The Age’s Julia Medew Young Journalist of the Year

julia-medew-the-ageThe Young Australian Journalist of the Year was last night announced as Julia Medew of The Age.  

The Walkey Foundation-organised event saw Medew recognised for a piece on statistical manipulation within the healthcare sector.

Medew, a health reporter, also won the print news category. She told the audience: “I’m particularly happy that a print journalist can still win this award and I really wish the Australian population would love reading newspapers as much as I do, and appreciated the quality and the hard work that goes into producing them every day. If you judge them fairly they are an extraordinary product and I hope we continue to see the funding and resoruces to keep it that way.”

As well as a tour of newsrooms in London and the US, she also wins $5000 spending money.

The TV winner was Yaara Bou Melhem of SBS for a piece she filmed in Jordan after takign a camera with her on holiday.

Michael Atkin of ABC’s Triple J was the radio winner for a piece on a young offender coming out of juvenile detention.

Nic MacBean of was the online winner for reporting on the aftermath of the Victorian bushfires.

And the photographer category was won by Sandie Bertrand of The West Australian.

The announcement (via low quality camera phone):

Medew’s acceptance speech:


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