Walkley Awards
The annual Walkley Awards, under the administration of the Walkley Foundation for Journalism, are presented in Australia to recognise and reward excellence in journalism. They cover all media including print, television, radio, photographic and online media. The Gold Walkley is the highest prize, and is chosen from all category winners.
The Nikon Photography Prizes are also awarded by the Walkley Foundation at the awards ceremony, on behalf of Nikon.
Awards were instituted in five categories in 1956 by businessman Sir William Walkley, founder of Ampol Petroleum Ltd. After his death, the awards were handled by the Australian Journalists' Association which, in 1992 was merged into the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance. In 2000, the Alliance voted to establish a Walkley Foundation. In that same year, the Walkley Awards were merged with the Nikon Press Photographer of the Year Awards.[citation needed]
The 2015 ceremony was held on 3 December 2015 at Crown Casino in Melbourne and was broadcast through an online live stream, as well as on A-PAC (a show on cable television, now Sky News Extra).[1] In 2016, the event moved to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.[2]
Excluding the non-fiction book award, only work published by Australian-based media organisations is eligible for the prizes. Entries are initially evaluated by a jury on newsworthiness, research, writing, production, incisiveness, impact, public benefit, ethics, originality, innovation and creative flair—or other relevant criteria in respect of graphics and electronic media. The jury shortlists three entrants to the Walkley Advisory Board, who select the best entrant in each category, as well as the winner of the "Press Photographer of the Year", "Journalism Leadership Award" and the "Gold Walkley".[citation needed]
Finalists are chosen by an independent board of eminent journalists and photographers. The awards cover all media including print, television, radio, photographic and online media. They can be regarded as the Australian equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize.[3][4]
The Gold Walkley is the most prestigious award, being chosen from all category winners.[5]
The awards have been archived by the Pandora Archive since 2002.[5]
The finalists are formally announced in October of each year and the awards are presented at a formal ceremony in late November or early December.
As of 2020, awards are given in the following categories:[6]
Major categories
Longform journalism
Print/text journalism
Nikon Photography Prizes
These are not Walkley Awards, but administered by the Walkley Foundation on behalf of Nikon.
Radio/audio journalism
Television/Video journalism
All media
Historical categories
See also
  1. ^ Knox, David (23 October 2015). "Walkley Awards 2015: nominees". TV Tonight. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  2. ^ Knox, David (21 October 2016). "2016 Walkey Awards: nominees". TV Tonight. Retrieved 22 October 2016.
  3. ^ The Walkley Foundation. The Walkley Awards – history Archived 18 September 2006 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 6 December 2006.
  4. ^ AAP MediaNet Media Release: The Walkley Awards Archived 26 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 6 December 2006
  5. ^ a b "Walkley awards". Pandora. National Library of Australia and partners. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Walkley Award categories explained". The Walkley Foundation. 13 March 2019. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
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