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Journalism is changing — so the Walkley Awards are, too.

Think evolution, not revolution. Entries open July 1-Aug. 31.

Walkley Foundation
Jun 30, 2017 · 16 min read

Medium is the message?

After our review of the Young Australian Journalist of the Year Awards led to a shift away from medium-based entries, we thought a lot about how the Walkley Awards can adapt to the way journalists work today. There are still plenty of media makers working in print, radio and television, so we’ve stuck with many of the categories based on medium: Print/Text, Radio/Audio and TV/Video.

What else has changed?

We’ve expanded the Headline category to recognise more of the work that vitally drives readers and viewers to journalism, and the talented producers and editors who do that work. Still an all media category, it’s now Headline, Caption or Hook — which means that we now welcome short form work like Instagram posts, tweets and teasers that hook people into a story.

How entries will change

Entry statements will be published for finalists. This is new. Inspired by other award programs like that of Investigative Reporters and Editors, we’re hoping these statements will not only help the judges understand your work and its impact, but also add a bit of transparency to the Walkleys and help other journalists follow in your footsteps.

2017 Walkley categories, explained

In all cases, “report” refers to either a single report or a collection of reports covering an event, subject or issue, although entrants in most categories are limited to submitting no more than three pieces of work per category. See specific category descriptions for entry requirements.

Major Categories

Gold Walkley: The Gold Walkley is the pinnacle of journalistic achievement. The winner is chosen from the category winners, excluding “Leadership” and “Outstanding contribution to journalism” awards.

Longform Journalism

Book: The Walkley Book Award celebrates the value and importance of journalism and acknowledges the proud line-up of Australian writers who have taken subjects of enduring topicality and consequence from news bulletins, eyewitness reporting, investigations and historical records and provided readers with expanded factual detail, revelation and greater clarity of analysis in book form.

Print/Text Journalism

These categories recognise journalism delivered primarily through the written word across print or digital media.

Photography

These categories recognise visual journalists producing still photography for any platform. Criteria include storytelling, courage, public impact, creativity, innovative use of technology, technical ability and resourcefulness and can include sound slides and photo film.

Nikon Photography Prizes

These are not Walkley Awards, but prizes administered by the Walkley Foundation on behalf of Nikon. These photos appear in the Nikon-Walkley Press Photography exhibition, which travels across Australia each year.

Radio/Audio Journalism

This platform recognises journalism produced primarily in an audio format, for radio or digital platforms.

Television/Video Journalism

These categories recognise journalism primarily produced in video formats, for television, film and digital platforms.

All Media

New! Innovation: This category recognises journalism that pushes the craft forward in innovative and creative ways, while also honouring the skills in getting and telling a great story. Entrants are encouraged to enter journalism which explores new techniques for news-gathering and distribution, new formats for consumption, new modes of audience interaction, experiments, technology or new products. “Innovation” could also involve clever use of more “traditional” news-gathering and storytelling techniques (eg successfully using FOI or data journalism in a new, creative way). Entrants can link to a single project and are encouraged to explain how their project is innovative in their entry statement. Read more about what we’re looking for in this category here.

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