2017 Walkley Awards nominees announced

Journalists around the nation submitted more than 1,200 entries

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Finalists in the Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism were announced last night at simultaneous events in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

This year marks the 62nd annual Walkley Awards. Journalists around the nation submitted more than 1,200 entries, which were judged by more than 100 senior industry representatives.

Award winners will be announced on Wednesday November 29 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in partnership with Tourism & Events Queensland.

The awards will be broadcast live on the Sky News Public Affairs Channel, A-PAC (channel 648), from 8pm AEDT and livestreamed on walkleys.com and a-pac.tv.


The Australian Digital Team and In Films, The Australian Online, “The Queen & Zak Grieve

The Fairfax Multimedia Team, theage.com.au, smh.com.au, watoday.com.au and canberratimes.com.au, “Surviving IS: Stories from Mosul

The Siege Team, Four Corners, ABC TV, “The Siege”
The Siege: Part one ; The Siege: Part two


Award Partner: Lion

Michael Bachelard and Kate Geraghty,  The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, “Stories of Mosul”
Surviving IS: Stories from MosulThey don’t make any exception for childrenKindness for human shieldsMosul’s most house-proud manThe idea of Iraq itself needs to be rebuiltThe war has just started

Louise Milligan, 7.30, ABC TV & Melbourne University Publishing, “George Pell Investigation”
Police interview George Pell in Rome over child abuse allegationsPell failed to care for abuse victims, royal commission toldCardinal: The Rise and Fall of George PellCries of ‘witch-hunt’ ring hollow for Catholic clergy survivorsAustralia reacts to news of the George Pell charges

Peter Ryan, AM, PM & The World Today, ABC Radio, ABC News 24 & BBC World Service, “Commonwealth Bank Scandal – accused of 53,000 breaches of anti-money laundering and terror financing laws”
Breaking News – CBA risks massive fines over anti-money laundering & terrorism financing law breachesCBA chief executive Ian Narev in first broadcast interview re scandal – tells Peter Ryan “mistakes were made” but not resigningCBA cuts Ian Narev’s bonus to “zero” as a result of Austrac money laundering allegationsASIC to investigate CBA disclosure to stock exchange. When did it know about money-laundering risks?Ian Narev to retire by 30 June 2016 as CBA chief executive; APRA announces independent inquiry into CBAASIC to investigate CBA disclosure to stock exchange. When did it know about money-laundering risks?Ian Narev to retire by 30 June 2016 as CBA chief executive; APRA announces independent inquiry into CBA


Award Partner: Fairfax

Michael Bachelard, Kate Geraghty and The Age Multimedia TeamThe Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, Fairfax Media, “Surviving IS: Stories of Mosul

Chip Le GrandThe Australian, “Melbourne rampage” (paywall)

The Tragedy of Aviana Team, smh.com.au, theage.com.au and Sun-Herald, “The tragedy of Aviana


Award Partner: ING

Neil Chenoweth, David Marin-Guzman and Les HewittAustralian Financial Review, “Plutus: The Gen Y crime wave”
ATO tax fraud: Behind a $191m Gen Y crime waveSex, tax and InstagramThe bug that caught Cranston

Adele Ferguson and Mario ChristodoulouThe Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, “The Domino’s Pizza Expose”
Boxed In What life is really like inside pizza giant Domino’sDomino’s Scandal – Franchisees ‘selling visas’A small serve Domino’s deal not so fair

Leo Shanahan, Sky News Business, “Budget Bank Levy Exclusive


Award Partner: Australian Super

Daniel Fallshaw, Guardian Australia, “The Fight

Aaron Hollett, ABC TV Four Corners, “Highway to Hell – The Battle for Mosul

Aaron Smith, TheAustralian.com.au, “The Queen & Zak Grieve – Eps 1, 3 & 6”
The Queen & Zak Grieve – The Murder (ep1)The Queen & Zak Grieve – Zak (ep3)The Queen & Zak Grieve – The Missing Man (ep6)


Award Partner: Seven

Sophie McNeill, 7pm news, ABC TV, “Mosul coverage”
Mosul offensive begins (clip not found online); The children who live under ISIS(article with clip); Desperate families flee Mosul (article with clip)

Sally Sara, ABC News, “Six Days in Somaliland

Bryan Seymour and Megan Miller, Seven News, Seven Network, “Australia’s Child Brides


Award Partner: SBS

Dimity Clancey, A Current Affair, Nine Network, “Malcolm Naden Confession

Matt Doran, Sunday Night, Seven Network, “Haiti Undercover

Nathan Morris, ABC News, ABC TV and ABC Online, “The Leonora Undertaker


Tara Brown, Grace Tobin and Sean Power, 60 Minutes, Nine Network, “Bitter Deal”
Bitter Deal: Part one ; Bitter Deal: Part twoBitter Deal: Part three

Winsome Denyer and Sophie McNeill, Australian Story, ABC TV, “Khaled Naanaa – The Road From Damascus

Kirstin Murray and Roger Carter, Australian Story, ABC TV, “Tough Love


Award Partner: Bayer

Linton Besser, Mary Fallon and Lucy Carter, Four Corners , ABC TV and ABC News Online, “Pumped”
PumpedMurray-Darling Basin Plan: Taxpayer-purchased water intended for rivers harvested by irrigatorsMurray-Darling Basin Plan: Irrigation lobbyists offered access to confidential government documents

Rachael Brown and the Radio National Team, ABC Podcast/ABC Radio, “Trace Podcast

Adele Ferguson, Sarah Danckert and Klaus ToftThe Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, “The Retirement Racket”
Villages of the Damned (not online); The Retirement Racket (part 3); Some things can’t be forgiven (not online)


Award Partner: Three Plus

Laurie Oakes, Nine News, “Unrivalled Analysis”
Live Cross on Prime Minister’s major speech; Live Cross on same-sex marriage proposal vote; Live cross on retirement and future of Australian Politics

John SilvesterThe Age and The Saturday Age, “Naked City”
Tough-guy laws: brave or stupid?PSOs: Victoria’s dumbest policy?Knight condemned by his own hand

Chris Uhlmann, Insiders, ABC TV, ABC Online & The Australian,  “Trumped”
Trump at the G20Bob Carr fascinates with with sins of omission on Chinese influence (paywall); Tony Abbott could try to wound Malcolm Turnbull if hopes of becoming prime minister fade


Award Partner: Media Super

Graham Archer, Unmaking a Murder: the mysterious death of Anna-Jane Cheney, Penguin Random House Australia

Julia BairdVictoria: The Queen, HarperCollins Publishers

James BoyceLosing Streak, Black Inc.

Troy BramstonPaul Keating: The Big Picture Leader, Scribe

Steve CannaneFair Game: The incredible untold story of Scientology in Australia, ABC Books/HarperCollins Publishers

Joe GormanThe Death and Life of Australian Soccer, University of Queensland Press

Louise MilliganCardinal: The rise and fall of George Pell, Melbourne University Press

Madeleine O’DeaThe Phoenix Years, Allen & Unwin

Jenny ValentishWoman of Substances, Black Inc.


Award Partner: Banki Haddock Fiora

Matt Golding, The Age, “The Sensible Centre”

David Pope, The Canberra Times, “Murray-Darling Nation”

Cathy Wilcox, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, “Low-cost housing, London”

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