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Fairfax Mosul coverage wins Gold Walkley

Fairfax Media journalists Michael Bachelard and Kate Geraghty have won the Walkley Foundation’s most prestigious award, the Golden Walkley, for their reporting from the war zone of Mosul, at the 62nd Walkley Awards in Brisbane last night. “Surviving IS: Stories of Mosul”, which ran across Fairfax’s metropolitan mastheads, detailed the stories of those living through...

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Fairfax Media journalists Michael Bachelard and Kate Geraghty have won the Walkley Foundation’s most prestigious award, the Golden Walkley, for their reporting from the war zone of Mosul, at the 62nd Walkley Awards in Brisbane last night.

“Surviving IS: Stories of Mosul”, which ran across Fairfax’s metropolitan mastheads, detailed the stories of those living through the devastation of the war against ISIS. During their time in Mosul, Bachelard and Geraghty spoke to soldiers, doctors, “human shields”, teachers, traumatised children, the injured and the grieving, while also capturing vivid imagery of the region.

Geraghty also won the biggest photography award of the night, the Nikon-Walkley Press Photographer of the Year Award, for her work.

Michael Bachelard and Kate Geraghty discuss their assignment at subscriber event SMH Live 2017 in November.
Michael Bachelard and Kate Geraghty discuss their assignment at subscriber event SMH Live 2017 in November.

“As a result of months of planning and research, I travelled twice to cover the battle of Mosul in Iraq,” Geraghty said.

“Under extreme conditions, I photographed airstrikes over the Old City, people fleeing, including the injured like Tabarek, who lay on the ground holding her wound concealed under her dress. I wanted to put a human face to the survivors and victims of three years under ISIS.”

The story also won the pair the Walkley for Print/Text: Feature Writing Short (under 4000 words). The Fairfax team behind the interactive online presentation won the award for production.

The Herald Sun’s Annika Smethurst took out Scoop of the Year for her report “Ley of the Land”, exposing the misuse of taxpayer funds by then-health minister Sussan Ley. The report showed Ley had spent more than $40,000 between 2013 and 2017 on trips to the Gold Coast, which included opportunities to view and purchase real estate. The judges described the scoop as “journalism at its finest”.

“If where there’s smoke there’s fire, this scoop uncovered the box of matches that federal health minister Sussan Ley was hiding. Journalist Annika Smethurst’s determination to untangle an arrogant web of political lies exposed a taxpayer-funded expense rort that rocked the Australian government,” the judges said.

The award for investigative journalism went to Adele Ferguson, Sarah Danckert and Klaus Toft for the joint Fairfax/ABC report “Bleed Them Dry Until They Die”, which highlighted the poor regulation of retirement villages.

Annika Smethurst and Nick-Hansen were two of News Corp Australia's biggest winners.
Annika Smethurst and Nick-Hansen were two of News Corp Australia’s biggest winners.

The Daily Telegraph’s Nick Hansen won Print/Text: News Report 2017 for the report “Steal as you earn: Tax chief’s son accused of helping mastermind $100m tax fraud”. The story exposed the Australian Taxation Office Deputy Commissioner Michael Cranston for defrauding the Commonwealth of $165 million, resulting in Cranston’s resignation and charges placed on him and two of his children.

Fairfax’s Cathy Wilcox took home the cartooning award for her work “Low-cost housing, London”, which appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age following the Grenfell Tower fire. The publisher also won for the business reporting award for Adele Ferguson and Mario Christodoulou’s investigation “The Domino’s pizza expose”.

The Daily and Sunday Telegraph were the biggest winners for News Corp Australia, with sports journalist Jamie Pandaram winning the night’s sport award for the “Western Force saga”. Meanwhile, photo series “Lion Heart Leo” won Sam Ruttyn the award for ‘Photographic Essay’.

The Walkley Awards presentation ceremony was held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in partnership with Tourism & Events Queensland. The Walkley Awards celebrate excellence across print, online and multimedia, with awards in reporting, production, and innovation. The awards panel received more than 1200 entries this year, which were judged by more 100 senior industry representatives.

The full list of winners included:

Award Partner: Media Super
Nick Hansen, The Daily Telegraph, “EXCLUSIVE – Steal as you earn: tax chief’s son accused of helping mastermind $100m tax fraud”; Sons and Fraudsters”; Family tax benefits: ATO boss tried to help scamming son”

PUBLIC SERVICE JOURNALISM
Joanne McCarthy, Newcastle Herald and The Age, Fairfax Media, “Living a Nightmare” I’m living a nightmareWe tried to warn themMesh move

INNOVATION
Award Partner: News Corp Australia
Rachael Brown, Jeremy Story Carter and Jesse Cox, ABC, “Trace

HEADLINE, CAPTION OR HOOK
Award Partner: Qantas
Michael Nolan, The Saturday Paper, “The father, the son and the Hillary ghost”, “Dualling ban grows” “Carpe PM: Turnbull biographer Paddy Manning turns on the PM”

FEATURE WRITING LONG (OVER 4,000 WORDS)
Award Partner: UQ
Helen Garner, The Monthly, “Why She Broke: The Woman, her Children and the Lake

FEATURE WRITING SHORT (UNDER 4,000 WORDS)
Award Partner: Fairfax
Michael Bachelard, Kate Geraghty and The Age Multimedia Team, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, Fairfax Media, “Surviving IS: Stories of Mosul

