The Walkley Foundation has announced winners for its suite of midyear awards, as well as projects receiving seed money from the Walkley Media Incubator and Innovation Fund.
The foundation’s annual Mid-Year Award Celebration recognises the best young journalists, freelancers, and projects advancing innovation in journalism. This year, the Walkleys added awards for industrial relations journalists, and for arts journalists and critics.
Paul Farrell was named Young Australian Journalist Of The Year for his work with Guardian Australia. He joins BuzzFeed next month.
Walkley Young Australian Journalist Of The Year
Paul Farrell, Guardian Australia – The Nauru Files
The Walkley Advisory Board, represented by Kate McClymont, Claire Harvey, Jonny Richards and Angelos Frangopoulos, said of the overall winner:
“Paul Farrell’s remarkable release of the Nauru Files produced shockwaves that are still reverberating in Australia and around the world. It is the essence of great journalism. We were also impressed by the innovative presentation of the leaked reports. A very deserving winner.”
Industrial Relations Reporting Award
Ben Schneiders, Royce Millar and Nick Toscano, The Age
Women’s Leadership in Media Award
Catherine Fox, ABC Online, The Australian and New South Publishing
Freelance Journalist of the Year
Jo Chandler, The Monthly and Background Briefing, ABC Radio National
Arts Journalism Award
John Shand, Johnshand.com.au and The Sydney Morning Herald
Walkley-Pascall Award for Arts Criticism
Kate Hennessy, Guardian Australia
Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Awards
Tom Minear, Herald Sun
Longform Feature or Special
Carl Smith, The Science Show, ABC Radio National ABC