Aussie Walkley Awards Just Announced

Lots to like in the just-announced Walkley Awards, which feature Australia's best journalism. Top prize went to The Teacher’s Pet, a podcast on the disappearance of a Sydney mother in 1982. Judges described the work as “a masterclass in investigative journalism." Other winners of note: an investigation into sexual harassment in the Aussie entertainment industry, deaths of indigenous people in custody, and reporting on Myanmar and Syria.

Source: Walkley Foundation

Posted on: November 25, 2018

Guardian Australia’s New Journalism Trust

The Guardian Australia announced a new philanthropic fund this week, the Guardian Civic Journalism Trust. The trust has been established with the Centre for Advancing Journalism in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne to provide funding towards journalism projects that advance public discourse and citizen participation around areas such as the environment, indigenous affairs, human rights, inequality and governance and accountability. So far, the trust has raised $700,000 in philanthropic grants. All projects have an educational component and include the Balnaves Foundation grant for in-depth reporting and educational activities on indigenous affairs and the Susan McKinnon Foundation's grant for investigative reporting and educational activities on governance and political accountability.

Source: The Guardian

Posted on: March 5, 2018

Aussie Awards Honor Investigative Reports

Australia's Walkley Foundation announced its annual awards this week, highlighting some impressive investigative reporting. Of special note: Four Corner's exposé of "rotten" conditions in greyhound racing, Fairfax Media on government payoffs to migrant smugglers, and ABC TV and Fairfax on exploitive practices by 7-Eleven.

Source: Walkley Foundation

Posted on: December 3, 2015

Impressive Reporting in Australia’s Walkley Awards

Australia's big annual journalism honors, the Walkley Awards, were announced this week, and feature impressive in-depth reporting. Among the topics awarded: the plight of Palestinian and Israeli children in Israeli courts, Australia's asylum system, child sex abuse in the Salvation Army, and "unconscionable" practices by the nation's top banks.

Source: The Walkley Foundation

Posted on: December 5, 2014

Donor Pulls Plug on Australia’s Global Mail

After just two years support, Australian tech tycoon Graeme Wood has reneged on his pledge to fund online start-up Global Mail with $15 to $20 million for five years. "His announcement almost certainly spells the end of Australia’s first major experiment with philanthropically-funded journalism," wrote the Sydney Morning Herald. The move is a stark reminder to journalism nonprofits of the need to diversify income.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Posted on: February 8, 2014

More Investigative Journalism in Australia

Today, with most newspapers suffering a financial and circulation decline, a natural corollary would seem a decline in the ‘quality’ of their journalism. And yet, perceptions about a decline in the quality and number of investigative stories in today’s editions were not supported by the research.

Source: The Citizen

Posted on: August 12, 2013