A look at the finalists’ photographs.

Photo: Kate Geraghty, The Sydney Morning Herald. A COVID-19 positive patient with the Delta variant receives treatment in St Vincent’s Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit. Sydney, NSW. July 13, 2021.

Australia is a democracy where the public can ostensibly access a wide range of information from government departments, agencies and public institutions. But as Alison Sandy, FOI editor at 7News writes in this opinion column, the process of obtaining information can be fraught in practice.

It’s not easy to get started in a journalism career. Kate Thomas reflects on the mentor who “introduced me to the world of journalism as if it were a home and I was allowed to take up residence”.

Mentor Helen Sullivan and mentee Kate Thomas met at the Walkley Awards dinner in Sydney in February 2021. Photo: Adam Hollingworth.

*PS Media co-founder Simon Crerar explains how philanthropy is funding innovation in local journalism

“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.”

Joint winner of the 2021 June Andrews Award for Industrial Relations Reporting.

Georgio Platias at the Mid-Year Celebration of Journalism. Photo: Adam Hollingworth

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.

Annabel Hennessy at the Mid-Year Celebration of Journalism. Photo: Adam Hollingworth

“To me the most important part of journalism is where you can assist someone who might have felt voiceless in getting a voice.”

Your supporting statement for your Walkley Awards entry is your chance to communicate directly with the judges. Use those 400 words wisely! Read on for our tips on crafting an effective supporting statement.

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You’ve got 400 words — use them wisely!

Bravery, truth, fire… butter? Trust Trent Dalton to get down to the big issues, language challenges be damned, after visiting China.

Illustration: Rocco Fazzari.

Every journalist who is insecure about maths has had to report on surveys. We revisit an evergreen piece from the Walkley Magazine archives, in which journalist Jason Thomas helps us sort them out.

“survey” by Sean MacEntee is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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