Guardian Australia staff named as finalists in five Walkley Awards | Australia news


Guardian Australia has been named a finalist in five classes in the Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism, together with a nomination for political editor Katharine Murphy’s commentary, and others in Indigenous affairs, public service journalism, innovation and press images.

Murphy’s analysis about former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins discovering her voice argued that the alleged rape needs to be a turning level for girls in politics.

“This story, the gut-wrenching story of Higgins and the grotesque indignity she believes she suffered on a couch in the people’s house late at night – coming after a succession of stories about women struggling in a professional culture that remains institutionally hostile to women – has opened a wound in the building I’ve worked in for more than two decades,” Murphy wrote. “Women who work in politics to serve their country have had enough.”

Murphy’s entry included two different searing items of commentary in regards to the political class missing the importance of the moment and Scott Morrison’s efforts to interact with ladies.

Reporter Naaman Zhou, who just lately left Guardian Australia to work on the New Yorker, was nominated in the general public service journalism class for a sequence of groundbreaking reports in regards to the dangers of being an Uber driver.

Melbourne-based reporter Matilda Boseley was nominated in the innovation class for her entertaining and informative Guardian Australia TikTok videos, together with her explainer on Afghanistan which went viral and was shared extensively in the US.

Laura Murphy-Oates, Lorena Allam, David Maurice Smith and Jeremy Worrall had been nominated in the Indigenous affairs class for the sequence Childhood in custody, in regards to the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youngsters in juvenile justice.

The sequence included a narrative in regards to the WA cops rounding up Indigenous kids and ‘Hell scared’: how a terrified homeless boy found himself locked up alone in the ‘hole’.

Guardian photographic contributor Christopher Hopkins was named a finalist in the press photographer of the yr class.

The outgoing chief government of the Walkley Foundation Louisa Graham congratulated the finalists for setting the usual for best-practice moral journalism in Australia in one other disrupted yr.

“This is work that makes a difference, that creates change, holds the powerful to account and holds a mirror up to our nation and its culture,” Graham mentioned.

“It will be a longer wait than usual to announce our winners, but we want to have the best chance at celebrating together as an industry, so we are looking forward to gathering in Tamworth in February 2022.”

In June Guardian Australia journalist Kelly Burke picked up the arts journalism Walkley award for revealing alleged racism on the set of the long-running Australian cleaning soap Neighbours.

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