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Finalists for the 2018 Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism revealed

The finalists for the 2018 Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism have been announced in a series of events across Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

Nominees include the journalists behind some of the year’s biggest stories, including the investigation into Burke’s Backyard star Don Burke, the Thai cave rescue and ex-Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce’s child.

The award winners will be announced at a gala dinner on Thursday November 22 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Tourism industry development minister Kate Jones congratulated this year’s finalists and said the Walkley Awards celebrated the very best in Australian journalism.

“We look forward to welcoming around 600 leading journalists and media outlets from across the country to Queensland on November 22,” she said. “The Walkley Awards has been the premier celebration of journalism in Australia for the past 63 years and it’s great to be able to host this event once again in Brisbane, generating great exposure for our state.”

The 2018 Walkley Award finalists

PRINT/TEXT NEWS REPORT
Award Partner Media Super

PUBLIC SERVICE JOURNALISM
Award Partner Naked Communications

  • Laura BanksThe Daily Telegraph and Seven News Sydney, “Little Boy Dead
  • Belinda Hawkins and Sarah FarnsworthAustralian Story, ABC TV, “The Justice Principle
  • Louise Milligan, Sashka Koloff, Mary Fallon and Lucy CarterFour Corners, ABC TV, “I Am That Girl

INNOVATION
Award Partner News Corp Australia

HEADLINE, CAPTION OR HOOK
Award Partner Qantas

  • Anthony De Ceglie and Brad CliftonThe Daily Telegraph, “BUNDLE OF JOYCE” “DELAY OLE! DELAY OLE!” and “PEKING SCHMUCK”
  • Baz McAlisterThe Courier Mail and The Sunday Mail, “DEBBIE DOES DALLIANCES” “THROW IN THE TOWELS…” and “BOLD McDONALD HAS NO CHARM”
  • Lane SaintyBuzzFeed and Twitter, “The same-sex marriage saga, explained via Twitter flowchart

FEATURE WRITING LONG (OVER 4000 WORDS)
Award Partner UQ

FEATURE WRITING SHORT (UNDER 4000 WORDS)
Award Partner Fairfax

COVERAGE OF INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS
Award Partner PwC

COVERAGE OF COMMUNITY OR REGIONAL AFFAIRS
Award Partner BHP

CARTOON AND ARTWORK

  • Kylie Boltin, Tia Kass, Michael Green and Debra Shulkes, SBS Online network, “Faces of the Rohingya
  • Jamie BrownThe Sunday Age, “Generation Game”
  • Jon KudelkaThe Australian, “From The Heart

SPORTS JOURNALISM

SPORT PHOTOGRAPHY
Award Partner Nikon

  • Scott BarbourGetty Images, “Sport 2017—2018”
  • Brett CostelloThe Daily Telegraph, “No Limits”
  • Craig GoldingAAP, “Body of Work ”

RADIO/AUDIO NEWS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS
Award Partner ABC

RADIO/AUDIO FEATURE
Award Partner Griffith University

  • Hagar Cohen and Team Background BriefingBackground BriefingABC Radio National, “Fentanyl: A national emergency
  • Miles Martignoni, David Marr and Melissa DaveyGuardian Australia, “The Reckoning
  • Kylie Stevenson, Caroline Graham and Eric George, The Australian, “Lost in Larrimah

PRODUCTION
Award Partner Google News Initiative

SCOOP OF THE YEAR
Award Partner Nine

COVERAGE OF A MAJOR NEWS EVENT OR ISSUE
Award Partner Lion

  • Drew Ambrose, Karishma Vyas and Liz Gooch101 East, Al Jazeera, “Rohingya Refugee Crisis
  • Guardian & 2SER TeamGuardian Australia, “The death of David Dungay
  • Paige Taylor, Natasha Robinson, Jacquelin Magnay and Chris MerrittABCThe Australian and The Weekend Australian, “Captain Dragan

NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY
Award Partner Nikon

  • Lukas CochAAP, “Linda Burney Airborne”
  • Jenny EvansGetty Images and The Daily Telegraph, “Life Saver”
  • Andrew QuiltyThe New York Times, “‘It’s a Massacre’: Blast in Kabul Deepens Toll of a Long War”

FEATURE/PHOTOGRAPHIC ESSAY
Award Partner Nikon

  • Jenny EvansGetty Images, “Louth Races”
  • David GrayReuters Wider Image, “Drought From Above”
  • Chris HopkinsSBS Online Documentaries, “My Name is Yunus”

TELEVISION/VIDEO: CAMERAWORK
Award Partner Australian Super

TELEVISION/VIDEO: NEWS REPORTING
Award Partner Seven

  • Alexandra Blucher and Mark WillacyABC 7pm News, ABC TV, “Corruption concerns at one of Australia’s biggest councils”
  • Chris O’KeefeNine News, Nine Network, “Emma Husar Quits”
  • Chris ReasonSeven 6pm News, Seven Network & Social Media & News Specials, “Thai Caves Rescue

TELEVISION/VIDEO CURRENT AFFAIRS SHORT (LESS THAN 20 MINUTES)
Award Partner SBS

TELEVISION/VIDEO CURRENT AFFAIRS LONG (MORE THAN 20 MINUTES)
Award Partner Ten

  • Stephen Long and Wayne Harley, Four Corners, ABC TV, “Digging into Adani
  • Louise Milligan, Sashka Koloff, Mary Fallon and Lucy CarterFour Corners, ABC TV, “I Am That Girl
  • Mark Willacy and Four Corners Team, Four Corners, ABC TV, “Out of the Dark

INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM
Award Partner Bayer

COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS, OPINION AND CRITIQUE

WALKLEY DOCUMENTARY AWARD SHORTLIST

  • Myanmar’s Killing Fields, Evan Williams, Patrick Wells, Eve Lucas and Georgina Davies, Dateline, SBS
  • The Song Keepers, Rachel Clements, Naina Sen and Trisha Morton-Thomas, Brindle Films, Indigo Productions and NITV
  • Trump/Russia, Four Corners Trump/Russia team, Four Corners, ABC TV

WALKLEY BOOK AWARD LONGLIST

  • Rachael BrownTrace: Who Killed Maria James?, Scribe Publications
  • Tjanara Goreng Goreng with Julie SzegoA Long Way From No Go, Wild Dingo Press
  • Peter GresteThe First Casualty, Viking
  • Sarah KrasnosteinThe Trauma Cleaner, Text Publishing
  • John MartinkusLost Copy: The Endless Wars, Australian Scholarly Publishing
  • Chris MastersNo Front Line: Australia’s Special Forces At War in Afghanistan, Allen & Unwin
  • Rick MortonOne Hundred Years of Dirt, Melbourne University Publishing
  • Helen Pitt, The House, Allen & Unwin
  • Kate WildWaiting For Elijah, Scribe Publications

NIKON-WALKLEY PRESS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
Award Partner Nikon

  • Matthew AbbottThe New York Times, Oculi, ABC and The Australian
  • Dean LewinsNBCnews.com, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, The Australian and Time
  • Andrew QuiltyThe New York Times, Human Rights Watch, National Geographic Magazine, Politic and The Guardian
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