Journalists from The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age have been recognised at the Walkley Foundation’s Mid-Year Celebration of Journalism.
The Age’s Paul Sakkal won the prestigious Young Australian Journalist of the Year Award for Shortform Journalism for his reporting on how Melbourne’s COVID-19 hotel quarantine outbreak could have been prevented through better hygiene procedures and training for staff.
The Herald’s education reporter Natassia Chrysanthos was also nominated for her story “Hundreds of Sydney students claim they were sexually assaulted”, which revealed the extent of sexual assault incidences in schools and prompted the inclusion of consent education in the Australian curriculum for the first time.
The Age journalists Ben Schneiders, Royce Millar and Liam Mannix also won the June Andrews Award for Industrial Relations Reporting for their series of stories on the social and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“COVID brought disruption and uncertainty to journalists and newsrooms just as it did to all Australians, and people around the world. But for all those challenges, the winners we celebrate tonight show how Australians can rely on our journalists for ethical, impactful reporting that informs, educates and serves,” Walkley Foundation Chief Executive Louisa Graham said.
“With common threads of exposing abuse of power, inequality and disadvantage, these winning stories reflect the defining issues that we’re facing as a nation.”
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