COVERAGE OF INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS
Jane Bardon, 730, ABC TV,  AM & PM, ABC Radio and ABC Online, “Demanding Justice: Marshall Wallace, BushMob and Stolen Generation 2”
Indigenous man with only 6 months to live given 15-month prison sentence in NT; Terminally ill man imprisoned for driving offences fights to be released from custodyDylan Voller’s lawyers want him transferred to bush rehab programFamilies convince NT Govt to return Arnhem Land children taken into care

COVERAGE OF COMMUNITY OR REGIONAL AFFAIRS
Award Partner: BHP
Carrie Fellner, Newcastle Herald, “The sorrow on Cabbage Tree Road”
The sorrow on Cabbage Tree RoadProfiles: the 50 cancer cases of Cabbage Tree RoadRare cancer strikes twice in the red zone

CARTOON
Award Partner: Banki Haddock Fiora
Cathy Wilcox, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, “Low-cost housing, London”

SPORTS JOURNALISM
Jamie Pandaram, The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph, “Western Force saga”
Western Force set to be axedFrank exchange between Western Force officials and ARU duo that sparked legal rowForce fate hangs on 15 games

SPORT PHOTOGRAPHY
Award Partner: Nikon
Scott Barbour, Getty Images,“Split Second”

RADIO NEWS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS JOURNALISM
Award Partner: ABC
Matt Brown, AM, ABC Radio, “The War on Islamic State”
Mosul FrontMosul BattleTurkey Terror List

RADIO/AUDIO FEATURE
Award Partner: QUT
Michael Green and the Behind the Wire/Wheeler Centre team, “The Messenger

PRODUCTION
The Fairfax Multimedia Team, theage.com.au, smh.com.au, watoday.com.au and canberratimes.com.au, “Surviving IS: Stories from Mosul

SCOOP OF THE YEAR
Award Partner: Nine
Annika Smethurst, Herald Sun, “Ley of the Land”
Flat a Ley Buy on TripNew year’s farceLey of the Land

COVERAGE OF A MAJOR NEWS EVENT OR ISSUE
Award Partner: Lion
Peter Ryan, AM, PM & The World Today, ABC Radio, ABC News & BBC World Service, “Commonwealth Bank Scandal – accused of 53,000 breaches of anti-money laundering and terror financing laws”
Breaking News – CBA risks massive fines over anti-money laundering & terrorism financing law breachesCBA chief executive Ian Narev in first broadcast interview re scandal – tells Peter Ryan “mistakes were made” but not resigningCBA cuts Ian Narev’s bonus to “zero” as a result of Austrac money laundering allegationsASIC to investigate CBA disclosure to stock exchange. When did it know about money-laundering risks?Ian Narev to retire by 30 June 2016 as CBA chief executive; APRA announces independent inquiry into CBAASIC to investigate CBA disclosure to stock exchange. When did it know about money-laundering risks?Ian Narev to retire by 30 June 2016 as CBA chief executive; APRA announces independent inquiry into CBA

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO JOURNALISM 
Award Partner: SKY NEWS
Michael Gordon

NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY
Award Partner: Nikon
Justin Brierty, The Cairns Post,“Don’t Shoot”

BUSINESS JOURNALISM
Award Partner: ING
Adele Ferguson and Mario Christodoulou, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, “The Domino’s Pizza Expose”
Boxed In What life is really like inside pizza giant Domino’sDomino’s Scandal – Franchisees ‘selling visas’A small serve Domino’s deal not so fair

FEATURE/PHOTOGRAPHIC ESSAY
Award Partner: Nikon
Sam Ruttyn, The Sunday Telegraph, “Lion Heart Leo”

TELEVISION/VIDEO: CAMERAWORK
Award Partner: Australian Super
Daniel Fallshaw, Guardian Australia, “The Fight

TELEVISION/VIDEO: NEWS REPORTING
Award Partner: Seven
Sally Sara, ABC News, “Six Days in Somaliland

TELEVISION/VIDEO CURRENT AFFAIRS SHORT (LESS THAN 20 MINUTES)
Award Partner: SBS
Dimity Clancey, A Current Affair, Nine Network, “Malcolm Naden Confession

TELEVISION/VIDEO CURRENT AFFAIRS LONG (MORE THAN 20 MINUTES)
Tara Brown, Grace Tobin and Sean Power, 60 Minutes, Nine Network, “Bitter deal

INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM
Award Partner: Bayer
Adele Ferguson, Sarah Danckert and Klaus Toft, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, Fairfax Media & Four Corners, ABC TV “Bleed Them Dry Until They Die

COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS, OPINION AND CRITIQUE
Award Partner: Three Plus
John Silvester, The Age and The Saturday Age, “Naked City”
Tough-guy laws: brave or stupid?PSOs: Victoria’s dumbest policy?Knight condemned by his own hand

WALKLEY DOCUMENTARY AWARD 
Martin Butler, Liz Jackson, Bentley Dean and Tania Nehme, ABC TV, “A Sense of Self

WALKLEY BOOK AWARD
Award Partner: Media Super
Louise Milligan, Cardinal: The rise and fall of George Pell, Melbourne University Press

NIKON-WALKLEY PRESS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 
Award Partner: Nikon
Kate Geraghty, Fairfax Media

GOLD WALKLEY
Award Partner: MEAA
Michael Bachelard and Kate Geraghty, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, Fairfax Media, “Stories of Mosul

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