NSW journalism awards to celebrate Coca-Cola Kennedy Journalist of the Year

cropped-Screen-Shot-2016-02-14-at-3.18.00-pmThe Kennedy Foundation has signed a sponsorship deal with Coca-Cola which will see the top prize at the NSW journalism awards named after the beverage company.

The 2016 Coca-Cola Kennedy Award Journalist of the Year receive a $25,000 prize.

The partnership with Coca-Cola Amatil and Coca-Cola South Pacific will also see the winner of the Kennedy Award for Young Journalist of the Year receive $5,000.

CCA and CCSP will also support a $20,000 donation to the Kennedy Foundation to assist past and present news media professionals in hardship.

The winners of the awards will be announced at the fifth annual Kennedy Awards for Excellence in Journalism at Royal Randwick on August 12. Entries are now open.

Kennedy Foundation chairman, Peter Kogoy, said in a statement: “To have the generous support of both Coca-Cola Amatil and Coca-Cola South Pacific is a major breakthrough for the NRMA Kennedy Awards, now in our fifth year.

“The Kennedy Awards started from humble beginnings following the death of outstanding Sydney crime reporter, Les Kennedy, in August 2011.

“To offer the richest media prize in Australia, to the most outstanding journalist in this country, is incredible.

“It’s a true indicator of the prestige our awards have established in our relatively short history – and could not have been achieved without the outstanding contribution of more than 1700 entrants since 2012 and the backing of all our wonderful sponsors.”

Coca-Cola Amatil Group managing director, Alison Watkins, said: “Australia has a proud history of world class, ground-breaking reporting. As the media landscape continues to shift, it is important to continue to recognise those who go above and beyond in their commitment to uncovering the truth and telling us all how it really is.”

The NRMA Kennedy Awards honour the memory of legendary Sydney crime reporter Les Kennedy, who died aged 53 years in 2011.


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