Fairfax Media and News Corp Australia are in a strong position to scoop a slew of the 2017 Walkley Awards, receiving 25 nominations between them.
The Walkley Awards, now in the 62nd year, celebrate excellence across print, online and multimedia, with awards in reporting, production, and innovation. The awards panel received more than 1200 entries which were judged by over 100 senior industry representatives.
With 14 nominations in total, Fairfax hopes to take home awards across 11 categories. The Age’s multimedia feature “Surviving IS: Stories from Mosul” by Michael Bachelard and photographer Kate Geraghty was nominated for Coverage of a Major News Event and Short Feature Writing (under 4000 words). Ms Geraghty is twice featured in the latter category, with Kate Aubusson and The SMH Multimedia Team also chosen as finalists for their report headed “The tragedy of Aviana”.
Newcastle Herald journalist, Joanne McCarthy received a nod in the Public Service Journalism category for the series “Living a Nightmare”. One of the publisher’s cartoonists is guaranteed the cartoon award, with The Age’s Matt Golding, The Sydney Morning Herald’s Cathy Wilcox, and The Canberra Times’ David Pope, filling all three finalist spots in the category.
News Corp journalists were also widely acclaimed, with finalists in ten categories.
Shannon Twomey of The Weekly Times, Melbourne received two nominations for her work “Toxic Crop Shock” in the categories of Coverage of Community and Regional Affairs and Public Service Journalism.
The Australian’s latest documentary series, “The Queen & Zak Grieve” was nominated for two awards – Production and Television/video Camerawork. The masthead’s James Jeffrey and The Australian 404 team were nominated in the Headline, Caption or Hook category for their witty and topical 404 – or “page not found” – pages.
Fairfax and News Corp are vying for the Scoop of the Year award with “Expenses scandal engulfs Victorian speaker and deputy”, by The Age’s Josh Gordon, Richard Willingham and Benjamin Preiss up against The Herald Sun’s Annika Smethurst, for her report headed “Ley of the land”.
The Walkley Awards presentation ceremony will be held on October 29 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in partnership with Tourism & Events Queensland.
The full list of nominations can be found here.