The Walkley Awards 2015

It was a great honour to attend the 60th annual Walkley Awards held in Melbourne on Dec 3rd. The strength of our journalism, and journalists making it great, shined bright.

Fairfax journalism spanning politics, business and international affairs won prestigious Walkley praise in recognition of the powerful force of the stories told so very, very well.

No matter whether written or visual, in print or digital, it is journalism, and the work we do at Fairfax puts us right at the heart of conversations that matter - and we do it better than anyone else.

Below is the full list of awards won:

All Media Commentary, Analysis, Opinion & Critique: Peter Hartcher, The Sydney Moring Herald - “Come and get me”, “PM rolled by his own ministers” and “Abbott’s gamble with no safety net”.

Print/Text News Report: Michael Bachelard and Armando Cordoba, The Age - “The White Jihadist”

Business Journalism: Adele Ferguson, Sarah Danckert and Klaus Toft, ABC TV Four Corners/Fairfax - "7-Eleven: The Price of Convenience".

International Journalism: Jewel Topsfield, Sarah Whyte, David Wroe, Amilia Rosa and Karuni Rompies, Fairfax Media - "People Smuggler Cash Payments".

Cartoon: David Pope, The Age - Charlie Hebdo.

Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism: Trevor Sykes, The Australian Financial Review.

Nikon-Walkley Feature/Photographic Essay: Ingetje Tadros, The Sydney Morning Herald - “Kennedy Hill”.

The Walkley Awards 2014

Congratulations to all of our winners and finalists at the 59th Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism held in Sydney on December 4th. The rain and thunder didn’t stop the celebration of quality journalism.

Fairfax’s journalism continues to shine bright – in particular for several of our immensely talented women.

Business journalist Adele Ferguson took out the top honour, the Gold Walkley, with her ABC Television collaborators, for the “Banking bad” report. The work also won in the TV/AV weekly current affairs category.

Adele is an impressive force in journalism. This win is well-deserved recognition of two years of unrelenting work exposing major financial planning scandals. It perfectly showcases her talent for forensically seeking out and reporting on the truth without losing balance and perspective.

Below is the full list of awards won:

Gold Walkley: Adele Ferguson

Best Short Feature: Middle East correspondent Ruth Pollard

Business Journalism: For The Australian Financial Review, Nabila Ahmed, Sue Mitchell and James Chessell

Feature/Photographic Essay Photo Of The Year: Eddie Jim took out the prize for best photographic essay and Ron Tandberg picked up the award for best cartoon

International Journalism: South-east Asia correspondent Lindsay Murdoch

Sports Journalism: The Newcastle Herald’s Robert Dillon

Commentary Opinion and Critique: Columnist Waleed Aly

TV/AV Daily Current Affairs: Investigative reporting duo Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie won in the TV/AV daily current affairs category for reporting with the ABC

The Walkley Awards 2013

Fairfax Media received 13 awards overall from 27 nominations at the 58th Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism. With awards spanned print, online, radio, photography and illustrations – across metro and regional titles, Fairfax Media had more wins than any other media outlet.

The highest praise went to Newcastle Herald journalist Joanne McCarthy, who won Gold Walkley for the investigation into child sex abuse in the Catholic clergy in the Hunter Valley. The Sydney Morning Herald photographer Kate Geraghty was named Nikon-Walkley Press Photographer of the Year. And 3AW’s Neil Mitchell won the Radio News and Current Affairs Journalism award for his scoop on Ford closing its local manufacturing operations.

Below is the full list of awards won:

Gold Walkley: The Newcastle Herald’s Joanne McCarthy

Nikon-Walkley Press Photographer of the Year: Kate Geraghty, Fairfax Media

Nikon-Walkley Sport Photography: Wolter Peeters, Fairfax Media, “2013 Sydney International Rowing Regatta”

All Media Coverage of Community and Regional Affairs: Chad Watson, Joanne McCarthy, Ian Kirkwood and Jason Gordon, Newcastle Herald, “Shine the light”

All Media Social Equity Journalism: Sarah Whyte and Ben Doherty, The Sydney Morning Herald, “Made in Bangladesh: Unpicking the human price of global fashion”

All Media Cartoon: Cathy Wilcox, The Sydney Morning Herald, “Kevin cleans up”

Print/Text News Report: Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker, The Age, “Airport in grip of drug trade”, “Smuggled guns/When the good guys go bad”, “Bikies infiltrate police/With friends like these”

Radio News and Current Affairs Journalism: Neil Mitchell, 3AW, “The Ford scoop”

All Media Coverage of a Major News Event or Issue: Richard Baker, Nick McKenzie, Caroline Wilson, John Silvester, Jake Niall and The Age team, The Age, “Essendon drug scandal”

All Media Business Journalism: Adele Ferguson and Chris Vedelago, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, “Profit above all else: How CBA lost savings and hid its tracks”, “Targets, bonuses, trips: Inside the CBA boiler room”, “Senate to launch inquiry into ASIC”

All Media Commentary, Analysis, Opinion & Critique: Caroline Wilson, The Age, “Would you want your son playing in the AFL?”, “Right thing for Hird to do is step down”, “Blind pride drove coach’s denial and the bodies piled up”

Walkley Book Award: “Killing Fairfax”, Harper Collins, by The Australian Financial Review’s Pamela Williams

All Media Artwork: Pat Campbell, The Canberra Times, “Glimmer of hope”

The Walkley Awards 2012

Nikon-Walkley Press Photographer of the Year for excellence across a diverse portfolio of news and feature photojournalism: The Age’s Justin McManus

Journalism Leadership: The Border Mail  for its “Ending the suicide silence” campaign spanning breaking news, feature stories and social media.

Coverage of Community and Regional Affairs: The Border Mail team

Business Journalism: The Age’s Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker  for “RBA faces questions over bribery connections”.

Investigative Journalism: The Sydney Morning Herald’s Linton Besser and Kate McClymont won the award for “Exposed: Obeids’ secret harbour deal”.

Commentary, Analysis, Opinion and Critique: The Age’s John Silvester picked up the award for  for “Over coffee, Carl murdered the truth”.

Magazine Feature Writing: Good Weekend’s Jane Cadzow won the award for “The world according to Bryce”.

Newspaper Feature Writing: The Australian Financial Review’s Angus Grigg and Hannah Low received the award for  for “The Punters’ Club – tax, totes and the boys from Tassie”.

Print News Report: The Sydney Morning Herald’s Kate McClymont received the award for “Thomson: New credit card claims”.

Best Digital Journalism: The Sydney Morning Herald’s Stuart Washington, Tom Allard, Conrad Walters and the UTS team received the award for  “Sky’s the limit on political gifts”.

Daily Life / Feature Photography: The Australian Financial Review’s Nic Walker won the award for “The Kattle Run”.

Highly commended / finalists:

  • Newspaper feature writing, Nick McKenzie
  • Sustained coverage of an issue or event, Ruth Pollard
  • Best Scoop of the year, Richard Baker, Nick McKenzie and Jane Lee
  • Coverage of Indigenous affairs, Russell Skelton, Glenn Campbell and Tom McKendrick
  • Best Digital Journalism, Katharine Murphy, Andrew Meares and Alex Ellinghausen
  • Sport journalism, Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, Clay Hichens and Mario Christodoulou (with Four Courners and ABC TV),
  • Artwork, Frank Maiorana
  • Cartoon, Judy Horacek
  • Best three headings, Dean Donoghue
  • Photographic essay, Jason South
  • Nikon-Walkley Press photographer of the year, Jason South