Applications are now open for a range of Australian journalism awards and scholarships, with all winners to be announced at the Walkley Foundation’s Mid-Year Celebration of Journalism on June 17.

Among the awards are four that have each existed for several years – renamed in 2020 to acknowledge June Andrews, a major donor to the Walkley Foundation. June Andrews died in 2017, leaving the foundation a $1 million bequest.

She was the sister-in-law of Sir William Walkley, from whom the foundation takes its name. In 1956, Sir William set up what are now known as the Walkley Awards and on his death 20 years later, he left a bequest to maintain them.

The June Andrews awards will be:

Entries are now open for these and 10 more awards:

Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Awards, including seven categories:

  • Shortform Journalism
  • Longform Feature or Special
  • Coverage of Community and Regional Affairs
  • Visual Storytelling
  • Public Service Journalism
  • Student Journalist of the Year
  • Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year

The Our Watch Award administered by the Walkley Foundation
Media Diversity Australia Award administered by the Walkley Foundation
The Pascall Prize for Arts Criticism

The WIN NEWS Scholarship is also now open for applications.

Regrettably, with the uncertainty of the COVID19 pandemic and how long this will impact on all of our lives, we have made the tough decision to reschedule the Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship until early 2021.

At the 2020 Mid-Year Celebration of Journalism winners will also be announced for a total grant pool of $110,000 for public interest journalism through three grant opportunities, for reporting on regional Australia, Asia and the Pacific islands region. Find out more about our grants for journalism here, applications close April 26.

Walkley Young Journalist of the Year Awards

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

The 2020 categories are:

  • All media: Shortform Journalism
  • All media: Longform Feature or Special
  • All media: Coverage of Community & Regional Affairs
  • All media: Visual Storytelling
  • All media: Public Service Journalism
  • Student Journalist of the Year

The Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year will be chosen from the winners of the above categories.

To make the awards even more accessible and valuable to a diverse range of young reporters, a philanthropic grant from the Jibb Foundation subsidies entry fees allowing them to remain at $50, with the exception of the Student Journalist of the Year category, which is free. Entry remains free for MEAA union members.

The June Andrews Award for Freelance Journalist of the Year

The June Andrews Award for Freelance Journalist of the Year recognises the unique contribution that freelance journalists make across all media platforms to the future of the industry, and is open to residents of either Australia or New Zealand.

First awarded in 2012, this accolade is an initiative of the Walkley Foundation in partnership with Media Super and MEAA. The winner receives two tickets to the Walkley Awards Gala Dinner.

The June Andrews Award for Women’s Leadership in Media

Initiated as a category in 2016, the June Andrews Award for Women’s Leadership in Media honours women who are making an outstanding journalistic contribution to gender equality and the visibility of women in society – both in Australia and on a global scale.

It celebrates reporting that demonstrates notable innovation, enterprise or courage in raising awareness of women’s experiences and perspectives, and reflects the significance of media coverage in altering perceptions, challenging stereotypes and fighting misinformation. The June Andrews Award for Women’s Leadership in Media is self-nominated and open to women working in media that’s mainstream or alternative, collaborative or individual.

The June Andrews Award for Arts Journalism

The June Andrews Award for Arts Journalism recognises a significant contribution in reporting, writing, news-breaking and analysis of arts issues. This may include profiles of artists, features and investigations, reporting on the structures and personalities involved in the creation of contemporary culture, and examination of the creative arena.

Entries in this category must be a single piece of work or a series of no more than three related reports. It is open to individuals or group entries up to three people.

The June Andrews Awards for Industrial Relations Reporting

The June Andrews Awards for Industrial Relations Reporting, in memory of Helen O’Flynn and Alan Knight, 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. Journalists working in all media are encouraged to apply and need not be designated Industrial Relations reporters.

The Pascall Prize for Arts Criticism

The Pascall Prize, managed by the Walkley Foundation, celebrates the unique contribution of critics to our cultural landscape and the specialist, detailed knowledge they draw on to contextualise works of art. Criticism includes both reviews responding to the work itself, and deeper criticism placing work in the context of the artist’s oeuvre, specific genres and/or the current social/political/cultural landscape. Judges consider critical thinking; balanced, rigorous argument and evaluation; depth of knowledge and ability to contextualise; and engaging, illuminating voices. Entries in this category must be a single piece of work or a series of no more than three related reports. Open only to individual entrants.

The Our Watch Award administered by the Walkley Foundation

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).

Media Diversity Australia Award administered by the Walkley Foundation

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.

Scholarships

The WIN News Scholarship is also open for applications until April 26

If you have any questions, please contact:

Lauren Dixon
Awards and Events Manager
T: 0413 212 890 | E: lauren.dixon@walkleys.com