibb Foundation
The winner of each category will be in the running for the overall Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Award. The winner will receive a two-week trip to US newsrooms (flights included) and a mentorship program to boost their career. In 2020 this prize will include placements at Buzzfeed, The New York Times, Columbia Journalism Review and Quartz Media.


June Andrews Award for Industrial Relations Reporting

(in memory of Helen O’Flynn and Alan Knight)
Supported by Ai Group, Unions NSW, ACTU, UTS and MEAA
With philanthropic support provided in memory of Emeritus Professor Alan Knight   


June Andrews Award for Freelance Journalist of the Year

Supported by Media Super


June Andrews Award for Women’s Leadership in Media

Supported by PwC


Our Watch Award

Administered by The Walkley Foundation


Media Diversity Australia Award

Supported by Media Diversity Australia, CoHealth and The National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters’ Council 


Arts Journalism Prizes

Through the support of the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund, the winner of each award will receive $5000 in prize money.

All media: June Andrews Award for Arts Journalism

Supported by Facebook and the Copyright Agency

All media: The Pascall Prize for Arts Criticism, managed by the Walkley Foundation
Supported by the Geraldine Pascall Foundation and the Copyright Agency

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Media queries: Ana Neves, ana.neves@walkleys.com |  +61 416 727 617

Awards queries: Lauren Dixon, lauren.dixon@walkleys.com | +61 413 212 890