Walkley Business Journalism Award finalists announced

The three finalists in the Business category of the Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism were announced today in Sydney.

The announcement:

The three finalists in the prestigious Business category of the Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism were announced today in Sydney, at a lunch hosted by ING Direct.

The Walkley Business Journalism Award finalists for 2015 are:

Beau Donelly and Nick Toscano, The Age, “Belle Gibson Exposed”
Donelly and Toscano revealed that “wellness” blogger Belle Gibson had failed to hand over money promised to charities, and their report led to the collapse of her business, The Whole Pantry, which she had built on the back of claims she’d cured herself of terminal brain cancer with a healthy diet. Donelly and Toscano also raised questions about why Penguin and Apple had eagerly swallowed Gibson’s story.

Adele Ferguson, Sarah Danckert and Klaus Toft, Four Corners, ABC TV, “7-Eleven: The Price of Convenience”
Shining a light on the fraudulent wage practices and staff exploitation happening every day inside one of the world’s biggest brands was a complicated undertaking which involved leaked documents, whistleblowers and surveillance by the Four Corners team. Tracking the
illegal operations all the way to the top of the franchise revealed gaping holes in Australia’s visa and corporate arrangements.

Adele Ferguson and Ruth Williams, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, “NAB”
Ferguson and Williams’ dive into the alleged misconduct, forgery and fraud around consumer loans made by the NAB uncovered a corporate culture that had financially damaged hundreds of customers. Their revelations of the bank’s quiet sacking of 37 financial planners for misconduct (of whom NAB referred only five to the regulator) exposed the bank to multiple investigations. NAB changed its internal policies and established a compensation scheme for affected customers.

The judges selected the finalists from more than 40 entries, and said this year’s entries demonstrated the value of business journalism done well.

To read all finalists’ work, visit www.walkleys.com

The winners of the 60th Walkley Awards will be announced at a gala dinner on Thursday, December 3 at Crown Palladium in Melbourne.  The ceremony will be broadcasted live on SKY APAC or streamed live on the Walkley website from 7pm.

The judges for the 2015 Walkley Business Journalism Award were:

  • Ros Childs, presenter, ABC News 24 and ABC Melbourne

  • Anne Hyland, senior writer, Fairfax Media

  • Judith Sloan, Professorial Fellow, Applied Economic and Social Research at the Melbourne Institute, The University of Melbourne and contributing economics editor, The Australian

Source: The Walkleys media release



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