Walkley Young Journalists awards finalists announced

The finalists of the 2015 Walkley Young Australuan Journalist of the Year Awards have been named with candidates from News Corp, Fairfax, ABC and SBS in contention.

The release:

Finalists in the 2015 Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Awards have been announced, highlighting the best emerging talent of the new generation of journalists.

All were selected on the basis of journalistic excellence in the fundamental tenets of the craft as well as their ability to present distinctive and original journalism that pushes the boundaries of the profession.

Finalists, in alphabetical order, include:

TEXT-BASED JOURNALISM (category partner Fairfax Media)

  • Taylor Auerbach, The Daily Telegraph, “Special Investigation: Lights out for slum lords” “How Amnesty was conned by terrorist” “Family of horrors”
  • Amy McNeilage, The Sydney Morning Herald, “The cheating factory” “Cheating concerns ignored’” “Overseas cheats pass as education fails”
  • Michael Safi, Guardian Australia, “Exclusive: blog shows Australian teen reported dead in Iraq suicide had planned bombings in Melbourne” “Radicalisation in Australia: Muslim leaders work to dissipate ‘fixation’ with Isis among youths” “Asylum seekers leave Cocos Islands after weeks on Australian customs vessel”


  • Caitlyn Gribbin, AM/PM ABC News Radio, “Philip Nitschke accused of moving into uncharted territory” “Julieka Dhu’s family speak about her death in custody” “Children speak about being held in police lock-ups”
  • Alice Matthews, AM/PM ABC News Radio, “Sexual harassment rife in medical profession, warns surgeon” “Universities consider sexual harassment education in health courses”
  • Naomi Selvaratnam, SBS World News Radio, “Blackmailed: Sexual assault victims held to ransom with footage of their rape”

 TELEVISION / VIDEO JOURNALISM (category partner Sky News)

  • Caitlyn Gribbin, 7.30, ABC 7pm News and Landline, ABC TV, “Who is Doctor Nitschke advising?” “Mental health groups plan complaint against Doctor Nitschke” “Doctor Nitschke suspended”
  • Joel Tozer, The Feed, SBS Television, “Violent Kids” “Mary Jo Fisher” “The Beekeeper’s Son”
  • Elise Worthington, 7.30 ABC TV, “Facing hereditary cancer and its agonising choices”

CAMERAWORK (category partner UNSW)

  • Tahmina Ansari, ABC 7pm News, ABC TV “Western NSW fights drug scourge as ice claims young lives in Coonamble”
  • David Brooks, KTUU-TV and Davidbrooks.com “Aurora Wish List” “Willow Rainbow Trout” “Election Night Last Minute Push”
  • Rohan Thomson, The Canberra Times, “Robyn’s Story” “The Morticians” “Into the cage”

STUDENT AWARD(category partner MEAA)

  • Derrick Krusche, The University of Melbourne, “Box jellyfish first aid guidelines stay put despite doubts over vinegar antidote” “Economically naïve: libertarian senate newcomer David Leyonhjelm’s take on the PUPs” “AFL contradicts Labor’s line on fames in Ballarat”
  • Sai Mi Jeong, University of Technology Sydney, “Inside Sydney’s female body-building scene” “Global fundraising company keeps $7m of 12.2m raised for Special Olympics” “Charities’ hidden costs: the company they keep”
  • Alana Mitchelson,Monash University, “Family of WWI veteran Jim Kerr finally reunited with his treasure trove of Anzac memories” “Growing demand for employment support for adults with autism” “Knitting fake breasts to provide support”

The winner of each category will go in the running to be named the Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year and receive economy flights to the USA, courtesy of Cathay Pacific, to undertake work experience with CNN, Twitter and Huffington Post!

The awards ceremony will be held at The Beresford Hotel in Sydney on July 29. Visit www.walkleys.com for more details.

The Walkley Foundation thanks all category and prize partners for their support.

Source: Walkleys press release


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