It’s 9am on a Wednesday in October. My heart is pumping, stomach churning, mouth dry from a lack of saliva: all the usual symptoms that something big is about to happen.
I’m staring at the computer screen, watching the loading wheel slowly build into my reflection, and whispering to myself “please don’t be sick, that won’t be a great first impression.” I was preparing to meet my Walkley mentor, Helen Sullivan.
Only a few days earlier I learnt that Helen, an international news reporter and liveblogger for Guardian Australia’s foreign desk and experienced freelancer, had agreed to be my mentor…
“If we are not already, we will soon be in a position where there’s no longer a sense of agreed reality. There’s no longer a set of agreed facts.
“There’s a great crisis of trust in journalism.”
Regional and local media outlets have been looking for new revenue sources to replace declining levels of print advertising for years. Not all have succeeded, and hundreds of Australian newsrooms have closed over the past decade. The global pandemic has accelerated the growth of so-called “news deserts”.
People working multiple casual or labour hire or gig jobs across different sites, because they have to, was a cause of the virus spreading both last year and even now.
The Covid-19 pandemic revealed how the socially disadvantaged and those in insecure work were disproportionately affected by the virus.
Through first-person accounts and data sets on mobility patterns recorded during the height of pandemic in Victoria last year, The Age reporters Ben Schneiders, Royce Millar and Liam Mannix revealed its impact on gig and casual workers across Melbourne.
“A powerful and innovative piece of journalism which seamlessly combined data analysis…
Like all journalism, good journalism has “heart” at its centre, and I think Mohsen’s story is one filled with heart and one filled with tragedy and also hope.
A final-year journalism and law student at the University of Technology, Sydney, Georgio Platias won the 2021 Young Journalist of the Year award for Student Journalist for his documentary film “Inside Out: Mohsen’s Story” and podcast “Politics, Leadership, and Public Policy with Peter van Onselen”.
“Georgio’s ability to tell Mohsen’s story by expertly interweaving various visual and audio devices collected across several decades has resulted in a beautifully moving piece which transfixes…
Winner of Young Australian Journalist of the Year: Public Service Journalism
“To me the most important part of journalism is where you can assist someone who might have felt voiceless in getting a voice.”
After winning the overall Young Australian Journalist of the Year and Public Service Journalism categories at the 2020 Mid-Year Celebration of Journalism, West Australian journalist Annabel Hennessy pulled a hat trick and again took out the 2021 Young Journalist Award for Public Service Journalism.
“Annabel’s series of stories on the tragic death of Annaliesse Ugle was public interest journalism at its best,” the Walkley Judges said…
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This story was first published in the Walkley Magazine in December 2016. Illustration by Rocco Fazzari
It was a beautiful question, sharp and open-ended, challenging and necessary. She was a Chinese journalism student, maybe 19 or 20 years old, but this was the question of a veteran, a gentle query from someone wise enough to know that sometimes the best way to get a piece of them is to give a piece of you.
“How do I be brave?” she asked.
In the first half of my life as a journalist I was probably too shit-scared to ask any newsroom…
Surveys are a constant part of the news cycle. They promise us a snapshot of our nation. As journalists, we rely on them — and the statistics we use can change opinions and drive policymaking. Yet news stories about even the highest quality surveys can lack context and mislead the public. Here, statisticians and survey experts give us their top tips on sussing out surveys and using them wisely.
Journalists who are tentative about numbers sometimes take surveys at face value as authoritative. But they’re sources like any others. And all surveys have limitations. …
When I reflect on a half century career as one of the reptiles, probably like the rest of you, I am pained by the demagogues and the dissemblers of self-interest as public interest, who proliferate the media landscape. I am more than wearied by the defamation decades; my death by a thousand courts, which as it happens, at an age when I qualify for the Astra Zeneca jab, are ongoing.
For all that, never once have I lost faith in the worth of journalism and its contribution to good citizenship and humanity.
My best teacher, my mother Olga, an alert…
Michael Roddan’s exclusive investigation into the culture of the 170-year-old wealth management company AMP directly resulted in the resignations of some of the most powerful men in corporate Australia and bought the #MeToo movement into the boardroom.
Roddan’s series of investigations into sexual harassment at AMP included 17 front-page stories for The Financial Review between July 1 and August 24, 2020. He achieved unprecedented reporting of the internal backlash surrounding Boe Pahari’s promotion, including highly detailed arguments between executive-level women in closed-door meetings. …