Monash University alumni have again proven their impact in Australian journalism after News Corp’s Annika Smethurst and ABC digital producer Jeremy Story Carter won prestigious Walkley Awards.
Annika, who is News Corp’s national political editor (Sunday newspapers) claimed her second Walkley Scoop of the Year for her revelations on former health minister Sussan Ley’s travel expenses.
Annika made her mark in the national press gallery in 2015 after her forensic trawl of MP’s expense claims led her to Speaker of the House of Representatives Bronwyn Bishop’s charter flight to Geelong for a Liberal Party charity fundraiser.
The story, which ultimately led to the downfall of the Abbott government, landed her the 2015 Walkley Scoop of the Year.
Annika, who graduated from Monash’s journalism program with honours in 2010, said she was thrilled to win her second Walkley Scoop of the Year as it was “completely unexpected”.
“I thought it was a really tough field as the other finalists Josh, Rich and Ben from The Age and blogger William Summers broke cracking yarns in the past year,” Annika said.
“I am extremely lucky to have supportive editors and colleagues at News Corp that have given me the opportunity to chase these yarns.”
Jeremy, who graduated from Monash’s journalism after the 2010 academic year, worked closely with ABC presenter and investigative reporter Rachael Brown. Executive producer Jesse Cox also contributed significantly to the project.
“It’s a great thrill. I was proud to work on Trace and for it to receive a Walkley for Innovation was a brilliant conclusion to what’s been a great project to be involved with,” Jeremy said.
“There were so many inspiring journalists and remarkable pieces of work nominated, so it was pretty humbling to even have your name mentioned in that mix.”
Jeremy said Trace involved a lot of hard work from the ABC team, but working with someone like Rachael Brown was a “real privilege”.
“As much as I believe Trace was innovative in the way we approached story gathering and telling across different platforms, I also think it’s the sort of thing we at the ABC should be doing more of, more often,” Jeremy said.
“Hopefully it serves as some sort of template for other projects going forward.”
The Guardian journalist and Monash alumna Calla Wahlquist was a finalist in the Walkley category, Indigenous Affairs, for her in-depth stories about the deaths of Indigenous Australians Elijah Doughty, Ms Dhu and Jayden Bennell.
Jane Bardon, of 730 on the ABC, won the Indigenous Affairs category for Demanding Justice: Marshall Wallace, BushMob and Stolen Generation 2.
The full list of winners is published below and online here.
2017 Walkley Awards Category Winners:
PRINT/TEXT NEWS REPORT 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”
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 custody; Dylan Voller’s lawyers want him transferred to bush rehab program; Families 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 Road; Profiles: the 50 cancer cases of Cabbage Tree Road; Rare 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 axed; Frank exchange between Western Force officials and ARU duo that sparked legal row; Force fate hangs on 15 games
SPORT PHOTOGRAPHY Award Partner: Nikon Scott Barbour, Getty Images,“Split Second”
RADIO/AUDIO FEATURE Award Partner: QUT Michael Green and the Behind the Wire/Wheeler Centre team, “The Messenger”
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 breaches; CBA chief executive Ian Narev in first broadcast interview re scandal – tells Peter Ryan “mistakes were made” but not resigning; CBA cuts Ian Narev’s bonus to “zero” as a result of Austrac money laundering allegations; ASIC 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; ASIC 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’s; Domino’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”
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