Walkley Awards winners 2019

By Chris Pash | 29 November 2019
Nikon-Walkley Press Photo of the Year, Running the gauntlet by Jason South from The Age.

Journalists Anthony Dowsley and Patrick Carlyon have won a Gold Walkley Award for their reporting of the Lawyer X Informer Scandal for the Herald Sun in Victoria. 

They produced the definitive explanation of a scandal that recast Melbourne’s gangland wars: how lawyer Nicola Gobbo was recruited by Victoria Police to inform on clients.

The story also won Walkley Awards for Investigative Journalism and Coverage of a Major News Event or Issue categories.

The judges: “In its scale, its scope and its ongoing impact, Lawyer X Informer Scandal is an act of journalistic persistence that has changed Australia. That’s what a Gold Walkley is all about.”

The 64th Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism were presented in 30 categories. 

Chris McGrath from Getty Images was named the Nikon-Walkley Press Photographer of the Year for a body of work spanning Turkey, Syria, Kosovo and Hong Kong.

Leigh Sales’ book, Any Ordinary Day (Penguin Random House Australia), won the Walkley Book Award.

Stan Grant’s film about Adam Goodes, The Australian Dream (GoodThing Productions, Passion Pictures UK and ABC), was named the winner of the Walkley Documentary Award.

The senior award for Outstanding Contribution to Journalism went to Sue Spencer, pioneering producer, documentary-maker and mentor who has made it her mission to speak truth to power. Her seven years as executive producer ABC Four Corners was a golden period of investigative journalism, recognised with 14 Walkley Awards, including three Golds.

Chair of the Walkley Judging Board, Lenore Taylor: "At a time when our profession is under threat from upended business models, legislative overreach and those who are very deliberately seeking to de-legitimise our work, it is more important than ever to promote and celebrate the very best of what we do. We all know that a Walkley Award is the measure of Australian journalistic excellence. Congratulations to all this year’s winners.”

2019 Walkley Awards Category Winners: (The 2019 finalists are HERE

PRINT/TEXT NEWS REPORT
Award Partner Media Super
Michael Koziol and Jennifer Duke, The Sydney Morning Herald, “Guthrie ordered to sack top ABC reporter”, “ABC chair’s ‘bias’ email” and “Revealed: ABC boss’ secret dossier”

PUBLIC SERVICE JOURNALISM
Anne Connolly, Mary Fallon and Patricia Drum, Four Corners, ABC TV and ABC Digital, “Who Cares?”

INNOVATION
Mark Doman and ABC News Digital Team, abc.net.au, “Satellite storytelling”

HEADLINE, CAPTION OR HOOK
Award Partner Qantas
Baz McAlister, The Courier-Mail, “Time to Haul Ass”, “Give ‘Em a Finch and They’ll Take a Mine” “Halal… Is it Meals You’re Sooking For”

FEATURE WRITING LONG (OVER 4000 WORDS)
Award Partner UQ
Sam Vincent, The Monthly, “A Nagging Doubt: The Retrial of David Eastman”

FEATURE WRITING SHORT (UNDER 4000 WORDS)
Award Partner The Sydney Morning Herald & The Age
Mick Barnes, Good Weekend, The Sydney Morning Herald, “Counting down the days in God’s waiting room”

COVERAGE OF INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS
Award Partner PwC Indigenous Consulting
Lorena Allam, Guardian Australia Team and the University of Newcastle’s Colonial Frontier Massacres Project, Guardian Australia, “The Killing Times”

COVERAGE OF COMMUNITY OR REGIONAL AFFAIRS
Award Partner BHP
Donna Page and Nick Bielby, Newcastle Herald, “Dirty Deeds”

CARTOON
Pat Campbell, The Canberra Times, “Christchurch Fern”

SPORTS JOURNALISM
Malcolm Knox and Nigel Gladstone, The Sun-Herald, “Caught Out: Cricket’s Inflated Player Numbers Revealed”

SPORT PHOTOGRAPHY
Award Partner Nikon
Craig Golding, AAP, “Invictus Games 2018”

RADIO/AUDIO NEWS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS
Award Partner ABC
Adam Harvey, AM, ABC, “The Survivors of ISIS”

RADIO/AUDIO FEATURE
Kirsti Melville, Earshot, ABC Radio National, “The Ghosts of Wittenoom”

PRODUCTION
Award Partner Google News Initiative
Fadzil Hamzah, The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph, “The Ibrahim Tapes”

SCOOP OF THE YEAR
Award Partner Nine News
Al Jazeera Investigations Unit, Al Jazeera Media Network, “How to Sell a Massacre”

COVERAGE OF A MAJOR NEWS EVENT OR ISSUE
Award Partner Facebook
Anthony Dowsley and Patrick Carlyon, Herald Sun, “Lawyer X Informer Scandal”

NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY
Award Partner Nikon
Matt Roberts, ABC, “The Second Coming of Senator Lambie”

BUSINESS JOURNALISM
Award Partner ING
Nick McKenzie, Nick Toscano and Grace Tobin, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and 60 Minutes, Nine, “Crown Unmasked”

FEATURE/PHOTOGRAPHIC ESSAY
Award Partner Nikon
Chris McGrath, Getty Images, “The End of the Caliphate”

TELEVISION/VIDEO: CAMERAWORK
Award Partner Australian Super
Paul Walker, Seven News, Seven Network, “Sydney Stabbing”

TELEVISION/VIDEO: NEWS REPORTING
Award Partner Seven
Seven News Sydney Team, Seven News Sydney, “Sydney Stabbing Rampage”

TELEVISION/VIDEO CURRENT AFFAIRS SHORT (LESS THAN 20 MINUTES)
Award Partner SBS
Ali Rae, Al Jazeera English “All Hail The Algorithm”

TELEVISION/VIDEO CURRENT AFFAIRS LONG (MORE THAN 20 MINUTES)
Award Partner TEN
Suzanne Dredge, Dylan Welch, David Maguire and Janine Cohen, Four Corners, ABC TV, “Orphans of ISIS”

INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM
Award Partner Bayer
Anthony Dowsley and Patrick Carlyon, Herald Sun, “Lawyer X Informer Scandal”

COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS, OPINION AND CRITIQUE
Award Partner Bond University
Jan Fran, The Feed, SBSVICELAND and associated social media channels, “The Frant”

WALKLEY DOCUMENTARY AWARD
The Australian Dream, Stan Grant, GoodThing Productions, Passion Pictures UK and ABC

WALKLEY BOOK AWARD
Leigh Sales, Any Ordinary Day, Penguin Random House Australia

NIKON-WALKLEY PRESS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
Award Partner Nikon
Chris McGrath, Getty Images

MOST OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO JOURNALISM
Award Partner News Corp Australia
Sue Spencer

GOLD WALKLEY
Anthony Dowsley and Patrick Carlyon, Herald Sun, “Lawyer X Informer Scandal”

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