Walkley glory for Fairfax journalists as Nine’s Oakes takes top honour

Fairfax Media dominated last night’s Walkley Awards, with the company’s journalists winning 11 trophies to The ABC’s seven and News Ltd’s six.

The night also saw vindication for the Sydney Morning Herald’s chief correspondent Paul McGeogh with his controversial first person piece on the Israeli assault on the Gaza flotilla winning best print news report.

At the time his phrase: “They hunted like hyenas – moving up and ahead on the flanks; pushing in, then peeling away; and finally, lagging before lunging,” was attacked by the  pro-Israel lobby as showing bias.  

The SMH was also the masthead with the most wins – with three for its print journalists and one for online.

Other prominent wins saw Kerry O’Brien win the Walkley for journalism leadership, which came on his last night as host of The 7.30PM Report and the Gold Walkley go to Nine’s Laurie Oakes for his agenda-setting coverage of Labor leaks during the election campaign.

The Walkley Awards are seen as the main awards for Australian journalism and have taken place since 1956.

The winners:

• Print: Best Print, Wire Service Journalism: News Report

Paul McGeough, The Sydney Morning Herald, “Prayers, tear gas and terror”

• Radio News and Current Affairs Reporting

Stephen Long, ABC Radio, PM, “A Super Scandal”

• Radio Feature, Documentary or Broadcast Special

Kristina Kukolja, SBS, World View, “Echoes of Srebrenica”

• Magazine Feature Writing

David Marr, Quarterly Essay, “Power Trip: The Political Journey of Kevin Rudd”

• All Media: Best Scoop of the Year

Lenore Taylor, The Sydney Morning Herald, “ETS off the agenda until late next term”

• Best Cartoon

Mark Knight, The Herald Sun, “Moving forward”

• Best Artwork

Eric Lobbecke, The Australian, “Rudd’s dangerous climate retreat”

• Outstanding Continuous Coverage of an Issue or Event

Stephen Fitzpatrick, The Australian, “Sri Lankan asylum seeker stand-off”

• Newspaper Feature Writing

Pamela Williams, The Australian Financial Review, “Labor’s trial”

• News Photography

Brett Costello, The Daily Telegraph, “Jessica”

• All Media: Business Journalism

Michael Bachelard, The Sunday Age, “The shadow side of a cardboard king”

• All Media: Social Equity Journalism

John Blades, ABC Radio National, 360 documentaries, “The too hard basket”

• Photographic Essay

Phil Hillyard, The Daily Telegraph, “Prime Minister Julia Gillard”

• All Media: International Journalism

Mary Ann Jolley and Andrew Geoghegan, ABC TV, Foreign Correspondent, “Fly away children”

• Television: Television News and Current Affairs Camera

Neale Maude, ABC TV, Four Corners, “A careful war”

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

Sophie McNeill and Geoff Parish, SBS TV, Dateline, “Questions from Oruzgan”

• Television: Television Current Affairs Reporting (less than 20 minutes)

Fouad Hady and Ashley Smith, SBS TV, Dateline, “Iraq’s deadly legacy”

• All Media: Investigative Journalism

Linton Besser, The Sydney Morning Herald, “The wrong stuff”

• All Media: Broadcast and Online Interviewing

Kerry O’Brien, ABC TV, The 7.30 Report, “The Rudd and Abbott interviews”

• All Media: Commentary, Analysis, Opinion and Critique

Andrew Cornell, The Australian Financial Review, “Once bitten: How Australia’s banks dodged the crisis”

• Nikon-Walkley Press Photographer of the Year

Jason South, The Age

• Best Online Journalism

Andrew Meares, and, “Phonearoids@mearesy: looking back at moving forward”

• The Walkley Book Award

Shirley Shackleton, The Circle of Silence: A personal testimony before, during and after Balibo (Murdoch Books)

• Journalism leadership

Kerry O’Brien, ABC TV presenter, The 7.30 Report

• Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism

Cameron Forbes

• Gold Walkley / Television News Reporting

Laurie Oakes, Nine Network, “Labor leaks”

• Daily Life / Feature Photography

Lisa Wiltse, Getty Images, “Potosi”

• Best Three Headings

Warwick McFadyen, The Age, “Heads and tales”

• All Media: Coverage of Indigenous Affairs

Martin Butler and Bentley Dean, ABC TV, Contact

• All Media: Coverage of Community and Regional Affairs

Nicole Hasham and Laurel-Lee Roderick, The Illawarra Mercury, “Fund collapse ruins families”

• All Media: Best Sports Journalism

Adrian Proszenko, The Sun-Herald, “Melbourne Storm rorts salary cap”

• Sport Photography

Michael Dodge,, “Seizing the moment”

Further details on the winners


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