Fairfax on top at The Walkleys

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Fairfax has come out on top at The Walkley Awards, Australia’s top awards show for journalists.

The company claimed 11 awards, dominating the print category with wins for Good Weekend for Magazine Feature Writing, the Australian Financial Review for Newspaper Feature Writing and the SMH and The Age for Print News Report.

The ABC, which won the most Walkeys last year, won nine awards, cleaning up in the radio category. News Limited won seven.

Steve Pennells, chief writer for Seven West Media’s The West Australian newspaper, won the most prestigious award, however – the Gold Walkley – and two other awards; Best Scoop for a story on the legal stoush over the estate of mining magnate Lang Hancock, and Social Equity Journalism for a feature on the drowning victims of an asylum seeker tragedy.

The Walkleys winners list in full:

Gold Walkley

Steve Pennells, The West Australian

Outstanding contribution to journalism

Peter Cave

Journalism Leadership

The Border Mail

Nike-Walkey Press Photographer of the year

Justin McManus, The Age

All Media

Best Three Headings

Paul Dyer, NT News, ‘Eyeful tower’, Dogs of phwoarrr!’ and ‘Why I stuck a cracker up my clacker’.

Coverage of Indigenous Affairs

SBS Online Team,, ‘The Block: Stories from a Meeting Place’

Coverage of Community and Regional Affairs

The Border Mail team, ‘Ending the suicide silence.

Sports Journalism

Richard Guilliatt, The Weekend Australian Magazine, ‘The price of glory’


Andrew Marlton,, ‘Drowning’


Steven Grice, The Advertiser and News Limited websites, ‘Titanic centenary’

Sustained Coverage

Ruth Lamperd and Stephen Drill, Herald Sun, ‘Cancer town’

Business Journalism

Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker, 7.30, ACT TV and The Age, Fairfax, ‘RBA faces questions over bribery connections’

Investigative Journalism

Linton Besser and Kate McClymont, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, ‘Exposed: Obeids’ secret harbour deal’

Broadcast and Online Interviewing

Leigh Sales, 7.30, ABC TV, ‘Interviews with Tony Abbott, Scott Morrison and Christine Milne’

International Journalism

Matthew Carney and Thom Cookes, Four Corners, ABC TV, ‘In This Sights’

Best Broadcast Camerawork

Gary Ramage, News Limited, ‘This is Afghanistan’

Commentary, Analysis, Opinion and Critique

John Silvester, The Age, ‘Over coffee, Carl murdered the truth’

Social Equity Journalism

Steve Pennels, The West Australian, ‘The untold story of the asylum boat tragedy’

Best Scoop of the Year

Steve Pennells, The West Australian, ‘Battle for billions’


Radio News and Current Affairs Reporting

Nance Haxton, AM, PM and The World Today, ABC Radio Current Affairs ‘Justice Systems fails disabled victims of sexual abuse’

Radio Feature, Documentary or Broadcast Special

Amanda Gearning, Louise Mitchell and Claudia Taranto, 360documentaries, ABC Radio National, ‘The day that changed Grantham’


Television News Reporting

Sharri Markson, Lee Jeloscek, Adam Walters and Michael McKinnon, Seven News, Seven Network, ‘The Cabinet leak’

Television Current Affairs Reporting (less than 20 minutes)

Hamish Macdonald and Sam Clark, The Project, Network Ten, ‘Age of uncertainty’

Television Current Affairs, Feature or Special (more than 20 minutes)

Mary Ann Jolley, Geoff Thompson and Mary Fallon, Four Corners, ABC TV, ‘Unholy silence’


Best Digital Journalism

Stuart Washington, Tom Allard, Conrad Walters and UTS Team, The Sydney Morning Herald, ‘Sky’s the limit on political gifts’


Magazine Feature Writing

Jane Cadzow, Good Weekend, Fairfax, ‘The world according to Bryce’

Newspaper Feature Writing

Angus Grigg and Hannah Low, The Australian Financial Review, ‘The Punters’ Club – tax, toes and the boys from Tassie’

Print News Report

Kate McClymont, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, ‘Thomson: New Credit card claims’


Daily Life/Feature Photography

Nic Walker, AFR Magazine, The Weekend Financial Review, ‘The Kattle Run’

Sports Photography

Phil Hillyard, The Daily Telegraph, ‘Sally – the race for gold’

News Photography

Lukas Coch, Australian Associated Press, ‘Australia Day protest’

Photographic Essay

Sam Ruttyn, The Sunday Telegraph, ‘Josh Carter, Super Boy’

Long Form Journalism


Celeste Geer and Rebel Films/ABC TV, The the Wind Changed


George Megalogenus, The Australian Moment, Penguin



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