The inductees honoured at a gala dinner in Sydney on November 10, consisted of reporters, editors, cartoonists, broadcasters, photographers and commentators.
Melbourne Press Club chief executive Mark Baker said: “The Media Hall of Fame shows how great journalism matters and is worth paying for, indeed is vital for the continued health of our democracy.”
Among those inducted was Ita Buttrose, the first female editor-in-chief of an Australian daily newspaper. In 1981, News Limited appointed Buttrose to head The Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph after editing Australian Consolidated Press magazines, Cleo and The Australian Women’s Weekly.
The late cartoonist, Bill Leak was recognised for his courageous reflections on contentious issues. Winner of nine Walkely awards, Leak spent his final 10 years at The Australian where he became heavily involved in the nation’s debate on free speech.
Other inductees included Paul Kelly, Mike Willesee, Col Allan, Richie Benaud and Max Suich
Melbourne Press Club established The Australian Media Hall of Fame in 2011 and aims to highlight the work of notable Australians whose work demonstrates the historical importance of strong independent journalism.
Here is the full list of NSW inductees: